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Chamber golf classic presented by southwest airlines set for may 11 The Canton Regional Chamber, along with our Leadership Stark County (LSC) and ystark! departments, are joining forces to produce one exceptional outing and opportunity to golf at Brookside Country Club on May 11. This is the first year that the Chamber, LSC and ystark! have combined efforts to merge what in the past has been three separate outings. The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic Presented by Southwest Airlines will give golfers a fantastic opportunity to network with Chamber members, business and community leaders and young professionals, all while enjoying their choice of a morning or afternoon of golf on Brookside’s prestigious private course. Both the AM and PM groups include 18 holes on a signature course, greens fees, cart, golf course refreshments, contests and prizes, a delicious lunch, and Southwest has a “wow” gift to share – all for $125 per golfer. Both groups are welcome to enjoy the afternoon hors d’oeuvres reception. Golfers have a rare opportunity to enjoy:

INSIDE: Oil & Gas Column................................................. 3 Public Policy Agenda........................................... 4 Business Excellence Awards - GET TIX NOW!.......... 5 Stir After Hours................................................... 5 Canton Blues Fest Headliners............................... 6 AultCare Fast Break Breakfast.............................. 7 CVB Names Interim Director................................ 8 Enshrinement Festival Key Chairs......................... 9 Queen Pageant Chair Named - GET TIX NOW!...... 10 ystark! Wear & Share......................................... 10 Leadership Signature Program.......................... 11 Stark County Safety Council Luncheon............... 12 Safety Council Awards Banquet......................... 12 Funding Partners.............................................. 13 New Members................................................... 17 BizBitz.............................................................. 18 April Calendar................................................... 19

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VINTAGE CANTON MOVES TO MAY 21 New date, same distinctive downtown event featuring wine, food & music! The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Vintage Canton event on Thursday, May 21, from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. along Central Plaza North in downtown Canton. Tickets are available for purchase at (continued on next page)

WWW.C ANTONCHAMBER.ORG OUR MISSION: To lead the region in business and community development through collaboration and innovation.

UPCOMING EVENTS April 2015 - Volume XLVII - No. 4

William C. Shivers president, Greater Akron/Canton Region, Huntington Bank Chairman Dennis P. Saunier President & CEO Collyn Floyd Editor and Director of Marketing Denise Burton Director of Membership & Sales Advertising Sales / Action 330.458.2067

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Register online at or call 330.458.2070. Sponsorship opportunities are also available; please contact Chris Gumpp at 330.458.2055.

Vintage Canton Moves to May ... This is the first year that Vintage Canton, which has been a September event typically, will be held in May. The date change is largely a result of adjustments to the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival schedule, including the introduction of the Canton Kickoff Celebration, a three-day event in downtown Canton this September 10, 11, and 12, which will coincide with the first game of the NFL season on that Thursday. Taste of Canton, which is usually held in May, will be on hiatus this year. This year’s Vintage Canton event will feature some of the finest quality wines from area wineries and abroad; handpicked wine selections from distributors and retailers will also be available. The popular Beer Garden will return with a diverse offering of craft beers.

is published monthly for the members of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. The subscription cost is $25 per year and is included in the price of membership. Reader questions and comments are welcome and encouraged. Contents may be reprinted with credit. Address all inquiries to: Editor, Action Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce 222 Market Ave. N Canton, Ohio 44702 or call (330) 456.7253, or e-mail Advertising rates are available for Chamber members. Advertisement does not constitute endorsement by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to wine and craft beer, guests can enjoy small tasting plates for a nominal charge from downtown restaurants and Stark County favorites. The evening will be set to the musical backdrop and rhythms of local favorite, Yankee Bravo.

Tickets for Vintage Canton are $30 if purchased prior to 5:00 p.m. on May 20, and $40 after that time and at the event. Special group-rate pricing is available for groups of 20 or more at $25 per ticket. The ticket price includes eight wine or craft beer tastings, collectable wine glass, and a variety of breads and cheeses. Non-tasting tickets (no wine or beer) are available for $10. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.VintageCanton. org or call 330.458.2070. The event will be held rain or shine. This event is sponsored by Key Bank, along with About Magazine, Kenan Advantage Group, The M. Conley Company, TimkenSteel Corporation, Downtown Canton Special Improvement District, the City of Canton, News-Talk 1480 WHBC and Mix 94.1, Canton Chair Rental, and PPI Graphics.


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OIL & GAS APRIL Oil and Gas News


The first event in the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Utica Capital Seminar Series 2015 is only a few days away. Utica Upstream, a look at exploration and production — drilling activity — in this year of low oil and gas prices, will be April 8 at the Barrette Center at Walsh University. The event runs 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. At a time when the exploration and production companies are reluctant to talk in public forums about low commodity prices and reductions in drilling investments, we have assembled a group of experts who will offer their observations on the industry. If your business is interested in the oil and gas economy, you will want to hear what they have to say, We will feature: Shawn Bennett, executive vice president of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association; Congressman Bill Johnson from the Utica Shale counties of Eastern Ohio; Rick Simmers, chief oil and gas regulator for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources; Dr. Jeffrey Dick, Youngstown State University geologist and energy industry expert, Rayola Dougher, senior economic adviser at the American Petroleum Institute, and Rick Stouffer, energy industry journalist specializing in the shale plays.

