This is a good time to be in the information-delivery service niche because – at least on the business side – there’s more good news than bad.

Post-recession, economic activity is picking up, with companies adding staff and people moving to new opportunities.

He’s a quick curation of news releases about big changes at Louisville businesses and professional services firms.

• Suzi Hixon, Robert Ryan join Wyatt Tarrant Combs

Suzi Hixon. Click to see full size.

Suzan Hixon is a prominent Intellectual Property attorney with extensive experience in the areas of trademarks, social media and the internet. Ms. Hixon is also a licensed member of the patent bar—growing Wyatt’s patent law team to six attorneys. Ms. Hixon was ranked twenty-first in the United States for the number of trademarks filed in the 2009 edition of Trademark Insider. Ms. Hixon has been active with creative organizations, including Advertising Federation of Louisville, where she served as a board member. Ms. Hixon has been recognized as a “Future Star” in the litigation peer publication, Benchmark Litigation. Prior to joining Wyatt, Ms. Hixon was a solo practitioner and also practiced with Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald and Middleton & Reutlinger. Wyatt is “Top Listed in Kentucky” in Best Lawyers in America, 2013 for Trademark Law, Copyright Law and Intellectual Property Litigation. For additional information regarding Ms. Hixon’s law practice, click here.

Robert Ryan

Robert Ryan is well-known in Kentucky for his practice in the areas of Commercial Lending, Real Estate, Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights. He has practiced for over 30 years and has been recognized in legal peer rating publications, Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and Martindale-Hubbell. He has been active in both bar and civic organizations, having served as President of the Ohio Northern University Law Alumni Association, and as President and Board Member of the Rotary Club of Lexington, Kentucky. Prior to joining Wyatt, Mr. Ryan was a member of the Fowler Bell law firm, serving as its Managing Partner for six years. Mr. Ryan adds to Wyatt’s already strong bench in his areas of practice. Wyatt is “Top Listed” in Kentucky in Best Lawyers in America, 2013 for the practice areas of Banking and Finance, Real Estate and Bankruptcy/Creditors Rights. Mr. Ryan’s complete bio can be on the Firm’s website by clicking here.

About Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs: Wyatt is a full-service regional law firm with approximately 200 lawyers, and offices in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky; Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee; New Albany, Indiana; and Jackson, Mississippi. Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs is a member of the DuPont Legal Network, Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms, and Advance Law.

Joe Burgan, RunSwitch PR

RunSwitch Public Relations adds Joe Burgan

RunSwitch Public Relations announced today that the firm has hired Joe Burgan as Senior Vice-President. Burgan, formerly of Irish Hill Consulting, brings over a decade of experience in public affairs and media relations to the firm. An expert in developing strategies for both political and issue campaigns, he has extensive experience in strategic messaging, crisis communication and media relations.

“Joe is an extremely talented public affairs professional who brings a wealth of political and business experience to the table for clients,” said Scott Jennings, co-founder of RunSwitch. “He is one of the most respected operatives in Louisville and we are delighted to have him join a team that continues to deliver excellent results for a broad spectrum of clients,” Jennings said.

Burgan founded Irish Hill Consulting in 2010. The firm provided counsel to a diverse client base including transportation infrastructure, education, energy, health care, and independent expenditure groups. While guiding Irish Hill, Burgan also entered a partnership in Three Communications, a full-service advertising agency with a focus on public affairs campaigns.

Prior to Irish Hill, Burgin guided multiple political campaigns ranging from mayoral to gubernatorial, and spent time as a legislative staffer in Frankfort. Combining his previous endeavors, Joe is poised to successfully guide RunSwitch clients through Kentucky’s legislative process. Burgin is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he studied Political Science. In 2007 he married Michelle Burgan and the couple resides in Louisville.

About RunSwitch PR: RunSwitch Public Relations is one of the largest public relations and public affairs firms in the region offering experienced counsel to organizations across the U.S. and around the world. The firm specializes in issue advocacy, media relations, association management, and political consulting.

• La Coop names sommelier Aaron Wilson as new general manager

The owners of La Coop recently named the restaurant’s sommelier Aaron Wilson as the establishment’s new general manager. In this position, Wilson will oversee La Coop’s day-to-day operations. He will also manage and mentor the service staff. Wilson, a wine enthusiast, will continue to serve as La Coop’s sommelier, a role he has held since November 2012. Wilson has a master’s degree in restaurant business from Sullivan University in Louisville, Ky. He completed the Certified Sommelier Examination (Level Two) offered by The Court of Master Sommeliers in 2011. Wilson is currently studying in preparation for the Court’s Advanced Sommelier Course and Examination (Level Three).

“Aaron’s previous experience made him the perfect candidate for the general manager position,” said La Coop co-owner Brett Davis. “In addition to his formal training, he understands our culture from his experience at La Coop. He has created positive relationships with our guests and team members and I am confident that he will do a great job as our new general manager.”

About La Coop: La Coop Bistro à Vins offers French comfort food with a Southern twist. Located inside the award-winning The Green Building at 732 E. Market St. in NuLu, the restaurant was awarded four stars by the Courier-Journal. La Coop is open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. The bar opens at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit the La Coop Facebook page.