Monday, February 23, 2004

Business people

By Shirley Dees
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Promotions and new on the job

• Karl Behm has joined DVD Marketing as general manager. Behm has more than 15 years of media production and sales experience. He will manage daily operations including vendor relations, distribution and production for the Montgomery-based media development and distribution organization.

• Michael D. McNeil and Robert M. Smyth have been named partners in the law firm of Drew & Ward.

• Orlando Carter, president of CBS Technologies, has been appointed to the Fifth Third Bank Community Advisory Forum. Carter has more than 15 years of experience in telecommunications and banking. He began his career on the commercial platform for NationsBank, known today as Bank of America.

• Erica L. Fangman has joined JPMB Partners of Merrill Lynch, downtown, as registered client associate.

• Richard H. Finan, lawyer with Calfee, Halter & Griswold, LLP, and former Ohio Senate president, has joined the Greater Cincinnati Television Educational Foundation's (CET) board of trustees. Finan began his political career as a councilman in the village of Evendale, where he also served as mayor.

• Katie Messmer has been named director of marketing and membership at the Northern Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau and Janice Price named director of sales.

• Lawrence F. Zizzo has been named vice president, human resources at AK Steel and Douglas Gant has been named vice president, sales and customer service.

• Karen Bankston has been named senior vice president of external affairs for the Health Alliance. Bankston will serve as liaison to the Health Alliance Community Advisory Board, neighborhood councils, the Uptown Consortium, United Way and other community agencies. She will also oversee the Health Alliance departments of diversity, community health and public relations and marketing. She will be responsible for establishing the Center for Health Disparities.


• 3CMA (City-County Communications and Marketing Association) based in Washington, DC, awarded BT Graphics the Silver Circle Award for the firm's work on the Butler County Department of Environmental Services' annual report.

• Provider Synergies has been awarded the Clermont Chamber of Commerce's 2003 Emerging Small Business Award.

• The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has received the Human Relations Award from the National Conference on Community and Justice (NCCJ) for outstanding service in promoting human relations.

• James Washington, Fred Kuhlman and Lakeisa Ealy with Millennium Hotel, Cincinnati, have each received a 2003 Spirit of Cincinnati Pinnacle Award for Outstanding Service from the Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitor's Bureau, whose Spirit of Cincinnati awards honor individuals and organizations that contribute to travel and tourism.



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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