In addition to working on the production of this month’s seminar, the Canton Regional Chamber also participated in the Winter Meeting of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association in Columbus. This annual gathering of about 1,500 people is evidence of the new interest in oil and gas since the Utica Shale exploration began early in this decade. It also is a reminder of the 150-year history of oil and gas production in the Buckeye State. The Chamber also was happy to accept an invitation to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s Shale Symposium at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W. Va. The Federal Reserve assembled university scholars and regional economic development professionals to discuss the economic and community impacts of oil and gas exploration on small towns and rural communities in the Utica.

Chairman of the Board - William C. Shivers Huntington Bank Sr. Vice Chairman - Mark Fleiner LG Fuel Cell Systems Vice Chairman - Brian Belden The Belden Brick Company Vice Chairman - Bruce Blaise Kenan Advantage Group

Vice Chairman - Judith E. Barnes Lancaster Attorney At Law

Treasurer - D. William Allen Pro Football Hall of Fame Immediate Past Chairman - Philip D. Fracassa The Timken Company President & CEO - Dennis P. Saunier Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Interim Corporate Secretary - Brian Belden Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Recording Secretary - Connie R. Cerny Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

For information on our oil and gas activities and programs, contact: David Kaminski Vice President for Public Policy and Energy (330) 458-2059

To register, go to: Utica Upstream is sponsored by AultCare, Aultworks, Beaver Excavating Company, and Furbay Oil and Gas.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Emil Alecusan Brewster Cheese

Frank Monaco Four Fifteen Group

Katrina Barton Belden Village Mall

Jim Porter The Repository

David Cemate Mercy Medical Center

Stacy Radabaugh Charter One Bank

R. Eric Dellapina FirstMerit Bank N.A.

Rodney Reasonover Stark County Community Action Agency

Dr. Jay Gershen Northeast Ohio Medical University Michael Graeff Koch Knight, LLC James M. Gresh TimkenSteel Matthew Hammond Chesapeake Energy

Robert E. Roland Day Ketterer, LTD. Mark J. Samolczyk Stark Community Foundation

Dr. Para Jones Stark State College

Bruce M. Soares Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh

Geoff Karcher The Karcher Group

Tracy Stevens Dominion East Ohio

Dr. David A. King Malone University

John M. Tucker Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.

Bradley R. McKain Marathon Petroleum Company, LP


Alan Rodriguez Jülz by Alan Rodriguez and Rodriguez’s House of Stones


Mark Wright Aultman Health Foundation

GO VERNMENT AFFAIRS Chamber Approved 2015 Public Policy Agenda The Board of Directors of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has approved a public policy agenda for 2015. It guides the Chamber’s senior staff and its Government Affairs Committee, chaired by Gust Callas. It serves Goal E in the Chamber’s Strategic Plan: Create a public policy advocacy voice for the region to local, state, and federal government legislators and regulators on regional issues. The Canton Regional Chamber maintains good working relationships with local, state and federal government officials in order to speak to these officials about issues that concern businesses. Beyond Canton and Stark County, the Canton Regional Chamber participates in a public policy group called the Metro Chambers of Ohio, The Chambers of the eight largest cities in the state — Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown — along with the Ohio Chamber meet monthly to examine issues that we can address with one voice, as a coalition, for the benefit of the members of each organization. At this time, Ohio legislators are considering a two-year budget and examining various tax proposals that would have impact on businesses. This is an opportune time for the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce to be stepping up its efforts in public policy. Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Agenda Energy Reliable energy at a reasonable price is important to business growth. Law and regulation should encourage growth of existing and emerging energy resources. We recognize the complexity of U.S. energy policy and support comprehensive reform that includes fair-trade measures.

Environment Sustainability is good for business and the environment. We seek harmony between environmental protection and economic growth. Business should be free to use creativity in meeting environmental goals. Conservation of water and other resources are good business practices and should be recognized as such. Regulation: Government regulations must balance the benefits against the cost of compliance. The means of achieving regulatory goals must be practical and must preserve business growth and job creation. Incentives for good practices can achieve regulatory goals. Health Care We support efforts to control health costs and to improve quality outcomes. We also support reductions in uncompensated care. Health care should be accessible, affordable and accountable. Infrastructure We advocate law and policy that will make wise investment in infrastructure. We are concerned about the proper, dependable funding of infrastructure improvements. The nation, our state and our communities cannot allow infrastructure to deteriorate. Tax policy: Tax policy at all levels of government should contribute to a more competitive business environment. It should encourage business investment and expansion, which creates jobs. Tax burdens should be distributed fairly. Workforce: We advocate law and policy that encourages training and education for jobs that are critical to economic growth. We will support rigorous educational goals in our schools, vocational and trade programs, colleges and universities.

