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JULY 2016




Canton, Jackson-Belden Chamber Merger: Membership Vote Set for August 16 The Boards of Directors of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Jackson-Belden Chamber of Commerce believe that a merged organization will strengthen our membership services, benefits and programming and increase our impact on businesses and the broader community. Since last year, executives and volunteer leaders at both chambers have been studying ways that the two organizations could collaborate more extensively for the good of the region’s businesses and the community that the two chambers serve. We are happy to report that the Boards of Directors from both organizations have unanimously approved moving the merger process forward. The next step for the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce membership is to attend a Special Membership Meeting on AUGUST 16, 2016, during which the key contact for each member business or organization will have the opportunity to vote on the merger. (continued on next page)

Eat Local, Buy Local at the Canton Farmers’ Market The Canton Farmers’ Market is back for its 13th year of providing locally grown produce, locally made products, fun entertainment, and the freshest seasonal foods on Saturdays from 8:00 to 11:30 am.

INSIDE: Oil and Gas News................................................. 3 Small Business Growth Network.......................... 4 AultCare Fast Break Breakfast.............................. 5 Utica Summit IV.................................................. 6 Safety Council Luncheon...................................... 6 Enshrinement Festival Committee Chairs..........8-9 Enshrinement Festival Photo Contest................... 9 Enshrinement Festival Events....................... 10-11 Leadership Young Professionals......................... 12 Leadership Spotlight Program........................... 12 Funding Partners.............................................. 13 Leadership Signature Class Graduates................ 14 ystark! Monthly Meet Up................................... 17 ystark! Twenty under 40! Wrap Up..................... 17 New Members................................................... 17 BizBitz.............................................................. 18 July Calendar.................................................... 19

The Canton Farmers’ Market is a producers-only market that provides consumers with an opportunity to buy fresh, quality products at reasonable prices directly from local growers in Northeast Ohio. Along with produce, the market offers baked goods, flowers, honey, syrups, artisan bread, cheese, eggs, meat, and more! The market runs every Saturday through October 1 and is located at the Nadine McIlwain Administrative Center parking lot at the corner of Fourth St. NW and McKinley Ave. NW. The site is perfectly suited with green grass, trees and tons of parking! (continued on page four)


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

July 2016 - Volume XLVIII - No. 7

Brian Belden Director of Sales Belden Brick 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

Chamber, Jackson-Belden Merger continued ... Please note: only the member’s key contact is permitted to cast a vote regarding the merger. To determine if you are listed as the key contact, please refer to the Chamber’s 2016 Business Directory,, or call Denise Burton at 330.458.2067. Per the Canton Regional Chamber’s bylaws, we are required to give at least 10 days official notice of the August 16 Membership Meeting, which we will do via mail. The official notice will contain complete merger details. If your organization’s key contact cannot attend the August 16 meeting, they may submit a proxy vote.

“The combined organization proposed in the merger plan will represent a level of service, business interests, and economic growth that is unprecedented for Stark County,” said Dennis P. Saunier, president and CEO of the Canton Regional Chamber. The Boards’ decisions to proceed follow a deliberative process conducted by consultant David Ramey, president of Strategic Leadership Associates. The official merger process began in November 2015 and included a series of forums in April and June to gain the feedback of both sets of Board members and Chamber members. At these forums, the comprehensive merger plan was presented, and members had the opportunity to provide comments or questions.

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OIL & GAS July Oil and Gas News The biggest news in oil and gas came one day before our June 8 Utica Midstream seminar. Royal Dutch Shell announced that it was going ahead with construction of its ethane cracker in Beaver County, Pa. An ethane cracker may be the ultimate downstream development in the Utica. It turns abundant ethane gas into polyethylene. This is a versatile feedstock for the plastics industry. Could plastic manufacturing grow in Ohio because raw materials are being created in the region? Growth is anticipated, to be sure. Despite the many millions of dollars Shell already had spent to acquire and prepare its Beaver County site over the last few years, there was no guarantee that Shell would commit. It is a global energy company that makes its investments in billion-dollar amounts. In fact, the unofficial estimates on the cost of the Shell cracker generally settle in at about $6 billion. Shell Chemical Appalachia, the subsidiary in charge of the cracker plant, predicts 6,000 construction jobs when work begins in about 18 months. It expects 600 permanent employees when the plant begins operation early in the next decade. It anticipates production of 1.6 tons of polyethylene per year.

We thank the sponsors below for supporting our first two oil and gas business development seminars of 2016, Utica Upstream on April 6 and Utica Midstream on June 8.

