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Self-Directed IRA Academy coming to Cleveland

October 9th, 2014

Lexington Companies is providing public relations support for the upcoming Self-Directed IRA Academy, to be held in Cleveland October 31 – November 2.

Attendees at the SDI Academy are educated on self-directed IRA & 401K investing and designing a tax-free lifestyle.

The SDI Academy was established to deliver the foundational knowledge on all of the tax-free and tax-deferred instruments that are available through sections of the IRS tax code. The brightest and most successful minds in the industry collaborate and share their knowledge and experience at the Academy.

Sponsored by the Great Lakes Real Estate Investors Association, the National Real Estate Investors Association, and Watson Invested, the SDI Academy provides the resources to help take-charge investors learn how to be in total control of their financial future.

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Visit the SDI Academy website to learn more and register for the next event.

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Case Study: Helping a public agency streamline

August 12th, 2013


The Challenge

The Ohio State Dental Board does its work well. But even well-run organizations need to adapt to changes. Facing staffing turnover and expectations to do more with less, the Dental Board saw an opportunity to implement changes and improve its operation.

How We Are Helping

Lexington Companies is working with the Dental Board to identify problems and opportunities for efficiency. Among other things, we’re assisting the Board with:

• Reorganizing agency standards and procedures
• Revising staff job descriptions and future staff structure
• Identifying qualified candidates for staff vacancies
• Moving from paper case files to electronic case files
• Drafting an employee evaluation policy
• Drafting a public records policy
• Recommending best practices in management and operations
• Revising the agency operations manual
• Creating a strong customer service culture
• Navigating staffing issues

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Comfort Dental opens newest Ohio location

May 22nd, 2013

Heath, OH – Comfort Dental opened its newest Ohio office in Heath this week. The office is located in the Southgate Corners Shopping Center at 613 Hebron Road. Dentists Brandon Canfield DDS, Samir Merchant DDS and Mark Halverson DDS are ready to welcome new patients. The Heath location is Comfort Dental’s ninth in Central Ohio.

Comfort Dental’s core mission is to expand access to quality dental care by making it affordable and convenient. The new Heath office maintains extended regular office hours Monday-Friday 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM, Saturdays 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM, and 24-hour emergency access. 

New patients pay $19 which includes exam and x-rays with payment required at time of service. Comfort Dental’s fees are 40% to 50% less with the Gold Plan when compared to other dentists. Without the Gold Plan, they’re about 25%-30% less. Comfort Dental accepts all patients – insured, uninsured and Medicaid.

Founded in 1977 by Dr. Rick Kushner, D.D.S., Comfort Dental has pioneered the concept of fair pricing dentistry. Today it is the largest dental franchise in America. Every office is independently owned by the dentists.

To set up an appointment at the new Heath Comfort Dental please call (740) 788-8084.


Heath Mayor Mark D. Johns cuts the ribbon to open Comfort Dental’s newest location in the Southgate Corners Shopping Center. Joining him are Drs. Eric Morrison, Samir Merchant, Brandon Canfield and Todd Beckman.

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Kevin Coughlin speaks to Stow Rotary Club

January 30th, 2013

Lexington Companies’ Kevin Coughlin was the featured speaker this morning at the Stow Rotary Club. Coughlin spoke on the impact on the 2012 election on business and how social and demographic trends are changing politics in America.

Coughlin outlined his thoughts on how both major political parties are failing to recognize and respond to these changes, and how the parties have lost sight of the need to help people achieve social mobility. He made a call for sensible leadership in government and urged the audience to participate in primary elections, saying that is the only way the people can push back against the few who dictate our ballot choices.

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Client Spotlight: Comfort Dental helping Ohioans access quality care

September 1st, 2012

Lexington Companies is proud to provide state government affairs representation in Ohio for Comfort Dental. With seven clinics in the state and more on the way Comfort Dental’s unique business model provides quality dental care to thousands of patients.

