Sunday, April 21, 2002

Tristate Business Notes

Law firm gets Chicago presence with purchase

        The law firm of Statman, Harris, Siegel & Eyrich LLC has a new presence in Chicago as a result of its purchase of Chicago-based Ehrenberg & Frost PC. The new office is at 2 N. LaSalle St., Suite 900, in Chicago.

        The regional full-service law firm also has offices downtown, in Evendale and in Dayton, Ohio. Statman, Harris, Siegel & Eyrich was founded in 2001 and employs 26 attorneys. Eleven were hired in the past year.

        “We are excited about this new venture, and about being one of the fastest growing law firms in Ohio,” founder Alan J. Statman said.

        Partners Alan I. Ehrenberg and Scott C. Frost and associate Kathleen E. Weeks will remain at the Chicago office. Other Ehrenberg & Frost attorneys will relocate to either Dayton or Cincinnati.

        Statman, Harris, Siegel & Eyrich LLC is at 2900 Chemed Center, 255 E. Fifth St. in Cincinnati and at 10485 Reading Road in Evendale. Information: 621-2666.

LPK designs new logo for Sister Cities group

        Brand identity design firm LPK Design has produced a new visual identity for the Sister Cities Association of Greater Cincinnati (SCA). The new logo reflects the Cincinnati landscape with the use of a bridge motif. The motif also represents SCA's efforts to span cultures and provide gateways to global cooperation.

        “It works perfectly for us; we are, first of all, a Cincinnati institution, which then has a unique emphasis of global work at the grass-roots level,” SCA president David Savage said.

        LPK (Libby Perszyk Kathman) has created brand identity products for companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Pantene and Hallmark. The company's corporate office is located at 19 Garfield Place, and it employs about 200 people.

        Cincinnati has sister cities in China, Japan, Ukraine, Germany, Zimbabwe, France and Taiwan. Information: 241-6401.

Realtor recognized for 25 years of great sales

        Ernie Waxman, executive sales vice president in Sibcy Cline's Kenwood office, has been recognized for a quarter-century of stellar sales. Mr. Waxman has ranked within the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors' Circle of Excellence for 25 consecutive years since 1977, the only Sibcy Cline associate to have achieved that status.

        The Circle of Excellence, begun in 1971 and formerly known as the Million Dollar Club, is based on agents' commission levels.

        Within his firm, Mr. Waxman has been a member of the Top Club from 1990 through 2001. He joined the agency in 1989. On the state level, the Ohio Association of Realtors honored him as part of the President's Sales Club from 1977 through 2001.

        According to Kathy Doering, a spokeswoman for Sibcy Cline, Mr. Waxman holds a Certified Residential Specialist designation, which is the highest professional designation awarded in the residential real estate industry. Information: 984-4100.

Furniture store opens galleries for 2 brands

        Bond Furniture Galleries has recently carved out space to feature two of its longtime brands more prominently.

        The family business has opened a 4,200-square-foot Lane Comfort Showcase and a 5,000-square-foot Flexsteel gallery. The combined square footage represents about one-fourth of Bond's total space.

        “We've been carrying these lines for quite a few years,” co-owner D.C. Canada said. “But by establishing the gallery programs, we get better fabric selection, priority shipping and can offer better specials to our customers.“

        The store is at 113 Karl Brown Way in Loveland. It is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Information: 683-2233.

Gardener opens own business

        After 10 years' experience with nursery and landscape firms in the Tristate, Casey McCann has branched out to open his own business in Mount Healthy.

        Mr. McCann can work with homeowners to implement landscape designs and also offers garden grooming. He specializes in pruning for shrubs and ornamental trees, whole-yard maintenance, bed installation and decorative dry-stacked stone walls.

        “I want to show my clients what potential their yard may hold,” he said.

        Mr. McCann is fully insured and works from his home. Free estimates are available. Information: 522-2155.

Former Hasbro marketer opens own consulting firm

        Marketing help is available to small and midsized businesses from a former general manager of the Hasbro Toy Group.

        Tom McGrath, who has diverse marketing experience with Procter & Gamble, Bennigan's Restaurants and Cincinnati Bell, has launched his own firm, Total Marketing Guidance Consulting (TMG). In his 16 years with Kenner/Hasbro, Mr. McGrath worked both in marketing and product development in the Boys Toy Division.

        “TMG avoids theories and long-winded consulting speak,” Mr. McGrath said. “Instead, we provide real-world solutions to business problems.”

        Primary services provided by the Blue Ash consultant include strategic planning and problem-solving, marketing, product development and licensing. TMG's initial clients include a promotional agency, a financial investment firm, a toy company and an entertainment developer. Information: 984-3515.


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