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Business notebook: 6/18


David Behen has been named vice president and chief information officer at La-Z-Boy Inc. of Monroe. He will be responsible for leading, developing, expanding, and overseeing all aspects of information technology throughout the furniture company’s operations. He previously was chief information officer and director of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget for the state of Michigan.

Andy Fox has been named vice president of development & client relations at HCC Rare Cons Inc. of Toledo. He will be responsible for developing new marketing programs and maintain and build on current bank relationships. Most recently he was director of communications and marketing for firm in Richmond, Va.

Stephen Way has joined architecture and engineering firm Bergmann Associates and will be its regional marketing director with duties of assisting with business development throughout Bergmann’s Midwest region which includes Toledo, Lansing, and Grand Rapids, Mich. Mr. Way, an engineer, previously was with DGL Consulting Engineers, a civil/​structural engineering and survey firm.

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.



“Domestic Terrorism” is the discussion topic for the Ottawa County Safety Council’s monthly meeting on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Magruder Hospital, 615 Fulton, St., Port Clinton. RSVP by Monday to Jessica Kowalski at 419-898-6242.

The Great Eastern Toastmasters’ bimonthly meeting will be Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the community meeting rooms near the cafeteria in ProMedica Bay Park Community Hospital, 2801 Bay Park Dr., Oregon. Contact Lee Braatz for information at 419-382-9035.

The Waterville Chamber of Commerce’s After-Hours Networking meeting will be Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Roche de Bout Shelter in Farnsworth Metropark, 650 S. River Rd, Waterville. Additional information at 419-878-5188 or email

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:

■ Tuesday-Saturday — Grottoes of North America — Supreme Council Session, Holiday Inn French Quarter, 400, national.

■ Thursday-Sunday — Sylvania Mavericks Baseball — Summer shootout Tournament, various properties, 2,500, regional.

■ Thursday-Sunday — Great Black Swamp Classic Baseball Tournament, various properties, 1,500, regional.

■ Friday-Sunday — Fast Pitch Softball — 18th Annual Independence Day Classic, various properties, 800, regional.

■ Friday-Sunday — Wolves Tournaments — Rossford Challenge Tournament, various properties, 500, regional.



Another Time Furnishings will hold a re-grand opening at 3 p.m. Monday at 719 S. Main St., Bowling Green.

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 Lucas, Fulton, Wood, Lenawee, and Monroe counties and published in the Official Gazette of the Patent and Trademark Office during March and April, 2017. 

#9,584,470: Dynamic DHCP for Wi-Fi connectivity in a vehicle. Assigned to: General Motors LLC, Detroit. Dipankar Pal, Sylvania; Muhammad Fahad Alam, Macomb, Mich.; and Ronald Terry, Clarkston, Mich.

#9,591,809: Split power tool. Assigned to: MTD Products Inc., Valley City, Ohio. Jason Gieske, Bowling Green, Ken.; Cherry A. Bochmann, Bay Village, Ohio; and Erin Q. Riddell, Bay Village, Ohio.

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