Distinctive client service, bold leadership and empowered people define Grant Thornton.

The Cincinnati office of Grant Thornton LLP is an established leader locally, providing a broad range of accounting and consulting services such as audit, tax, valuation, transaction advisory and IT to industry segments including manufacturing, retail, distribution, real estate, construction, food service and nonprofit organizations.

Experts assist dynamic companies with solutions that range from complex business structures to international expansion. Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the six global audit, tax and advisory organizations. The people in the independent firms of Grant Thornton International Ltd provide personalized attention and the highest quality service to public and private clients in more than 100 countries.

Grant Thornton's vision is straightforward and consists of three key concepts: distinctive client service, bold leadership and empowered people. Through the Grant Thornton Client Experience, clients are served by a cohesive global organization. Through bold leadership, professionals are seen as leaders by the business world and the market. Grant Thornton personnel are empowered "” enabling them to deliver service that is distinctly Grant Thornton.

"To achieve Grant Thornton's vision, we capitalize on our strengths by embracing our values of uniting through global collaboration, demonstrating leadership in all we do, promoting a consistent culture of excellence, acting with agility, ensuring deep respect for people and taking responsibility for our actions," says Managing Partner Bob Taylor. "Our values serve as the foundation for each step we take toward executing our firm strategy and achieving our vision. These values underpin our global strategy, support our vision and represent our beliefs. They guide our decision-making and help us ensure that our people take correct and appropriate actions in all they do."

Grant Thornton's dedication to excellence continues to result in accolades, including the following awards and recognitions: 2009 National Client Advisor Award for outstanding client service; Center for Companies That Care 2009 honor roll (5th consecutive year); voted in top 10 "2009 Working Mother 100 Best Company" by Working Mother magazine; named to Pink Magazine's "2009 Top Companies for Women"; and top-ranked in The ClientWize Group's 2008 CPA Firm Client Satisfaction Study.

To learn more, visit grantthornton.com.


TechSolve enables Ohio manufacturers to thrive in a highly competitive global marketplace by offering business solutions and resources that enhance growth, improve productivity and expand capacity.

For over 25 years, TechSolve has helped organizations implement process improvement and advanced machining solutions that create measureable top-line and bottom-line results. Their in-depth business and engineering experience across a wide range of industries allows their experts to identify and quickly prioritize the best improvement and growth opportunities for clients.

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In an industry that has been more than a little shaky in the past year, U.S. Bank takes pride in its consistencies.

In fact, the bank has even been recognized on a national scale for its recent performance. The April issue of Fortune magazine recognized U.S. Bank as one of the most admired companies in the world, while the U.S. Department of Defense gave the company a Patriot Award for support of its employees in the National Guard and Reserve Forces.

Even with these honors, customer service is still truly the highest goal for U.S. Bank. This commitment was reflected further when it topped the four largest banks in the country in customer satisfaction, customer expectations, perceived quality, perceived value and customer loyalty, according to an independent survey conducted by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).

That's a pretty high compliment to the fifth-largest commercial bank in the country, and it's one they don't take lightly.

"The biggest area that we focus on is customer service," says Senior Vice President Toby Rau. "We do customer surveys across categories. Our strategic goal is to be the best in customer service among our peer group during the financial crisis."

To stay ahead of the game during the recession, U.S. Bank has tried to be reliable in its approach. This required providing as much information as possible to customers, filling them in on what was happening in the industry and how that would affect them.

The transparency has left customers satisfied while also benefiting the bank. Consistency has led it to grow the balance sheet.

"We've been able to provide more services than before. U.S. Bank is one of the only banks that has stayed in a lot of markets when most are moving out of them, such as merchant banking. We continue to invest in growth," Rau says.

This has paid off on a national scale, but has done even better for the local branch of U.S. Bank. Its local commercial banking unit has grown at an even higher rate than the company has nationally.

"We've been called upon a lot," Rau says. "And we've been able to answer."


Wood & Lamping LLP was founded in 1927 by a small group of seasoned lawyers, including a former Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court and two former Superior Court judges. The firm has been serving the businesses and individuals of the Greater Cincinnati area through all of the generations since.

Wood & Lamping remains one of the most experienced and respected firms in the region today. The firm is highly regarded for its work in the areas of litigation, business, government and land use, employment law, real estate, probate and estate planning and domestic relations.

The firm is organized into these practice groups:

"” Business
"” Creditor Rights/Bankruptcy
"” Domestic Relations
"” Employment/Labor Law
"” Estates and Trusts
"” Health Care
"” Immigration
"” Litigation
"” Real Estate
"” Tax Law
"” Zoning & Public Sector Law
"” Intellectual Property/Technology Law

The practice groups provide an infrastructure that allows for ongoing training and pooling of talent. The firm's practice groups interact regularly, and cross-departmental groups are organized to meet the needs of the firm's clients. 

For more details, go to http://www.woodlamping.com.