Business briefs: Brian Edler receives franchise award

Brian Edler, owner of 18 Domino’s stores located in Findlay and surrounding areas, was awarded the International Franchise Association Gold Franny Award for operational excellence. The Gold Franny Award is the most prestigious honor bestowed on a Domino’s franchise owner. Edler earned the award as part of an elite group among about 800 franchise owners in the United States. The award is based on several key factors including operational audit scores, community involvement, store safety and security, and team member morale.

Orthodontist Christopher A. Roberts, who practiced for 30 years in Findlay, has been elected secretary-treasurer of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), which places him in line to be president of the AAO in 2020-21. Dr. Roberts continues to serve on the AAO board of trustees as the representative of the Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists, one of eight constituent groups of the AAO, which serves orthodontists practicing in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania (west of the Alleghenies) and Ontario. The AAO is the world’s oldest and largest dental specialty organization, with nearly 19,000 members in the U.S., Canada and abroad. Roberts is an adjunct associate professor of dentistry at the University of Michigan, Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry.

Several organizations and two individuals received honors during a luncheon and awards ceremony hosted by the Alber Enterprise Center at Ohio State University at Marion. National Lime & Stone Co., Findlay, received an award for “Investment in Learning Resulting in Positive Impact on Business.” The company has successfully used the center’s skilled trades advancement program, as well as enhanced safety training and customer service assessments. Several National Lime employees have achieved the American Welding Society AWS D1.1 welding certification.

Rodney Walton has been promoted to senior vice president and senior private banker for First Federal Bank. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Toledo and has over 35 years of experience in the banking industry. Walton serves clients primarily in the Findlay and Fostoria markets.

Dan Romick has been promoted to vice president and financial adviser for First Federal Bank. Romick works with clients who focus on achieving financial goals. He specializes in retirement and financial planning, investment analysis and partnering with young professionals to help steer the course of their financial future. Romick earned a degree in small business/entrepreneurship with a minor in religious studies from the University of Findlay, and has a Series 6 securities registration and a life and health insurance license from Ohio. He serves clients primarily in Hancock County.


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