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Prize-Winning Journalist Joins Fleishman-Hillard Marketing Group

Former editor of The St. Louis American,
Eric Clark has joined Fleishman-Hillard Marketing Group.

Former managing editor of The St. Louis American, Eric Clark, has joined Fleishman-Hillard International Communications as an account executive in the firm’s marketing group.

At The St. Louis American, Clark managed a staff of 20 journalists while cultivating relationships with business, political and social leaders in the community. The weekly newspaper targets interests of African-Americans in the St. Louis area. Under Clark’s leadership, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) awarded it the John B. Russwurm award for “Best Black Newspaper in American” for three consecutive years.

Prior to joining Fleishman-Hillard, Clark served as media specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau, where he coordinated publicity for a six-state region during the Census 2000 national campaign. He also managed communications for the YWCA of Metropolitan St. Louis.

Fleishman-Hillard Inc., based in St. Louis, is the largest public relations firm in the world with 55 offices and a network of affiliates worldwide.

Metro Medical Society Installs Murdock as President

At the 160th annual meeting of the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society, the organization installed new officers and councilors. (Standing, from left): Vice President, Garry Vickar, M.D.; Immediate Past President John Rollo, M.D.; President Nathaniel Murdock, M.D.; President-Elect Erol Amon, M.D.; and Councilor Lee Rigg, M.D. (Seated, from left): Councilors John Codd, M.D.; Ravis Johar, M.D.; Carolyn Pryor, M.D.; and Robert Karsh, M.D. (Not pictured): Secretary Edward Burns, M.D.; and Councilor Al Elbendary, M.D.

St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society, the largest local physician member association, recently installed officers at the Society’s 160th annual meeting. Elected as the 23rd president of the organization is Nathaniel Murdock, M.D.

Other officers installed were: Erol Amon, M.D., president-elect; Garry Vickar, M.D., vice president; and Edward Burns, M.D., Secretary. New councilors elected include: John Codd, M.D.; Al Elbendary, M.D.; Ravis Johar, M.D.; Robert Karsh, M.D.; Carolyn Pryor, M.D.; and Lee Rigg, M.D.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society has more than 2,200 physician members working to promote community health interests and preserving doctor patient relationships.

EDC Elects Officers, New Board Members

The Economic Development Center of St. Charles County (EDC) has elected Richard Sacks, president of the Sacks Group Inc., as its chairman. Also elected to the EDC executive committee were Kevin Kast, vice chairman; Tom Engle, treasurer; and David Cosby, secretary. Lisa Baue, Joe Kernell, Jeff LaGarce, Harlan Pals and Darrell Roegner, are at-large members. Also the EDC elected two new directors to the board, Marvin Freeman, executive director of the St. Charles Government Department of Workforce Development, and Bernie DuBray, superintendent of the Fort Zumwalt School District.

Sacks has been a member of the EDC board of directors since 1996. In addition he has served on an allocation panel for the United Way and is a graduate of the Leadership St. Louis program.

Webster University Elects Locke to Board of Trustees

Linda Locke, vice president of Technology Communications for MasterCard International, has been elected to the Board of Trustees at Webster University. Locke oversees global communications and St. Louis community relations at MasterCard. She joined MasterCard in 1996 after serving as director of corporate communications for Boatmen’s Bancshares Inc. Her community experience includes Rainbow Village, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, NCAA Women’s Final Four 2001, CharacterPlus, United Way, St. Louis Blues Festival, Girl Scouts and the St. Louis Sports Commission.

Brinkmann Honored as Chesterfield Chamber Business Person of the Year

The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce named Robert Brinkmann, president of R.G. Brinkmann Construction Co., as its 2000 Business Person of the Year. Brinkmann was honored for the rapid growth of his company, which he founded in 1984 and the company’s emphasis on built-in value engineering. Among Brinkmann’s recent projects are the Sheraton Hotel and Suites in downtown St. Louis, the Brentwood Town Center, and the Forsyth Centre office building in Clayton. The construction firm’s Chesterfield structures include the Chesterfield Commons retail center, the Chesterfield Grove business park, and the Taylor Morley office building, now under construction.

Midwest BankCentre Elects Two to Board of Directors

David Mason and Terry Schnuck have been elected to the board of directors of Midwest-BankCentre. Mason is president and chief executive officer of the architectural and engineering firm of David Mason & Associates Inc. His community activities include the St. Louis Sports Commission, Missouri Historical Society and Museum, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Grand Center Design & Review Board, and the Saint Louis Art Museum.

Schnuck is general counsel and secretary of Schnuck Markets Inc. Also, he is chairman of the Better Business Bureau Foundation, a director of both the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and The MUNY.

Founded in 1906 as Lemay Bank & Trust Co., locally owned Midwest BankCentre operates seven banking facilities in the area with assets exceeding $710 million.

Provident Counseling Announces New Board President and Members

Timothy Beecher, a senior vice president at Fleishman-Hillard, is the new chairman of the board of Provident Counseling, succeeding Sarah B. Smith, director of Arts in Transit Bi-State. Beecher has served on the organization’s board since 1996.