Meanwhile, Ohio awaits a favorable announcement about the PTT GC cracker that is planned for Belmont County. The company has created a website to share information about its proposed plant: That brings us to Utica Summit on Oct. 11, our annual downstream seminar and the last program in our Utica series for 2016. We are working to attract speakers that can talk about either or both of these cracker projects. We also are seeking commitments from other manufacturers and transportation interests that are finding ways to turn Utica energy into long-term, sustainable jobs for the region.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chairman of the Board - Brian Belden The Belden Brick Company Sr. Vice Chairman - Judith E. Barnes Lancaster Attorney At Law Vice Chairman - Mark Fleiner MacDermid Performance Solutions Vice Chairman - Rick McQueen Akron-Canton Airport Vice Chairman - Jim Porter The Repository Treasurer - D. William Allen Pro Football Hall of Fame Immediate Past Chairman - William C. Shivers Huntington National Bank President & CEO - Dennis P. Saunier Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Recording Secretary - Connie R. Cerny Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

Visit for program developments, registration, and sponsorship opportunities. At, you also can view the presentations from the great speakers who came to Canton for Utica Midstream in June. Companies represented were: Spectra Energy, Energy Transfer, Marathon Pipe Line, American Electric Power, Blue Racer Midstream, EnLink Midstream and Midstream Business magazine. Our thanks once again to these companies for coming to Canton and sharing information with regional businesses in the audience.

David Kaminski Vice President for Public Policy and Energy (330) 458-2059

If you are interested in showing your support for the oil and gas business in Ohio, consider a sponsorship at our last seminar of the year, Utica Summit on Oct. 11. Go to or contact me at the Chamber.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Emil Alecusan Brewster Cheese

Frank Monaco Four Fifteen Group

Katrina Barton Belden Village Mall

Lucia M. Pileggi KeyBank

David Cemate Mercy Medical Center

Steven O. Pittman Bruner Cox LLP

Ajay Das The Timken Company

Rodney Reasonover Stark County Community Action Agency

R. Eric Dellapina FirstMerit Bank N.A. William F. Downey Kenan Advantage Group Dr. Jay Gershen Northeast Ohio Medical University Michael Graeff Dr. Para Jones Stark State College Geoff Karcher The Karcher Group Dr. David A. King Malone University Bradley R. McKain Marathon Petroleum Company, LP Michael Moore FedEx Custom Critical



Alan Rodriguez Jßlz by Alan Rodriguez and Rodriguez’s House of Stones Robert E. Roland Day Ketterer, LTD. Denise A. Seachrist Kent State University at Stark Bruce M. Soares Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh Amanda Sterling TimkenSteel Tracy Stevens Dominion East Ohio John M. Tucker Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A. Mark Wright Aultman Health Foundation

UPCOMING EVENTS Canton Farmers’ Market ... Our 2016 vendors (to date) include: Fox Family Farm and CSA, KT Eggs, Marvin’s Gardens, Natalie & Alexander’s Gardens, Dogtown Bakery, Shady Grove Greenhouse, Fichter Farm,  The Wholesome Hive, Spring Lakes Farm of Ohio, LLC, Miller Farmstead, Biscotti by the Bunch, Simple Gourmet Syrups, The Toasted Loaf, Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, Hillside Gardens, Clover Belle Farm, Ohio Farm Direct, Arrowhead Orchard, Victoria’s Cottage, Brenckle Farms, Motts Mapleton Farms and Blooming Bee Flower Farm & Apiary. On any given weekend, the Canton Farmers’ Market offers community resources, nutrition and health education from Aultman Hospital, cooking demonstrations, live music, organic gardening tips, children’s activities and art projects for people of all ages. The market is managed by the Downtown Canton Special Improvement District and is thankful for its supporters: Aultman Health Foundation, The Repository, Mix 94.1 & NewsTalk 1480 WHBC AM, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Canton Development Partnership and the City of Canton. For the complete line up of vendors, music, special guests, recipes and more, visit our website at

Small Business Growth Network Aims to Serve Small Businesses, Non-Profits and Start Ups Launched in April, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Canton Regional Chapter of SCORE have joined forces to bring Chamber members the Small Business Growth Network. This Network creates a one-stop resource dedicated to formation, growth and success of local entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profits.

• Troubleshooting existing business challenges • Improving cash flow • Growing your business • Conducting exclusive business seminars and workshops

Through the help of SCORE, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce is happy to offer this service to small businesses and non-profits in the region. To learn more or schedule an appointment with the Small Business Growth Network, call 330.595.4575 or fill out a brief form at

• And much more!

Through this program, working and retired executives and business owners will be available to provide confidential, real-world business advice to Chamber members, free of charge! Whether your business needs assistance planning, getting funding or marketing advice, the Growth Network has a team of experienced professionals to take advantage of. As a Chamber member you are welcomed to sign up for one of our business workshops or to schedule a oneon-one appointment session. Some popular areas of counselor assistance are: • Preparing written business and marketing plans • Determining type of business and location • Taking the proper steps to secure a loan • Understanding business law



UPCOMING EVENTS July AultCare Fast Break Breakfast: What’s Your Business Culture? Business formal or casual attire? Silent or social? Every business has its own culture that helps the business to operate. Many of us get used to the everyday motion of this culture and forget to reflect on how it can be affecting a workplace. This month’s interactive Fast Break Breakfast presentation by Tim Shetzer will help to identify the customs and practices of your workplace. A well-defined business culture, no matter the differences, can help spur growth as well as help to weather office adversity when it arises. This interactive session includes reviewing handout materials and sharing office cultural ideas. Friday, July 8 7:00 am registration 7:30 am breakfast and program Courtyard by Marriott 4375 Metro Circle in North Canton Cost: $18 members $25 non-members RSVP by July 6

About Tim Shetzer, CEO, YMCA of Central Stark County Since 1997, Tim has been CEO of YMCA of Central Stark County, this year seeing its sesquicentennial anniversary (150 years). He also worked at the YMCA in Des Moines, Iowa, as well as overseas at the Jerusalem International YMCA. A graduate of the College of Wooster, Shetzer then went on to earn his master’s degree from North Carolina State University. The ten Stark County YMCA community branches serve over 70,000 constituents every year through 1,000 different programs. The YMCA helps over 12,000 youth and families to receive financial assistance each year. The YMCA stands for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.


