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Business news notebook — Oct. 13


Group Insurance Specialists Inc.

The Ottawa County-based group insurance marketing firm said it will merge with Consolidated Business Benefits of Akron. Consolidated Business Benefits will become a division, it said, allowing both companies to continue their long-term relationships with various insurance carriers and their representatives.


Bradley A. Wright

The partner with the law firm Roetzel was named the 2013-14 USLaw Network Chair. Prior to his election, he has served as vice chair and secretary/treasurer, in addition to serving on both the board of directors and the executive committee since 2005 and 2008, respectively. USLaw Network is an international organization composed of more than 100 independent defense-based law firms with more than 6,000 attorneys covering the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Steven M. Landy

Steven M. Landy, of Landy, Hamilton & Associates, became an Ameriprise Financial Private Wealth Advisor.

Gary S. Shamis

INSIDE Public Accounting, a national publication, named Gary S. Shamis of SS&G Inc. a 2013 Most Admired Peer. IPA’s Most Admired Peers were selected by more than 500 accounting firms that participated in IPA’s 23rd Survey and Analysis of Firms. Shamis was among five profession leaders named by colleagues.

Emily Richards

An associate at SS&G’s Akron office, Emily Richards was named to the Ohio Society of CPAs Young Section Leadership Board. The board consists of OSCPA members ages 35 and under who identify and implement benefits and services to young CPAs, including development opportunities, communications and career information, networking and social events, and volunteer opportunities.


Best Bib and Tucker

Best Bib and Tucker will hold a ribbon-cutting at its new location at 10 a.m. Saturday. The shop at 127A Mill St. is the first retail tenant in the renovated former Schumacher Lumber mill in downtown Hartville.


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