Comfort Dental’s physician-owned clinics typically are staffed by four dentists. They are open for extended hours and Saturdays to allow working families greater access to dental services. And their affordable pricing puts dental care within reach of more people.

Comfort Dental takes Medicaid patients, out-of-pocket payers, and patients with third party coverage. They are always ready and equipped to handle walk-in urgent cases, saving the taxpayers and health care system money by avoiding costly emergency room visits.

Patients can receive general dentistry, braces, endodontal care, periodontal care, oral surgery, implants, pediatrics and $10 oral cancer screening at any of these locations: Whitehall, Gahanna, North Columbus, Dublin, Marion, Springfield and Delaware.

Learn more about Comfort Dental by visiting their website.

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Kevin Coughlin’s Cleveland

July 11th, 2012

Photo: Eric Mull, Eric Mull Photography

This weekend, state and provincial legislators from America’s Midwest and Canada will converge on Cleveland for the annual Midwestern Legislative Conference. With so many friends traveling to America’s north coast, I thought I’d jot down a few things any Cleveland visitor should try to squeeze in during their stay.

The West Side Market
I’ve been coming here to shop since I was little kid. Celebrating 100 years, this is America’s oldest operating public market. Stroll through for a flavor of ethnic Cleveland. Grab a brat or gyro then head up to the balcony and enjoy your food while looking out over the whole scene. Finish with a crepe.

Sokolowski’s University Inn
You want a taste of old world Cleveland? Get here. Everything is good. But load up on pierogies. No one – and I mean no one – does them better. Yes, I love the brats and the salisbury steaks the size of my head, but give me a plate of a dozen pierogies and I’m a happy happy man.

Cleveland Botanical Gardens
A relatively new addition to Cleveland, this was an unexpected hit with my family. Great indoor and outdoor gardens for adults and kids alike to enjoy.

Cleveland Museum of Art
Great art museum with new additions to display sculptures and impressionist paintings. And all free.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Lucky you. Sunday’s welcome event is at the Rock Hall. Take your time, watch the movies, drink it in. It’s really well done.

The Cleveland Orchestra
To say Cleveland is proud of its orchestra is an understatement. The Cleveland Orchestra ranks as one of the world’s finest. Newly restored Severance Hall is worth a duck-in. MLC attendees will have a chance to hear the orchestra Saturday evening at its summer home, Blossom Music Center.

Little Italy
Yep, we’ve got one of those and the restaurants are quite good and plentiful. Wherever you eat, save room for dessert and head into Presti’s Bakery for italian cookies and pastries.

East 4th Street
Two blocks from the conference hotel you’ll find a cluster of great dining and nightlife. My favorites include:
The Greenhouse Tavern, chef Jonathon Sawyer uses locally-sourced ingredients
Lola, Food TV chef Michael Symon’s signature restaurant
Noodlecat, Noodles, steamed buns, and sake, oh my.

The Warehouse District
Just a couple blocks in the other direction, this is home to plenty of dining and nightlife. A few favorites:
XO Prime Steaks, It’s just always good. Great and inventive steak and fish plates.
Mallorca, Spanish and Portuguese food served by flamboyant waiters. Great lunch specials of well prepared food for $14.
Blue Pointe Grille Classic seafood joint.

Slyman’s Deli
When presidents come to town, they stop the motorcade here for the best corned beef and pastrami in town. It’s that good.

Superior Pho
I’ve become addicted to this stuff. Pho is my new-found friend and this place does it right. Don’t be confused by their better-labeled competitor next door. This is the place.

Great Lakes Brewing Company
I’ll put their line of beers against Sam Adams any day. Ohio goes absolutely crazy every year for the seasonal Christmas Ale. You won’t find it now, so come back in December.

The Old Arcade
Right across from the entrance to East 4th Street, this is worth walking into for a few pictures and a look at what one of America’s first malls (1890) looked like. Absolutely beautiful.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Believe it or not, between Cleveland and my home twenty-fives miles to the south lies a national park. If you’re a runner or a bicycler this is your playground.