Baker, Dublikar, Beck, Wiley & Mathews attorneys at law

Telephone: (330) 499-6000 Telecopier: (330) 499-6423 400 SOUTH MAIN STREET NORTH CANTON, OHIO 44720



UPCOMING EVENTS 2015 Business Excellence Award Winners Announced; Event Tickets on Sale Now Congratulations to the winners of our 2015 Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton! This year’s Business Excellence Award winners include: • A.R.E. Accessories, LLC • Brewster Cheese • Beese Fulmer Private Wealth Management • Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems • Whitacre Greer Company The Business Excellence Award salutes companies that have distinguished themselves with longevity, growth, innovation, and consistent involvement in the community. The third annual Emerge Award for Entrepreneurs will be awarded to Andrew Feucht, president of F.S.R.C. Tanks. This award honors outstanding entrepreneurs who have been in business for five years or less. Business of the Year will be awarded to Enviroscapes. This award honors a single winner that has experienced growth in

sales, employees or overall operations in the last full calendar year. Winners will be honored on Tuesday, May 5, at a ceremony and dinner at The Conference Center, Kent State University at Stark (6000 Frank Ave. NW, North Canton, OH 44720). Tickets are $55, and tables of 10 are available.

The Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton are made possible by our sponsors (to date):

Visit or call 330.458.2070 to register by April 30. The fourth annual Business Excellence Scholarship Award, presented by Day Ketterer and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, will also be presented the evening of the Business Excellence Awards event. The scholarship will be awarded to a local student who writes the winning essay titled: “The historical role of private business in promoting democracy throughout the world.” Additionally, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and ArtsinStark will present the Business for the Arts Award to Aultman for support and participation in the arts of Stark County, which improves the quality of life and promotes economic development.

Stir After Hours Presented by Farmers National Bank Just Got Even Sweeter Did someone say CHOCOLATE? Join the Canton Regional Chamber on Wednesday, April 29 for an irresistibly sweet evening of networking, food & beverage, and yes – chocolate – at Harry London Candies. Besides decadent desserts and chocolates courtesy of Harry London & Fannie May, we’ll have complimentary savory samplings from ICHOR Restaurant Group (Old Carolina Barbecue Company, Baja Pizzafish, and Smoke the Burger Joint). A cash bar for beer and wine will be available. This event is FREE to attend but reservations are required. Wed., April 29 Harry London Candies Inc. 5353 Lauby Road North Canton, OH 44720 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Cost: FREE, reservations required RSVP at


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UPCOMING EVENTS Tommy Castro & The Painkillers and Albert Castiglia to headline 2015 Blues Festival Northeast Ohio’s premier free blues festival, Canton Blues Fest, has announced a jam-packed lineup with 17 acts on two stages over two days. It’s all happening on Market Square in downtown Canton on Friday, June 12, and Saturday, June 13. Live music runs both days from noon to 10:30 p.m. Headlining the event Friday is Tommy Castro and The Painkillers at 8:30 p.m., with opening act Jimmy Thackery at 6:30 p.m. Saturday’s headliner is Albert Castiglia at 8:30 pm., with opening act Biscuit Miller at 6:30 p.m. Please visit the website for the complete lineup. Canton Blues Fest, now in its 14th year, is presented by the Canton Regional Chamber. VIP passes, which include up-close stage views plus free food and beverages after 5:00 pm, can be purchased online at or by calling 330.458.2070.

The 2015 Canton Blues Fest is made possible in part by Standard Plumbing and Heating Co. and Cormony Development, along with sponsors (to date) including Aultman, Phil and Nancy Sonner, Signature Design & Remodeling, Old Carolina Barbecue and Smoke The Burger Joint, The M. Conley Company, TimkenSteel Corporation, The Repository, The City of Canton, Mix 94.1 and News-Talk 1480 WHBC AM, Downtown Canton Special Improvement District, and Metro PCS. About Tommy Castro and The Painkillers Tommy Castro’s early influences and inspiration were electric blues, Chicago blues, West Coast blues, soul music, 1960s rock and roll and Southern rock. His style has always been a hybrid of all his favorite genres. He began playing professionally in Bay Area cover-song bands in the 1970s. In the 1980s he joined the Warner Bros. Records’ band The Dynatones. In 2001 and 2002, B.B. King asked Castro to open his summer concert tours.