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UPCOMING EVENTS Fourth Annual Utica Summit Set for October 11 Petrochemicals, power generation and transportation Utica Summit IV, our third energy event of 2016, is our annual look at the sustainable downstream benefits of Utica energy. National speakers will be in Canton to tell you what’s coming our way.

For registration and questions, go online to or contact Dave Kaminski (330) 458-2059, davidk@cantonchamber. org.

In the program’s fourth year, three partner organizations — Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Canton Repository and — will produce another conference designed to give insight on energy in the Utica and beyond.

Date: Tuesday, October 11 Time: 8:00 am – 2:30 pm

If you have interest in plastics and chemicals, transportation fuels, power, or overall manufacturing advantages derived from Utica’s abundant energy, you will want to attend. Register early. Our midstream seminar in June sold out.

Stark County Safety Council July Luncheon Driver Safety Training – In the Driver’s Seat with Dave! With David Valentine, Risk Engineering Dept. for The Hartford This month’s Luncheon features safe driving techniques from a modified version of The Hartford’s 3-D Driver training program. The three step process will teach your drivers collision-free techniques and how to reduced risk for driver and company. Valentine has over 25 years of experience in risk management while being certified in multiple states. Learn how to keep your drivers on the road and hard at work for your company.

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ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL Chamber and Hall Announce Key Enshrinement Festival Committee Chairs

Appreciation Party • Balloon Classic/Jackson-Belden Music Fest & Fireworks • Game • Hotel Ambassadors The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Pro Football Hall of Fame have named the following key committee chairs: Christine Scarpino, Appreciation Party; Casey Weisend, Balloon Classic and Todd Hawke, Jackson-Belden Music Fest & Fireworks; Traci Tsai, NFL/Hall of Fame Game; and Agatha Johnson, Hotel Ambassadors. Scarpino is a graduate of Canton South High School and currently attends Stark State. She is employed by Evolent Health as a pharmacy government programs operations specialist and is a member of the Canton Local Board of Education and Canton South Academic Booster Club. She has served on the Appreciation Party Committee since 2008, and this is her first year as chairman. She and husband Chris are the proud parents of two. Scarpino will be assisted by vice chairman Patience Rush in planning the Appreciation Party, a non-public event for the 4,500 volunteers and family of generous sponsors who make the annual Enshrinement Festival activities such a success. Weisend, owner of Salon Mystique and Salon Suites located in Canton, Ohio, is a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School and National Beauty College. This is his second year as Chairman of the Balloon Classic committee. Before becoming Chairman, he served as the sub-committee chairman for vendors. He and wife Jennifer are the proud parents of three children.


Weisend will be assisted in the planning and staging of the Balloon Classic by vice chairman Keith Bennett. This year the Balloon Classic and Jackson-Belden Music Fest activities will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 29, 30 and 31. The Music Fest Committee is chaired this year by Todd Hawke, principal at GDK & Company, and also currently serving as a Jackson Township Trustee. He is a graduate of Kenton Ridge High School and Ohio Wesleyan University and has served in various capacities on the Food Fest Committee since 2002. He is actively involved in the community and serves on the boards of the JacksonBelden Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio, and American Cancer Society of Stark County. Todd and wife Tricia have one son and one daughter. Hawke will be assisted in the planning and staging by vice chairman Carles Moore, and there will be a wide variety of food, beverages, and music. As always, there will be a Balloon Glow on Friday night and a spectacular fireworks show to conclude Saturday’s activities. Tsai is a graduate of University of Mount Union and Walsh University and is a supervising therapist at Pathway Caring for Children. As a member of the American Counseling Association, she presented at two national conferences. She serves on the board of Friends of the Children’s Network and is president of Diva Boosters. She served on the Enshrinement Festival Hostess Committee for two years, and has

been a member of the Game Committee since 2000, with this her first year as chairman. She and husband David have two sons and two daughters. With assistance from vice chairman Ben Stoffer, the Game Committee will be responsible for timing and coordination of the pre-game and halftime activities during the NFL/Hall of Fame Game, to be held at 8:00 pm on Sunday, Aug. 7 featuring the Indianapolis Colts vs. Green Bay Packers before a sold-out stadium and national television audience on ESPN. The game also will be broadcast on Westwood One. Johnson, a Canton native, is a graduate of McKinley High School, received an associate degree from Canton Actual Business College, and attended Malone University. She serves as community sanctions officer for the Canton Municipal Court, has served on a wide variety of Enshrinement Festival committees, and is a year-round volunteer at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A graduate of Leadership Stark County, she is a lifetime member of the NAACP, and serves on the Greater Canton Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, Fair Housing Commission of Canton, United Way Allocation Committee, Turnaround Community Outreach, and Jane Hunter Civic Club. She is on the Boards of many community organizations, including Canton YWCA, Players Guild, and Palace Theatre. The proud parent of one son and two daughters, she has two grandchildren. She and vice chairman Karl Heege will work with a team of volunteers who will be located at designated official hotels and serve as ambassadors for the friends and family of the Class of 2016 by answering questions and assisting with ticket and transportation details.


ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Names 2016 Committee Chairs Concert for Legends • Drum Corps International The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has named the following key committee chairs: Dennis Manzella, Concert for Legends; and Karen Miller, Drum Corps International Competition. Manzella, a New York native, graduated from St. John’s University and New York University and is currently serving as assistant vice president of marketing for Western Reserve Group. He is a member of PIA of Indiana, and Big “I” Agent Association of Ohio and Indiana. A long-time, dedicated Enshrinement Festival volunteer, he previously chaired the Appreciation Party and Security and Logistics Committees and has served on the Enshrinement and

Game Committees; this is his first year as chairman of the Concert Committee. He is married to wife Rose Ann. This year’s Enshrinement Festival will feature more legends than ever, with country superstar Tim McGraw performing at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in this 2nd annual Concert for Legends on Friday, August 5th! Dan Paumier will assist Manzella as committee vice chairman. Miller, owner/ principal of KMD Associates, was born in Coshocton, Ohio, and is a graduate of Dover High School and Kent State University. She has served on the Drum Corps committee for four years, with this her

second as chairman. She is married to Tom Dillie and has one son. The 2016 DCI Tour of Champions, presented by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival and Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps will be held on Monday, August 8 at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon, just one week away from the international championships in Indianapolis. Tickets are available via or by calling 317.275.1212. The Tour of Champions event series consists of exciting live entertainment featuring the following top world class corps: Bluecoats (Canton, OH); Blue Knights (Denver, CO); Carolina Crown (Ft. Mill, SC); Madison Scouts (Madison, WI); Phantom Regiment (Rockford, IL); Santa Clara Vanguard (Santa Clara, CA); The Cadets (Allentown, PA); and The Cavaliers (Rosemont, IL).Spectators will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the drum corps experience with exclusive fan-member interaction, pre-show and intermission entertainment and more!

Prizes to be Awarded for Enshrinement Festival Photo Contest Cash prizes will be awarded in the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival’s 28th annual Photo Contest. Snapshot enthusiast or professional photographer? All are invited to enter by taking photos at any of the outdoor Enshrinement Festival events beginning July 24 through September 10.  Awards will be made in both the professional and non-professional categories, and some of the winning photos may be used in future Enshrinement Festival publications.  

The complete Enshrinement Festival schedule of events is also available on the Web site.

Due to the generous support of the Western Reserve Group, cash prizes for the contest total $1,800, and $100 prizes may be awarded to each of the six first place photos chosen from professional and non-professional divisions in the following categories: Community Parade, Balloon Classic/Jackson-Belden Music Fest & Fireworks, Drum Corps International Competition Tour of Champions, The Canton Repository Grand Parade, Canton Kickoff Celebration, and Gold Jacket 5K National Championship. Multiple honorable mention awards in the amount of $25 may also be given in each category. A Best of Show winner will be selected from all entries and will receive $250.

For more information, contact Erin Adcock at (330) 458-2053 or

All entries must be mailed or delivered to: Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, 222 Market Ave. N., Canton, OH 44702. The deadline for receiving photos is 5:00 pm on Sept. 16. The winning photos will be on display at the Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography at 520 Cleveland Avenue North in downtown Canton, and on the Enshrinement Festival’s Web site.

Photo by: Brenda Stankich

Up to 10 photos can be submitted for a single entry fee of $10. If you have more than 10 great photos to submit, multiple entry fees are welcomed.  Entry forms are available at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and on the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Web site at


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ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL 53 Years of Honoring the Legends of Professional Football and Celebrating Excellence! It all began on December 9, 1959, when an article appeared in The Canton Repository heralding a home for pro football. The article made the argument for our community—the birthplace of professional football—but to make the Hall of Fame a reality in Canton, the article called for “a combined Herculean effort on the part of civic and sports leaders, industry, and perhaps more important, just plain fans.” Our community answered that challenge, and just three months later, Canton, Ohio, was named the official site of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame opened its doors to the public on September 7, 1963, along with the induction of the inaugural class of 17, and four Enshrinement Festival events were held that same year as a way to feed and entertain the Enshrinees and their families while they were in town. Over the past 53 years, the museum and the festival have both grown significantly. And, the Herculean effort called for back in 1959 still exists today on an annual basis, with 4,500 extraordinary community volunteers and the professional staffs of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Pro Football Hall of Fame planning and staging the events that surround the central focus of the entire celebration: the Enshrinement of football players, coaches, and contributors into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Join us this year for what is sure to be a “Celebration of Excellence” in the community that started it all.


