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Legendary string benders headline Canton Blues Fest June 8 and 9 You heard it right… Walter Trout and Coco Montoya will be rolling into downtown Canton in June for the 2012 Canton Blues Fest! This annual two-day affair boasts sensational rhythm and blues all day Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9, from noon until 10:30 p.m. The FREE outdoor summer jam is sure to strike a chord with blues fans large and small. Walter Trout’s practical schooling in blues started when he arrived in Los Angeles in 1973 and got gigs behind Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, Finis Tasby, Pee Wee Crayton, Lowell Fulsom, Percy Mayfield and Joe Tex. But the real turning point was his tenure with British blues giant John Mayall. Trout became part of the Bluesbreakers’ lineage of great guitarists along with Eric Clapton, (continued on next page) Walter Trout

INSIDE: Stir After Hours.......................................4 AultCare Fast Break Breakfast..................5 Enshrinement Festival Pin & Brochure......6 Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant....7 Enshrinement Festival Chairs................8-9 ystark! Twenty under 40! winners..... 10-15 Leadership 25th Anniversary Recap....... 16 Global Trade Group................................ 17 Safety Training Program........................ 19 Ohio BWC Rebate.................................. 20 Safety Council Season Passes................. 22 Safety Council Luncheon........................ 23 New Hire............................................... 24 Hot Business on the Burner................... 25 Funding Partners.................................. 27 New Members....................................... 29 BizBitz.................................................. 30 June Calendar....................................... 31

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Annual CHAMBER GOLF OUTING tees off this month Get your reservations in now for the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Outing, happening on Wednesday, June 20, at Skyland Pines Golf Course. The annual Canton Regional Chamber outing is one of the best golf outings in Stark County, and it’s sure to sell out fast!

They have five sets of tees and challenging greens that are both true and fast. The 2012 Chamber Golf Outing package includes 18 exciting holes, cart included, along with complimentary range balls, continental breakfast, lunch and a fantastic dinner – all for $110 per person.

Skyland Pines Golf Course in Canton is a mature, well-manicured, public golf course that is suitable for all levels for golfers.

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NEWSLETTER June 2012 - Volume XLIV - No. 6

Rick L. Haines President & CEO, AultCare Chairman Dennis P. Saunier President & CEO Jess Bennett Editor & Director of Marketing Denise Burton Director of Membership and Sales Advertising Sales / Action 330.458.2067

Sarah Lutz Graphics Manager

Peter Green and Mick Taylor. Beginning in 1984, he shared six-string duties with Coco Montoya in Mayall’s band, creating a flexible guitar dynamic that helped provide the Bluesbreakers a renaissance that returned the group to the apex of the international blues touring circuit. Trout began leading his own group in 1989, and cut his debut album, Life In the Jungle, rapidly becoming a star in Europe. His first stateside release, 1998’s critically heralded Walter Trout, started him down the road toward becoming the fixture of the American blues-rock scene that he is today. Mentored by legendary bluesman Albert Collins, self-taught guitar slinger Coco Montoya went on to become the guitarist for John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers for ten years before leading his own band. Billboard called Montoya “the real McCoy in a world of blues guitar pretenders.” Montoya plays with an emotional intensity few string benders possess – and he plays left-handed and upside down in the style of Albert King and Jimi Hendrix. Boogie your way downtown, sit back with an ice-cold beverage, delicious midway fare, sensational tunes and great friends and enjoy the best outdoor music festival north of Memphis! Want the best seats in town? Grab a two-day Blues Fest VIP Pass online for $75 and take advantage of FREE food, beer and incredible views of the stage.

