Business notebook: 3/9



■ Tanja Lumpp has been named global benefits specialist for Toledo-based Hylant, one of the nation’s largest privately owned insurance brokerage firms. Ms. Lumpp was previously with Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids, Mich.

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.


■ “Marketing on a Shoestring” will be the topic of the Monroe Business Assistance Team's March seminar. The free event will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the River Raisin Banquet Center, 8 N. Monroe St., Monroe. RSVP: 734-384-9172.

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

■ The Associated General Contractors of Northwest Ohio will hold its annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. March 18 at Toledo Country Club. Information: Kevin X. Smith, 419-241-3601.

■ James McNerney, from New Course LLC, will present on “Supply Chain Network Optimization” on March 20 at the APICS Professional Development Meeting, in conjunction with the Toledo chapter of NAPM. The event will be held at the Whitehouse Inn, 10835 Waterville St., Whitehouse. Registration begins at 5, dinner is at 5:30, and the presentation follows. Cost: $25 for APICS members, $30 for nonmembers. RSVP to

■ The Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association will hold its monthly meeting at noon March 20 at Brandywine Country Club. Matthew Harper, attorney for Eastman & Smith, will speak on “Joint Ventures — Unique Characteristics and What You Need To Look For.” Cost: Free for members, $20 for nonmembers. RSVP by March 17 at http://​ or contact

Notice of business meetings must be received by The Blade 10 days before the event. Send items by email to or by fax to 419-724-6147. Write “Business Calendar” in the message field.


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

■ Thursday-Friday: Experience Vascular Nursing Conference, Holiday Inn French Quarter, 220, regional.

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

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


■ Dr. Wade L. Banker will open Luxe Laser Vein & Body Center on March 10 at 1500 Holland Rd., Maumee. Dr. Banker specializes in vascular interventional procedures with broad expertise in laser surgery for skin, vein, and body repair.

Business Transitions, which include business moves and openings, should be sent by email to or by fax to 419-724-6147. Write “Business Transitions” in the message field.


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.

#8,575,087: Treatment of cancers with A-8R peptide, assigned to the University of Toledo; Lirim Shemshedini, Ypsilanti, Mich.; Shao-Yong Chen, Brookline, Mass.; Changmeng Cai, Newton, Mass., and Chen-Lin Hsieh, Toledo.

#8,575,442: Soybean variety XBP27005, assigned to Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc., Johnston, Iowa; Brian A. Carden, Ladd, Ill. and Debra K. Steiger, Wauseon.