About Albert Castiglia After making his professional debut in 1990, guitarist, singer and songwriter Albert Castiglia was named ‘Best Blues Guitarist’ in Miami in 1997 by New Times magazine. Castiglia completed his college education, then worked for four years as a social services investigator for the state of Florida. He continued to fine-tune his guitar playing, songwriting and singing chops at nights and on weekends in the Miami area. Castiglia has shared stages and jammed with Aron Burton, Pinetop Perkins, Melvin Taylor, Sugar Blue, Phil Guy, Ronnie Earl, Billy Boy Arnold, and Ronnie Baker Brooks, among others. Given that he’s young by blues standards and has a depth and breadth of live, studio and life experience, it is possible Castiglia may yet become a major force behind another blues and blues-rock rebirth.

In May 2010, The Blues Foundation awarded Castro multiple honors including B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, and with his band, Band of the Year. In 2011, Castro stripped down his band to a four-piece unit called The Painkillers. His most recent album, 2013’s The Devil You Know, was recorded with this lineup plus guest appearances by Marcia Ball, Tab Benoit, Joe Bonamassa and The Holmes Brothers.



UPCOMING EVENTS April AultCare Fast Break Breakfast: Your CAK Gameplan for Staying Connected Kristie VanAuken, Akron-Canton Airport It’s relationships, silly! And the Akron-Canton Airport excels at building long-lasting relationships with their customers. They’ve been able to achieve an economic impact of $500 million in part by connecting with their customers, one at a time. Learn how to develop a CAK game plan for staying connected to those who matter most from Kristie VanAuken, senior vice president & chief marketing and communications officer. Learn how to engage with your customers, strengthen interactions with key business partners, and connect with your community. Use these lessons to make your business and most important relationships stronger!

networking activities, hear a compelling speaker, meet new business contacts and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Plus, when you bring a door prize valued at $15 or more, you’ll receive 30 seconds at the microphone to promote your business. Friday, Apr. 10 7 a.m. registration
 7:30 a.m. program
 Courtyard by Marriott 4375 Metro Circle in North Canton Cost: $18 members $25 non-members RSVP by Apr. 8 Call 330-458-2070 or visit www. to register.

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CONVENTION AND VISITORS’ BUREAU Allyson Bussey Named Interim Director of the Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau The Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau (CVB) has named Allyson Bussey as its interim director. Bussey joined the CVB in October of 2007 and has served as assistant director for the past year. In this role, Bussey will oversee the day-to-day operations of the CVB, as well as represent and help implement the Bureau’s strategic vision of elevating the travel and tourism industry on a local, regional and statewide level. She will continue to oversee marketing and brand initiatives, media and partner relations and sales in the leisure and group tour markets. “On behalf of the entire board of directors, I am pleased to share the appointment of Allyson Bussey as our interim director,” said Anne Graffice, executive director of alumni engagement at the University of Mount Union and CVB chairperson. “We are confident leaning on Allyson’s experience within the Bureau and her respected position within the industry. She brings valued expertise and a vision for the future that allows us to continue the implementation of our strategic plan, as well as our ultimate focus which is creating a positive economic impact for our region.”

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Bussey has been in the travel & tourism industry for over 15 years and is active in many community and industry roles. She is an executive board member of the Ohio Travel Association, and past president of both the Adventure in Northeast Ohio and Lake Township Chamber of Commerce boards. She was awarded the Northeast Ohio Tourism Excellence Award in 2014 and was the inaugural recipient of the Ohio Travel Industry Emerging Leader Award, also in 2014.



ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Names Committee Chairs The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Pro Football Hall of Fame have named the following key committee chairs: Nancy Chapman, Hostesses; Rich Wilder, Souvenirs; Maureen Schmucker, Special Events; and Gregory Briggs, Staging.

Chapman retired from Medical Mutual of Ohio Insurance Company in 2013 after 25 years of service and is currently employed in the audiology department at Ohio Head and Neck Surgeons. She has served as an Enshrinement hostess since 1998, and this is her seventh year in the chairmanship role. She is a member of American Health Insurance Plans and Toastmasters of America. Nancy and husband Thomas are parents of two daughters and one son, and proud grandparents of six.

Chapman will be assisted by vice-chairman Daisy Suggs in selecting and preparing the numerous volunteer hostesses who are given various assignments. Each member of the Class of 2015 Enshrinees and their presenters will have a hostess assigned to his family while in Canton, and other hostesses will also be used to assist returning members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and their wives. Wilder is a graduate of GlenOak High School and Bowling Green State University. An estimator-purchasing for Fred Olivieri Construction Company, he previously chaired the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner Committee, and this is his first year as chairman of the Souvenir Committee. A former Canton Jaycee and an Eagle Scout, he remains active as a volunteer for Stark DD Special Olympics and as a puppeteer for Spring Hill Historic Home Festivals, while serving his church as an elder and deacon. He and wife Tracy are the proud parents of one daughter.

