Movers & Shakers


Gary Shamis, partner with SS&G Financial Services, was re-elected chairman of the Leading Edge, an alliance of 40 of the largest CPA firms in the United States.

Jeannie Kucinski was hired as billing consultant in Howard, Wershbale & Co.’s PostAccute Advisory Services Group. Bill Kutschbach, senior principal and director of long-term care consulting services, was selected as the 2003 recipient of the Board Award of Distinction from the Association of Ohio Philanthropic Homes, Housing and Services for the Aging.

Sagemark Consulting hired David Robertson as an investment adviser representative and Anthony Lavorgna as a financial planner.


Liggett-Stashower Inc. promoted Laura Domokos to program associate and hired Justin Sikora as account coordinator in the public relations group.

Marcus Thomas LLC hired Markila Brown and Pete Grasso as public relations project managers. and Wanda Farrow as a production coordinator.

Sweeney promoted Dominic J. Litten to assistant account executive.

Richards Communications added to its roster of clients AmTrust Financial in New York, Ferrostaal Inc. in Chicago and Alemite of Charlotte, N.C.

Brad W. Kostka was promoted to vice president of The James J. Roop Co. He previously was senior account executive.

Benghiat Marketing & Communications added RPA International of Sydney, Australia, to its client list.


First Federal of Lakewood named Steve Nogle vice president of its information technology division. and promoted David Shaw to vice president of the retail banking division.


Samsel Supply Co. received certification from the city of Cleveland as a female business enterprise. The designation certifies that it meets criteria to receive city contracts.

Architectural firm Dorsky Hodgson & Partners named Fred Bejcek a principal.

John Robert’s Hair Studio and Spa partnered with Nestle Corp. to help raise $9,000 in 30 minutes at Nestle’s silent auction. John Robert’s donated $30 gift certificates to reward each person who bid at the “Adopt a School” auction benefiting Alexander Hamilton Middle School and Stafford Elementary School.


Far West Center hired Jennifer Gogolek as program coordinator for the compeer program. Michele Hassen is the program’s new program assistant.

John Frericks was appointed national sales manager of information technology outsourcing at Antares Management Solutions. The company has also secured a contract to provide administrative services to Great American Health Plans Inc. of Erie, Pa.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield signed multi-year contracts with The Cleveland Clinic Health System and The MetroHealth System that tie reimbursement to hospital performance against quality measures.


Ratliff, Taylor & Lekan Inc. promoted Mike Milby to CEO. He assumes the responsibilities of Jim Ratliff, who will serve as chairman and work in an advisory capacity.

Ralph A. Dise Jr., president of Dise & Co., was named president of the Northeast Ohio Human Resources Planning Society through 2005.


Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista hired Thomas J. Stefanik as an associate in the employment relations division.

Stanley M. Fisher, of counsel to Budish & Solomon Ltd., was named a life member of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws at the organization’s 2003 annual meeting.

Legal Record Services acquired the local affiliate of the MCS record retrieval group. Robert E. Adelman is LRS’ new president, Nicholas G. Rennillo is CFO and Karen McCormick is vice president.

Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP hired Lawrence C. Davison as an attorney and Bruce J. L. Lowe as a partner, both in the Cleveland office.


Marous Brothers Construction promoted John Draganic to vice president, carpentry division. He is the first employee other than a Marous brother to be named a vice president.


Roger Stanley was named editor-in-chief/associate publisher for the Lawn & Landscape Media Group of GIE Media Inc.


Barbara Belovich was named executive director of the Health Action Council.

TEI International Inc. of Cuyahoga Falls and ARS Video Inc. of Tallmadge were named Entrepreneurs of the Year by the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE).


John Robertson, president and founder of The RoviSys Co., was named winner of the Control and Information System Integrators Association’s 2003 Charlie Bergman Memorial Award.

Meritech Blue changed its corporate identity to Blue Technologies, a Meritech Blue Company. The company has operations in Cleveland, Columbus and Akron/Canton.

E-Ventus Corp. opened an additional office in Summit Office Park in Independence.