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Queen Pageant Thursday, May 5 Young women from Stark County and surrounding communities compete for the title of Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen. The queen and court help to welcome the current Class of Enshrinees to Canton for the festivities, but more importantly, they serve as goodwill ambassadors and role models for youngsters in the community while volunteering their time for a wide variety of civic organizations. Community Parade Sunday, July 24 Enjoy an afternoon in the heart of downtown Canton with family and friends. A wide array of community youth groups, marching bands, antique vehicles, specialty units and a giant helium balloon participate in this spirit-filled community parade. Balloon Classic/Jackson-Belden Music Fest and Fireworks Friday, July 29 – Sunday, July 31 Join in the fun and excitement as 53 hot air balloons take flight! This awesome spectacle delights approximately 130,000 spectators over three days. This free event offers families the opportunity to enjoy dozens of food vendors, live music, children’s activities, illuminating Balloon Night Glow and spectacular fireworks! First Ball Thursday, August 4 First Ball officially kicks off the final weekend of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. The event features nearly 1,500 children as they toss an official NFL football from one participant to the next along a three-mile route. The

route begins at the iconic location where the NFL was founded, the Frank T. Bow Building in downtown Canton, to its final destination, the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner Thursday, August 4 A capacity crowd of more than 4,000 guests experience an extraordinary evening of cocktails, dinner, and football fantasy as a large contingent of returning Hall of Famers, NFL team owners, and sports celebrities come together to honor the Class of 2016 Enshrinees. An emcee of national acclaim and the presentation of the Hall of Fame Gold Jackets to the Enshrinees make this evening one to remember! And for those who couldn’t get a ticket to this sold-out event, they can enjoy the broadcast on NFL Network. Hall of Famer Photo Op Friday, August 5 A gathering of the game’s immortals for a one-of-a-kind photo on the front steps of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The public is invited to this free event, and are encouraged to document the moment with their cameras and share their pictures on social media with the hashtag #PFHOF16. Fashion Show Luncheon Friday, August 5 This fabulous luncheon and runway show is arguably the largest and most spectacular fashion show in Ohio! Stateof-the-art sound, lighting, and video combine to showcase the season’s hottest his and her fashions in a high energy production, accompanied by exciting live entertainment.


ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL Concert for Legends (Friday, August 5): This year’s Enshrinement Festival will feature more legends than ever. Country superstar Tim McGraw will perform at Tom Benson Hall of Stadium in this 2nd annual Concert for Legends! The Canton Repository Grand Parade Saturday, August 6 Giant helium balloons, fabulous floats, marching bands, antique vehicles, and specialty units are enjoyed by nearly 200,000 spectators along the 2.2 mile route and millions more watching the television broadcast of this truly grand parade. Excitement abounds as fans welcome the Class of 2016 Enshrinees and a large contingent of returning Gold Jackets/Hall of Famers riding in the parade. Fanatics Autograph Session (Gold Jacket/Hall of Famers) presented by Panini Saturday, August 6 Preserve your football memories with autographs from returning Gold Jacket/Hall of Fame legends as they return to Canton for the Enshrinement festivities. Your favorite Hall of Famers will be on hand on the Hall campus to sign football memorabilia during two 1-hour sessions. For participants and times check the website at Returning Hall of Famers Autograph Sessions presented by Panini Saturday, August 6 Preserve your football memories with autographs from Hall of Fame legends as they return to Canton for the Enshrinement festivities. Multiple autograph sessions are held on the Pro Football Hall of Fame campus. For participants and times check the website at

Enshrinement Celebration Fan Party Saturday, August 6 If you think tailgating on the campus of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, great music, great food, drinks and beer sounds like your kind of party, then look no further. This exclusive tailgate party provides entertainment before the Class of 2016 Enshrinement Ceremony. Class of 2016 Enshrinement Ceremony Saturday, August 6 The focus of the entire celebration is the emotional Enshrinement Ceremony where the newest Hall of Fame members, the Class of 2016, take their rightful place among pro football’s elite. A large contingent of returning Gold Jacket/ Hall of Fame legends will participate in a special salute to the newest members of their exclusive fraternity. Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable Sunday, August 7 Talk about a football fan’s fantasy! A large and enthusiastic crowd enjoys lunch, followed by a center stage roundtable presentation featuring the newly inducted Class of Enshrinees. It’s an unscripted, up-close-and-personal event where the Enshrinees share stories and memories of their careers! Class of 2016 Autograph Session presented by Panini Sunday, August 7 Seize an extraordinary opportunity to secure autographs and meet the members of the Class of 2016 up close and personal. NFL/Hall of Fame Game Sunday, August 7 Kick off the 2016 NFL preseason at the annual NFL/Hall of Fame Game in Canton featuring the Indianapolis Colts vs. Green Bay Packers. The game takes place next

