*Jennifer S. Hertel was hired as a senior associate for the accounting firm of Hillow Getsay & Connors Ltd.

Meaden & Moore joined 52 CPA firms across the nation in the merger of TAG International and AGN International-North America Inc. The merger creates an organization with 52 member firms and annual billings of nearly $400 million.

Skoda, Minotti & Co. promoted Christopher G. Sivak to partner. Peter A. Bellini was hired as senior manager in the tax department.

*Leo Rosner joined Cleveland Financial Group as a financial planner specializing in wealth accumulation planning.

The Benefits Group Agency Inc. added Joseph Scaffidi as a consultant specializing in 401(k) trust plans and employee benefits and Ken Klubnik as a consultant in charge of employee benefits and retirement plans.


*James A. Brown has joined Dix & Eaton Inc. as its controller, Peter Jensen was promoted to research manager and Lora Slavik was hired as a research assistant.

Mark Freeman Associates was named agency of record for Safeguard Technology, a manufacturer of anti-slip floor, stair and walkway surfaces for commercial and industrial use.

Daniel W. Karp was named vice president and Terrance J. Tichy was promoted to vice president/director of print production at Wyse Advertising.

Constance Sipple, president of Profile Solutions Inc., was appointed vice president of marketing and communications of the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

*Marcus Thomas added Jim Houck as a senior account executive, Lisa Kowalski as traffic manager and Irene Smith as creative coordinator.


Barbara Noel was named vice president of human resources at URS Corp.

The James B. Oswald Co. added Karen E. Moore as a premium account associate.


First Federal of Lakewood has introduced Lakewood Investment Services, a business unit that offers investment products, financial planning and educational seminars.

Fifth Third Bank received top ratings from PLANSPONSOR Magazine‘s Defined Contribution Survey. The magazine says Fifth Third provides “exceptional customer service and the best retirement plan and pension products in the industry.”

*Metropolitan Bank and Trust Co. promoted Joann Wirtz to vice president and manager of branch operations and support, and Joyce M. Davis to banking officer, retail sales manager of its Brunswick office.


Lake Erie College’s business administration program was awarded accreditation by the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education for its bachelor of science degrees in accounting, business administration and international business, as well as its MBA degree.


*Beth A. Nagel joined Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs’ medical malpractice practice group as an associate attorney.

Douglas P. Whipple joined Seeley, Savidge & Ebert Co. as a partner in the litigation department.

*Mickey R. Dragash joined the Cleveland office of Roetzel & Andress Co. as an associate in the transportation and logistics law group.


*SSG named Jim Ghormley regional director for its Infrastructure Resource Management Practice.

Roscoe Medical promoted Keith Heck to director of customer relations.

Silmixwas acquired by Michigan-based Wacker Silicones Corp.

*Mary Johnson was named COO of Automation Mailing & Shipping Solutions Inc., a division of Automation Fastening.

Star Precision Products has been certified to the ISO 9001:2000 Without Design, International Quality System Standard.

Fire-Dex Inc. upgraded its certificate to ISO 9001:2000 standards. The company is the first protective clothing manufacturer in the industry to receive this certification.

HI TecMetal Group’s Brazing & Metal Treating subsidiary in Kentucky was honored by Ford Motor Co. with a Ford Q1 Quality Certification.

Caster Connection opened an office and warehouse complex in Novi, Mich.

Metal Supermarkets opened a one-stop shop for small quantities of cut metal on West 140th Street in Brookpark.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland reported a banner year in 2001, serving 1,271 children, an increase of more than 51 percent over 2000.


A. LoPresti & Sons Inc. joined PRO*ACT, a supplier of produce and perishables.


Sales Building Systems selected InfoGrow Corp. to provide online maps for each of its locations.

*Steven Copperman was promoted to vice president of Minute Men’s Complete Payroll Management, Reggie Langhorne joined the firm as account executive and Tony Panzarella joined as a truck driver leasing specialist.


Doug L. Dixon was promoted to color sales manager for Northcoast Business Systems Inc.


InfoGrow Corp. appointed Larry Miner to the new position of chief technology officer.

*Brian Tomchak joined Turbodog Communications, a division of CEC Consultants Inc., as marketing campaign manager.

Kenneth S. Bain and Ron Jewett Jr. joined Modern International Graphics Inc.