Appointments and Awards: BHDP gets new owner

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO
Michael Verdier


Michael Verdier, Shareholder and Owner

Verdier joined BHDP as vice president/market leader of the firm’s Integrated Industrial Design market in 2013. In that role, he has directed several  initiatives including the development and adoption of modeling and simulation technologies, and introducing strategic site and facility master planning to the industrial market. Verdier will work out of the architecture firm's Cincinnati headquarters.


Opening in Dublin

The architecture planning and design firm, headquartered in Phoenix, is expanding to Columbus and will be led by Brad Swank, who grew up in Columbus and graduated from Ohio State University. He has been with DWL since 2007.

Brad Swank


Sally Geraghty, Of Counsel, Corporate & Transactional group

Geraghty focuses her practice on business, acquisitions and securities for companies of all sizes. She has experience drafting, negotiating and revising contracts, including purchase and sale agreements, settlement agreements, confidentiality agreements, supply contracts and advertising agreements. She also counsels clients to ensure compliance with OSHA, EPA and local governments.

Sally Geraghty


2020 Change for Charity Partners announced: 

A Kid Again


McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio

The King Arts Complex

Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio

LSS CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence

The Easton Community Foundation chooses six Columbus nonprofits to highlight so that Easton’s 30 million annual visitors are aware of each organization’s mission, community impact and how to access their services. In addition, the nonprofits receive a portion of the parking meter and ticket revenue. The Easton Community Foundation has provided over $7.5 million in financial support to hundreds of organizations.


Acquires Keller Electrical 

Keller Electrical, based in Phoenix, is a large provider of industrial electrical services, equipment, components and supplies serving the southwestern United States. With the addition of Keller, OTC has 46 locations in the nation and a workforce of about 1,200 employees.

Phil Derrow, President and CEO, Ohio Transmission Corporation


Sonya Thesing, Executive Director

Thesing began at Huckleberry House in 2017, when her job was to elevate the organization’s visibility and build key relationships. During her time with the nonprofit, corporate and individual giving more than doubled. In her new role as executive director, Thesing will focus on fundraising and execute major projects for the organization. Huckleberry House is right now in the process of acquiring a 56-unit apartment complex in Linden. It will provide housing options for youth and families in crisis, including rapid rehousing, transitional living and permanent supportive housing. Additionally, in partnership with Community Housing Network, Marsh Brook Place, a 40-unit permanent supportive housing complex is also in the works. Both will become available in 2020.


Robert Early, Director of Development

In his new role, Early will lead philanthropic giving and volunteer efforts. Prior to South Side, Early was a corporate relationship manager at the United Way of Central Ohio. At United Way, he worked with over two dozen large for-profit organizations and nearly 300 leadership giving donors managing a fundraising portfolio of $2 million


Elizabeth Miceli, attorney, Municipal Finance Group

In her practice, Miceli is a bond counsel, bank/purchaser’s counsel and underwriter’s counsel on various types of tax-exempt financing transactions for nonprofit organizations including charter schools, independent schools, hospitals, and colleges and universities.

Elizabeth Miceli