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Large accounting firm to move to downtown Dayton

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 3:46 PM
Updated: Friday, December 08, 2017 @ 1:10 PM

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A Moraine accounting firm will move into the downtown Dayton office building at 2 - 10 S. Patterson Blvd., bringing 70 to 80 high-paying jobs to a quickly growing area of downtown.

RSM US is leaving 2000 W. Dorothy Lane in Moraine to move to the Dayton building at South Patterson and Third Street, near the newly expanded Dayton main metro library branch.

Todd Pleiman, managing partner at RSM, said the company has around 90 offices in the U.S., most of them in or near downtowns. 

When RSM sold its Moraine building to Shook Construction early this year, company leaders had a good idea of where they wanted to go.

“Downtown was our focus from the beginning,” Pleiman said Friday.

There will be no cafeteria in the Dayton building, so the RSM professionals will be spending money downtown. 

Pleiman said the company wanted to have a standalone meeting ready for a move in May. The RSM name will be prominent on the building, and there will be plenty of parking for employees and clients who are expected to be coming and going through the day. 

The business will take up the top two floors of the building. 

Beavercreek builder and developer Synergy reached out to RSM after the company sold its Moraine building to Shook, Pleiman said. 

Government incentives were not part of the initial plan, but RSM did reach out to the city of Dayton for a relatively small  amount of money. Pleiman could not immediately say how much.

“That was not the driver for us going there,” he said of the incentive.

Montgomery County property records identified the recent buyer of the Dayton building as Mills-Barnett Pavilion Inc. Heartland Properties Inc. was the seller. The sale price was put at $1,050,000.

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Dave Hicks, Moraine city manager, said the city tried to keep RSM in the city, but company principals wished to be closer to the center city.

“We had been working with RSM for well over a year,” said Mike Davis, development director for Moraine.

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“Their corporate strategy, if you look at their other locations, is they are typically in a downtown,” Davis said.

The good news for Moraine is that Shook Construction Co. bought RSM’s former building, Davis and Hicks both noted.

Shook bought the building at 2000 W. Dorothy Lane for $1.85 million from Battelle and Battelle Realty Co. in late August or early September.

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As the Dayton Daily News previously reported, the Shook Construction headquarters building on Northcutt Place has been on the market, and Moraine City Council approved a development agreement with Shook for relocation and improvement of the building at 2000 W. Dorothy.

“We just feel fortunate to have been able to backfill that building quickly,” Hicks said.

The Moraine building had been the home of Battelle and Battelle, before becoming McGladrey LLP. The latter company took on the RSM brand identity in 2015.

Built in 1988, the three-story downtown Dayton office building has 20,349 square feet.

The building near East Third Street also has 44 dedicated parking spaces.

11 rookie mistakes to avoid during the first year of your new job

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 4:57 PM

Here's what you should do when starting your own business, according to the Small Business Administration Be aware of the many different laws and regulations you must comply with Decide on your business structure Don't give up when something isn't working Be comfortable with uncertainty and a lack of security Be willing to change your perspective at a moment's notice and act quickly

Whether you're in your first job straight out of college or are a seasoned professional starting with a different company, your first year can set the tone for success or failure. 

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Early mistakes can be difficult to overcome and can torpedo your career in the longer term.

The following are 11 rookie mistakes you'll want to avoid during the first year of your new job:

Ignoring the office culture

Each office has its own way of doing things, and it's part of your job to learn the culture of the organization you're becoming a part of, according to Fortune. Focus on what the company's priorities are, who the decision-makers are and how they arrive at their conclusions. Even if your goal is to change the organization, you'll first have to learn how to fit in.

Trying too hard

Although it's tempting to try to prove your worth immediately, trying to do this too fast can make you look arrogant, Fast Company advises. Instead, ask a lot of questions, which will help you learn the ropes as well as build trust with your colleagues.

Not clarifying expectations

The Public Relations Society of America recommends meeting with your manager to discuss your responsibilities, priorities, how your performance will be evaluated and how your role fits into the company's goals. You'll also want to request ongoing feedback to ensure that you're staying on the right track.

Forgetting relationship-building

You can start a new job with a plan for success, but you can't leave people out of the equation, according to Time. Know whose help you need to get your work done, and build productive relationships with these employees.

Taking on more than you can handle

In an effort to prove your worth, you may be tempted to take on more responsibility than you can handle. recommends that you make sure you can handle your workload and you're properly trained for new tasks, or you could be setting yourself up for failure.

Failing to listen

You may start a new job trying to show what you know, but don't dominate conversations, Time warns. Instead, listen to others, who can guide you with valuable input.

Talking about your previous employer

Think of your former employer as a previous boyfriend or girlfriend. Your current significant other doesn't want to be compared to your ex, and your present employer doesn't want to hear constant comparisons to your old company. You can mention things that worked at your former employer, but be helpful, not pushy, says.

Turning down invitations

Building bonds with your new colleagues is an important skill, so if you're invited to lunch, Bubble Jobs says you should take the opportunity. Otherwise, you could find that you're not asked again and will find yourself out of the loop.