to the museum at historic Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. See the game up close and personal in this 22,000-seat high school venue with newly renovated north stands that are part of the $476 million Hall of Fame Village project. Drum Corps International Competition – Tour of Champions Monday, August 8 The Tour of Champions event series is an exciting live entertainment format featuring top World Class corps. Spectators will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the drum corps experience with exclusive fan-member interaction, pre-show and intermission entertainment and more! Canton Kickoff Celebration Thursday – Saturday, September 8 - 10 Enjoy this football-themed event in downtown Canton as we celebrate the kickoff to the NFL season. There will be a variety of food, cold beverages, entertainment, art, and tailgate fun for all ages to enjoy right here in the “Hall of Fame City”! Saturday evening will conclude the event with a wonderful fireworks display. Gold Jacket 5K National Championship Saturday, September 10 Participants in this awesome event can walk, jog, run, or compete at this family friendly 5K. Every finisher will receive a one of a kind medal as they cross the finish line! Participants can stay downtown to enjoy the beverages, food and fun at the final day of the Canton Kickoff Celebration! SOME EVENTS ARE FREE, SOME ARE TICKETED, ALL ARE GUARANTEED TO BE FUN!



LEADERSHIP STARK COUNT Y Developing Young Professionals into Leaders Due to the fantastic response and interest in developing Young Professionals within Stark County, Leadership Stark County will be providing two Spotlight sessions this year, with the second session launching in September. This program is for young professionals in their early 20’s to early 30’s, who are ready to take their career and community involvement to the next level. It is a great option for employers to enhance leadership potential and build leadership competencies in young professionals. Young professionals will: • Learn about the history, current and upcoming advancements of Stark County • Meet and network with other young professionals across a variety of l locations and industries in the county • Increase their understanding of their personal and professional strengths based on Gallup StrengthsFinder with trained facilitators

• Be enlightened and exposed to multiple opportunities to become a local leader by volunteering their time and interests • Create an individualized development plan to further personal and professional growth

Tuition: $495 per person and includes all materials. • Tuition assistance is available for participants from entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations • Companies may enroll a cohort of up to 10 employees

• And much more! Spotlight Programming enhances understanding and growth in the Leadership Stark County Competencies: • Effective Communication • Strategic Agility • Collaboration • Innovation and Technology • Service to others • Relationship Building

• Applications are available now at The Encounter Stark County bus tour is highly recommended as a companion to Spotlight Stark County. The tour is Wednesday, October 19, from 7:30 am-4:30 pm and is normally $89 per person Sign-up for both the Spotlight course and the October 19 Encounter Stark County tour for only $555 and save!

The Spotlight course includes 6 sessions opening on Tuesday, September 27 and continuing on alternate Tuesdays through December 6, from 4:00-6:00 pm, at various locations in Stark County.

Congratulations, Spotlight Program Graduates Leadership Stark County’s Spotlight program is designed for dynamic young professionals in their early 20’s to early 30’s, who are interested in their community. In its 10th year, the program offers six sessions that provide leadership development alongside engaging community service projects. Congratulations to the following 19 graduates:. Andrew Brignac, Electrical Reliability Engineer, Marathon Petroleum Co. Amanda Filippi, Administrative Specialist, Northeast Ohio Medical University Hannah Finley, Account Services, Grabowski & Company Dominic Golembiewski, Director of Academic Marketing, University of Mount Union Cullen Hardman, Marketing Representative, Mercy Medical Center David Harris, Insurance Representative, Rachael Chandler-Head, State Farm Agency Zach Hostetler, Associate Counsel, Employers Health


Jennifer Kerlee, FM Audit Specialist, ComDoc, Inc. Mark Kolenz, Assistant Director of IT for Instructional Technology, University of Mount Union David Little, Procurement Contracts Representative, Marathon Petroleum Co. Alison Matas, Reporter, The Repository Josh Ondo, Marketing/Cash Management Assistant, Consumers National Bank Katelyn Reinhart, Licensed Relationship Manager, KeyBank Adam Snyder, IT Administrator, Stark Area Regional Transit Authority Damion Strickland, Housing Support Specialist, ICAN Housing Stephanie Sweany, Executive Assistant, YWCA Canton Megan Thorne, Probation Officer, Stark County Family Court Kelly Ward, Habilitation Coordinator, Echoing Hills Village Inc. Bob Woodward, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Mount Union


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LEADERSHIP STARK COUNT Y Congratulation to the 29th Class Signature Program Graduates The 29th Class of Leadership Stark County’s Signature Program concluded their session with a graduation program at Malone University on June 9. The motivational keynote given by Dr. David King, president of Malone University, preceded recognition of these 39 community leaders. Lisa Aurand, Fraud Training Leader, Synchrony Financial David Booth, Distribution Systems Supervisor, AEP Ohio Andrew Brickley, Director of Sales, Mercy Medical Center Tammy Brown, Civil Rights Manager, Stark Area Regional Transit Authority – SARTA Jonathan Crawford, Executive Director, The Timken Family LLC Casey Davis, Associate Attorney, Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs LLC Julie Elkins, Executive Assistant & Grants Coordinator, North Canton Medical Foundation Melanie Elliott, Marketing Manager, Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems Joseph Ellwood, Sales Executive, Huntington Insurance Sarah Fearon, Missions Director, Faith Family Church Collyn Floyd, Director of Marketing and PR, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

