Emmet Apolinario, president and COO of Caspian Software, has been named to the development board of the Heinzerling Foundation.
John J. Krimm Jr. has been promoted to partner at the law firm of Schottenstein, Zox & Dunn. Krimm spent almost 10 years with a Cleveland-based labor and employment firm before joining Schottenstein, Zox & Dunn in October last year. He will continue practicing in the labor and employment department in the firm's Columbus office.
Chip Chapman, president of ADC Information Technologies, has been elected chairman of the Heart of Ohio Tech Prep Consortium, an organization of high schools, colleges and businesses dedicated to preparing the technology work force of the 21st century. Tech Prep is a college prep program with hands-on technology applications that begins in high school and continues through a two- or four-year college program in the technology-related area of a student's choice.
Longanbach Giusti Kuck & Hornberger LLC has appointed two new partners. Alvin "Jamie" McKenna Jr. has provided expertise in real estate and construction to the firm and its clients since 1989. Jay R. Meglich joined the firm in 1988, providing his services to rental real estate projects, the oil and gas industry, the manufacturing industry, the insurance industry and nonprofit clients.
Edward M. Rainaldi, vice president and secretary of Hanlin-Rainaldi Construction Corp., will be honored next month with the 1999 Cornerstone Award from the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio. The award is given annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the Central Ohio community and construction industry. Rainaldi served on the Builders Exchange board for eight years and was association president in 1990. He also is a past board member of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce.
Frank "Rocky" Morris Jr., a partner in the Columbus office of the law firm Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, has received the American Bar Association Business Law Section Chair's Award. The award was created to recognize an individual who has made significant contributions to the Business Law Section.
Bruce A. Lucia, president of the Kroger Co.'s Columbus marketing area, has been elected to a one-year term as a national vice president of the Muscular Dystrophy Association's voluntary health organization. Also, Samuel S. Stallworth, vice president and general manager of WSYX-TV Channel 6, was re-elected as an MDA vice president. MDA vice presidents provide counsel in their areas of expertise and assist the association through advocacy and staunch support of its lifesaving programs and activities.
Ultryx Corp. has named Dheeraj Kulshrestha as its new vice president of product development. Previously, Kulshrestha was vice president and business technology officer of first Union National Bank/TMS in West Sacramento, Calif.
The board of trustees of Edison Welding Institute has selected S. Theodore (Ted) Ford as president and CEO to succeed Karl Graff, who has retired. Ford was previously senior vice president for University Advancement at Northern Arizona University and executive director of the Northern Arizona University Foundation. Prior to moving to Arizona, Ford was director of development at EWI from 1993 to 1997. In addition to positions at EWI and Northern Arizona University, he has served as a principal in an environmental development consulting firm, director of institutional relations for the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing Sciences, executive assistant to the Governor of Ohio and in several senior policy and administrative positions in the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Avalon Consulting Group, a marketing management firm in Columbus, has promoted Annice Graves to vice president and creative director.
NGDA Interactive Communications has named Ron Poliseno vice president, client services. Poliseno is responsible for overseeing management of all NGDA's current accounts. Previously, he was senior director of new business development for Pathlore Software Inc.
Gerbig, Snell/Weisheimer & Associates Inc. has named Jack Dupps vice president of human resources. Dupps is responsible for management of the agency's human resources department. Prior joining GSW, he was vice president of human resources for Evenflo Co.
Randy McKitrick has joined Sports Management Inc. as vice president of marketing. McKitrick's experience includes nine years in branding, promoting and developing products and services for two large U.S. manufacturers and brands, Macklanburg-Duncan and Schlage Lock Co.
Do you dread making financial presentations to board members or senior executives? Here are a few tips to make them less of an ordeal.
Kimberly Griffith, a CPA with Alpern, Rosenthal & Co., says there are ways to make these events less traumatic for you and more meaningful for your audience:
Prepare thoroughly. You'll find that adequate preparation will have the added benefit of giving you more confidence.
Hold yourself to a time limit and keep track of the time. Avoid racing to finish.
Avoid early mornings, after lunch or the end of the day for your presentation.
Demonstrate energy and enthusiasm. Spice up your presentation with graphs and charts.
Don't overwhelm the audience with detail. Less is usually more, says Griffith.
She also suggests you explain financial terms your audience may not be familiar with. Also, make educational tools, such as videotapes, study guides, books and pamphlets, available to senior staffers.
If you're scratching your head looking for ways to attract and hold onto employees, you might want to try the tax-exempt transportation program.
Although it won't have the allure of stock options or health club memberships, it has one definite attraction: It will cost you almost nothing to offer it.
An IRS regulation implemented this past January allows employees to reduce their gross income and federal income tax, according to Mike Schneider, a tax partner at Sisterson & Co. Specifically, the regulations allow employees who pay for parking to reduce their taxable income by up to $175 a month. And those who take the bus to work can have their gross taxable income reduced by as much as $65 a month.
