Movers & Shakers Featured

7:00am EDT September 26, 2005
Giant Ideas promoted Stan Muschweck to president, replacing former president and founder Bryan K. Ward, who now serves as CEO and executive creative director. Muschweck previously served as executive vice president.

“Stan and I have known each other for almost a decade now, and when I started Giant Ideas back in 2001, I hoped the time would come that we could work together again,” Ward says. “Stan has helped us accomplish a tremendous amount since he came on board two years ago, and we look forward to even more exciting opportunities in the near future.”

Muschweck has more than 30 years of experience in the agency world, primarily at some of Pittsburgh’s largest advertising agencies. Most recently, he was executive vice president at Ten United, Pittsburgh’s second-largest agency.

Muschweck has been instrumental in doubling Giant’s client base, adding clients such as H.J. Heinz, inCode Wireless, CertifiedFirst, Pittsburgh Penguins, United States Hockey League and many others.

Says Muschweck: “The Giant story is a powerful one, and when we get the opportunity to tell that story our success rate is extremely impressive. The group of talent we’ve assembled and our unique attitude toward creative advertising is an extremely powerful combination. I strongly believe we’ve only scratched the surface of our potential.”

Leo A. Keevican Jr. and Michael A. Weiss of DKW Law Group LLC were named 2005 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. Keevican, DKW’s managing director, was one of six attorneys in the Pittsburgh area to be named under the mergers and acquisitions area of practice, and Weiss was one of eight local attorneys named under the area of general business.

Law & Politics magazine named eight Thorp Reed & Armstrong attorneys 2005 Super Lawyers. They are Kimberly A. Brown, partner and firm pro bono coordinator; Clifford B. Levine, partner and construction and land use practice group co-chair; Mark F. Nowak, partner and construction and land use practice group co-chair; Robert J. Ridge, partner and commercial and corporate litigation practice group leader; Robert H. Shoop, partner and member of the labor and employment law practice group; Kimberly Luff Wakim, partner, bankruptcy, business reorganization and creditors’ rights practice group leader, and member of the firm’s executive committee; Keith H. West, partner and member of the trusts and estates practice group; and William M. Wycoff, partner, commercial and corporate litigation practice group chairman and member of the firm’s executive committee and professional practices committee.

The College Athletic Trainers’ Society awarded C. James Zeszutek, partner at Thorp Reed & Armstrong, the first Jack Weakley Service Award for his dedication, legal advice, counsel and services to the group since its inception in 1992.

The publishers of Law & Politics magazine named two patent attorneys from The Webb Law Firm, Russell D. Orkin and Richard L. Byrne, 2005 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, based upon recommendations by their peers.

John R. Gotaskie Jr., a litigator and creditors’ rights attorney with the Pittsburgh office of Fox Rothschild LLP, was elected secretary of the Federal Court Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association for the 2005-2006 year.

Ellen Bramson, chairwoman of the board, retired from Cox Enterprises; Nanci L. Case, board president, vice president with St. Barnabas Health System, overseeing sales, marketing and public relations functions of the health system; Augusta Kairys, board treasurer, vice president of provider relations and provider information at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield; Rich Andrus, president of the Willard M. Lewis Co., an insurance brokerage firm in Ambridge; Patrick Regnery, an investment counselor at Mongerson Securities Corp., Chicago; and Paul Benedum, owner of Benedum Interests of Pittsburgh, which invests in stocks and oil and gas exploration.

The Frick Art & Historical Center elected new members to its board of trustees. Arabella S. Dane and Suzzara F.C. Durocher were elected to serve as family trustees. David Brownlee, partner and general counsel of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham; Virginia Burden, assistant curator and assistant registrar with the U.S. Department of State; John Eichley Jr., senior counsel with Thorp, Reed & Armstrong; and Thomas Gillespie Jr., president and CEO of Lockhart Chemical Co., were elected term trustees.