Law Digest

Dinsmore & Shohl announced that Alicia Bond and Roxanne Ingles have joined the firm as associates in the litigation department. Bond focuses her practice on general commercial litigation and construction matters, and Ingles' practice is focused on general commercial litigation matters.
Taft Stettinius & Hollister announced that Robert W. McDonald, an associate in the business and finance practice group, has been elected to the board of the Dan Beard Council, Boy Scouts of America and as chair of the organization's new Professional Leadership Network, which is designed to increase participation, awareness and exposure of young professionals in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky to Boy Scout activities.

Kenneth B. Germain, of counsel to intellectual property (IP) law firm Wood, Herron & Evans, was recently recognized as "Greater Cincinnati Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers, a respected peer-review publication on the legal profession. Germain has 35 years of experience in his chosen field of trademark counseling, consulting and litigation.

Thompson Hine lawyer Erin Alkire has been appointed to serve a three-year term as a board member of the Terrace Park Country Club in Milford. Alkire, an associate in the firm's business litigation practice group, focuses her practice on commercial litigation, including contract and tort claims with respect to disputes involving financial services, real estate and ERISA.

Business/Economic Development Digest
Global branding agency Interbrand announced that Fred Richards, who was most recently the executive creative director of North America and Cincinnati, has been named global executive creative director for consumer packaged goods. Richards will continue his current duties and will work to leverage and expand his expertise into pivotal regional and global markets.

The Kenwood by Senior Star "” a luxury retirement and best care practices assisted living and memory care community "” announced that Michael Coler and Thomas Rotz have joined the community as co-executive directors. Both have extensive backgrounds in the healthcare, senior care and hospitality professions.

Tom Miller of Mason has been named a chief financial officer advisor at LGI CFO, a downtown-based financial management firm serving Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky. He was formerly CFO for a Cincinnati advertising and marketing consulting firm, controller for a medical temporary staffing company and vice president of finance and administration for a Hamilton steel company.

RiverHills Bank was granted PLP (Preferred Lender Program) status by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Under the program, RiverHills Bank will be able to underwrite and approve all types of SBA loans internally, thereby expediting the approval process.

Furlong Building Enterprises, a commercial construction firm located in Miamitown, announced the hiring of Steve McVey as senior construction manager. McVey has more than 25 years in construction operations management and previously worked with Wright Contracting and Paul Hemmer Company.

Brandimage has hired Tim Murphy as the agency's new managing director. Murphy is a brand design and marketing professional with decades of both client-side and consulting experience in advertising, direct marketing, branding, strategic and experiential design.

Milacron, a U.S headquartered, global manufacturer of plastics processing technologies, products and services, named Dean Roberts, a manufacturing leader with more than 28 years of experience, to the newly created position of president of the Americas Aftermarket Services. Roberts will be responsible for enhancing the value of Milacron's aftermarket services to customers through its ServTek, Wear Technology and Progress Precision businesses.

Education Digest

Xavier University received the National Association for Campus Activities Outstanding Diversity Achievement Campus Program Award for its Day of Solidarity Event. Recognizing a need for an immediate reaction to youth suicides related to bullying and the need for a proactive stance for LGBTQ individuals as a Jesuit, Catholic institution, people from all departments and from faculty, staff, administration and students came together for three events.

Earl Rivers, director of choral studies at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, has been named artistic director for the Cincinnati Organizing Committee of the 7th World Choir Games, which will be held in Cincinnati from July 4-14, 2012. Rivers, a professor of music and head of CCM's Division of Ensembles and Conducting, fills a position previously held by Erich Kunzel, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra conductor, who died in 2009.

The Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law Alumni Association honored four alumni and one honorary alumnus during its annual Chase Alumni Luncheon. The recipients and awards were: Bea V. Larsen '69, Lifetime Achievement Award; Judge Timothy S. Black '83, Professional Achievement Award; Richard A. Cullison '76, Exceptional Service Award; Kenneth H. Kinder II '00, Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award; and Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III, inaugural Honorary Alumnus Award.  

Four faculty members and one student from The Art Institute of Ohio — Cincinnati's Interior Design program have been elected to leadership positions in the Southern Ohio/Kentucky Chapter of the American Society for Interior Design (ASID). Adjunct instructor Diane Caldwell will serve as chapter president; adjunct instructor A. Maris Bernard is president-elect; Academic Director of the Interior Design program Annette Lawrence has been elected as a director-at-large; and interior design student Erin B. Goldschmidt will serve as the student representative.