Messer Construction Co. has been named one of the 2009 “Best Employers in Ohio” by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Ohio State Council. Messer ranked sixth in the “Large Company” category.

Neyer Properties announced the hiring of two new employees. Seth Pirie of Mount Washington will be the new development project manager, and Traci Boeing of Bridgetown will fill the position of acquisition manager.

Colliers Turley Martin Tucker announced that Jordan Weidner has achieved Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) Professional Accreditation as awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Amanda Guinan of Mount Washington was hired as the new director of account management for Custom Design Benefits, a third-party administrator of healthcare benefits.

The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) has begun its first eight construction projects with more than $15.2 million of government stimulus money. The projects aim to improve transportation networks and keep people working.

Bonnie White, CEO and founder of Bonnie K. White & Associates Inc. in Montgomery, was honored at ADCLUB Cincinnati’s Annual Silver Medal Luncheon meeting. The American Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal Award is the most prestigious advertising honor bestowed on an individual by local peers for outstanding contribution to company, community and profession.

Local entrepreneurs Steven Miller and Bret Caller launched Viking Partners, a real estate investment firm in Blue Ash. They are actively seeking properties and real estate-secured debt in the Midwest and Southeast.

Ellen van der Horst, the president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, has been elected to the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) board of directors. She will work with other board members to provide guidance and direction to the organization.

Huff Realty announced the additions of Kim Voll to the Fairfield-Hamilton office, Don Volland to the Florence office, Scott Senter to the Mason-Deerfield office and Sue Schneider to the Union Centre office.

The Cincinnati Observatory recently welcomed several new members to its board and staff. Paul Callard, Dr. Margaret Hanson, and Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Mary Ronan have all joined the board of the Observatory. Also, Lyn Marsteller has joined the staff as development coordinator.

Harald von Eick has joined CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services as the managing director of CTI Europe in the company’s Germany office. Von Eick has more than 20 years of experience in clinical trial management, as well as experience in marketing/business development and as a CRA.

Liberty Dialysis of Mercer Island, Wash., has opened a new dialysis center at Kenwood Crossing II in Sycamore Township. Liberty Dialysis has more than 100 dialysis clinics and acute programs in the United States and has a history of developing clinics in underserved communities.