Friday, December 5, 2003

Business people

Promotions and new on the job

• Thomas J. Ruebel has been appointed director of government affairs at Fifth Third Bancorp. Ruebel is responsible for the administration of the Fifth Third Bancorp Political Action Committee. Prior to joining Fifth Third, he worked as deputy director for Legislative Affairs at the Ohio Department of Development, legislative affairs administrator for the Ohio Department of Taxation and a director in various roles with the Ohio Republican Party, the Stark County Republican Party and for Gov. Bob Taft when he was secretary of state.

• Lori Watt has joined the Cincinnati Reds as promotion manager and Michelle Weisman joined as marketing assistant, corporate services.

• Michael T. Hardesty has been named vice president, fleet sales at Mike Albert Leasing Inc.

• Debbie Hayes has been appointed vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer for The Christ Hospital. Hayes is responsible for overseeing the nursing departments and the provision of nursing care throughout the hospital.

She has more than 10 years of nursing and management experience with The Christ Hospital. She most recently worked as director of critical care and cardiovascular services.

• Fred Sugg has been named district sales manager for Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky at CIT Equipment Finance.

• The United Way of Greater Cincinnati Foundation Board has appointed Thomas A. Prewitt, a partner with Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP, to the Foundation Board of Directors for a two-year term.

• Richard Curry has joined Legg Mason Wood Walker Inc. as Cincinnati branch manager.

• Kit R. Collins has joined the Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati (ESCC) as a volunteer consultant. Collins is owner and designer of Virtual Polo, a portable hitting cage. Previously, he was in sales with Infiniti of Cincinnati.

• The following have joined the law firm of Keating, Muething & Klekamp LLP as associates: Danielle M. D'Addesa, Drew M. Hicks, Jennifer J. Morales, Brian P. Muething, Ari B. Redbord and Christopher M. Sandefur.

• Sarah D. Ellington has joined the law firm of Wood & Lamping as an associate. Ellington will focus her practice in litigation. She will primarily practice in labor law. She is a recent graduate of University of Cincinnati Law School.

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 or e-mail

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