■ Margaret M. Murray, a partner in the Sandusky law firm of Murray & Murray, received the Amicus Curiae award from the Ohio Association for Justice. The nonprofit organization presents the award to a person who undertakes a central role in the group’s mission of representing the rights of consumers and injured plaintiffs to ensure that equal access to justice through the courts is available to all under Ohio law.
■ Randy Phipps has been named executive creative director at Maumee’s Hart, northwest Ohio’s largest integrated marketing communications agency. He previously worked at Hart from 1998-2006.
■ First Federal Bank recently announced promotions. In the Maumee office, Joel Schlageter was promoted to assistant vice president. In Findlay, JJ Preston was promoted to vice president for commercial banking. In Bowling Green, Dan Murphy was promoted to assistant vice president, retail lender.
■ Ag Credit, ACA of Fostoria finished eighth in the small/medium company category of the 2014 Best Employers in Ohio, createdby the Ohio SHRM State Council and Best Companies Group.
■ Christine Kilman, vice president of account service with Gelia, was recently elected to the board of directors for World Wide Partners Inc., a full-service agency network providing innovative services, supplemental resources, and real-time collaborations to more than 80 independent agencies around the world.
Business Achievements, with news of management promotions, corporate board appointments, and awards, runs each week. Send announcements by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to 419-724-6147. Write “Business Achievements” in the message field.
■ The Toledo Warehouse District Association will hold its annual meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Oliver House Historic Lobby. RSVP to email@example.com by Tuesday.
■ The Toledo Club Toastmasters will meet Friday at 7 a.m. on the fifth floor of the Toledo Club, 235 14th St. Guest are welcome free of charge. Questions: Germano Bressan, 419-249-6309.
■ Jeff Nordhaus, owner of H&K Products Inc., will speak about Pappy’s Sassafras Tea and the tea tradition at the Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum from 8-9:30 a.m. June 19 at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation, 13737 Middleton Pike, Bowling Green. Cost: $10. Walk-ins welcome, but guests are encouraged to reserve a seat by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notice of business meetings must be received by The Blade 10 days before the event. Send items by email to email@example.com 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-Sunday: VFW Department of Ohio, Holiday Inn French Quarter/Hilton Garden Inn, 600, state.
■ Thursday-Sunday: Ohio Society of Professional Engineers Spring Conference, Park Inn by Radisson, 125, state.
■ Friday-Sunday: Wolves Tournaments — Battle of the Bats Baseball Tournament, various properties, 500, regional.
■ Friday-Sunday: Suburban Girls Softball Shootout — Toledo Tune Up, various properties, 2,000, regional.
The following U.S. Patents were granted to inventors in Lucas, Fulton, Wood, Lenawee, and Monroe counties in April, 2014, and published in the Official Gazette of the Patent and Trademark Office.
#8,685,243: Fluid filter, assigned to Fram Group IP LLC, Lake Forest, Ill.: Gerard W. Bilski, Perrysburg, and Michael S. Lynch, Fostoria.
#8,685,489: Plasma-shell PDP, assigned to Imaging Systems Technology Inc., Toledo: Carol Ann Wedding, Daniel K. Wedding, Jeffrey W. Guy, and Robert P. Wenzlaff, Toledo, and Oliver M. Strbik III, Holland.
#8,686,091: Ambient cure water-based coatings for writable-erasable surfaces, assigned to IdeaPaint Inc., Ashland, Mass.: John Goscha, Boston, and Martin Douglas Donbrosky, Jr., Lambertville.
#8,691,947: Materials related to sodium/potassium adenosine triphosphatase and Src, assigned to the University of Toledo: Zi-Jian Xie, Saline, Mich., and Qiqi Ye, Toledo.