SBN Staff

Wednesday, 24 October 2001 08:35

Movers & Shakers

Larry Bandstra and Jeff Mueller were promoted to vice president and Mike Foley and Lu Hsi McCoy to senior consultant of Sedlack Management Consultants.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad appointed Douglas O. Cooper as president and chief executive officer.

Rideaway Transportation Co. added Michael Caminer as director of its Special Need Division.

Karyn Pistone joined RAV Financial Services Inc.

Dr. Eileen Doherty joined Lakeland Community College as director for research and planning and Donald Anthan was named dean of engineering technologies.

University Hospital Dermatology Associates Inc. has added Lian-Jie Li, M.D., as director of its melanoma program.

IC Construction Co. Inc. added Tom Rownd as its business development manager.

Jon Hedges, general manager of SuperTrapp Industries Inc., received a special recognition award form Car Craft Magazine.

William C. Zeidler was named financial operations controller for the law firm of Arter & Hadden.

NCA Financial Planners CEO and president Kevin Myeroff was chosen by Worth Magazine as one of the nation's top 250 financial advisers for the fifth consecutive time.

Ian Williamson has joined Joel Strom Associates.

Fifth Third Bank added Ken Hanna to its mortgage staff and Diane M. Jeffer to its foreign exchange department.

NSL Analytical Services added Dina Kitral as a client service representative.

Turner Construction Co. promoted Joseph Lazzaro to vice president and Michael Konieczka to manager of business development in the Cleveland office.

HI TecMetal Group appointed Albert Kalweit as manufacturing/quality engineer and Scott Mihalic as inside sales/lead development representative.

Grand Eagle appointed Doug Cooley as Power Systems group president.

Pete Stenger joined CEC Consultants as sales manager and Valerie Baker joined Turbodog Communications, a division of CEC, as director of marketing.

Thomas Chema was elected chair and Josh Breen joined the board of directors for UHHS/CSAHS-Cuyahoga Inc.

Medical Mutual named Renee Rupp manager of administrative credentialing and network management.

Metropolitan Bank & Trust named Michael K. Dostal and Elaine K. Peters vice president of commercial real estate lending.

Lake Hospital System appointed Robert Tracz chief financial officer.

Century Business Services Inc. (CBIZ) promoted Michael Greespen to the position of secretary and general counsel.

Mark Goldfarb, managing partner of SS&G Financial Services, was named president of Cascade Capital Corp.

Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co. added Kathryn A. Williams, Liliya A. Tokman and Stacie H. Wittenberg as associates.

FirstMerit Bank promoted Tino R. Mollica to officer of corporate accounting and Judith A. Schneider to assistant vice president of systems development.

Travon Sexton was appointed regional vice president for Cleveland Financial Group.

Marline promoted Gregory N. Triplett to manager of marketing for Commercial Wall Systems and Ken Chance to the position of director of marketing for retail systems.

The Cleveland Growth Association promoted Carol Bennis to senior director of human resources and organizational development and Jennifer Frimel to communications manager for advertising and sales.

Wednesday, 24 October 2001 08:10

Farah Walters chronology

  • 1964 -- Came to America from Iran

  • 1986 -- Joined University Hospitals

  • 1988 -- Recipient of the Cleveland YWCA Career Woman of Achievement Award

  • 1992 -- First woman in America to lead an independent academic medical center as president and CEO of University Hospitals and University Hospitals Health System

  • 1993 -- Appointed to Hillary Rodham Clinton's National Health Care Reform Task Force

  • 1993 -- Recipient of CWRU's Weatherhead School of Management Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award

  • 1994 -- Appointed by Ohio Gov. George Voinovich to serve on the 15-member Commission to Study the Ohio Economy and Tax Structure

  • 1996 -- Recipient of the Cleveland League of Women Voters Belle Sherwin Democracy in Action Award

  • 1996 -- Recipient of the Ohio Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs Women Mean Business Award

  • 1997 -- First woman and first CEO of a not-for-profit organization selected to chair the Greater Cleveland United Way Campaign

  • 1998 -- First woman chosen to receive the Business Statesmanship Award from the Harvard Business School Club of Northeast Ohio

  • 1999 -- First woman chosen to receive the Business Executive of the Year Award from the Sales & Marketing Executives of Cleveland

  • 2000 -- Featured by Crain's Cleveland Business as one of the nine most influential agents of change in Cleveland over the past 20 years

  • 2000 -- Recipient of Woman of Achievement Award by Women's City Club of Cleveland

  • 2000 -- Inducted into Inside Business magazine 2000 Business Hall of Fame

  • 2000 -- Recipient of the March of Dimes Golden Mile Award for leadership in saving babies

Tuesday, 23 October 2001 10:50

Test your IQ

How much do you really know about your peers? Here are some questions gleaned from articles in last year's issues of SBN Magazine.

