Friday, November 16, 2001

Morning Memo

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Today's Number: 3.1 trillion

        Natural gas inventories, in cubic feet, as of Nov. 2. That's just below the November 1998 level of 3.127 trillion, the highest since the American Gas Association began tracking inventories in December 1993.

— Bloomberg News

Today's Mover

        Tina S. Ruebel has joined T. Vogel Studio Productions as account manager. Ms. Ruebel will lead and manage new account acquisition and manage all marketing efforts. She was senior account executive with Loren/Allan/Odioso Advertising and has six years of experience with account services in the advertising industry. She graduated from Ball State University with a bachelor's degree in advertising and marketing.

— Shirley Dees

Today's Career Advice

        Donald Trump is a casino mogul, an American pop culture icon and an extraordinary real estate developer who got his start with apartment buildings in Cincinnati. In the November edition of Smart Money, Mr. Trump reveals his favorite question for prospective hires: How brilliant are you? He asks the question to see how people will react under pressure: “The most confident response I ever got was "Mr. Trump, I'm so brilliant that if you hire me, it'll be the best investment you ever made.' I hired him but he only turned out OK.”

— John Eckberg

Today's Money Tip

        Difficult though it may be, calling your creditors and owning up to financial hardship is better than hiding from your debts. Creditors have options to help you repay, such as accepting payment plans and freezing interest. Most creditors will be willing to work with you.

— Amy Higgins

Today's Company: A. Thompson & Co.

        Landmark Year: It's the 15th anniversary of this real estate appraisal firm, which was founded in 1986 by Ann Thompson. The White Oak business serves mortgage lenders and lawyers as well as buyers and sellers of property in Hamilton, Clermont and Butler counties.

        Like Mother, Like Son: Ms. Thompson got her start in her father's company, Robers Realtors of Mount Airy. In 1993, her son, Robert A. Eichelbrenner, joined A. Thompson & Co. and now heads the firm's residential division.

        Notable Clients: The company has performed thousands of appraisals, including one for the downtown Germania Building, Ted Turner's mother's condominium, and the Clifton residences of Judge Mark Painter and Dr. Albert Gottshalk.

— Jenny Callison


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