Biz Briefs Of The Week: January 10, 2013

Blue Equity Closes With Rubis Group
Blue Equity has closed a transaction with the Rubis Group (NYSE Euronext Paris: RUI) for the sale of The Antilles Group Limited (“TAG”), the licensed user of Shell brands in the country of Jamaica. The transaction was finalized at the end of 2012 for an undisclosed amount. In 2011, Blue Equity, LLC purchased controlling interest in The Antilles Group Limited f/k/a Cool Petroleum pursuant to agreements through which Blue Equity acquired Neal and Massy Holdings, Ltd’s (TTSE-NML) stake in Cool Petroleum and an undeclared number of Cool Petroleum shares from Cool Corp Limited. This acquisition consolidates Rubis’ presence in the Caribbean, where the publicly traded company is one of the largest operators of downstream operations in the area of fuel supply.

“I am quite pleased with TAG’s advancement under our ownership and the future international positioning with the Rubis acquisition. This is the perfect transaction for our clients, partners and team members,” said Jonathan S. Blue, Chairman and Managing Director of Blue Equity, LLC. Since 2000, Rubis has expanded its presence across three continents, both through direct investments and via acquisitions. Rubis has a significant presence in the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago, Bermuda, Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana and Guyana. Further acquisitions during 2012 included the Chevron assets in The Bahamas, Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands. Blue Equity is a leading, lower middle market private equity firm with holdings in a variety of sectors. Prior holdings have included the nation’s largest Spanish directory publishing company, which was sold to Telmex International (NYSE: TII.A) in 2003 and one of the world’s largest sports management and sports event and television production companies, which was sold to Lagardère Unlimited (EN Paris: MMB) in 2010. For more information on Blue Equity, visit

The Spa At 21c
21c Museum Hotel has announced the opening of The Spa at 21c, located on the 11th floor of the downtown Cincinnati property. Building on its mission to engage the public with contemporary art and to support urban revitalization, 21c renovated and restored the 100-year-old former Metropole Hotel into a contemporary art museum, boutique hotel and Metropole restaurant. The property opened to the public last month. The Spa at 21c offers a range of treatments, from facials and massages to pampering spa packages, and features three treatment rooms including a couple’s spa suite with en-suite whirlpool tub, steam shower with skylight and heated floors. As with other spaces throughout the property, contemporary art is woven into the experience. Guests to the spa are greeted by a site-specific installation by artist Ryan Wolfe, called Field of Grass, which spreads across the stairway wall leading up to the spa. Blades of grass are activated by wind data, and viewers can watch as a gust of air moves across the entire installation.

The spa’s menu includes signature facials by RéVive skincare as well as massages and body wraps. A number of packages are offered, combining massages, hydrating facials, bath rituals, invigorating body scrubs and soothing scalp treatments. The spa also offers wedding packages and a special menu of services for men. Additionally, express treatments are available. A number of items can be added to any treatment over 50 minutes including nail services, bath treatments and body scrubs. The Spa at 21c is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling the spa concierge at 513.578.6603.

In addition to the spa, the 156-room hotel also offers 8,000 square feet of exhibition, meeting and event space featuring rotating curated exhibitions, dynamic multi-media installations and cultural programming; Metropole restaurant, led by executive chef Michael Paley; and Rooftop Bar, opening in spring 2013, which will have stunning views of downtown Cincinnati and the surrounding area. By day, spa guests can enjoy a pre- or post-treatment snack or beverage on the roof terrace. In the evening, the rooftop space will serve cocktails. For more information on 21c Museum Hotels visit

Dr. Henry Byrum.

Dr. Henry Byrum.

New Dr. at Baptist Medical Associates
Henry Byrum, MD, internal medicine, has joined Baptist Medical Associates, 4003 Kresge Way, Suite 400. Dr. Byrum is a 1974 graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Kentucky in 1977. Dr. Byrum is board certified in internal medicine.


Dr. Ben Gaddie.

Dr. Ben Gaddie.

Gaddie Appointed President Of OGS
Dr. Ben Gaddie, O.D., F.A.A.O., has been appointed President of the Optometric Glaucoma Society (OGS). Dr. Gaddie was named to the position at the annual meeting of the OGS on Oct. 23 and will serve a two-year term effective through October of 2014. The OGS is a non-profit, privately funded organization that releases grants for glaucoma research. The goals of the OGS are to educate OGS members and healthcare providers on all forms of glaucoma; promote and support new research and clinical knowledge of glaucoma; publicize new gains found in their research to health-care providers; and coordinate with other related organizations worldwide.