system. A graduate of Canton Central Catholic High School, she obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kent State University. A member of the Hospitality Committee since 2008, she also served as vice chairman of the Special Events Committee in 2013, and this is her second year as chairman of that committee. She is a volunteer for the Stark County Exceptional Olympics, active with the Stark County Mathematics Vision Project, and is a lector at St. Louis Church. She and husband Larry are the proud parents of one son and one daughter. As Special Events chairman, one of her major tasks will be to coordinate the Hall of Fame Board of Trustees Reception, which is staged as the first official function for the Enshrinees and their presenters, returning Hall of Famers and other out of town guests. Additionally, the Special Events Committee provides services such as emergency medical and dental assistance for guests of the Hall of Fame during their stay in Canton, and the committee is always on call to assist the Enshrinees and their families as needed. Schmucker will be assisted with these many duties by vice-chairman Sharon Griffith. Briggs is a sub-contractor in the flooring business, so he brings a great amount of expertise to his third year as chairman of the Staging Committee, after serving as a volunteer on the committee for the past 16 years. He graduated from Timken High School and attended Stark State. An Eagle Scout, he is the proud father of one son and one daughter. The Staging Committee directs the planning, preparation and production of the Queen Pageant, Fashion Show Luncheon, Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner, and Enshrinees GameDay

He and his team of highly-energized volunteers are responsible for selling official souvenir and commemorative items at the majority of the 23 events throughout the Enshrinement Festival. Many of this year’s souvenir items, including the collector’s pin, will depict the Enshrinement Festival logo, and all items provide lasting memories of the festivities. Wilder will receive extensive assistance from vice chairman Michelle Moyer. Schmucker is a math teacher at Oakwood Middle School in the Plain Local School



ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL & YSTARK! Queen Committee Chair Named, Pageant Tickets Available Brenda Stevens has been named chair of the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen Committee. This is her first year in that capacity and assisting her with leadership responsibilities will be Kris Neff, committee vice-chair. A Youngstown native, Stevens is a graduate of Campbell Memorial High School, Kent State University, and University of Akron. She is employed as director of multicultural and international services at Malone University. She serves the Stark County area in a wide variety of capacities,

including as a board member for VOICS, JOGS, Leadership Stark County, American Heart Association, and Pathway Caring for Children. She is co-chair for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Mayor’s Breakfast and is director of Christian education at Greater Bethel Apostolic Church. In 2014, she received the Outstanding Women of America Beautiful People Award. She and husband Leonard are the proud parents of two and have two granddaughters. The Queen Pageant will take place Thursday, May 7, beginning at 7 p.m. at The Canton Palace Theatre where 45 outstanding young ladies will vie for the crown. All seats are reserved at $20 each (subject to additional processing fee and handling charge). For tickets, please visit or call 330.458.2048. At the conclusion of the Pageant, a Queen and five court members will have been selected on the basis of personality,

poise, beauty, communication skills, academic achievement and service to community. The Queen and her court will serve as role models and goodwill ambassadors throughout the community, and one of their most memorable experiences will be their ride in the Grand Parade. The Queen Committee is responsible for working with Enshrinement Festival staff in coordinating all activities relating to the Enshrinement Festival Queen and court and serving as chaperones during their community service activities and official event appearances. For more information regarding the Queen Pageant or sponsorship opportunities, contact Kathy Lindenberger at (330) 458-2056 or visit the Enshrinement Festival Web site at

It’s Wearing ... It’s Sharing ...It’s a Fashion Show and Then Some! On April 21, we recycle Wear & Share for an amazing third year. The evening includes shopping, a fashion show, competition, silent auction items, desserts, refreshments and charitable fun….all at the gorgeous Joseph Saxton Gallery in downtown Canton! Wear & Share is an original ystark! event that focuses on reusability. The idea was born out of the ystark! Reads Book Club. A few ystark! members read and discussed Annie Leonard’s The Story of Stuff which talks about the movement of reusing instead of buying new stuff. We loved this idea and decided to start it here in Stark County. And with that, Wear & Share was born. The Wear: It’s a fashion show of repurposed materials and clothing by local designers. There will


also be hand-picked clothing, accessory and jewelry vendors for your own shopping pleasure! The Share: It’s a clothing drive to repurpose your gently used fashions. Who knows, it may even end up on the runway! The Goodwill Boutique will be open on-site for you to create and share your own high fashion ensemble. 6:30 pm – Doors open 7:30 pm – Fashion Show & Goodwill Challenge. Celebrity judges include Steve Antoniades, Doreen Leaf, Rebecca Paliswat, Colette Wasdahl, and Lindsey Zimmerman. Register online at Tickets are $20.