Employers who choose to take advantage of the reduction can collect and credit employees' parking receipts weekly, twice a month, monthly or quarterly, whatever the company's preference.
Now if they can just come up with a way to offer a free lunch.
The Akron SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) chapter has elected C. Frank Swain as chairman. Swain is the former owner of Frank Swain Associates Inc.
Dr. Mamdouh Dayem has joined Portage Path Behavioral Health as a psychiatrist in the Akron Clinic Intake Department.
David E. Scott has joined The Old Republic Network Residential Services of Fairlawn as a national account representative.
FirstMerit Bank of Akron has made the following promotions: Elizabeth A. Barber, Susan Whiddon Knights and Gregory P. Zink to senior vice president; Pamela J. Cooksey and Robert L. Gooden to vice president; and Stacey A. Snow to controller/vice president. FirstMerit has also added the following to its staff Lloyd W. Hagenbuch, James Giarrano, Mark Hanna, Rick L. Hershberger and Joseph E. Vincent as vice president.
Joseph K. Oldham, an associate with the Akron law firm Oldham & Dowling, has been appointed to a substitute magistrate position with the Akron Municipal Court.
BCG Systems Inc. of Akron has hired Raymond L. Moss as senior Web developer.
Eric J. Waser has joined Bruner-Cox as an associate in the firm's Akron office.
Bober, Markey & Co., Akron, has named Michael R. Lee as a partner. The accounting firm has also made the following promotions: Lynn Whorley to controller, Kim Martin to manager and Stefanie Marusiak to practice management administrator.
DigitalDay of Fairlawn has added to its staff Jack Ondeck as director of client services; Dennis Vari as business analyst; and Lou Paine as technical lead.
Hitchcock Fleming and Associates Inc., Akron, has made the following promotions: Sandi Fellmeth to director of production services; Chuck Repede to senior art director; Jeff Staples to senior computer graphics specialist; Tony Fanizzi to copywriter; and Fran Cossin to accounting supervisor.
Joseph S. Kodish, director of the Legal Defenders of Summit County, Ohio, Inc., is the recipient of the Akron Bar Association Professionalism Award.
Jeff P. Schad has been named assistant vice president, commercial lender, for Chippewa Valley Bank of Rittman.
The Medina County Land Conservancy of Medina has hired Chris Bunch as its first executive director.
Nancy Lynn Reeves has joined the Medina law firm Walker & Jocke as a patent attorney.
Lehman's hardware store in Kidron -- "the gateway to Amish country," as marketing director Glenda Lehman Ervin calls it -- is one of those stores that surprises even the most seasoned shoppers, a place that can best be described as the 19th-century equivalent of a Home Depot.
There are whole departments in the 15,000-square-foot store devoted to decorative Old World hardware, oil-burning lamps and accessories, wood-burning stoves, grain mills, water pumps, garden tools and housewares such butter churns, cast-iron pots and pans and wooden spoons.
The store sells its wares to people in all 50 states and 162 countries through its 24-hour, toll-free order line at (800) 438-5346 and its Web site at www.lehmans.com. The clientele, which Lehman Ervin describes as a combination of "the serious and the curious," includes hobbyists, nostalgia buffs, campers, boaters, vacation homeowners, ranchers, missionaries, doctors in Third World hospitals, environmentalists, self-sufficient individualists Lehman Ervin calls homesteaders and even celebrities.
"Julia Child owns a stove from us," she says. "Martha Stewart has purchased from us before. And Burt Wolf (host of the CNN-produced "What's Cooking with Burt Wolf") was just here. He cooked on a wood cookstove, interviewed my brother and spent the day with us."
I happened to see your Akron editorial about dot-coms (SBN, October 2000). One thing you failed to point out was that whenever you are approached by a start-up, do two things:
1) Analyze the revenue model.
Take two minutes and ask yourself: Is this a simple idea? The simpler the idea the better. Take Hotmail, for instance. A very simple idea. Give free Web-based e-mail to people to drive traffic and sell banners. If the revenue model is too complicated, chances are, the business won't do well.
2) Ask to see the business plan. I've been approached by headhunters looking to staff start-ups. I ask to see the business plan. There isn't one. Sorry, not interested.
If a start-up fails these two simple tests, then pass on it.
Dot-coms aren't the only businesses to go belly up in a strong economy. They've just been the "sexy" ones which get all the press lately. You can apply these two simple tests to any start-up.
Internet System Specialist
Penton MediaBad taste or bad timing?
I just received my October issue of SBN Akron and was very disturbed by the title of an article on the cover.
