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■ William J. Small has been elected to a two-year term as vice chairman of the board of directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati. Mr. Small is chairman of First Federal Bank of the Midwest in Defiance as well as chairman of the holding company, First Defiance Financial Corp. The FHLBank is a $96 billion congressionally chartered wholesale regional bank providing financial services for residential housing and economic development to 732-member financial institutions located in Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

■ The Toledo-based Image Group won the bronze award in the 2014 Image Awards Competition sponsored by Promotional Products Association International. The award was for a self-promotion direct mail campaign.

■ Two companies with local operations have been named winners of NOVA award, handed out by First Solar Inc. for outstanding performance by suppliers. OMCO Solar was recognized for demonstrating considerable manufacturing flexibility that accommodated First Solar’s dynamic project schedules in North America. Airgas USA LLC was recognized for ensuring continued, uninterrupted supply of manufacturing materials to First Solar’s Perrysburg Township production facility, as well as personal protection equipment and safety equipment, while remaining open to creative approaches to managing inventory and reducing costs.

■ William G. Martin has been appointed to serve on the board of directors of Defiance-based SB Financial Group Inc. and State Bank and Trust Co. Mr. Martin is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Spangler Candy Company in Bryan, Ohio.

■ Steve Johnson of Perrysburg Township has been named executive vice president at GEM Inc. in Walbridge. He will oversee all construction operations, safety, and sales. He was most recently GEM’s senior vice president for construction.

■ Lutheran Homes Society, a social ministry organization based in Toledo, recently announced three promotions. Steve Dumke was named senior vice president for youth, housing & community services. Angela Powell will be vice president for long-term care services. Lorinda Schalk was named vice president for finance & accounting/​chief financial officer.

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.


■ The Ohio Food Industry Expo, where companies can discover techniques, learn of innovative trends, and identify valuable resources, will be held from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday at the NorthPointe Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio, near Columbus. Registration is $75 for Center for Innovative Food Technology members and $125 for nonmembers. Visit to register and pay online. For more information, call 419-535-6000, ext. 108.

■ The Real Estate Investors Association meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:15 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 4256 Secor Rd., Toledo. For more information, call Anna Mills at 419-283-8427 or Dave Czajka at 419-699-1532.

■ Way Public Library in Perrysburg will holds its first TEDx event from 7-10 p.m. April 12. For tickets ($35), a list of speakers, and more information, go to

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Listings include organizations, headquarters, and number of attendees expected as estimated by Destination Toledo:

■ Thursday-Sunday: Heartland Travel Showcase, Park Inn by Radisson/​SeaGate Centre, 450, regional.

■ Friday-Sunday: Fraternal Order of Eagles Ladies Auxiliary Bowling Tournament, Comfort Inn/​Red Roof Inn Maumee, 90, state

■ Friday-Sunday: The Forty Frame Game Bowling Tournament, Ramada Hotel, 150, regional.