Lisa Frank, Owner, SOL Pie Pizza Stephanie Galbraith, Contract Billing/ Flex Billing Admin, ComDoc Katherine Gessner, Sales & Marketing Manager, Massillon Cable TV Chryssa Hartnett, Judge, Stark County Court of Common Pleas Richard Hawkins, VP Information Technology, TimkenSteel Corporation Jonathan Heckert, Business Analyst, The Will-Burt Company Dana Heffner, Manager, External Affairs, FirstEnergy Corp. Nicole Herrera, Assistant Professor, Stark State College Donald Hester, Engineering Manager, Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems Jenifer Hill, Program Manager, Leadership Stark County Alex Hoce, Firefighter/Paramedic, Jackson Township Fire Department Michael Impagliozza, Accounts Receivable Analyst , ASC Industries, Inc. Bernadine Jenkins Snell, President, Bernie Jenkins Inc. Brian Kandel,  Finance Supervisor, Stark County Department of Job & Family Services William Kusmits, Engineer, Marathon Petroleum Company Jennifer Linn, Manager, Risk Management, FedEx Custom Critical Darlyn McDermott, Sr. Client Executive, Oswald Companies

Kimberly Nidy, Director of Instruction, North Canton City Schools Darin Nissley, Executive Director, Lighthouse Ministries Matthew Onest, Associate Attorney, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A. Emily Provance, Resource Development Coordinator, Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Stark Co. Jason Rebucci, Purchasing Manager, The Timken Company Matthew Ritzert, COO, Integrated Health Collaborative, Aultman Health Foundation John Santora, President, C.R. Kurtz, Inc. Scott Schrader, Engineering Manager, LuK LLC Todd Shaffer, Development/Construction Project Manager, IRG Realty Advisors Maureen Tate, Assistant Director, Catholic Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties Whitney Willits, Attorney, Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh

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NEW MEMBERS/YSTARK! WELCOME to our newest members, who joined Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce in May. 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. Ataraxis Spa, LLC (DAY SPAS - TANNING - NAILS MASSAGE - AESTHETICS) Toni Nanstad 320 Market Ave S. Ste. 203 Canton, OH 44702 (330) 316-0058 Big E-Z Catering (CATERERS) Jesse Barkley & Edward Hall 1073 S. Hawkins Ave Akron, OH 44320 (562) 481-5888 Buckeye State Credit Union Canton Office (CREDIT UNIONS) Alexander Moore 4100 Munson St. NW Canton, OH 44718 (330) 492-5700

Children’s Physician’s, Inc. (PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS) Karen Cassler 4575 Everhard Rd. NW Canton, OH 44718 (330) 494-5600 The Conference Place (MEETING SPACE) Glenn Werstler 6947 Promway NW North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 499-1882 Cultured Coffee & Waffles (COFFEE SHOPS) Mike Nasvadi 309 Cleveland Ave. N Canton, OH 44702 (234) 804-3111

Herzing University (SCHOOLS- ACADEMICCOLLEGE & UNIVERSITY) Bill Cassidy 1600 S. Arlington St Akron, OH 44306 (330) 724-1600 JAA! Dessert Studio & Cafe (RESTAURANTS) Latisha Culler 532 Cleveland Ave. NW Canton, OH 44702 (330) 361-1714

Congrats to the 2016 Class of Twenty under 40! Thank you to the winners and guests for such a remarkable evening. The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Canton Repository are proud to have presented this special occasion. A special thanks to our sponsors whose contributions have been immeasurable: Aultman Health Foundation; Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co.; Robert J. - Events & Catering; and The Timken Company. Additional thanks to 415 Group, A-Z Sounds Unlimited, Beaver Excavating Company, Canton Chair Rental, Gasser Fine Jewelers, gPhotographic, Hall, Kistler & Company, Progressive Auto Group, Summa Health and TimkenSteel for their support and the Factory of Terror for providing the notable venue of our 9th annual celebration. See for all the winners’ details.

How Do You Spell Party? P-A-T-I-O | Monthly Meet-Up at Loby’s Grille Join us for the July Monthly Meet-Up at Loby’s Grille and meet some of our ystark! volunteer leaders. Have a refreshing time in the delightful summer air while creating camaraderie with fellow ystark!-ers. This summer patio party will be the place to be on Wednesday, July 13th from 5:30-7:30 pm. Celebrate $5 build your own burger day while building your professional network. Loby’s is known for their menu offerings and large selection of the best quality ingredients… come see for yourself! Bring your friends and co-workers with the best arm, pick-up games of cornhole will be had; prizes for all winning teams. Wednesday, July 13 5:30-7:30 pm Loby’s Grille 4736 Hills & Dales Rd NW Canton, OH 44708 FREE