Blues-lover to chair Canton Blues Fest for the sixth consecutive year Bob Bowers, president of Absolute Post Productions, Inc., a visual media production company in Canton, will serve as chairman of the Canton Blues Fest for the sixth year. His love of jazz and blues began at age seven, when he first began to learn to play the trumpet. His passion drove him to study throughout high school and ultimately The Ohio State University, where he played with The Ohio State Jazz Band and did a summer tour with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. In addition to his duties in overseeing the planning of the incredible two-day music festival, he is also “blues master” for the fifth program year of Blues in Schools. Bowers is joined by a dedicated committee of long-time volunteers, including Krista Schumacher, event manager, Don Brighenti, Bud Buxton, Ryan Humbert, Floyd Oryszak, Jeff Poulos, Phil Sonner and Vicky Sterling. This year’s Canton Blues Fest is presented by the Canton Development Partnership, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. OUR SPONSORS

Visit for a full list of festival performers, including special guest stars The Rusty Wright Band and Trampled Under Foot, who has three Blues Music Award nominations: Band of the Year, DVD and Instrumentalist-Bass! 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.


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Our generous sponsors to date include presenting sponsor Cintas, along with AultCare, Mercy Medical Center, PNC Bank, Virtual Data Works, The Karcher Group, and The Repository. Take a sneak-peek of the Chamber Golf Outing course online at Wednesday, June 20 9 a.m. Registration 10 a.m. Shotgun Start Skyland Pines Golf Course 3550 Columbus Rd. NE in Canton Cost: $110 per person includes greens fees, breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Chairman of the Board - Rick L. Haines AultCare


Sr. Vice Chairman - Karen Brenneman Hall, Kistler & Company LLP Vice Chairman - Brian Belden The Belden Brick Company

Many levels of sponsorship are still available for the 2012 Chamber Golf Outing – from a $150 hole sponsorship to a $1,250 eagle sponsorship – and we’re happy to customize a package for you! Make sure you get brand exposure at this sell-out event! For more information, contact Amy Nelson, events and marketing manager, at (330) 458-2073 or

Vice Chairman - Philip D. Fracassa The Timken Company Vice Chairman - Kevin Kampman The Repository Treasurer - D. William Allen Pro Football Hall of Fame Immediate Past Chairman - George W. Lemon Retired President, Technical Products Group President & CEO - Dennis P. Saunier Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Corporate Secretary - Steven J. Katz Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kevin Bogard Marathon Petroleum Co. LP

Tim Maloney Canton Chair Rental

Timothy M. Burke, Jr. FirstMerit Bank N.A.

Rick McQueen Akron-Canton Airport

Thomas E. Cecconi Mercy Medical Center

John A. Murphy, Jr. Day Ketterer Ltd.

William R. Cook Chase N.A.

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

Darryl J. Dillenback DNS Insurance, Inc. Mark Fleiner Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems Jerry Gilin Diebold Inc. Greg Harbert CharterOne Bank Jason F. Haupt Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A. Jan Hein Ohio Desk Terrance L. Jones Multi-Development Services of Stark County Geoff Karcher The Karcher Group Judith E. Barnes Lancaster Attorney At Law



Mark J. Samolczyk Stark Community Foundation William C. Shivers Huntington Bank Paul E. Siegfried Siegfried Enterprises Inc. Bruce M. Soares Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh Alice C. Stephens The Employment Source Walter F. Wagor, Ph.D. Kent State University at Stark David M. Wheeler AEP Ohio Mike Williams Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority

UPCOMING EVENTS The ‘40s charm and the foods flare at the 356th Fighter Group Restaurant JUNE STIR AFTER HOURS We’re stirring up nostalgia at the June Stir After Hours at the 356th Fighter Group Restaurant. Culinary sensations and networking celebrations abound with great views of the CAK runways and a swinging good time for everyone. The restaurant will be cooking up some of their newest menu items, and you’ll love their world-famous white peach sangria! Three lucky winners will take home gift cards for the 60’ Sunday Brunch for Two.

restaurant dedicated to the heroes of the war. The 356th Fighter Group was an actual airborne team that saw combat in the European Theater. The 356th Fighter Group was stationed at the Martelsham Heath Airfield in Suffolk, England, and completed 413 combat missions. It is to these brave and courageous men that the restaurant is dedicated. The locally owned and operated restaurant and cabaret is located on the south runways of the Akron/Canton Airport. Huge windows overlook the airport runways to enable guests to view the building and its grounds. The 356th specializes in elegant, casual dining with banquet facilities and off premise catering through the Commanders Catering Company.

