Monday, June 16, 2003

Making it

By Shirley Dees
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Promotions and new on the job

Terry Kudo has joined LaSalle Bank as first vice president and commercial relationship manager in the international corporate banking division in Cincinnati. Kudo will be responsible for building and preserving commercial relationships with Asian companies operating in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. He was with the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi (formerly Bank of Tokyo) and Mizuho Corporate Bank (formerly Industrial Bank of Japan.). He is a native of Kobe, Japan and a graduate of Kyoto University.

• David Shardelow has joined Meridian Bioscience Inc. as director of information services and technology.

Dr. Gary L. Merhar of Cincinnati has been inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Radiology. Merhar is affiliated with Fort Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton.

• Elizabeth Molinaro has joined LPK (Libby Perszyk Kathman) as account supervisor; Allison Petschauer as account coordinator and Jenn Mills as designer. Susanne Schneider has been named account executive.

• Alan J. Boyce has joined Kendle International Inc. as vice president, European sales and marketing. Boyce joins Kendle from Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, where he most recently was commercial director, United Kingdom and Ireland, with responsibility for P&G's overall European sales and marketing efforts. He received a bachelor's degree with honors from Bath University in the United Kingdom.

• Lisa Ribar has been appointed branch manager for the Bond Hill Branch Library and Kathy Kennedy-Brunner has been appointed branch manager for the Madeira Branch Library.

• Kathy D. Carmack has been named first vice president and trust officer at First Financial Bank; Named vice presidents are: Fred G. DeBiasi and James H. Fuller, commercial loan; Jeffrey C. Roberts to vice president and trust officer; and Michele S. Stoffer, vice president and private banking officer. Named assistant vice presidents: Robin J. Casada; Terri L. Egelston; Diana L. Graham. Betsy A. Rossi to assistant vice president and commercial loan officer. Michelle Farthing to senior administrative officer; Vivian E. Brooks, investment officer; Joshua D. Ward to facility services/corporate insurance officer.

• Nicholas P. Sargen has joined Fort Washington Investment Advisors Inc. as chief investment officer. Sargen is responsible for overseeing the investment activity for all assets under management. He was managing director, global market strategist for JP Morgan Chase in New York. He earned an undergraduate degree in economics at the University of California, Berkeley and a master's degree and Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.

• Dejay Hayn has joined Dealer Specialties International Inc. as national franchise development manager.

• Tom Flottman has been named chief executive officer at the Flottman Co.; Sue Flottman Steller to president; and Peter Flottman has been named vice president of finance and secretary/treasurer.

• Patrick Baker has joined Freedman, Gibson & White, a marketing communications agency, as account manager. Baker will focus his efforts on U.S. Bank and Good Samaritan Hospital of Dayton. He is a former account manager at Health Communications Inc. in Memphis, Tenn. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a bachelor's degree in communications with a focus in advertising.

Lisa Ripley has joined My Girl Friday Inc. as the regional manager for the Cincinnati area.

Jack Kortekamp has joined Cincinnati-based Roto-Rooter Services Co. as corporate accounts manager.

Maury Williams has joined HSR Business to Business as senior public relations consultant. Andrea Johnson, Jill Scorah and Katie Taft have joined the company as public relations consultants. Laura Black joined as senior copywriter; Nathan Dye, junior copywriter and Bryan Rooks, art director. Richard A. Segal Jr., chief executive officer of HSR Business to Business has been appointed a member of the board of trustees for The Buckeye Institute.

Kevin Murray has been named vice president at Fifth Third Bank. Murray is responsible for the day-to-day operations and profitability of the Fifth Third Anderson Banking Center. He has held several positions during his tenure with Fifth Third, as an office manager, banking center manager and in the business development group. He received a bachelor's degree in finance from Miami University.


The Cincinnati business unit of Ryder System Inc. has received the Award of Excellence in Safety Performance for the year 2002. Only three Ryder business units in the world received the award.

• Nicholas W. Ferrigno Jr., an attorney with Greenebaum Doll and McDonald's Covington office, was formally honored for his contributions to the 2003 Employee Plans Continuing Professional Education Program and presented with a certificate by the Internal Revenue Service at its annual In-House Continuing Professional Education Program in Chicago.

• Jennifer Funk, manager of operations at Albertz & Associates CPA in Blue Ash, has been honored as Business Network International's Networker of the Year for 2003.

• Susan Henson, B.J. Hughes and Joe Santorelli, owners of Arthur's, a restaurant on Edwards Road, received the Community Partner Award from the Hyde Park Center at the 20th Annual Gaslight Gala, a major annual fund raising event.

• Ronald J. Ebelhar, vice president of H.C. Nutting Co. in Cincinnati, has received a 2003 Award of Merit from ASTM International.

• Danis Building Construction Co. has received the 2002 General Contractor of the Year Award from the American Subcontractors Association of Cincinnati.

• Judith Chambers-Smith has been awarded Avon Products Inc.'s 2002 Circle of Excellence Award, an honor given to the top district sales managers within the company. Smith is responsible for managing a team of 250 Avon sales representatives in the downtown Cincinnati area.

• Provident Bank has received an Outstanding Rating for its commitment to the Community Reinvestment Act, or CRA, a program governed by the Federal Reserve. The bank was awarded the rating for meeting the credit needs of its communities, including low- and moderate-income areas.

• Donald Westermeyer and George Beddie, senior financial advisers with American Express Financial Advisors Inc., have received the Circle of Success Award.

Name change

RMS Research Inc., a national survey research, communications consulting and litigation support firm with offices in Cincinnati, Charleston, W. Va., and Arlington, Va., has changed its name to RMS Strategies.

New businesses

IMPORTantiques, an independent distributor of handcrafted English pine furniture, has opened for business in Essex Studios No. 155, 2515 Essex Place, Cincinnati, 45206.

Worth noting

• The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine honored Dr. John B. Flege Jr. for his many contributions to the College of Medicine and announced the establishment of a chair in cardiothoracic surgery in his name. Flege received his medical degree from the U.C. College of Medicine and has practiced medicine in Cincinnati as a cardiothoracic surgeon for more than 35 years.

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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