Legal Digest
 
Thompson Hine announced that J. Shane Starkey will be the new partner-in-charge of the Cincinnati office. Starkey advises clients on a broad range of tax and corporate law issues, with an emphasis on executive compensation matters for public companies.

Rayan Coutinho of Wood & Lamping LLP has been reappointed to the executive board of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers for the 2010-2011 term. The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the world's leading professional society advancing manufacturing knowledge and influencing more than half a million manufacturing practitioners annually in 70 countries.

C. Christopher Muth and Suzanne P. Land joined Dinsmore & Shohl LLP as partners in the corporate department, working from the firm's Cincinnati office. Muth has extensive experience in mergers, asset acquisitions, divestitures, stock purchase transactions and corporate finance; Land's practice focuses on estate and gift taxation and planning, business succession planning, asset protection planning, charitable tax planning, elder care law and planning for beneficiaries with special needs.

Donald P. Klekamp, a founding partner of Keating Muething & Klekamp, received the most prestigious award given by St. Xavier High School. The school honored him at the annual President's Dinner at the Cintas Center with the Insignis Award, which is given to alumni who "have served their God, their family, and their community in an outstanding manner."

Paige L. Ellerman, a partner in the bankruptcy, business restructuring and creditor rights group in Taft Stettinius & Hollister's Cincinnati office, has been named president of the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky chapter of The International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC). IWIRC is a networking organization devoted to enhancing the professional status of women in the practice of insolvency and restructuring.

The Cincinnati Preservation Association (CPA) announced Charles E. Schroer (partner at Frost Brown Todd in commercial real estate and development law) as president of its Board of Directors. Schroer has served on CPA's Board of Directors for 14 years, and is a past president of the agency.

Business/Economic Development Digest
 
Chrissann Ruehle and Jennifer Sivak started Black Lab Ventures LLC, a West Chester business that designs custom programs to help companies attract and retain employees. Ruehle and Sivak formed the company after noticing a downtrend of employee engagement and dissatisfaction, and they hope to combat this with benefit programs such as onboarding, performance management, training/development and corporate wellness programs, as well as offering culture branding.

Beth Gully, owner of BT Graphics, Inc. in West Chester, was named a "Top 25 Women to Watch in 2010" by Women in Business Networking (WiBN). According to WiBn, candidates are exceptional women, respected in their fields, and they are causing more than a ripple in the public arena.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced the recognition of its parent company, WellPoint, as one of the country's Top Ten Companies for Executive Women, according to the National Association for Female Executives. Top female executives for Anthem in Ohio include President Erin Hoeflinger and WellPoint's Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer Lori Beer.

First Financial Bank welcomed Jonathan Eschan as an assistant vice president and financial advisor in the Florence banking center. Eschan, a resident of Union, Ky., is a graduate of Xavier University, a former member of the U.S. Navy, and served aboard the USS George Washington.

Creative media services company Mills James added three employees and 50 years of experience to its Cincinnati office. The new employees include Vice President Bruce Reid, Creative Director Steve Muench and Producer Dan Gaddie.
 
Education Digest

The MBA programs at Xavier University's Williams College of Business were listed among the best in the nation in U.S. News and World Report's annual rankings. The college is ranked: 17th for its Executive MBA program; 24th in International Business; 23rd in Finance; and 20th in Management.

Loveland area resident Daniel Sammons Jr., a second-year student in electronic media communications at UC's Raymond Walters College, worked as a media production mentor for Clark Montessori High School in their video contest entry for the "Get Schooled" campaign, conducted by the Obama White House. Six high schools were selected as finalists to have President Obama deliver the commencement speech.

UC was named one of four institutions selected for the state's new Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship Program. This means UC will be awarded $500,000 to provide $30,000 stipends to qualifying UC science/math education students who will agree to dedicate three years of their careers in high-need urban schools.

Student volunteers from the Antonelli College massage therapy program gave out free massages to runners in The Flying Pig Marathon. The college has participated for the last five years, with current students as well as alumni at a station for post-race massages, giving both practical learning experience and a welcome relief to tired runners.

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