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Cleveland Business Connects  looks at the current movers and shakers in the business networking, corporate events, and female entrepreneur communities of Greater Cleveland. 

No local publication covers female entrepreneurs, business networking, and corporate events as well as Cleveland Business Connects. With the advent of this "High Risers" newsletter, we are elevating our coverage in these three arenas. Each twice-monthly issue will be comprised of personnel announcements, such as promotions, hirings, and appointments. We invite organizations to forward such information to CBC Editor Thomas Skernivitz at

The Akron/Summit Convention and Visitors Bureau received six industry awards for 2016 initiatives:
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Britton Gallagher, a Cleveland based employee benefits and commercial insurance broker, apppointed Jeremy Bryant to the position of agency president.  
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Calfee, Halter & Griswold

Michael G. VanBuren joined Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP as a partner in the firm's Healthcare and Life Sciences practice group. 
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KS Associates

KS Associates Inc., a civil-transportation engineering and surveying firm located in Elyria, hired Alysia K. Lorincz, P.E., as the Roadway group leader, project manager, in its Transportation Group.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society honored Lee C. Banks, president and COO of Parker Hannifin Corporation, at the 21st annual Cleveland Dinner of Champions. Banks received the Norman Cohn Hope Award, the National MS Society's most prestigious award, for his commitment to volunteer leadership and community service.

Public Relations Society of America

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Greater Cleveland chapter honored the recipients of its annual Hill, Lighthouse and Young Awards. Recipients included Dr. Alex Johnson of Cuyahoga Community College; Wayne Hill, APR, of the University of Akron; and Gary Klasen of Eaton.
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Wayne Hill
Dr. Alex Johnson
Gary Klasen

Ulmer & Berne

Seven of Ulmer & Berne's partners were recognized in the 2017 edition of Benchmark Litigation as "State Litigation Stars," a designation given to those individuals who were recommended consistently as reputable and effective litigators by clients and peers.
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Michael Jeans
Jeffery Walters
Westfield Bank

Westfield Bank appointed Michael Jeans and Jeffery Walters to its board of directors.