LEADERSHIP STARK COUNT Y Apply to Leadership Stark County Signature Program by April 24. Submit your application or learn more at Why should I participate in Leadership Stark County? Hear from past graduates about the professional, personal and civic benefits of our Signature Program. Professional Benefits of the Signature Program Leadership Stark County broadens perspective. The program widened my view of Stark County, its government, its businesses, its non-profits, its justice system, its people, its rich history, its culture, and its future. This expansion of awareness and perspective will serve me well as I make decisions about how the library system can best serve the residents of the county. Tena Wilson, executive director, Stark County District Library One of my goals was to get connected to the community and meet people. I certainly accomplished that! I have two fellow Leadership members that are now on the Pathway Board and are working on two collaborations with connections that I have made. Wendy Tracy, executive director, Pathway Caring for Children Personal Benefits of the Signature Program The Signature Program breaks down barriers, disbands title and position, and motivates you to grow both professionally and personally. It prepares you to be better citizens and be involved so that you can make a difference. You look forward to each session and are disappointed when each individual day concludes. Upon graduation I will bring with me a base of knowledge and connections that propels me into a leadership position where I hope to affect positive change.

The Signature Program has broadened my perspective about my role in the community. I have now seen firsthand what a difference one person can make by committing his or her talents, energies, and resources to any given cause. I have also seen what happens when that one differencemaker comes together with others who are interested in the same cause. Leadership Stark County showed me that some of the best collaboration occurs when people of diverse backgrounds and strengths join together to work for a common mission. My personal contributions, combined with those of a group striving for the same goal, can be very powerful for accomplishing positive change in Stark County. Sarah Eades, attorney, Buckingham, Doolittle & Boroughs Benefits for the Stark County Community I came into the program confident in my knowledge of Stark County’s assets and challenges. I was also full of suggestions on what they needed to be doing to fix the challenges or take advantage of the assets. The most valuable lesson that the Signature Program led to is the realization that “they” is me. We each have the responsibility to lead change with our own actions when the opportunities present themselves to us. If we want something done then we have to get our hands dirty and start doing – our community is depending on it. The Signature Program has prepared me with the toolkit of knowledge, resources and contacts to take action. Tonja Marshall, director of sports tourism, Canton Stark Convention & Visitors Bureau

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SAFET Y COUNCIL Stark County Safety Council Monthly Luncheon Series: Dangers of Distracted Driving Featuring Sergeant Todd Belcher, Ohio State Highway Patrol Sergeant Belcher, Assistant Post Commander-Canton Highway Patrol Post, will share what the Highway Patrol does and how it differs from other law enforcement agencies. He’ll also talk about the dangers of distracted driving. As a Trooper, Sgt. Belcher has investigated hundreds of crashes and has overseen hundreds more investigations. He’ll talk about distracted driving, what causes distracted driving, how to prevent it, and the impact crashes have on families, hospital bills, and insurance costs. Thursday, Apr. 9 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Meyer’s Lake Ballroom 3218 Parkway St. NW, Canton $16 per person RSVP at

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Lt. Governor Mary Taylor to Speak at Stark County Safety Council Awards Banquet On Monday, April 13, the Stark County Safety Council and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will honor area companies who are committed to maintaining a safe workplace at the 2015 Safety Awards Banquet at Skyland Pines Banquet Center.

Additionally, awards from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Division of Safety and Hygiene will be presented in the following categories: Group Award (for the lowest incident in each group), 100 Percent Award (for each company that worked the entire year without a lost-time injury), Achievement Award (for each company that decreased its incident rate by at least 25 percent from the previous year), and the Special Award (for each company that has accumulated at least 500,000 hours and operated at least six months without a lost-time injury within a year).

Monday, April 13 5:00 - 6:00 Cash Bar 6:00 Dinner Skyland Pines Banquet Center 3550 Columbus Rd NE Canton, OH 44705 Cost: $35 RSVP April 10th Register online at

This year’s keynote speaker is Ohio‘s Lt. Governor Mary Taylor. She will deliver an administrative update on “The Importance of Safety in the Workplace.” She is an expert on state budget issues and has recovered millions in misspent tax dollars. Taylor is one of the most influential CPAs and women in Ohio.



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Aultman Health Foundation Charter One Bank Chase Chesapeake Energy Corporation City of Canton Consumers National Bank Dominion East Ohio FedEx Custom Critical Fifth Third Bank FirstMerit Bank NA Hilscher-Clarke Electric Company Huntington Bank Kenan Advantage Group Kent State University at Stark KeyBank Malone University Mercy Medical Center Northeast Ohio Medical University PNC Bank Premier Bank and Trust The Belden Brick Company The M. Conley Company The Repository The Timken Company


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NEW MEMBERS WELCOME to our newest members, who joined Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce in February. We encourage you to patronize their businesses. If you know of other businesses that would benefit from Chamber membership, please contact the Membership Department at (330) 458-2067. Ascent Audiology & Hearing (HEARING AIDS AUDIOLOGY) Abbe Studer 6647 Frank Ave. NW North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 494-8348 Black Dog Entertainment Group (DISC JOCKEY) Tina M. Dalton 1230 Roslyn Ave. SW Canton, OH 44710 (330) 727-9892 Canton Clothing Company (APPAREL) Scott Gresser 11321 Lloyd St. Canal Fulton, OH 44614 (330) 639-7334 Chit Chat Coffee Shoppe & Cafe (COFFEE SHOP CAFE) Shelly David 220 Market Ave. S. Canton, OH 44702 (330) 546-0758