Velvet Tango Room
The king of cocktail joints in Cleveland, operated by a guy who could pass as the most interesting man in the world.

Enjoy Cleveland – we’ll see you here!

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Brown Mackie College — Akron to Hold Graduation Ceremony on June 6, Coughlin to speak

May 31st, 2012

(Akron, OH – May 31, 2012) Brown Mackie College — Akron announces that the college will hold its Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday, June 6, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Akron Civic Center, located at 182 South Main Street. Graduates of college will be awarded associate degrees and diplomas.

The event’s speaker is Kevin Coughlin, former Ohio Senator and owner of Lexington Companies, a firm that provides strategic counsel and management services to a variety of corporate and non-profit clients.

As a member of the Ohio Senate, Mr. Coughlin represented Summit County from 2001-2011. He also served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1997-2001. During his 14 years in the Ohio General Assembly, he developed a reputation as a thoughtful and fair-minded legislator, earning respect on both sides of the aisle. He gained expertise in health, energy, higher education and fiscal policy. For six years, he was chairman of the Senate Health, Human Services & Aging Committee. He also served stints as chairman of the House Finance & Appropriations Higher Education Subcommittee and the Senate State & Local Governments & Veterans Affairs Committee. Barred from running again by term limits, Mr. Coughlin left the Ohio Senate in 2011.

For additional information about the Graduation Ceremony or Brown Mackie College — Akron, contact Christine Adams 330-869-3626, toll free at 330-869-3300.

Brown Mackie College — Akron is one of 28 school locations of the Brown Mackie College system of schools (, which is dedicated to providing educational programs that prepare students for entry-level positions in a competitive, rapidly-changing workplace. Brown Mackie College schools offer bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree, certificate, and diploma programs in health sciences, business, information technology, legal studies and design technologies. OH Registration # 03-09-1685T See for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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Kevin Coughlin statement on U.S. Senate race

November 3rd, 2011

The following statement was issued today by Lexington Strategic owner and former Ohio state senator Kevin Coughlin:

“Early this year I was asked by several people and a few groups to give consideration to running for the United States Senate in 2012. In April I created an exploratory committee, allowing me to raise funds to travel the state, test messages and conduct polling.

“The experience was worth the effort. I met thousands of Ohioans who care deeply about our country and we built the framework of a statewide grassroots organization.

“At the outset, I said my final decision on the race would be based on incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown’s vulnerability.

“I have been in Sherrod Brown’s situation many times – facing re-election in a swing district with popular sentiment running against my party. Job one is to position yourself to outperform the top of the ticket and survive a possible tidal wave.

“Senator Brown is consistently polling ahead of President Obama and about 15% ahead of possible opponents despite a very strong anti-Democrat mood in Ohio.

“That doesn’t mean Senator Brown cannot be defeated in 2012. But it does mean this is not a race I will be undertaking or asking donors to fund.

“State Treasurer Josh Mandel and I are meeting in the coming days to discuss his potential candidacy for the Senate. Washington’s inability to control its spending is scaring investors and job creators, saddling our kids with debt and making America less secure.

“I strongly believe that electing more fiscal conservatives to the U.S. Senate in 2012 is the key to getting control of government spending and putting America on the right track.

“Words cannot express how grateful I am to the donors, local party leaders and grassroots supporters who helped lay the groundwork and allowed me to give this race full consideration. Their support means the world to me.”

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The New Coughlin’s Law: 15 Rules for Politicians to Live By

December 30th, 2010

The Council of State Governments Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development trains new Midwestern legislators. The program’s alumni newsletter recently published an expanded version of Lexington chief executive Kevin Coughlin’s 15 Rules for Politicians to Live By.

Click the link below to view or download a PDF of the article:

15 Rules for Politicians to Live By: Reflections on Legislative Service

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