The 356 Fighter Group is celebrating 25 years as the area’s only authentic WWII

Travel back in time to a simpler era at the 356th Fighter Group this month!

Tabletops are available to showcase your products and services for only $25. Please contact Molly Romig at (330) 4582077 or to reserve your space! Thursday, June 14 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The 356th Fighter Group 4919 Mt. Pleasant Rd. in North Canton Cost: $5 RSVP online at

Oil and Gas Business Development Seminar II Our first Oil and Gas Business Development Seminar sold out in 10 days and created a waiting list for the next seminar. Don’t miss your opportunity to join us for the second installment on Friday, June 15, at the Belden Village Holiday Inn. At our second Oil and Gas Business Development Seminar, you will learn about: • Business opportunities that are available to you • Strategies for finding those business opportunities • How you market yourself to oil and gas • What performance demands are placed on oil and gas supply vendors • How rigorous the safety requirements are in oil and gas exploration


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Whether the Utica Shale exploration make it more difficult for you to hire workers for your business What you need to know from your bankers to assess an oil and gas business opportunity What levels of insurance are required to work in the oil and gas industry

The seminar’s keynote speaker will be Mark Matusick, manager of corporate development at Chesapeake Energy. In addition, entrepreneurs, human resource specialists, banking and insurance authorities and experts on workplace safety will help you see opportunities and deepen your understanding of the oil and gas industry that is expanding in Canton, Stark County and the region.

Attendance is limited to the first 125 registrants. Visit to register now. The Oil and Gas Business Development Seminar is being presented by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Oil and Gas Association and Friday, June 15 7:30 a.m. registration 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. seminar Belden Village Holiday Inn 4520 Everhard Rd. NW in Canton Cost: $120 RSVP online by June 10

The seminar will be a valuable tool to your Utica Shale planning. You’ll be able to begin implementing what you learn at the seminar right away. The cost for the seminar is $120 and includes continental breakfast and lunch.


UPCOMING EVENTS Interacting with your Customers | June AultCare Fast Break Breakfast featuring Steve Brubaker In response to decades of marketing overload, today’s consumers decide in an instant whether your direct mail piece or phone call has value. But what if you could reach the exact customer you want, through the communication platform they prefer, at the time they would be most likely to buy your product or service? Attend the AultCare Fast Break Breakfast on Friday, June 8, featuring Steve Brubaker from InfoCision Management Corporation. You’ll learn how to harness what your customers are telling you in order to enhance your brand position, improve ROI and increase response rates and customer retention. You’ll walk away with specific tools and steps that you can use to enhance your own marketing efforts!

You’ll 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, June 8 7 a.m. registration
 • 7:30 a.m. program
 Courtyard by Marriott 4375 Metro Cir. in North Canton Cost: $18 members $21 members less than 48 hours in advance $25 non-members RSVP by June 6

Brubaker is chief of staff for InfoCision Management Corporation and has worked for the company since 1985. In this position, he is responsible for staff-related issues, project details, serving as primary negotiator and managing internal and external communications. He is responsible for implementing InfoCision’s important operational processes throughout the company, serves as InfoCision’s spokesperson for media-related news and public relations events, and provides internal updates to make sure important developments are announced and promoted. Brubaker also directs InfoCision’s department of regulatory compliance. As a frequent guest speaker for industry events, he has been featured nationally as part of the American Teleservice Association’s Annual and Legislative Conferences, DMA Conferences and the IIR Outsourcing for Call Centers Conferences, and internationally as the Keynote Speaker for AIC Worldwide’s Call Centers, Brazil. Beyond this important segment of the program, Fast Break attendees have the opportunity to obtain business leads through enjoyable networking activities at an event that has built a reputation as one of the most energetic lead-producing sessions around.



ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL Enshrinement Festival Official Playbooks and Pins now available In 2012, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Enshrinement Festival will mark the 49th anniversary of honoring the legends of professional football. The world-renowned Enshrinement Festival celebrates the annual Enshrinement of football players, coaches and contributors. With the addition of this year’s class, the Enshrinees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame total 273. All the excitement of this “One of a Kind Celebration” and a complete schedule of events are captured in the 2012 “Official Playbook” of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. Individuals, area businesses and organizations are encouraged to pick up this comprehensive brochure at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce to distribute to family, friends, customers and clients. It is also available throughout the community at: • Pro Football Hall of Fame Museum • Canton and Massillon Auto Clubs • Tourist Information Center on Fulton Road • Visitors’ Information Center at Akron-Canton Airport In addition to the printed copies of this year’s Official Playbook, a digital copy is available online at www. for easy reference, download or printing.   The brochure is referred to as the Official Playbook because it contains comprehensive information about each of the 19 events comprising the 2012 Enshrinement Festival, highlights the 2012 Class of Enshrinees, including Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin, and Willie Roaf, and outlines details of The “Future 50” Project, the $27 million expansion and renovation at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which will be completed in time for the 50th anniversary of the Hall and Enshrinement Festival in 2013.  


Continuing a tradition first started in 1977, the 2012 commemorative pins are also currently available, designating the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival as a “One of a Kind Celebration!” While this year’s pin is only $4, it could be worth much more for some lucky customers. Thanks to the generosity of McDonald’s • Siegfried Enterprises, Inc., each 2012 pin comes in an envelope with a prize entry form. GRAND PRIZES include: $300 in American Express gift cards from CharterOne Bank; commemorative item from the Pro Football Hall of Fame; complete car detailing service from Sure-Fit Auto Care Center; 10 three-foot party subs from J & K Subway (valid in Stark County); a pizza-per-month for one year from Pizza Hut; a gift basket of Pepsi products from Pepsi Beverage Co.; and a commemorative Enshrinee football and stein from the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. In addition to these prizes, the pin envelope includes coupons from various businesses for food and entertainment discounts.   Entry forms must be completed and returned to the Canton Regional Chamber offices by 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. Mailed entries received Saturday, Aug. 11, or later are not eligible.   Winners will be drawn and announced on News-Talk 1480 WHBC AM on Tuesday, Aug. 14, between 7 and 8 a.m. No purchase is necessary to win. For a complete list of rules and regulations or to request an entry blank, contact the Enshrinement Festival office at (330) 456-7253. For Enshrinement Festival ticket and event information, visit www. profootballhofef. com.   The current and many past year’s pins can be purchased at the Enshrinement Festival office at the Canton

Regional Chamber of Commerce, 222 Market Avenue North, along with a variety of other souvenirs and gift items, including golf shirts, t-shirts and caps. These items will also be available for purchase at all Enshrinement Festival events.

HELP US “FILL FAWCETT” FOR THE ENSHRINEMENT CEREMONY! Great seats available (800) 913-9788


ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL Elissa Prazer reigns as 2012 Enshrinement Festival Queen, six Court Members announced Elissa Prazer, 19, of Carrollton, Ohio, was crowned the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen from a field of 53 contestants. The 2012 Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant was held Thursday, May 10, at The Canton Palace Theatre in downtown Canton. Contestants were judged on the basis of personality, poise, beauty, communication skills, academic achievement and service to community. Six Court members also were selected, to coincide with the number in the 2012 Class of Enshrinees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The 2012 Court members include Erin Fitch, 18, of Canton, Ohio; Elizabeth-Burton Jones, 22, of Canton, Ohio; Taylor Kress, 19, of Alliance, Ohio; Tory Shephard, 20, of North Canton, Ohio; Alyson Sliman, 21, of Canton, Ohio; and Abigail Svetlak, 18, of Canton, Ohio.