1. This Massillon manufacturer did a tremendous amount of market research before starting his kitchen and bath business. So far, it's paying off.

2. This Canton-based bank was one of the winners of the Pillar Award for Community Service in December. Last year, its employees pledged to give more than $45,000 to local and national charities.

3. What Akron-area company won Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year award in the e-services category, shortly after winning the bid to redesign National City Bank's Web site?

4. All that glitters sometimes can be gold. This Fairlawn-based company, with stores in Canton and across the country, is the second largest retailer in the country.

5. This local dot-com has been in business for 16 years. Hint: It's known as the "dot-com behind the dot-coms."

6. This Canton music production company held a summer concert at Blossom Music Center. We talked to the owner last July about his success with self promotion.

7. This local CEO started at his company as a truck driver. Back then, he told the owners he wanted to someday own the company. He kept his word. Do you know who he is?

8. This local business owner grew up shooting pool. He is one of maybe a few who can say his pool hall education paid off. Who is he?

9. This Akron-area company develops e-commerce applications for the convention and meeting industry. In July, it won Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year award in the business-to-business category. Three months later, it laid off 40 employees. Do you know which Twinsburg company this is?

10. This Kidron hardware store is known all over the world for its "nonelectric catalog."


1. Todd Werstler, owner, Tower Industries

2. UNB Corp.

3. Digital Day

4. Sterling Jewelers

5. Data Direct Inc.

6. Spectacular Music Productions

7. Ted Hawk, Park Farms

8. Kurt Immler, Ohio Billiards

9. PlanSoft

10. Lehman's

Tuesday, 23 October 2001 10:50

Movers & Shakers

J. Robinson McCormick, co-founder and board chairman of The Frank Gates Cos. Inc., has been honored as a Distinguished Eagle Scout by the National Eagle Scout Association. The award is presented to those who reached the rank of Eagle Scout 25 or more years ago, achieved leadership status in their career and volunteered their talents in their community. McCormick is vice chairman of the Columbus Municipal Airport Authority and previously served as president of the Rotary Club of Columbus and chair of the Ohio Workers' Compensation Advisory Council.

Phil Ellett has been named CEO of SingleSourceIT. Ellett will assume the company's day-to-day operations and oversee the opening of a new office in Dallas.

Farah Majidzadeh, CEO and chair of Resource International Inc., has been named to the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame in recognition of her exemplary accomplishments and service to Ohio. Resource International, founded in the basement of Majidzadeh's family home, now has offices across Ohio and Saudi Arabia. She actively promotes innovation throughout her industry and was the first female member of the International Road Federation.

Rhonda DeMuth, president of TDCI Consulting LLC, will compete for regional finals of the U.S. Small Business Administration's National Small Business Week Awards after the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce named her Small Business Person of the Year. Through her leadership, annual revenue for TDCI has grown from $2 million to $8.5 million, staff size increased from 27 to 60 and the number of the company's customers increased from 50 to more than 230 in the past three years.

Stephen P. Grassbaugh, a partner with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, has been elected president of the Ohio Government Finance Officers Association, a professional organization of more than 900 members formed to act as a conduit for the flow of information among all local governments.

Jim Fox has been named president of Fox Corporate OutFitters, a new division of Fox Embroidery Inc. The focus of the division will be to market casual apparel to the corporate market in the Columbus area and nationwide with Internet sales.

The national law firm of Arter & Hadden LLP has elected Dan Bailey, a partner in the firm's Columbus office, as chairman of its national executive committee. As chairman of the firm's Director and Officer Liability Practice Group, Bailey represents and consults with directors and officers, corporations, insurance companies and law firms across the country. Dan Cvetanovich, another partner in the Columbus office, also has been named to the executive committee. He heads the firm's Columbus Business and Commercial Litigation Group.

Girtha has been named top dog at Dublin-based Buchanan & Associates marketing, advertising and public relations. A three-year-old German shepherd and Doberman pinscher mix, Girtha hopes to hone her skill base of squirrel chasing and power napping during her tenure at the agency.