Exaggerating your skills or experience

Don't act as if you know more than you do, Fast Company warns. Embellishing your skills and experience will come back to haunt you, so if you don't know something, own up to it and learn about it.

Holding back

Dawn Zier, the CEO of Nutrisystem, told Fortune that learning the ins and outs of the whole company is important. You should make time to meet people in all departments and hit the ground running and working collaboratively. Don't be afraid to ask constructive questions, but make sure they're well thought-out and that you listen carefully to the answers.

Over- or under-sharing

You shouldn't share your entire life story with your colleagues, but you also don't want to talk only about work, according to The Muse. Strike the right balance between over-sharing and being too silent, which can make you harder to relate to and make you seem arrogant or aloof.


The Mandalay banquet facility sold to new owners

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 4:48 PM


The Mandalay Catering & Banquet Facility has been acquired by a catering company that plans to partner with the former owners on operations.

Molly McConnell, CEO of Little Miami River Catering Company, said her company will partner with the former owners of Dayton’s largest banquest center at 2700 East River Road. The banquet facility was owned by Don and Cay Phillips for more than 30 years and they plan to remain active in the business.

McConnell called the acquisition a “partnership,” and said the current staff will remain on-board and not much will change. The same head chef will also remain in charge and current menu items will still be served. Planned events will not be impacted by the purchase, she said.

“I think there will be a lot more energy … we have a forward-thinking way of doing business,” McConnell said, who owns the catering business with her husband. McConnell said they plan to update some exterior and interior design features at The Mandalay as well.


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Premier Health announces major growth in health care options

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 11:07 AM


UPDATE: 4:40 p.m. Friday.

Miami Valley Hospital is recorded as the buyer of 4.58 acres of land on Miamisburg-Springboro Road/Austin Boulevard, for $850,000.

The parcel is between Byers Road and Interstate 75, on the north side of Austin Boulevard.

The sale was recorded Friday.


Premier Health has plans to grow its reach in several Dayton area suburbs, offering additional health care services at five different locations.

The company announced Thursday it will start building a new $12 million emergency center near Austin Landing in Miamisburg next week and has plans to open four urgent care locations in Englewood, Miamisburg, Springboro and Vandalia.

The freestanding emergency center, called Miami Valley Hospital Austin Boulevard Emergency Center, will be located west of Interstate 75 near the Motoman Robotics plant. It is expected to open in September 2018 and will offer 24-hour emergency care.

The new facility will include 11 emergency beds, including two trauma bays. It will be staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians from Miami Valley Hospital, the location of Dayton’s only Level I Trauma Center, according to Premier.

The emergency center will have imaging technology including CT scans and X-ray, lab services, and CareFlight Air and Mobile Services transportation for patients who need hospitalization. It will also link to Premier Health’s TeleStroke Network, a patient-focused technology that connects stroke specialists via computer to providers at the point of care, according to Premier.

“We are looking forward to serving Miamisburg and surrounding communities with high quality emergency care and access to the region’s only Level I trauma center at Miami Valley Hospital,” said Mary Boosalis, president and CEO, Premier Health. “The optimal health of those in our community is at the center of everything we do, and we remain committed to providing access to emergency and preventive care to patients when they need it, where they need it.”

Skanska has been named the general contractor for the project.

Premier Physician Network, which is operated by Premier Health, has started construction on four urgent care locations as part of the company’s strategy to bring more access points to patients.

Patients will be able to register for an appointment time online and wait at their home up until the time of their appointment. Walk-in appointments will also be available, the company said.

Ferguson Construction was named the contractor for the urgent cares, which will cost between $250,000 to $300,000 to build out, the company said.

The four urgent cares will be located at 1130 S. Main St. in Englewood, 8 Prestige Plaza in Miamisburg, 752 N. Main St. in Springboro and 6700 Commerce Center Drive in Butler Twp. in the Miller Lane area. The locations will operate Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Each Premier Health Urgent Care will be staffed by local, certified advanced practice providers.

Premier Health is the largest private employer in the region that operates four hospitals, a network of primary and specialty care practices, and a home health service.

Goodwill opens in Oakwood

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 9:35 AM
Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 4:12 PM

            A Goodwill Easter Seals store has opened on Far Hills Avenue in Oakwood.
A Goodwill Easter Seals store has opened on Far Hills Avenue in Oakwood.

A Goodwill Easter Seals store has opened on Far Hills Avenue in Oakwood.

The store, located at 2322 Far Hills Ave., officially opened about two weeks ago but celebrated with a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this week. Goodwill Easter Seals, which takes donations and also sells clothing and other items, has locations across the Miami Valley.

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The Oakwood store will operate as a “boutique” and will not change the way Goodwill is priced, according to property owner Kevin Manley. The Dayton Daily News covered the story first.

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley serves people with disabilities and other needs in 23 Ohio counties and numerous local communities, from Lima in the north, Middletown in the south, Greenville in the west, and Urbana and Bellefontaine in the east.

Complete Petmart occupied the building until 2011, when Petco bought the Petmart chain. Petco left last November.


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