At the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner, the Court will serve as escorts to the 2012 Class of Enshrinees, including: cornerback Jack Butler, center Dermontti Dawson, defensive end/ linebacker Chris Doleman, defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, running back Curtis Martin, and tackle Willie Roaf. Further, the Queen and Court will represent the community at all Enshrinement Festival activities, happening from Friday, July 20 through Monday, Aug. 6.    For the complete schedule of events, ticket information, and latest news, check the web sites periodically: www. or

Prazer, the daughter of Tina Vogt and Thomas Prazer, is a graduate of Sandy Valley High School and is currently attending Ohio University. Fitch, the daughter of Sharon and Frank Fitch, will graduate shortly from Jackson High School. Jones, the daughter of Marilyn Thomas Jones and Burton Vernon Jones, graduated from Canton Central Catholic High School and is currently attending John Carroll University. Kress, the daughter of Susan and George Kress, graduated from West Branch High School and attends The University of Akron. Shephard, the daughter of Jill and Bryan Shephard, is a graduate of Timken High School and Stark State College and currently attends University of Findlay. Sliman, the daughter of Cynthia and Sam Sliman, graduated from Canton Central Catholic High School and currently attends Walsh University. Svetlak, the daughter of Sheryl and Stephen Svetlak, graduated from Canton Central Catholic High School and attends Walsh University. Kayleigh Kriss, mid-day personality and FM music director of WHBC Mix 94.1, and Ron Ponder, host of Points to Ponder on News-Talk 1480 WHBC, were masters of ceremonies, and Tonya Hodgson Stuck was choreographer. Candy Wallace, 2012 general chairman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival’s Canton Regional Chamber committees, assisted with crowning the new Queen and six Court members, and Bob Hill Quartet and Spotlight Theatre Company provided entertainment throughout the Pageant. Judges for the event included Aimee Belden, community relations, Chesapeake Energy Corporation; Jennifer Jones, senior account representative, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield; Fonda Williams, development director, City of Canton; and Joe Halter, president, Solmet Technologies, and 2012 Enshrinement Festival General vice chairman of the Canton Regional Chamber committees.   Kara Abbott, 2012 Queen Pageant chairman, vice chairman Crystal McLendon, and the members of the Queen committee will work with Enshrinement Festival staff to coordinate all activities relating to the Queen and Court during their service as goodwill ambassadors and positive role models throughout the summer via participation in a wide range of community service projects.

Elissa Prazer, 2012 Queen

(L-R) Alyson Sliman, Elizabeth-Burton Jones, Tory Shephard Elissa Prazer (Queen), Erin Fitch, Abigail Svetlak, Taylor Kress



ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL Enshrinement Festival names 2012 key committee chairmen | Races•Concert & Fireworks•Enshrinement•Fan Parties 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 Milcetich, 2-Mile and 5-Mile Races, Pat Fallot, Concert and Fireworks, Guy Ruda, Enshrinement, and Gina Bannevich, Fan Parties. Milcetich, a long-time member of the Race Committee, is in her first year as chairman and also volunteers for the Security & Logistics Committee. A graduate of Walsh University and The University of Akron, she is a physics teacher and planetarium director at Firestone High School. Professional affiliations include American Association of Physics Teachers, International Planetary Society, Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, Phi Delta Kappa and Phi Chapter-Delta Kappa Gamma. Her numerous awards include Akron Council PTA Outstanding Educator of the Year (1999), Firestone High School Silver Acorn Award (2000), Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (2001), and Walsh University Outstanding Alumni (2009). Cash and/or other prizes will be awarded to top finishers in the 2-Mile and 5-Mile events, and both serious and recreational runners are welcome to participate. There will be no race-day registration, so register online now at Vice chairman Cathy Wyatt is assisting Milcetich in planning the activities scheduled for Sunday, July 29, that will include the eighth annual free, 400-meter Kids Fun Run sponsored by Frito Lay. The Fun Run, for youngsters six and under, makes everyone a winner and has costumed characters race with the kids to the finish line. In addition to the traditional 2-Mile and 5-Mile Races, this year will mark the third annual 5-Mile Competitive Walk, in which walkers must be able to maintain an 18-minute pace, and prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in this division. All races finish at the steps of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, offering great photo opportunities and the chance to visit the museum. Fallot, a graduate of Malvern High School, serves the City of Louisville as its Mayor