Union Savings Bank has named Mike Shannon vice president. Shannon will be responsible for the branch's retail banking operation and will assist with the mortgage lending operations.

Nationwide Financial has appointed Kimberly Greer as vice president of individual markets. Also at Nationwide Financial, Robert Rolland has been appointed vice president of institutional markets.

Columbus-based National Church Residences, which owns or manages nearly 200 senior citizen and family-based communities in the United States, has promoted David Kayuha to vice president and chief administrative officer.

Sean Sadr has joined Lord, Sullivan & Yoder as vice president of e-business strategies. Before joining LSY, Sadr was the director of e-business strategy at MarchFirst Inc., where he helped develop and engineer e-business models.

Jennifer L. Rudek of Worthington-based Shore Morgan Financial Advisors has been promoted to vice president, financial planning. Rudek specializes in coordination and management of clients' financial resources.

EXXCEL Contract Management Inc. has named John Markham to the newly created position of vice president of organizational development. Markham previously served as vice president of human resources at Columbus-based Franklin International.

Johnny Scales has been named general manager of Easton Town Center. Scales joins Easton from The Pizzuti Cos., where he served as director of management services for Miranova.

Tuesday, 23 October 2001 10:50

Business Notes

Whitemyer Advertising Inc. of Zoar has been chosen as the agency of record for JLG Industries Inc. and will be responsible for creating marketing communications programs and materials.

United National Bank & Trust Co. is renovating its 34th Street financial center. In addition to remodeling the interior, the bank will be equipped with a new client service counter and a remote teller system.

Stark County Regional Planning Commission is accepting applications from small businesses for its Micro-Enterprise Loan Program. The program offers loans of up to $10,000 to owners of qualified Stark County businesses. Contact the Stark County Regional Planning Commission at (330) 451-7402 for more information.


The Will-Burt Co., Orville, has named Andrea Russell marketing communications specialist for its Mast and Lighting Division.

Marlite, of Dover, has promoted Don Froelich to senior vice president of finance and administration, Dan Delehanty to vice president of sales for North America and Steve Davis to vice president of marketing.

Jill Lifer has been named assistant treasurer of Johnson Brothers Rubber Co. of West Salem. Lifer joined the company in 1996 as a staff accountant.

Thomas H. Yu has been named vice president of engineering at The Hoover Co. of North Canton. He will oversee the department that researches, designs and tests products.

Loree Beeching has been promoted to assistant branch manager of Cambridge Home Health Care's Canton office.

To submit notices of business expansions, additions and moves, and management-level transitions, write: Editor, SBN Magazine, 84 W. Bowery Street, Akron, OH 44308; or fax: (330) 535-6491

Tuesday, 23 October 2001 10:50

Take notes

Your investment broker's ready to make a new trade for you, but you're not quite convinced. Do you know what to ask to make your decision?

The Ohio Department of Commerce's Division of Securities puts it all in black and white for you at its Web site, Click on the "Investor Notepad" link for a one-page form complete with questions to ask and documents to request before you buy or sell. The "Questions for Informed Investors" link also will help you through the decision-making process.

Don't forget the division's caution: "If you don't know the broker, feel free to hang up!"

Tuesday, 23 October 2001 10:49

Movers & Shakers

The Tallmadge Chamber of Commerce has elected to its board as trustees John Bokas, Billow Funeral Homes and Crematory; Tony Fanizzi, Anthony Fanizzi Realty; Larry Basler, CITGO Petroleum Inc.; Karen Fuller, Alpha Graphics; Heather Menendez, PAK Computers; and Don Rainey of American Express Financial Services.

Dale A. Ruther, partner at Bober, Markey, Fedorovich & Co. of Akron, has been elected to serve as a member of the Polaris International National Construction Industry Committee for 2001.

Joe W. Woodell has joined Brouse McDowell of Akron as its director of human resources.

Digital Day of Fairlawn has hired Cindy Nelson as director of marketing and Lisa Bachman as business development executive.

Cross Town Traffic of Fairlawn has added Howard Zoss as CEO.

Mark E. Krohn has been promoted to partner of the Akron law firm Brennan, Manna & Diamond LLC.

Kristen Simpson has been promoted to vice president of public relations for The Urda Co. Inc., an Akron-based marketing, advertising and public relations firm. Diane Kell has been hired as director and Sarah Snyder as administrative assistant.

Hitchcock Fleming and Associates Inc. of Akron has promoted Pat Kunklier to vice president, public relations, and Eric Hartline and Rene McCann to ergotechnologists.

