Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Morning Memo

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Today's Number: 53

        Percentage of Americans who would like to see major corporations have less influence on the country, according to a recent Gallup Poll.

Today's Mover

        • Deborah A. Youtsey has been appointed a partner in the law firm of Thompson Hine LLP. Ms. Youtsey is a member of the firm's labor and employment practice group and focuses on employment-based immigration law. She received her law degree from Western New England College School of Law.

— Shirley Dees

Today's Career Talk

        Worried about losing customers to an online upstart? You have good reason to sweat, say Michael Bayler and David Stoughton, co-authors of Promiscuous Customers: Invisible Brands, Delivering Value in Digital Markets. “In digital markets, the expectations of our most valuable customers are almost absurdly heightened and accelerated,” the authors say. “And they're inclined to shoot first — assassinating the brand with remarkable callousness — and not bothering to ask any questions at all.”

— John Eckberg

Today's Money Tip

        Don't forget to keep your estate plan updated for changes in your family. Besides the obvious wills and trusts, that includes beneficiaries on your insurance policies and your retirement plans. Who gets your IRA or 401(k) money is determined by who is the beneficiary named in the plan, not your will.

— Amy Higgins

Today's Company: KDM Screen Printing Co.

        One-Stop Shop: This company provides graphics and printed promotional items for clients nationwide. Many of its customers are supermarkets and fast-food franchises, for which KDM produces banners, posters, signage and point-of-purchase displays. The business offers services ranging from ideas and artwork to warehousing and shipping.

        Second Generation: Bill Kissel Sr. founded the venture in 1970. It is now run by his offspring. Bob Kissel is president, Bill Jr. is vice president of sales, Tom is vice president of purchasing and daughter Kathy Clark is treasurer.

        Large Print: Having recently added a 55,000-square-foot extension onto its 100,000-square-foot plant, KDM will move newly acquired Brinker Inc., an offset printer from Over-the-Rhine, to company headquarters in Evendale. KDM plans to open an East Coast sales office in February.

        Name Change: Soon the company will become KDM POP Solutions Group, to better reflect its major focus.

— Jenny Callison


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