Provident also announced the following new members to its board of directors: Nathan Cohen, family law attorney; Robert Kottmeier, owner of R.A. Kottmeier and Associates Inc.; and Trudi McCollum Foushee, legal counsel for Charter Communications.

Founded in 1860, Provident provides counseling services to adults and children, as well as employee counseling and behavioral risk management programs to businesses.

Guth Joins Coldwell Banker Commercial as VP

Richard Guth, CCIM, CPM, RPA, has joined Coldwell Banker Commercial American Spectrum as vice president for information technology and research. In addition to serving information technology and research, Guth will provide real estate market analysis and marketing coordination for the company.

Guth brings more than 20 years of commercial real estate experience to Coldwell Banker Commercial American Spectrum. He was most recently with NAI Finn & Associates.

Coldwell Banker Commercial American Spectrum has more than five million square feet of commercial property under management and an annual transaction volume exceeding $100 million.

Krey Joins Aurora Foods as VP of MIS

Hank J. Krey has joined Aurora Foods Inc. as vice president of management information systems (MIS). Krey's responsibilities will include data center operations, telecommunications, help desk support and development support of business applications for both the St. Louis staff and the company's plants.

With more than 20 years of MIS experience, Krey was most recently vice president and director of information systems at Ralcorp Holdings.

St. Louis-based Aurora Foods produces and markets branded foods such as Duncan Hines¨ baking mixes, Mrs. Paul's¨ and Van de Kamp's¨ frozen seafood, Log Cabin¨ and Mrs. Butterworth's¨ syrups, Aunt Jemima frozen breakfast foods, and Lenders¨ bagels.

Eisen Elected President of Bar Association

Richard Eisen, Husch & Eppenberger, LLC,
and president of the St. Louis County
Bar Association

The St. Louis County Bar Association has elected Richard Eisen as president. He leads the Family Law Practice Group of Husch & Eppenberger, LLC, and specializes in the areas of family and juvenile law litigation.

Eisen became active with the Bar Association leadership as a member of the executive committee in 1992. In addition, he served a one-year term as chairman of the Legislative Subcommittee of the Family Law Section of the Missouri Bar in 1999. Eisen also is a past board member of Kids in the Middle and a past board member of Solomon Schechter Day School. Eisen is a graduate of Washington University and Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Baer Promoted to CFO for Taylor-Morley Homes

Taylor-Morley Homes has named Christopher Baer as vice president/chief financial officer. Baer has served as corporate controller for two years. His promotion is part of an expansion and restructuring for the regional homebuilding firm.

In his new role, Baer is responsible for developing operational strategies, supervision of financial activities for all divisions of Taylor-Morley, and assisting with implementation of new technology throughout the organization.

Williamson Elected to Jefferson Bank Board

Jefferson Bank and Trust announced Justin A. Williamson, III, has been elected to the bank's board of directors. Williamson is president of Midwest Systems and River Roads Distributing Company, firms providing equipment, storage, repair and sales/leasing services to the trucking industry.

Jefferson Bank is the ninth largest commercial lender in the St. Louis area with total assets topping $500 million in 2001.

Armstrong Teasdale Elects New Partners

The St. Louis law firm, Armstrong Teasdale has elected four attorneys to partnership: David Braswell, Timothy Gearin, John O'Brien and Patrick Rasche.

Braswell's practice is concentrated in the areas of securities law and mergers and acquisitions. He also is experienced in banking and corporate transaction matters. Prior to joining Armstrong Teasdale, Braswell served Guarantee Electrical Co. for 12 years.

Gearin concentrates his practice in litigation, primarily medical malpractice and product liability defense. He is uniquely qualified in this area because he practiced as a registered nurse for 12 years before returning to school to earn a law degree.

O'Brien has experience in the organization, maintenance and general representation of professional and business corporations, limited liability companies and other forms of business organizations. He has been responsible for negotiating and preparing complex sale, purchase and merger agreements, shareholder agreements, financing documents and other commercial contracts. O'Brien also practices in the banking and real estate areas of the law.

Rasche is vice-chairman of the Patent, Trademark and Intellectual Property Department. His experience includes patent applications, clearance opinions, validity opinions and licensing agreements. Prior to joining Armstrong Teasdale Rasche was a patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the biomechanical/medical arts area.

Armstrong Teasdale currently employs 228 attorneys with offices in St. Louis, Kansas City and Jefferson City, Mo; and Washington, DC; Olathe, Kan.; Belleville, Ill.; Shanghai, China; and Sydney, Australia.

Turvey Promoted to Regional President for UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare has promoted Vic Turvey to president for its Midwest Region. Turvey will continue as president and CEO of UnitedHealthcare’s Missouri-based operations, the position he has held since 1997.

In his new position, Turvey is responsible for operations serving more than 2.2 million members in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin. The Midwest office is based in the company’s Riverport location in Maryland Heights.

Hilton Named President of Commercial Real Estate Women–St. Louis

Tonja Hilton, CPA, is president of the St. Louis
Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women.

The St. Louis Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) has named Tonja Hilton as president. Hilton has been a member of CREW for six years and formerly served as the organization’s treasurer. She is a manager in the Real Estate and Contractor Services Groups of Rubin, Brown, Gornstein & Co.




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