Monday, March 24, 2003

Making It

Promotions & new on the job

Mark Wallisa has joined the Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau as vice president of sales. Wallisa has more than 22 years of sales and marketing experience. He was regional vice president of sales and marketing for GES Exposition Services. Prior to GES, he founded and led his own trade show and conference management consulting firm based in New York.

Daniel T. Poston has been named senior vice president at Fifth Third Bank. David Ekey and Todd Trawick have been named vice presidents. Named assistant vice presidents are Rebecca Ahlers, Geoffrey S. Cole, Janet K. Hovey and Trisha M. Hare. Robert Hargis has been named assistant cashier.

Diane S. Hagenbuch has been named senior vice president, corporate relations and communications at Ohio National Financial Services; Kenneth E. Stehlin to assistant vice president, marketing support department; Trisha M. Weiner, assistant vice president, institutional sales marketing department; and Karl H. Kreunen to life and annuity marketing officer in the marketing support department.

John Michelman has been named chairman of the board for Michelman Inc., and Steve Shifman has been named the new president.

Stephen P. Werenski has joined the Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati (ESCC) as a volunteer consultant. Before joining ESCC, Werenski was a senior engineer with Procter & Gamble. He was with Procter & Gamble for 34 years when he retired in May 2000. He has a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Janice Drummond has joined Regus Business Center as business assistant in the Blue Ash office market center.

• Andrew L. Kolesar, partner at Thompson Hine LLP, has been appointed group leader of the environmental practice group, and Keith P. Spiller, a partner of the firm, has been named group leader for the firm's labor and employment practice.

• Heather Steffen has been named manager of the customer service department at Contech Construction Products Inc.

• Heather Moore has been appointed as the MRI manager for the new Beacon Orthopaedic Center in Sharonville and Sue Angilecchia as director of nursing in the new Summit Woods location.

• Chris Lance has joined Freedman, Gibson & White Inc. as media assistant. Lance graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor's degree in marketing and management. He will be responsible for assisting the media planner/buyers with multiple media functions, including maintenance of client buys and broadcast traffic.

• Monica Villarejos Kindt, associated with the law firm of Cohen, Todd, Kite & Stanford, LLC, has been selected to be added to the Cincinnati panel of Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees by the Office of the United States Trustee, a division of the Justice Department.

Todd P. Brabender has been named vice president, corporate strategy for Hillenbrand Industries.

• Scott Birkeland has joined MRSI (Marketing Research Services Inc.)as statistical analyst at the company's corporate headquarters in Cincinnati.

• Richard Q. Russeth has joined global specialty chemical company Cognis as general counsel for North America. Russeth will oversee the legal team responsible for serving Cognis' North American operations. He holds a doctorate of jurisprudence from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor's degree in history from St. Cloud State University, Minnesota.

• Deborah Simpson, president of Multi-Craft Litho Inc., has been elected chair of the board of directors of Employers Resource Association. Also elected were vice chairman Daniel Kroger, president of Gold Medal Products Co.; treasurer Michael Kelley, president of Seal-Tite Inc.; and secretary William L. Hart, president of Employers Resource Association. Roger Johannigman, president of Loveland Pets Products Inc., will be past chairman.

• Christian Davies has been named vice president of retail design strategy/creative director for Cincinnati based FRCH Design Worldwide.

• Jeff Scott has joined Curtis Inc. as a representative in the client services division.

• Tim Quinlivan has been named associate creative director at Strata-G Communications Inc. Quinlivan had served as senior copy director. He will work with the creative staff to initiate campaign concepts and direct copy development for print, broadcast, collateral, direct mail and promotional projects. Prior to joining Strata-G, he managed his own advertising business for 10 years.


• Procter & Gamble has received the Employer of the Year Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

• Deborah Hetzer Productions, of Cincinnati has been named a multiple National Finalist in the Vision Award competition for 2002/2003. A video presentation created by Deborah Hetzer Productions for Ferno Performance Pools was named a National Finalists in the category of Non-Broadcast Program, Sales.

• The Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati has received the 2002 Entrepreneurial Alliance Award from the Partnership for a Drug-Free America (PDFA) for outstanding innovation and leadership in a local anti-drug media campaign.

• Joyce Wise Communications Inc. has received the Award of Excellence from the Ohio Public Images and Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council for Within the Heart of Every Community, Everyone Belongs, a video created for the Hamilton County Board of MR/DD.


• The Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the American Business Women's Association is celebrating 50 years in Cincinnati. The Chapter has honored Marlys Lane, a charter member. Lane graduated from UC College of Nursing and Health in June 1952, then worked for the Cincinnati Health Department as a public health nurse. She was invited to join the American Business Women's Association in February 1953 with eleven other women to form the Cincinnati chapter.

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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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