Monday, March 10, 2003

Making It

Promotions & new on the job

Pradip Patel has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Sleepcare Diagnostics, an accredited sleep diagnostic facility. Patel is responsible for the day-to-day operations along with strategic business planning and diversification. His prior positions include vice president of marketing for United Home Care, The Visiting Nurse Association and vice president of finance, United Way. He earned a master's degree from Xavier University and graduated from an executive management program at the Harvard Business School and an executive marketing program at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

Monique Wise has been named director of investor relations at Chiquita Brands International Inc.

• Named new principals at ThermalTech Engineering: Sherry Burnside, Jeffrey D. Celuch, Dana P. Connolly, James W. Drye, Thomas E. Kennedy, and Stephen D. Williams.

Susan Haas, a partner in the East Walnut Hills firm of HHB Partners Inc., has been elected to serve as president.

Lester C. Berger has joined The Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati as a volunteer consultant. Berger was director of risk and insurance management at The Ohio River Co. He retired from the company in November 2002, after 25 years. Prior to that, he was assistant director of corporate insurance for Arlen Realty & Development Corp. in New York. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Rider University, Lawrenceville, N.J.

• The following have been named vice presidents at Fifth Third Bank: Roger Blohm, Wayne Flanagan, and Paula B. Wharton. Named assistant vice presidents: Kevin A. Bock, Terry Maples and Karen J. Stewart. Named assistant cashiers: Shanda Gentry, Kimberly McNeer and Stacey VanOflen.

Michael F. Bigler has joined the law firm of Baker & Hosteller as a partner in the business group and Eleni V. Stratigeas has joined the firm as an associate in the business group.

Richard J. Colvin has been admitted to the Roster of Arbitrators of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and has also been designated an Arbitrator on its Panel of Neutrals by the American Arbitration Association.

Warren L. Mart has been appointed general secretary-treasurer for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Mart's service ranged from local lodge shop steward to territorial general vice president, and practically everything in between. His unanimous appointment to succeed current general secretary treasurer Don Wharton will take effect in August, 2003, upon Wharton's retirement after nearly a half century of service to the IAM and its members.

The following have joined Sibcy Cline Realtors as residential sales associates: Gary Pfleger, Northeast; and Jessica K. Lieberman, Hyde Park. Named residential real estate specialists: Joy Shaw-Marino and Lauri Goodwin, Montgomery; and Paula Tretter Kuehne, Florence. Named real estate sales associates: Cathy J. Carlson, Milford and Douglas L. Davidson, Fairfield. Named real estate sales associates: Melissa Fore, West Chester, and Barbara Stormann, Anderson.

• Jim Jensen has joined the Cincinnati Area Chapter of the American Red Cross as director of information technology.

• Wallace Gamber Jr. has been appointed national account manager, foods industry at R.A. Jones & Co. Inc., manufacturer of high speed cartoning and pouching equipment, and Phil Johnson has been appointed director of sales, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

• Ken Lee has been named president of the new Hobart Service unit, a service organization in the food equipment industry. Lee joined Hobart in 1976 as an accountant and held a series of increasingly responsible positions in accounting and finance before becoming controller of operations in Europe in 1986. Prior to joining the service organization, he was controller of Hobart Service and the retail equipment division. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Cincinnati.

• Dan Gibb has been named vice president, North American operations for Pernod Ricard USA, a spirits and wine company.

• Thomas Finn has been named vice president and senior portfolio manager for Fort Washington Investment Advisors, a Western & Southern subsidiary.

• Matthew Gerhardt has been named assistant vice president in the commercial lending unit for US Bank in Cincinnati.

• Judge Deidra Layne Hair and Eric Recardo, project manager with ABEL Building Systems, have been appointed to the board of trustees at the Hamilton County Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ADAS).

• Paul Howard has been named assistant vice president of the member companies of Ohio Casualty Group and David L. Santez named assistant vice president and associate general counsel.

• John J. Palmer has been appointed vice chairman of Ohio National Financial Services. Palmer joined the company in 1997 as senior vice president, strategic initiatives. In May 2000, he was named executive vice president, strategic initiatives. In addition, he serves as chief executive officer of National Security Life and Annuity Co., formerly known as First ING Life Insurance Co. He has more than 40 years of insurance industry experience and has a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia.


Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), which operates the Metro bus service, has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). This is the 11th consecutive year that SORTA has earned this distinction.


• Sleepcare Diagnostics is opening a new joint venture sleep diagnostic center in the Dayton area and has also reached an agreement to open up two new joint venture facilities in the Hamilton/Fairfield and Eastgate markets.

• Keith Mealy is opening a new franchise, Guardsman FurniturePro at 10125 Montgomery Road. Mealy will specialize in damage touch-up, structural repairs, refinishing and wood cleaning, as well as care for leather furniture pieces.

Are you making it?

Have news of promotions, awards, honors, retirements or company openings or relocations? Send information to Shirley Dees, Enquirer Business News, 312 Elm St., Cincinnati 45202.

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