Movers & Shakers


Ty Marsh was named president and CEO of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce following a national search. Marsh, formerly chief of staff to Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman and a former chamber executive, began his job Dec. 1. Marsh served as chief of staff to Coleman beginning in January 2000. From 1991 to 1999, he served as executive vice president for policy and strategy and as senior vice president of government relations for the Greater Columbus Chamber. He has a bachelor of arts degree in political science and economics from Ohio Wesleyan University. Marsh and his wife, Laurie Stein Marsh, reside in Columbus. “Few people know this community and this organization better than Ty Marsh,” says Thomas Hoaglin, chairman, president and CEO, Huntington Bancshares Inc., and chair of the Greater Columbus Chamber’s executive search committee. “We considered candidates from throughout the United States … We think that it’s great to conclude that the very best candidate is from Columbus.”


The Small Business Council of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce selected Janis Mitchell, president and CEO of Info Fortress Solutions Inc., as the 2003 Greater Columbus Small Business Person of the Year. Mitchell will represent Greater Columbus at the regional finals of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week Awards. She founded Info Fortress Solutions in 2000, when business leaders were beginning to realize the importance of information security to their company’s future success. The Westerville-based company is a leading provider of IT services, solving complex security challenges for companies including Cardinal Health, Nationwide Insurance and American Electric Power. Since Mitchell launched Info Fortress Solutions, the company has grown significantly. It employed eight people in 2000 and has more than doubled that number in 2003 and revenue increased nearly 225 percent during its first three years.


Jenifer Bucchi was promoted to consulting services division director of Robert Half Technology’s Columbus office. Bucchi joined the company in December 2000 and has three years experience in information technology consulting and sales. She has a bachelor of science degree in business, with a concentration in marketing from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. She serves as treasurer and is on the membership committee for the Association of Information Technology Professionals.


Columbus Downtown Development Corp. chairman and American Electric Power CEO E. Linn Draper announced the appointment of OhioHealth’s President and CEO David Blom and President of The Kroger Co.’s Great Lakes Division Jon Flora to Columbus Downtown’s board of trustees. Blom joined OhioHealth in 1982 and was named president and CEO in March 2002. Blom led the financial turn around of Grant Hospital in the late 1980s. The OhioHealth system employs 17,300 people. Flora was named president of The Kroger Co.’s Great Lakes Division in March 2003. The division is the result of the merger of the company’s Columbus and Michigan divisions and operates 243 stores in three states, employing more than 29,000 associates. Flora has been with Kroger 32 years.


Ed Hohmann was appointed to Feinknopf Macioce Schappa Architects’ executive team. With 50 coast-to-coast architectural registrations, the firm provides services throughout Ohio and across the country for educational, national retail, medical office and corporate clients. Hohmann is also a project manager in the company’s corporate division, where he works with a wide range of projects for municipal, corporate, education and religious clients. His experience is in all phases of project development, including pre-design services, consulting and planning services, cost estimating and scheduling, schematic design, construction documents and construction field administration.


Paul Huckelberry joined Strategic Resource Engineering, a WD Partners company, as vice president of client services. SRE is a foodservice consulting firm that helps companies improve operations and profitability. Huckelberry has 20 years of industry experience and is responsible for leading consulting projects for concept design and development, developing new business for SRE’s Columbus, Los Angeles and Miami offices and building an integrated team of foodservice operations engineers. He joined SRE from Donatos Pizzeria, where he was vice president of restaurant operating systems.


Mark Baer was named partner of Crowe Chizek LLP accounting firm’s Columbus office. Baer had been with the firm’s commercial services group. Crowe Chizek provides business solutions in the areas of assurance, consulting, risk management, tax and technology.


J. Trevor Major joined Rea Strategic Solutions as a manager in the merger and acquisition practice concentrating on buying and selling middle market companies. Major has more than 15 years experience in management consulting. Previously, he owned and operated Malahit Business Services Ltd., a business brokerage firm that provided business advisory services. Major is a member of professional organizations including the International Business Brokers Association, the Ohio Business Brokers Association, the National Association of Realtors and the Columbus Board of Realtors.