BIZ BITZ Danbury Senior Living welcomes Vicky Grella as our Sales and Marketing Director at Danbury Senior Living and Sanctuary Grande. With 10 years of experience in the healthcare field, Vicky provides a wealth of knowledge and resources to assist seniors in the process of choosing a living option that is right for them. Danbury Senior Living is an independent living center looking forward to the Spring 2017 opening of our new community Sanctuary Grande, located on Applegrove. When looking for senior living options give Vicky a call at (330) 497-8718. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Card Collection exhibit will give guests visiting the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer an extraordinarily rare glimpse at football history when the Hunt/Casterline Pro Football Hall of Fame Card Collection exhibit opens this July; the highest graded and most valuable football card collection in the world. The collection’s creators are Dan Hunt, President of FC Dallas and son of Lamar Hunt, and Robert Casterline, Casterline Goodman Gallery, Partner. “Each individual card or set tells a great story,” explained Hall of Fame Executive Vice President and renowned football historian Joe Horrigan. “It will reconnect football fans to their youth and bring back memories that may have influenced their lives.” The 300,000-plus card collection will be displayed publicly for the first time in this one-of-a-kind exhibit. It is an unbelievable marriage of art, sports, and pop culture that dates back to 1888. Marathon Petroleum Corporation was awarded the top ranking for America’s Best Employers by Forbes Magazine in March. Marathon Petroleum employees believe no matter the location, function, or years of experience, they all have one important thing in common: they love working for MPC.


Aultman named Employee of the Year at its annual Employee Recognition Dinner, May 12. The award went to Abram Klaserner. He began his career as a physical therapist at Aultman in 2003 and has been an integral part of the Aultman Therapy Services team from the start. Earlier this year, Klaserner also won a “You Make A Difference Award” for his commitment to his patients. He is very involved in his department, running monthly training meetings and serving as the therapy council chair. Klaserner is requested on a regular basis to give various talks and trainings, too. “Abram exceeds expectations and consistently goes above and beyond – he genuinely exemplifies what an Aultman employee should be,” said Sue Olivera, vice president of human resources. “We are lucky to have such an outstanding employee and leader here at Aultman!” With over 800 employees in attendance, many others were recognized including two Golden Anniversaries honoring 50 years of service, Keys to Success and Rising Star award winners. 2016 Weatherhead 100, a recognition awarded by Case Western Reserve University, is accepting applications for this year’s awards. Since 1988, these prestigious awards have acknowledged and honored the 100 fastest growing companies leading the way in Northeast Ohio. Each year companies are rated on their percent of revenue growth over the past five years and placed into three categories: Weatherhead 100 Upstarts, Weatherhead 100 and Weatherhead 100 Centurions. Winners are announced in December at a black tie banquet and featured in Community Leader Magazine. Applications close August 5 and a full list of qualifications can be found at For more

information, contact Cassie Pinkerton at (216) 368-0927. Bruner Cox LLP announces it will join professional services firm CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. CLA is a professional services firm delivering integrated wealth advisory, outsourcing, and public accounting capabilities to help enhance our clients’ enterprise value from startup to succession and beyond. With more than 4,500 people, nearly 100 U.S. locations, and a global affiliation, we bring a wide array of solutions to help clients in all markets, foreign and domestic. “Devotion to clients has been in our DNA since day one,” says Bruner Cox Managing Partner Steve Pittman. “We chose to join the CLA team because we see that promise to serve reflected in every interaction we’ve had together.” Bruner Cox’s team of 80 will continue to serve clients locally and nationally from their current locations in Akron and Canton.

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First Friday 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, July 1 6:00-10:00 pm Downtown Canton Arts District FREE

July AultCare Fast Break Breakfast Defining Business Culture with Tim Shetzer, CEO of YMCA of Central Stark County

Friday, July 8 7:00 am registration 7:30 – 9:00 am program Courtyard by Marriott in North Canton $18 Members, $25 non-members

ystark! Monthly Meet-Up Have a refreshing time on Loby’s patio while creating camaraderie with fellow ystark!-ers.

Wednesday, July 13 5:30-7:30 pm Loby’s Grille FREE

July Luncheon: Stark County Safety Council Driver Safety Training – In the Driver’s Seat with Dave! Presented by David Valentine, Risk Engineering Dept., The Hartford Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Community Parade More than 100 diverse parade units including community youth groups, marching bands, the walking flag, antique vehicles, specialty units and a giant helium balloon participate in this spirit-filled Community Parade.

Thursday, July 14 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Meyer’s Lake Ballroom $17 per person Sunday, July 24 2:30 pm Downtown Canton FREE

Balloon Classic/Jackson-Belden Music Fest and Fireworks With 53 hot air balloons, approximately 130,000 spectators, and a fantastic Music Fest, this free event offers families the opportunity to enjoy dozens of food vendors, live music, children’s activities, illuminating Balloon Night Glow and spectacular fireworks!

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 29-31 See the daily schedule at KSU at Stark/Stark State Campuses FREE

Canton Farmers’ Market The summer’s freshest event happens every Saturday, June 18 through October 1. Enjoy local produce, flowers, herbs, meats, cheeses, breads and more!

Saturdays, June 18-Oct. 1 8:00-11:30 am McKinley High School Downtown Campus Administrative Building (Fourth St. NW and McKinley Ave. NW)

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!

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