Monday, July 18, 2011

Ohio Legislature Appointments to Small Business Advisory Council

Speaker Batchelder:
COLUMBUS—Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) today announced the individuals he has selected to serve on the Small Business Advisory Council, a nine-member board that was established in Senate Bill 2 as part of the Common Sense Initiative (CSI).

“I am pleased to announce that I have selected two outstanding gentlemen—Michael Baach of Medina and Michael Canty of Cleveland —to help guide Ohio’s efforts to improve our business climate and create jobs,” Batchelder said. “I am confident that with the extensive business experience that these individuals possess and their direct knowledge of how to create jobs, they are more than qualified to serve in this capacity.”

Baach is the president and CEO of Philpott Rubber Company in Brunswick, which provides polymeric systems that extend the life, add strength and eliminate electrochemical corrosion in industrial, retain and governmental assets. He has led the company to record years in sales and profits since joining the company. He also served as economic development director for the City of Medina in 2006.

Canty is the owner, president and CEO of Alloy Bellows & Precision Welding, a Cleveland-based company that designs and produces custom engineered products for the power generation, aerospace, semiconductor, and oil and gas markets, both domestically and internationally. He has more than 30 years of small business experience, including business start-ups, turn-around ventures, and strategic growth initiatives for private companies.

The Small Business Advisory Council is charged with advising the CSI and the lieutenant governor on the adverse impact that government regulations have on small businesses. Each member must possess a background of small business and represent businesses of various types, sizes and geographic locations throughout the state of Ohio.

Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor today announced her five selections for the advisory board, with two additional members to be appointed by Senate President Tom Niehaus (R-New Richmond).

The CSI was established in January 2011 to make Ohio more attractive to business by reforming its regulatory policies, ensuring that excessive or burdensome regulations do not obstruct job creation or retention.

Baach and Canty will officially commence their new positions on Wednesday, when their appointments are journalized by the House.
Senate President Tom Niehaus:
(Columbus) - Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus today announced his selections for two appointments to serve on the nine-member Small Business Advisory Council established as part of CSI Ohio, the Common Sense Initiative.

The Senate President appointments are:

* Thomas Demaline, President of Willoway Nurseries, Avon

* Crystal Faulkner, Founding Partner, Cooney, Faulkner & Stevens LLC, Cincinnati

"Our state needs to attract and create jobs, and this council will provide critical guidance as we work to understand what our entrepreneurs and small business owners need to be successful," said Senator Niehaus. "These two individuals have successfully started and grown their own businesses. Their insight and knowledge will be a great asset as CSI reviews the many rules and regulations that hinder innovation and job growth in Ohio."

The Small Business Advisory Council was established in Senate Bill 2, sponsored by Senator Jim Hughes (R-Columbus), to advise the Governor, Lt. Governor and CSI Ohio on the effects Ohio's business regulations have on small businesses. Individuals appointed to this council must have a small business background and represent small businesses of various types, sizes and geographic locations throughout Ohio.

In addition to the appointments made by Senator Niehaus, the Lt. Governor will make five appointments and the Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives will make two appointments.