Monday, September 22, 2003

Making it

Promotions and new on the job

Bob Riess has joined Advance4 LLC as director of marketing. Riess was a performance consultant and training manager for GE IT Solutions. He started his career in sales at NCR. He received his bachelor's degree from Florida State University and is pursuing his master's degree from Northern Kentucky University.

• Appointed to the executive board of the Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association for 2003-04: Steven J. Browne, director of human resources for CDS Associates Inc., president; Debra Wilson, senior human resources representative, Sumco USA, president-elect; Richele Nealeigh, human resources manager, Reading Rock, vice president; Bonnie F. Casper, relocation director, Comey & Shepherd LLC, secretary; and Cynthia A. Kirker, director of human resources for Data Processing Sciences Corp., treasurer.

Gary L. Sweeney, has been named group director of corporate architecture at CDS Associates Inc., Engineers, Architects, Planners and Surveyors.

Diane M. Goderre has joined Thompson Hine LLP as an associate in the business litigation practice group. Goderre represents clients involved in commercial litigation disputes in federal and state courts and agencies. She received her law degree and bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati. Before joining Thompson Hine, she was a commercial litigation associate at Faruki Ireland & Cox PLL. She is admitted to practice in Ohio and in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Allen G. Zaring IV, managing director of Midcap Merchant Partners LLC has been appointed new chapter president of the Greater Cincinnati chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF): Appointed new board members include: Brian Brockhoff, senior vice president of UBS Financial Services; Mark Caesar, vice president of Fifth Third Bank, Mariemont; Douglass Corn, vice president of Northwestern Financial Network; Jamie Gindle, major supporter of JDRF; Dennis Griffin, chief executive officer of Griffin Industries; Maureen Hornbeck, vice president of human resources, Federated Department Stores Inc.; Rodney Roeser, chief executive officer, Cincinnati Eye Institute; Monica Ware, senior associate, Grant Thorton; and Tim Zeis, vice president of customer services, Comair and Delta.

Kathleen Mitts has joined Joseph Decosimo and Company as tax specialist. Mitts has 18 years of senior tax expertise in estate and retirement planning, technical tax research, planning and compliance. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor's degree in accounting. She works closely with the Fine Arts Fund.

Brian Wood of Cincinnati Insurance, has been appointed president of the Cincinnati Chapter of the CPCU Society. Other newly elected chapter leaders include: Julie Kadnar of Great American, president elect; Stephan Perry of Great American, vice president; Diane Richardson of National Underwriter Co., secretary; and Bernard Nachtrab, CPCU, treasurer.

Margaret Plowdrey, president of Impact Marketing & Communications LLC, a Northern Kentucky based business, has been contracted to be the first director of marketing for the Northern Kentucky River Region where she will concentrate her efforts on bringing visibility through marketing and advertising to the Northern Kentucky counties bordering the Ohio River. She was elected in July to the chair position of the Tourism Council of Greater Cincinnati, of which she has been a member for more than 10 years and on the board for more than three years chairing the educational, fund-raising and nominating committees.

• Appointed officers to the board of trustees for the year 2003-04 for The Center for Chemical Addictions Treatment (CCAT): Thomas J. Klinedinst III, USI Midwest Insurance, president; Donald Mellott Jr., Mellott & Mellott, vice president; James W. Costin, attorney in practice in Northern Kentucky, secretary; and James Griffiths of Paycor, treasurer.

Jennifer Schaefer, regional senior vice president of leading career services company Lee Hecht Harrison's 16 central region offices, has been appointed president of the Greater Cincinnati chapter of the Alzheimer's Association board of directors. As president, Schaefer will oversee all of the board business meetings and governing issues, and will serve along with the executive director as the primary liaison between the group, the national association and the community. She has more than 20 years of experience in the human resources field, having served with companies such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Mercer HR Consulting.


• Scott and Cheri Hamilton, franchise owners of The Sports Section, were the recipients of many awards at The Sports Section's 2003 national convention in Atlanta. Among the various recognitions were the Photography Award; President's Club Award; Silver Achiever; Franchisee Top Plan Award; the 20-year recognition trophy, as well as the All Time Monthly Record Award for August 2002.

• U.S. Bank's Private Client Group has named the Cincinnati Pacesetter Winners: Donna Carr, personal trust relationship manager; Paul LaFrange, private banking operations manager; Pam Paley, private banking relationship manager; and Marilyn Siebrasse, personal trust relationship manager.

• Vision International, has received an award for outstanding achievement in the Special Applications category of the 2003 Premier Print Awards, also known as The Bennys. The Premiere Print Awards is the graphic arts industry's largest and most prestigious worldwide printing competition hosted by the Printing Industries of America Inc. (PIA). This is Vision's third award from the PIA.

• Dan Druffel Inc. Landscaping has received one Grand Award and three Merit Awards from the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association for two homes in Hyde Park.

The national practice of Deloitte & Touche LLP has selected Christopher Houser, a tax consultant in the firm's Cincinnati office, for the 2003 Ellen Gabriel Fellowship, a program that grooms select senior managers for high-level growth within the organization.


Audible Elegance has opened a second location in Northern Kentucky to offer high quality audio, video, theater and custom installation services. The store is located at 7801 U.S. 42, Florence.

Name change

WCET is changing its name to CET to reflect its focus as a learning services organization for Greater Cincinnati.

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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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