Marketplace – April 9

Jason Kain, branch manager and mortgage loan originator at Hallmark Home Mortgage, has been named the top producer for March in the Columbus office.

Hallmark Home Mortgage, based in Fort Wayne, was established in 2007 by President and CEO Deborah Sturges. The company has 20 locations throughout Indiana, Ohio and Colorado.

Residential mortgage lender Ruoff Home Mortgage announced Keith Luken as the top loan originator for March for the Columbus office, 1160 Washington St.

This award goes to the employee in each branch office with the most closed loans each month, as compared to their peers.

Luken, who joined Ruoff in June 2016 and has been in the industry for more than 30 years, has received the designation several times.

Founded in 1984, Ruoff Home Mortgage is a full-service residential mortgage company with 23 branches throughout Indiana and in Michigan, Arizona and Florida.

Brownstown-based Midwest Environmental Services Inc. is celebrating 35 years of service. Co-founders Doug Gronauer and Dennis Sterling began operations in April 1982 in the back of a little pizza shop in Brownstown.

The company now owns and operates a permitted RCRA hazardous waste facility in Cincinnati, Ohio, two non-hazardous waste recycling facilities in Charlestown and Cincinnati, and a business office in Louisville, Kentucky, but the corporate office remains in Brownstown.

Midwest also owns, operates and maintains a fleet of custom-designed and engineered trucks that are all Department of Transportation approved for safe transportation of hazardous and non-hazardous materials.

The Bariatric Center at Columbus Regional Health is collaborating with referring physicians to help eligible patients lose weight through Medically Supervised Weight Loss (MSWL).

Customized weight loss plans are developed for each patient in a clinical setting supervised by trained healthcare professionals. Candidates receive thorough evaluations, including medical history and blood tests first, and then an action plan specific to their needs is developed, using a three-pronged approach:

  • Exercise
  • Behavior modification
  • Nutrition and diet

For patients preparing for bariatric surgery, medically supervised weight loss is an option to demonstrate weight loss progress for qualifying purposes. If patient decide to switch to surgery later, the program will satisfy most insurance requirements.


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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5633.