Dr. Gaddie was nominated amongst a group of 110 members of the society as an outstanding leader contributing to the fields of glaucoma research, awareness and teaching clinical care of glaucoma. Dr. Gaddie served as President of the Kentucky Optometric Association from 2011 to 2012, and during that time he continued to raise awareness and educate his peers state-wide about the importance new scientific gains in the field and treatment options. As a local Louisville practitioner with five optometry locations, Dr. Gaddie and all of the doctors at Gaddie Eye Centers perform glaucoma screenings on all patients. Gaddie Eye Centers also launched a media awareness campaign this month with local media partners.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the US and worldwide. The disease attacks the optic nerve and if not treated, causes irreversible blindness. With early detection, glaucoma is a treatable and vision can be preserved. Gaddie Eye Centers are a family-owned and operated practice including five Kentucky locations in the Louisville and Carrollton areas. For information visit

Healthcare Providers Recognized
Nineteen Baptist Medical Associates physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners have received recognition from the Diabetes Recognition Program of the National Committee for Quality Assurance and the American Diabetes Association for providing quality care to their patients with diabetes.

The physicians recognized include internal medicine providers Michael Davis, MD; Charles Gaba, MD; Albert Hoskins, MD; Keith Krawiec, MD; Douglas Marquess, MD; Sarah Merrick, MD; Tami Secor, MD; Brenda Townes, MD; Stacey Waring, MD; and Jill Watson, MD. In the fields of internal medicine and pediatrics, Tonya Perkins, MD., was recognized, and in the field of family medicine, Donna Gatewood, MD; Ray Johnson, MD; Gerlinda Lowrey, MD; and Jeffrey Reynolds, MD, were recognized. Physician Assistant Amy Davis, PA-C, and Nurse Practitioners Terri Clifford, APRN; Abby Hefner, APRN; and Cheryl Thurman received recognition as well.

The Diabetes Recognition Program was designed to improve the quality of care patients with diabetes receive by recognizing clinicians who deliver quality diabetes care, and by motivating other clinicians to document and improve their delivery of diabetes care. To receive recognition, which is valid for three years, the healthcare providers listed above submitted data that demonstrates performance that meets the program’s key diabetes care measures, including eye exams, blood pressure test, nutrition therapy and patient satisfaction, among others. When people with diabetes receive quality care as outlined by these measures, they are less likely to suffer complications such as heart attacks, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputations. To find out more about the healthcare providers listed above, including biographical information, contact information, maps and hours, visit

Yoga I.S. Now Open
National Yoga and Fitness expert Lauren Eirk, MS, and Veteran Yoga Instructor Donna O’Bryan, MEd, have opened Yoga I.S., a public yoga studio, teacher training school and personal training facility. Situated in the heart of St. Matthews, Yoga I.S. is located inside the Colony Shopping Center at 211 Clover Lane. The 3,400 Square Foot Facility includes two modern, spacious yoga studios and a fully equipped training studio complete with Muscle Activation Techniques treatment rooms. Ms. Eirk, the creator of Yoga I.S., is the first MAT Master Level Specialist in Kentucky and the only female MAT instructor nationally. She created the Yoga Integrated Science Teacher Training Program in efforts to raise the bar in education for yoga teachers, yoga enthusiasts and health care professionals embracing alternative methods with their patients and clients.

(Left) Donna O’Bryan and (Right) Lauren Eirk of Yoga I.S.

(Left) Donna O’Bryan and (Right) Lauren Eirk of Yoga I.S.

With the trends towards many get fit quick programs such as P90-X and Insanity workouts, Yoga I.S. classes and courses center around developing the muscular system in a logical, progressive manner in order to develop strong bones and overall joint integrity. Ms. Eirk, through her extensive studies in the field of biomechanics and neuromuscular function, teaches that flexibility, weight loss, balance-related and chronic pain issues stem from a lack of strength from the muscular system. Ms. O’Bryan, through her extensive work in biofeedback, meditation and stress management, teaches that the brain is a muscle that needs to be trained in order to bring about healthier lifestyles. Their a unique classes are open to the public, approaching Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and fitness classes as a way to build strength in the body.

The Registered Yoga School Yoga I.S. 200-, 300-, and 500-hour programs offer the most information on anatomy, biomechanics and neuroscience of any yoga teacher training school to date. The 300-hour program also aims to educate students about Muscle Activation Techniques by offering the “Jump Start” Program over three weekends, the first time the state of Kentucky has ever offered MAT coursework. For more information on registering for studio classes, continuing education courses, rehabilitation, MAT and personal training, call 502.540.5892, email or visit