Law Digest
Frost Brown Todd attorney Grant Cowan was elected to serve as board chairman of the Cincinnati Nature Center. Cowan, a member of Frost Brown Todd’s business litigation practice group, will help promote the center’s mission of inspiring passion for nature and promoting environmentally responsible choices.

Wood, Herron & Evans announced that David Stallard is the intellectual property firm’s new senior partner. Stallard joined Wood, Herron & Evans in 1970 and has been involved in all phases of the firm’s practice.

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP won a 2009 Governor’s Excellence in Exporting Award (E-Awards). The annual award, given by the Ohio Department of Development’s Global Markets Division, honors companies based on their extensive knowledge in global trade opportunities, regulations and logistics, as well as keys to successful strategies for foreign direct investment attraction.

The YWCA of Greater Cincinnati’s Academy of Career Women of Achievement selected Helana Darrow, Katrina Atkins and Sarah Sparks, all of Dinsmore & Shohl, as Rising Stars. The award recognizes young professional women (ages 25 to 40) and is designed to provide unique networking, mentoring and educational opportunities to recipients.

The Cincinnati Bar Foundation presented Harry Santen with the 2009 Lifetime Achievement in Law Award. The honor is awarded to those who have exhibited more than 50 years of exemplary service as a lawyer. Santen was co-founder of Santen & Hughes and practiced in the areas of corporate law, estate planning and general business representation.

Thompson Hine announced the appointment of two new practice group leaders. Laura Ryan was appointed to lead the firm’s employee benefits & executive compensation group, and Stephen Richey was named leader of the firm’s labor & employment group. Ryan and Richey replace Timothy Brown and Keith Spiller, who were named to the firm’s executive committee.

Steve Nechemias, a partner at the Cincinnati office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, will present at the 19th Annual Ohio Tax Conference in Columbus this January. Taft is a sponsor of the conference, which is considered the largest business tax conference in the country.

Brett Schatz, a partner at Wood, Herron & Evans, received the 2009 Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award from Northern Kentucky University’s Chase College of Law. Schatz graduated from Chase in 2000.

Keating Muething & Klekamp announced the election of four new partners. The new partners include Charles Miller, Michael Moeddel, Jennifer Morales and W.
Jeffrey Sefton.

Business/Economic Development Digest
TriHealth, a community partnership of Bethesda North and Good Samaritan hospitals, was named among the 2009 Working Mother 100 Best Companies for its dedication to family-friendly benefits. This is the fifth time TriHealth has received the award.

The Government Collaboration group of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s C-Change Class 4 launched the web site The site was created to educate citizens on government-related topics, create awareness of regional political and governmental activities, and foster engagement in local decision-making.

Mark Stall, general counsel for the Loveland-based International Paper Co.’s xpedx division, joined the Clermont Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Before joining International Paper, Stall practiced corporate law with Buchanan Ingersoll Professional Corp. in Pittsburgh and later with Graydon Head & Ritchey in Cincinnati.

Eisen Marketing Group was named the 18th ranked public relations firm in the United States in the Beauty & Fashion category, according to the September 2009 Beauty & Fashion issue of O’Dwyer’s PR Report. O’Dwyer’s is a national trade publication that compiles rankings based on work product, community relations, personnel and revenue. EMG is also ranked in the overall top 150 independent public relations firms in the country according to O’Dwyer’s.

The Learning Kitchen of West Chester, Skiddadles of Florence, and Children’s Designer Boutique in Hebron took top honors at the 2009 John J. Frank Client of the Year awards. The awards are given by Greater Cincinnati SCORE chapter 34, which selects firms for their outstanding business development and growth.

The Cincinnati Park Board selected the Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. to develop a new restaurant and brewery for Cincinnati Riverfront Park, the 45-acre park now under construction next to The Banks mixed-use development. The opening of Moerlein Lager House is scheduled for spring 2011.

The Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education (Ohio ACTE) honored Joe Hinson, president and CEO of the West Chester Chamber Alliance, with the 2009 Image Award. The honor, awarded for the second time in the Ohio ACTE’s 54-year history, recognizes individuals who have brought positive attention to the career-technical and adult education fields.

Jeff Bender of Colliers Turley Martin Tucker closed a $1.5 million land sale. Bender represented Lakeland Real Estate LLC in the sale of the Lakeland Business Park site to Lakeland Farms LLC. The 131-acre property is located at the junction of Limaburg and Lakeland Park Drive in Burlington.

Huff Realty announced the addition of Chuck Eilerman to its commercial group. It also announced that Shirley Davis, a broker/associate with the company’s Union Centre office, was elected president of the Ohio Real Estate Commission.

Education Digest
Northern Kentucky University announced Dayle Deardurff as the new director of the school’s Institute for Nonprofit Capacity. Deardurff previously served as the CEO of Cincinnati Works and executive director of both Public Allies and ProKids. She replaces previous INC director John Vissman.

Miami University’s Institute for Entrepreneurship was listed 15th in the nation among undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in an annual survey by Entrepreneur Magazine and The Princeton Review. Programs were recognized for student engagement in real-world activities, innovation in social entrepreneurship and a high level of entrepreneurship among faculty.

Xavier University’s entrepreneurship program, housed in the Williams College of Business, was ranked 19th in the nation, according to Entrepreneur and The Princeton Review.

Dr. C. Grant Endicott was named academic director of the Art Institute of Ohio’s general education program. In his new role, Endicott oversees the general education curriculum, transitional courses and faculty development, as well as programs designed to enhance student success.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) awarded $2.5 million to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine to continue a competitive training program for environmental and cancer researchers. The grant provides financial support to eight doctoral candidates and four postdoctoral trainees annually at the college. The money will be distributed over the next five years.

Jon Yamashiro, associate professor of art at Miami University, received the school’s 2009-2010 Effective Educator Award. The award honors Miami faculty and staff who have taught and influenced students in
profound ways.

Jennifer Bush was promoted to assistant dean for graduate programs at the Williams College of Business. Bush, who was senior executive director for MBA programs at Williams College, oversees the process of admitting, enrolling and graduating MBA students. Her duties will not change.

The U.S. Green Building Council awarded Cincinnati State Technical and Community College an Excellence in Green Building Curriculum Incentive Grant for 2009. Judges awarded 10 Recognition Awards of $1,000 each and three Incentive Grants worth $10,000 each. Cincinnati State was awarded an Incentive Grant in the community and technical college category.

The College of Mount St. Joseph is participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 that allows higher educational institutions to offer veterans the opportunity to obtain a degree at a greatly reduced cost. Veterans who choose to attend the Mount under the program will not pay tuition or fees for undergraduate or master’s degree programs.

Robert Kohlhepp, vice chairman of Cintas Corp., was appointed chairman of the Xavier University Board of Trustees. Kohlhepp succeeds Joseph Pichler, retired chairman and CEO of The Kroger Co., who served as chairman since 2004.

Northern Kentucky University received a $500,000 grant for 2009-2010, with the possibility of receiving more than $2.5 million over the next five years, from the National Institutes of Health. The grant is part of the Kentucky IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (KY-INBRE), a University of Louisville-led collaboration among six state universities that funds biomedical research in the areas of genetics and neuroscience.