On the cover is Bill Crocker and the article inside describes how he is overcoming a tragic shooting and murder at his restaurant, and right next to Mr. Crocker's picture is a promotion for another article in the magazine entitled "Shoot All The Lawyers?"
I feel this is in bad taste or, in the very least, bad timing on the part of your magazine. I am an avid reader of this publication, and I don't understand why an article had to be given such a violent title, especially in this day and age ... and quoting Shakespeare does not make it right.
The same story can be written with a more sensitive title.
I personally found the headline offensive, and I hope that in the future, your headlines will reflect the positive outlook of all business professionals, promote the positive trends in business and focus on the growth of business in this area.
Connecting Touch Therapy & Wellness Center Inc.
A local husband-and-wife technology team recently told SBN that, as a result of having a successful business in Akron, their most cherished "possession" is freedom.
"More important than any house, car or prized possessions, we have freedom," says Barb Vasaris, CEO of the anderson group. "We live in a nice home, not an estate. We drive a nice car, but not a Mercedes. But I would have to say our freedom represents 'The Good Life' for us."
A.J. Vasaris, her spouse and the company's president and chief technology officer, agrees.
"Our freedom is something we're really unable to put a price on," he says.
The couple does confide, however, that they have differing views of what 'The Ultimate Good Life' might be when they retire.
"My husband wants to live downtown in a big city, on the 15th floor, with a TV in every room. He wants to have his groceries delivered and have a chauffeur drive him around everywhere he goes," Vasaris laughs. "But I want to be nestled in a log cabin on 20 acres of woodland, growing my own food and driving my own Jeep."
The dream they do share is the desire to have a fabulous library.
"Who knows -- maybe our dream lifestyle will be chosen by a computer program one day," says A.J. Vasaris. "But on second thought, I hope not."
FedEx Custom Critical has announced it is in negotiations to construct a new headquarters in Green. The proposed site is on Boettler Road, across from Green High School.
Class Act Copywriting, formerly of Kent, has opened a new office on Barlow Road in Hudson.
Sequoia Financial Group of Akron, and Cohen & Co., a Cleveland-based accounting firm with offices in Akron, recently finalized an agreement in which they will share similar ownership interest and act as preferred service providers for each other.
Williams & Stevens Inc., an advertising firm based in Stow, was recently named a winner in the category of brochures/collateral material in the 2000 American Graphic Design Awards competition sponsored by Graphic Design: USA.
Ferry Industries Inc. has purchased the assets of the rotational molding division of FSP Machinery Inc. of Canada. Ferry has formed a new company called FSP International Inc., which will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Ferry Industries Inc. of Stow.
The Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce has recognized the following companies for their contributions to the city's economic growth and development: CVS Pharmacy on State Road, Cuyahoga Falls Public Schools, Katherine's Collection, FirstMerit Bank of State Road, Sunrise Assisted Living and LeFever's River Grille.
Lougheed Home Furnishings, owned by Doug and Deborah Lougheed, has opened a new location in the Medina Shopping Center.
D&D Desktop Publishing, founded by Nardella Owens and Donna Carter, has opened on Kenmore Boulevard in Akron.
Pinnacle Communincation Group Inc. of Stow, has been named the public relations agency of record for the DynoMax Performance Exhaust and Rancho Suspensions brands of Tenneco Automotive Inc.
October Research Inc. of Richfield, publisher of The Title Report, has launched a new publication, The Legal Description. The publication takes an in-depth, analytical approach toward deciphering legislation and legal news from a title insurance and real estate settlement services industry perspective.
DigitalDay of Fairlawn has launched a Web site for National City Bank, www.national-city.com.
Jim Hackbarth has been named president and CEO of Virtualintern. Based in Columbus, Virtualintern is an online internship community focused on providing college students with internship opportunities and helping companies expand their recruiting channels to address the needs of college recruitment. Co-founders Jason Kuder and Nathan Kuder have been named vice president of international operations and vice president of product management, respectively. Also, Phillip Solomon has been named vice president of marketing, and Don Campbell has been named vice president of finance and administration.
John Havens, retired chairman of Banc One Corp., and Robert Massie, director and CEO of Chemical Abstracts Service, have been named by Gov. Bob Taft to the newly created Biomedical Research and Technology Transfer Commission. The commission will make strategic assessments of the types of state investments in biomedical research and biotechnology in Ohio that would be likely to create jobs and business opportunities and produce the most beneficial long-term improvements to the public health of Ohioans. One area of focus will be tobacco-related illnesses. The commission was created through Senate Bill 192, which established funds to receive annual payments from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.
The Columbus Coal and Lime Co., a provider of pavers, bricks and other building supplies, has named Gary Buty as its president. Buty takes over the helm from Larry Borror, who is retiring after 34 years with the company.
Lois Griggs, president of Courtesy Ambulance Inc., has been reappointed to the Ohio Ambulance Licensing Board for a term ending July 5, 2002. Griggs is representing owners/operators of private emergency medical services on the board.