Exodus Integrity Services Inc (EMPLOYMENT SERVICES) Faith Bradshaw 37111 Euclid Ave. #F Willoughby, OH 44094 (440) 918-0140 Hudson Collective, Inc. (WEB DESIGN PRINTING COMPANIES) Patrick McCausland 9085 S. Freeway Dr. Macedonia, OH 44056 (330) 256-4591 Hudson Printing, Inc. (PRINTING COMPANIES) Dreu Wadsworth 9085 S. Freeway Dr. Macedonia, OH 44056 (330) 371-4091 Industry Consulting Enterprise LLC (CONSULTING - LEAN & SIX SIGMA) Daniel E. Nicol 6351 Schilling Ave. NE Louisville, OH 44641 (330) 875-4571

Latter Rain Associates (EMPLOYMENT SERVICES) Hilda Bernice Poore, M.Ed. P.O. Box 20571 Canton, OH 44701 (330) 456-8830 Mumford Cleaning & Solutions (CLEANING SERVICES HANDYMAN SERVICE) Ervin Mumford IV 903 - 23rd St. N.W. Canton, OH 44709 (330) 412-9794 Ryan Homes (HOME BUILDERS) Emilie Katcher 6770 W. Snowville Rd. #100 Brecksville, OH 44141 (330) 433-9077 SIGN*A*RAMA (SIGNS) Bob & Kathy Lesnak 4942 Everhard Rd. NW Canton, OH 44718 (330) 499-4653 Simon Roofing (ROOFING - INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL ROOFING CONTRACTORS) Nancy Perruzzi 70 Karago Ave. Youngstown, OH 44512 (330) 301-9720 Zachary Tours and Travel (TRANSPORTATION TRAVEL TOURS) Jeffrey L. Zachary 3822 Cleveland Ave. NW Canton, OH 44709 (330) 268-2509



BIZ BITZ The Canton Museum of Art (CMA) has named Rob Lehr as the museum’s new director of marketing and communications. Lehr is responsible for the dayto-day management of marketing and branding, advertising, public relations, social media, and exhibit promotional programs, as well as membership development, special events and exhibition programming, and fundraising support. “Rob’s marketing, public relations, and social media savvy provide an excellent addition to our Canton Museum of Art team and programs initiated over the last several years,” said Max Barton, executive director. “Rob brings a fresh perspective for reaching diverse audiences, both inside and outside of the Museum, and connecting their lives to the wonder of art. His connections to the visual and performing arts communities throughout the region will be valuable to our collaboration and engagement initiatives for the arts corridor stretching throughout Stark, Summit, Cuyahoga, and surrounding counties.” Bruner Cox LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of Theresa B. Mullen, MT, to state and local tax director. Theresa joined Bruner Cox LLP in 2004. As a Director, Theresa acts as a liaison between clients and state representatives in order to review clients’ eligibility for state tax incentives to ensure that they are capitalizing on all possible state tax minimization strategies. She is a member of the Firm’s Manufacturing and Wholesale-Distribution Services Group along with the Construction and Real Estate Services Group. “I am pleased

to announce the promotion of Theresa,” said Bruner Cox LLP Managing Partner, Steven O. Pittman, CPA, MBA, CGMA. “Theresa is a dynamic member of the Bruner Cox LLP team. Her continual and longstanding expert service has greatly contributed to the success of our clients and our firm.” The YWCA of Canton has announced the appointment of two new members to its Board of Trustees. Joining the Board of Trustees are Jessica Bennett and Lisa Singleterry-Gissendaner. “Our newest board members embody the spirit of community and bring talent, expertise and energy to the table. We are very fortunate to have them by our side as we continue to further our YWCA mission of empowering women and ending racism,” said Kelly Blandford Bah, chief executive officer. Jessica Bennett is the director of the Magazine Division at GateHouse Ohio Media (parent company of The Repository) and was formerly the director of marketing and events at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Canton City School Board member and former President, Lisa Singleterry-Gissendaner is a Canton native, graduate of McKinley High School and holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on urban education from Kent State University.  The Karcher Group (TKG), a Northeast Ohio-based online marketing and web development firm, is excited to welcome Jeff Palmer as their new online

marketing strategist. In this new role, Jeff will combine his ecommerce and web marketing skills to help TKG clients with their online marketing strategies. Jeff comes to TKG with extensive experience in ecommerce and in front and back end implementation and integration, and will utilize his industry knowledge to assist TKG’s clients with their web marketing needs. “Jeff has been an invaluable addition to the Web Marketing team,” said David Brown, TKG’s client services director. “I am very excited to bring him on board and he will round out the already talented marketing team we have here at TKG.” Day Ketterer is excited to announce the opening of its Youngstown, Ohio office in the NYO Property Group’s Urban Office Space in the heart of downtown Youngstown. The opening of the new office is in response to growing demand from clients in the Mahoning Valley and the firm’s initiative to serve its clients throughout Ohio. Day Ketterer has a long history of attorneys who are native to the region and passionate about the Mahoning Valley. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to better serve those clients in the greater Youngstown area. Day Ketterer managing partner Rob Roland commented on the growth stating, “Day Ketterer’s new position in the Mahoning Valley reflects our desire to be closer to our expanding Youngstown client base and to grow within a region which we think shows significant upside potential.”

