■ Carol Williams has been appointed to the board of directors of Owens-Illinois Inc. She is a special adviser to the CEO at Dow Chemical Co., where she was executive vice president of manufacturing and engineering, supply chain and environmental, health and safety operations.
■ Jeannine (Jeanie) Giesler has been elected president of the board of directors for Professional Independent Agents Association of Ohio Inc. She is chief operations officer and partner of Diversified Insurance Services LLC in Elmore, Ohio. Also, Diane T. Keil-Hipp was named secretary of the agents’ association’s board of directors. She is a partner and vice president of operations at Knight Crockett Miller Insurance Group in Toledo.
■ Alexis Gardens, an independent retirement community in Toledo, recently was presented with a SeniorAdvisor Excellence Award for consistently high ratings from residents and their families in 2013. SeniorAdvisor.com is a consumer reviews Web site established by A Place for Mom, or APFM, the nation’s largest senior living referral service.
■ Trent Bloomfield has been promoted to vice president at VM Systems Inc., a Toledo HVAC contractor. He served as lead estimator with VM Systems for four years.
■ Jason Hill of Toledo has been installed as the president of the Northern District of Ohio Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He is court administrator for the Ohio 6th District Court of Appeals and is an adjunct professor teaching election law at the University of Toledo College of Law.
Business Achievements, with news of management promotions, corporate board appointments, and awards, runs each week. Email announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 419-724-6147. Write “Business Achievements” in the message field.
■ The Safety Council of Northwest Ohio’s Professional Safety Academy’s “Workplace Safety Audit Training” is Thursday from 8 a.m.-noon. Cost: $150 for members; $250 for nonmembers. Information and registration: scnwo.org.
■ The Toledo Association of Insurance Professionals’ annual education night is Feb. 12. Paul Hardcastle of Glass Doctor will address “Ethical Class Studies — Glass Claims 101.” Registration is 5 to 5:15 p.m. Class starts at 5:30 p.m. Cost: $32, includes dinner. Location: Eddie Lee’s, 4700 Nantucket, Toledo. RSVP to Sandy.Dobbins@hylant.com by Feb. 10.
■ The Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Women’s Chat Connection will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Chelsea Place, 4430 N. Holland Sylvania Rd. The free networking program welcomes chamber members and guests and features various vendors. Appetizers and refreshments are provided by local restaurants. Reservations are encouraged. Call 419-882-2135 or email email@example.com.
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Listings include organizations, headquarters, and number of attendees expected as estimated by Destination Toledo:
■ Friday-Sunday: The Forty Frame Game Bowling Tournament, Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, 150, regional.
■ Friday-Sunday: Fraternal Order of Eagles Men’s State Bowling Tournament, Hampton/Courtyard/Country Inn & Suites, 200, state.
The following U.S. Patents were granted to inventors in the Ohio counties of Lucas, Fulton, and Wood and the Michigan county of Monroe in December, 2013, and published in the Official Gazette of the Patent and Trademark Office.
#8,573,675: Reverse pedestal seat, assigned to Ford Global Technologies LLC, Dearborn, Mich.; Johnathan Andrew Line, Northville, Mich.; Kendrick Alden Harper, Temperance; John W. Jaranson, Dearborn, Mich.; Harry Zhong, Canton, Mich.; Daniel Ferretti and Robert J. Sack, Commerce Township, Michigan, and Ayyash Khaled, Ann Arbor.
#8,573,777: Examination stand with improved access for the patient using a wheelchair, assigned to Eaton Corp., Cleveland; Ronald M. Kendrick, Toledo.