Gigi Doney has been hired as administrative assistant for Akron's BCG Systems, the systems affiliate of Brockman, Coats, Gedelian and Co.

Robert R. Renner, manager of Brockman, Coats, Gedelian and Co., has been appointed to serve on the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants Committee.

Bob Cohen, an Akron executive, will host a nationally syndicated talk show that will draw upon his professional background. Listen to him at Mondays at 1 p.m.

ShipLogix in Hudson has added Mary O'Connell, Merrill Watts and Harrison Baker as directors of business development.

Kent State University has appointed Ronald H. Stolle as the 18th Goodyear Executive Professor in Business Administration.

The Home Builders Association, which serves Portage and Summit counties, has elected as its 2001 officers President Fred Ayers, F.G. Ayers Inc.; Vice President John Galehouse, Galehouse Construction; and Secretary Treasurer Steve Conant, Steve's Best Built Homes. The Executive Committee consists of Fred Zumpano, Fred Zumpano Design and Construction, and Patrick Williams, WCCV Floor Coverings. The Portage County representative is Bob Cady.

System Optics has added Kirsten Baughman-Harvey, director of marketing, to its system optics and cosmetic and surgical arts center.

Joyce Beck has been promoted to team coordinator of the Intensive Treatment Services program at Portage Path Behavioral Health.

Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs LLP, Akron, has appointed Joseph H. Scarcella to director of finance and Lance A. Lanier to its Litigation and Creditors Rights/Bankruptcy Practice Group.

Urology Inc. announced the retirement of Dr. Wesley H. Van Fossen, who served the Akron area for 31 years. Ahmad Z. Vafa has been appointed to the staff of doctors.

To submit notices of business expansions, additions and moves and management-level transitions, write: Editor, SBN Magazine, 84 W. Bowery St., Akron, OH 44308; or fax: (330) 535-6491

Tuesday, 23 October 2001 10:49

Business Notes

S.R. Arner & Co. of Canton has acquired Canton-based Spectra Resources, a human resources and executive recruiting firm.

DeHOFF Development of Green has announced its plans for the new Gateway Corporate Park at the Akron-Canton Airport interchange. The development will include a Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, restaurants and an office building complex. Groundbreaking is set for spring 2001.

Canton-based Puritech Recycling Systems Inc., an industrial on-site oil recycler, has purchased the assets of Detroit-based Fluid Recycling Services' Midwest recycling operations.

A Mail Boxes Etc. has opened in North Canton.

The 2000 Ameritech Partnership Award of $10,000 was given to Walsh University. The university will use it to create an interactive educational resource Web site for students and faculty in the education division, and for teachers in local school systems.

Viking Glass Station, a branch of The Glass Station, has relocated to East Maple Street in North Canton.

Tuesday, 23 October 2001 10:49

Business Notes

United National Bank & Trust Co., Canton, received the Distinguished Partner Award from the Stark County Out of Poverty Partnership. The award recognizes the bank's efforts to provide financial assistance and support to lower income families through its Individual Development Accounts Asset Management Program.

Republic Technologies of Fairlawn, a supplier of special bar quality steel, will invest $6.2 million to upgrade the technology and quality of its steelmaking, rolling and finishing capabilities at its Canton division.

United National Bank & Trust Co. of Canton recently unveiled its enhanced Web site, The site allows United Bank clients to access their accounts at any time from any Internet-connected computer.

The Schneider Lumber Company of Canton has been named to the Circle of Excellence, an exclusive program developed by Anderson Windows Inc. for its top dealers.

The Stark County Regional Planning Commission continues to accept applications from small businesses for its Micro-Enterprise Loan Program. The program offers loans of up to $10,000 to owners/operators of qualified Stark County businesses. For more information, contact Jeff Dotson at (330) 451-7402.

Tuesday, 23 October 2001 10:49

The tax man helpeth

Looking for estate tax relief? Here's some from the Ohio Department of Taxation:

  • The department has raised to $25,000 the threshold at which financial institutions must freeze accounts of a person who dies, pending the presentation of a tax release form.

  • Financial institutions are no longer required to await a county auditor's inventory of a safe deposit box upon the death of its owner before access can be gained to it.

  • The department no longer requires a form for the first six-month extension for estate tax returns. This means estates will have a total of 15 months after the person's death to file the return before a written extension request is required.
How to reach: Ohio Department of Taxation, or (614) 466-2166