Southwest Magazine to Highlight the Akron-Canton Region in Their June Issue Southwest Magazine, Southwest Airlines’ in-flight magazine, has selected the AkronCanton Airport (CAK) for an expanded editorial piece on living and working in the Akron-Canton area in its June 2015 issue! The Canton Regional Chamber is teaming up with the Akron-Canton Airport, Akron/ Summit Convention and Visitors’ Bureau (CVB), Canton/Stark CVB, Greater Akron Chamber and Stark Development Board to make this important and fun project a reality. This piece will promote Akron and Canton as one, promoting all of the great things we have collectively as a region. This approach will leverage the strengths of the region in a way that will not only attract


visitors, but will also serve as a talent recruitment and business development tool. Southwest Magazine reaches nearly 3.5 million affluent business and leisure travelers aboard all Southwest flights each month; the piece also extends through an online edition found on Southwest Airlines is the largest carrier in the United States. This special in-flight magazine feature is a unique opportunity to showcase our region and your business nationally.

advertising your business or have a suggestion for editorial content, please contact Collyn Floyd, director of marketing and public relations for the Canton Regional Chamber, at 330.458.2071 or The deadline is mid-April, so we ask you to contact us quickly to make the most of this opportunity!

The Southwest Magazine team is seeking story ideas and sponsorship partners! If you are interested in



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First Friday: Above the Fold First Friday is a monthly party in the downtown Canton Arts District featuring themed music, performance and visual arts events. Rain or shine, year ‘round.

First Friday, April 3 6 to 10 pm Downtown Canton Arts District Free event!

Utica Upstream Experts and advocates for Ohio oil and gas exploration will help you understand what to expect in the Utica this year.

Wednesday, April 8 8:00 am – 1:30 pm Walsh University Barrette Center $175 per person Thursday, Apr. 9 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Meyer’s Lake Ballroom $16 per person

Stark County Safety Council Monthly Luncheon Dangers of Driving Distracted With Sergeant Todd Belcher, Ohio State Highway Patrol

Friday, April 10 7:00 am registration 7:30 am program Courtyard by Marriott $18 members, $25 non-members

April AultCare Fast Break Breakfast A CAK Game plan for Staying Connected With Kristie VanAuken, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Akron-Canton Airport Stark County Safety Council Awards Banquet With special guest speaker State of Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor

Monday, April 13 5:00 pm cash bar, 6:00 pm dinner Skyland Pines Banquet Center $35 per person Tuesday, April 21 6:30 pm doors open Joseph Saxton Gallery Cost: $20

ystark! Wear and Share It’s wearing….it’s sharing….it’s a fashion show and then some.

Wednesday, April 29 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Harry London Candies Cost: FREE, reservations required

Stir After Hours Presented by Farmers National Bank Join us for an irresistibly sweet evening of networking, food & beverage, and yes – chocolate – at Harry London Candies.

C oming up ! Business Excellence Awards – May 5 Canton Regional Chamber Golf Classic - May 11 Spring NETWORK – May 15 Vintage Canton (NEW DATE!) – May 21 Utica Midstream – June 10

Please make reservations for all of our Chamber events online at (unless otherwise directed above), or call (330) 458-2070. Thank you for registering in advance!



Mercy Medical Center - Work Health & Safety Services


Work-related accidents happen 24-hours a day. Injured employees need specialized, experienced attention to minimize injuries, speed recovery and return to work. Work Health & Safety Services (WHSS) is open 24/7 through its affiliation with Mercy Medical Center.

• Mercy Health Center of Carroll County 125 Canton Road, Carrollton, OH | 330-627-7641 • Mercy Health Center of Jackson/Massillon 7337 Caritas Circle NW, Massillon, OH | 330-966-8689 • Mercy Health Center of North Canton 6200 Whipple Avenue NW, North Canton, OH | 330-966-8689 • Mercy Health Center of Tuscarawas County 1031 West High Avenue, New Philadelphia, OH | 330-365-5100 If care is necessary after 9 p.m. - Mercy Medical Center Emergency Department 1320 Mercy Drive N.W., Canton, OH | 330-489-1055 | Daily 24-hour service

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Action Newsletter - April 2015  

Action Newsletter - April 2015