Business notebook: 8/31



■ Maurice Jones, William Shininger, Harold Holland, and Lloyd Graber make up the 2014 class of the Fulton County Agricultural Hall of Fame.

■ Monroe-based La-Z-Boy Inc. has promoted two top executives. Doug Collier has been named senior vice president, chief marketing officer, and president of La-Z-Boy’s international operations. Darrell Edwards has been named senior vice president and chief supply chain officer.

■ Terri Tassie of Dundee, Mich., has been named to the executive board of directors of Pure Romance, a seller of relationship-enhancement products. Ms. Tassie has been a consultant with the company for 13 years.

■ Sergio Rivera has been appointed to the board of directors of Toledo-based Health Care REIT, a real estate investment trust that specializes in medical and senior-living facilities. Mr. Rivera is president of the Americas for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. He has more than 25 years of experience in global real estate development, finance, and brand management and development.

■ The Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce was recognized at the recent Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives for finishing in the top 10 in the nation in three categories: membership retention, accounts; new membership, dues, and new membership, accounts.

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.


■ Monroe County Farm Bureau members will hold their annual business meeting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Old Mill Banquet Hall in Dundee. Members wishing to attend must make reservations by Sept. 8 by calling 734-269-3275 or emailing

■ Melanie Bergeron, chairman of the Two Men and a Truck moving company, will be the breakfast keynote speaker at the 2014 Great Lakes Business Connection to be held Oct. 8 at the University of Toledo Medical College, the former Medical College of Ohio. The networking event allows local entrepreneurs to cross paths with major corporations. The $75 cost includes breakfast, workshops, luncheon, B2B matchmaker sessions, a trade show, and an evening reception on Oct. 7. Information: 419-327-8988 or

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.


The following U.S. patents were granted to inventors in Lucas, Fulton, Wood, Lenawee, and Monroe counties in June, 2014, and published in the Official Gazette of the Patent and Trademark Office. For more information call the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, Business Technology Department at 419-259-5209.

#8,752,351: Shingle with reinforced nail zone and method of manufacturing, assigned to Owens Corning Intellectual Capital LLC, Toledo: James S. Belt, Utica, Ohio and Bert W. Elliott, Toledo.

#8,752,403: Method of shaping glass sheets, assigned to Pilkington Group Ltd., St. Helens, Great Britain: Robert J. Boisselle, Maumee; Efrain Serrano, Perrysburg, and John Tomik, LaSalle, Mich.

#8,752,666: Fitting system for a hydraulic tuning tube, assigned to Eaton Corp., Cleveland: Christopher Michael Bunde, Whitehouse and Jason W. Dahms, Bowling Green.

#8,753,936: Changing effective work function using ion implantation during dual work function metal gate integration, assigned to International Business Machines Corp., Armonk, N.Y.: Rashmi Jha, Toledo; Naim Moumen, Walden, N.Y.; Vijay Narayanan, New York; Dae-Gyu Park, Poughquag, N.Y.; Vamsi K. Paruchuri, Albany, N.Y.; Michael P. Chudzik, Danbury, Conn., and Martin M. Frank, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

#8,756,731: Phototherapy infant swaddling blanket, assigned to Bionix Development Corp., Toledo: James Huttner, Sylvania and Susan Brangham, Temperance.

#8,757,407: Closure and container package with child-resistant and nonchild-resistant modes of operation, assigned to Rexam Prescription Products Inc., Perrysburg: Robert S. Konefal, Wilton, N.H.; Steven R. Wolfe, Maumee, and John M. Shingle, Perrysburg.

#8,746,112: Tool for operating oxygen tanks, not assigned. Lynne Perry and Bradley Ruff, Bowling Green.