Business notebook: 2/23



■ Charter One has named Robert Griffey as vice president and regional sales manager for its Home Lending Solutions Midwest division. He is based in Toledo and will be responsible for home lending solutions in Indiana, northwestern Ohio, and southern Michigan. He was formerly with Waterford Bank.

■ Scott Schutt has been promoted to marketing manager at MTS Seating in Temperance. He was sales supervisor.

■ Travis L. Rhoades has been named Young Engineer of the Year by the Toledo Society of Professional Engineers. He works for the Maumee-based Mannik & Smith Group Inc.

■ Greg Knudson has been named director of the Center for Business and Economic Development for Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus. He was formerly vice president of sales and marketing at Toledo-based Nextronex Inc., a solar inverter/​power electronics company.

■ Maggie Fawcett has been named assistant manager of The Danberry Company, Realtors’ office on Briarfield Boulevard. She was formerly with Newlove Realty.

Business Achievements, with news of management promotions, corporate board appointments, and awards, runs each week. Send announcements by email to or by fax to 419-724-6147. Write "Business Achievements" in the message field.


■ Bollin Wealth Management is hosting free “Understanding Your Social Security Benefits” workshops to provide attendees with an understanding of their Social Security benefits and benefit maximization strategies. Workshops at 6 p.m. Monday at Way Public Library in Perrysburg; 6 p.m. Thursday at the Sylvania Library, and 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Sylvania Library. Walk-ins are welcome but space is limited. Reserve a seat by calling 419-878-3934 or email

■ The Toledo Club Toastmasters will meet at 7 a.m. Friday on the fifth floor of the Toledo Club, 235 14th St. Guests are welcome to attend free of charge. Information: Germano Bressan, at 419-249-6309.

■ The Regional Energy Forum 2.0 will be held from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on March 7 at the University of Toledo’s Scott Park Campus, 2225 Nebraska Ave. Energy and sustainability experts from businesses and the Ohio Environmental Council will discuss employment, economic development, and entrepreneurship opportunities. Cost: $25, $10 for students. Register at Contact information: 419-486-9273 or or

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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, states.


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.

#8,573,964: Liquid or hydraulic blow molding, assigned to Amcor Limited Hawthorn, Australia; David Andison, Oakville, Calif.; George David Lisch, Jackson, Mich.; Kirk Edward Maki, Tecumseh, Mich.; Theodore F. Eberle, Ann Arbor; James R. Corn, Jr., Columbia, S.C.; Robert A. Cooper, Grass Lake, Mich., and Terry D. Patcheak, Ypsilanti, Mich.

#8,574,052: Bonus discard poker, assigned to Imaging Systems Technology Inc., Toledo; Timothy G. Nottke, Toledo.

#8,574,631: Water-dispersible pellets containing a isobutylene diurea and a lignin binder, assigned to The Andersons Inc., Maumee; Charles W. Anderson, Bowling Green; Kenneth Tornberg, Marysville, Ohio; Timothy D. Birthisel, Perryburg, and James R. Lynch, Toledo.

#8,575,033: Carbosilane precursors for low temperature film deposition, assigned to Applied Materials Inc., Santa Clara, Calif.; Timothy W. Weldman, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Todd Schroeder, Toledo.