Several local executives have been named officers and members of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra board of trustees. New officers of the board are president Peggy L. Schwartz, free-lance project consultant; vice president Geoff Chatas, vice president of corporate finance at AEP; treasurer Milton Baughman, senior vice president of finance at The Huntington National Bank; and secretary Richard G. Smith III, executive vice president of Executive Jet Inc.
New members of the ProMusica board of trustees are Ron Barnes, COTA president and CEO; Rebecca Breuning, Scotts Co. vice president, corporate treasurer; Andi Wobst-Jeney, founder and president of H.D. Living Enterprises Inc.; and Saundra Dombey Cooke, investment adviser for Banc One Investment Advisors.
Tom Schultz has been promoted to president of Permedion, a health care quality measurement and improvement company in Westerville. Also at Permedion, J. Robinson McCormick, chairman of the Frank Gates Service Co., has been re-elected treasurer of the board of trustees.
Thomas E. Wilson has been appointed CFO of Croson-Teepe Mechanical Contractors. Prior to joining the company, Wilson was CFO of a regional cable operator.
Gerbig, Snell/Weisheimer & Associates Inc. has named Joseph Soto senior vice president. He will be responsible for leading several global and U.S. pharmaceutical account teams.
Interactive Ink Inc., a Columbus-based new media design and programming firm, has named Mark Whitman vice president of sales and marketing. He will oversee and direct all sales and marketing activities.
Jennifer Feucht has joined Creative Medical Marketing in the position of vice president. The full service agency markets medical and dental practices, products and services in Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati.
Elford Inc. has promoted Jay Matson to vice president of field operations. His responsibilities will include participating in the preconstruction process and acting as project executive.
Ultryx Corp. has appointed Russell S. Frazee vice president of professional services. He will be responsible for managing all professional services associated the Ultryx's software products, lead the company's project management and project engineering teams and oversee related customer-facing processes. Also at Ultryx, Mary L. Murtha has been promoted to vice president of marketing.
Mencken Communications Group Ltd. has named Amber Blackwell as vice president of editorial services.
A jet plane may be the only escape from Central Ohio's orange barrels, but be prepared for a final send-off by construction at Port Columbus International Airport.
In the past 10 years, seven passenger records have been set; more than 6.5 million travelers passed through the airport in 1999, an increase of 1.9 percent from 1998 and 79 percent since 1990.
The airport's current terminal building, once it's expanded completely, will have the capacity to handle 10 million passengers annually. However, passenger forecasts for Port Columbus reflect a projection of 18 million passengers annually over the next 20 to 25 years.
To accommodate this growth, the airport has updated its master plan to ensure long-term viability, with $1.1 billion in facility and related improvements.
Here's the rundown of recent and upcoming changes:
- Federal funding has been secured for a new air traffic control tower at the intersection of Sawyer Road and International Gateway. Design is to be complete this year, with groundbreaking in the spring of 2001. The $18.7 million project will take three years to build and equip. Land is reserved for a third parallel runway, south of the existing south runway and identical in length -- 10,250 feet.
- The final, significant development of the terminal building, including a five-gate expansion of Concourse C, realignment of gates in Concourses A and B, an additional baggage claim device and expansion and renovation of the international gate and related facilities, will enable the airport to handle 10 million passengers a year.
A new terminal will be built west of the current one in phases as demand dictates, eventually giving the airport 65 gates and the capacity to serve more than 20 million passengers annually.
- A major roadway improvement in the planning phase would lead to the elimination of the traffic signal at Stelzer Road and International Gateway and creation of a grade-separated interchange, resulting in airport traffic exiting I-270/670 to pass under Stelzer Road.
- Virtually all shopping and dining venues in the terminal building are new or remodeled.
Nearly $25 million was spent on basic building improvements to facilitate the concession development, with an additional $10 million for individual tenant finish work.
Focus was placed on Columbus-based companies, with the concession program providing airport users a glimpse of the city's rich business base, including Wendy's, Bath & Body Works, Damon's, Charley's Steakery, Cup O' Joe and Max & Erma's.
- The new parking garage and terminal atrium was essentially completed this year.
The airport now offers 3,400 close-in parking spaces, more than twice as many as before. For the first time, long-term parking, in addition to short-term parking, is available immediately adjacent to the terminal building.
A special section of the garage is reserved for the Executive Parking Program for companies or individuals who wish to have a dedicated parking space just steps from the ticket counters and gates. The spaces cost $350 per month.
- Customers who rent cars can now pick up and return vehicles directly to the garage, eliminating the need for remote shuttle transportation. New rental car transaction counters and office space are located on the first level; rental car fleets for eight companies are housed on the first two levels.
Information courtesy of the Columbus Airport Authority