and is also a substitute bus driver for Osnaburg Local School District. She is director of the Louisville Community Choir and president of Washington Ruritan Club, past Ohio District Ruritan Governor, master of Magnolia range Louisville Eagles, graduate of Leadership Stark County and member of Julliard Board and Farm Bureau. Fallot, vice chairman Mike King, and their team will be attending to the many details involved with this event, which is being moved from a Thursday evening to Saturday, July 28. A variety of activities are planned at the Cornerstone Square area in the vicinity of Tuscarawas Street and Walnut Avenue, and will begin at 6 p.m. with food and family fun, including face painting, balloon artists, costumed characters and crafts for the kids in the Chesapeake Energy Family Fun Zone. Musical entertainment will include the Malone University Singers and Jimmy and the Soul Blazers. The festivities will conclude with an incredible pyrotechnic display launched from the Cornerstone Square parking deck approximately 10 p.m., featuring the magic of Zambelli, “the First Family of Fireworks!” Ruda, a sales associate for R. Z. Marketing Group, is serving his 12th year as chairman of the Enshrinement Ceremony Committee. He previously served 18 years as a member of the committee, as well as three years as chairman of the former NFL Experience Committee. Ruda and his wife Gail are the proud parents of David and Danielle.   Ruda and his team of volunteers prepare the facilities and programming for staging, seating and logistics of the Enshrinement Ceremony program. Assisting him will be co-vice chairmen Terry Coyne for planning and Dave McRoberts for facilities. The Enshrinement Ceremony for the Class of 2012 football greats will be held Saturday,

Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. on Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium. The stellar Class of Enshrinees includes cornerback Jack Butler, center Dermontti Dawson, defensive end/ linebacker Chris Doleman, defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, running back Curtis Martin, and tackle Willie Roaf. Tickets are available by calling (800) 913-9788. Bannevich graduated from Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School and University of Mount Union, where she is now employed as director of marketing. She also completed coursework at the Corporate University at Kent State University. A member of the Fan Appreciation Tailgate Party committee since 2002, this is her first year as chairman. Her community activities are extensive, including Emerging Leaders Committee at Akron Children’s Hospital, marketing chair at Alliance Chamber of Commerce, Golden Key for Exceptional Children, Greater Northeast Ohio ALS Walk Group and chapter volunteer, Go Red for Women Executive Team with the American Heart Association, and Council for Advancement and Support of Education. She and husband Jason have a son and a daughter. There are two fantastic fan parties and both are held on Hall of Fame grounds. The Enshrinement Celebration Fan Party on Saturday, Aug. 4, sets a celebratory tone just before the Enshrinement Ceremony, as fans enjoy great food, right for a tailgate celebration and refreshing beverages in typical tailgate fashion as a deejay plays party music.   The Fan Appreciation Tailgate Party on Saturday, Aug. 5, is a great opportunity for fans to party in style with an all-inclusive experience featuring traditional tailgate food and beverages. Returning Hall of Famers are on hand for meet and greet opportunities as a deejay spins jock jams to get the fans pumped up before the Hall of Fame Game, this year featuring the Arizona Cardinals vs. New Orleans Saints. Bannevich is assisted by Valerie Nash.   For the complete schedule of events, ticket information, and latest news, check the web sites periodically: or  

ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL Enshrinement Festival names 2012 key committee chairs Drum Corps International • Transportation • Security • Hospitality 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: Chip Conde, Drum Corps International Competition, Jim Evans, Transportation; Todd Stover, Security; and Tim Jones, Hospitality. Conde, office manager for Strategy One, Inc., has offered his enthusiasm as a volunteer for numerous Enshrinement Festival committees, and previously chaired the Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable and Concert & Fireworks committees. A graduate of Canton Lincoln High School and University of Mount Union, he is a board member of Canton Palace Theatre Association, Lincoln High School Alumni Association, Friends of the Children’s Network, and Canton Marathon. He belongs to the Spanish-American Center, Canton Preservation Society and McKinley Library & Museum. He and wife Kathy proudly claim one four-legged family member named Molly. Assisting Conde with this family-oriented event is vice chairman Marcas Miles. Drum Corps Competition tickets are available at (330) 458-2048; at-the-gate ticket prices are slightly increased, so purchase now! The show is sponsored by the Enshrinement Festival in partnership with the Canton Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps and will be held at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium on Monday, Aug. 6. Competing against Canton’s own Bluecoats will be some of the nation’s topranked corps, including (in alphabetical order): The Academy from Tempe, Ariz.; Blue Knights from Denver, Colo.; Boston Crusaders from Boston, Mass.; The Cadets from Allentown, Pa.; Pacific Crest from Diamond Bar, Calif.; Phantom Regiment from Rockford, Ill.; and Pioneer from Milwaukee, Wis. These corps will be at the peak of their performance just

one week away from the international championships to be held in Indianapolis. Evans has been named Pro Football Hall of Fame Transportation chairman for the 12th year. Senior technology analyst for Bridgestone Americas Business Technologies, he is a 28-year veteran of the committee, which is responsible for providing transportation for the Enshrinees, presenters and other special guests. Many of the Hall’s guests will arrive on the Thursday preceding the Enshrinement, and will not leave until after the NFL/Hall of Fame Game. Evans and his wife Diane are the parents of one son. The massive details of providing transportation will be addressed by a team effort led by Evans and his vice chairmen Joe Andoloro and Bob Vero. Stover is the capital portfolio manager for Ohio Edison/ Penn Power, and this will be his 33rd year serving on the Hall of Fame Security Committee. He was named vice chairman in 2001 and is now serving his fourth year as chairman. He is a pastpresident and chairman of the JacksonBelden Jaycees, past chairman of Parish Council of Saints Philip & James Church, and is a member of the Edison Men’s Club, Knights of Columbus #11037 and North Canton Elks #2029. Stover and wife Shelly are the proud parents of Kyle and Lauren.   The committee is responsible for security at the events sponsored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including a

Thursday night reception, Friday night reception following the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner, Sunday Brunch, Enshrinement ceremony, NFL/Hall of Fame Game and Tailgate reception, Hall of Fame autograph sessions and other Hall of Fame private events. As chairman, Stover and his vice chairmen, Joel Chenevey and Jim Dehnke, will work closely with the Canton Police, Jackson Township Police, Stark County Sheriff’s Deputies, State Highway Patrol and other Hall of Fame committees. Jones is vice president of operations for Slesnick Iron & Metal and a graduate of Jackson High School and The Ohio State University. A veteran on the Hospitality Committee, he has been a member for 27 years and served as vice chairman for the last seven, with 2012 being his second year as chairman. He also volunteers for the Stefanie Spielman Fund and the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer and is a member of the board of the Friends of the Children’s Network. He and wife Tiffany have two children, Jordan and Logan. The Hospitality Committee coordinates post-banquet receptions and several private receptions as well as the fan appreciation events at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Enshrinement Ceremony and Hall of Fame Game days. Assisting Jones as committee vice chairman is Tim Theiss.   For the complete schedule of events, ticket information, and latest news, check the web sites periodically: or www.



YSTARK! And the winners are ... Meet the fifth annual class of Twenty under 40!, Stark County’s finest young leaders, as seen through the eyes of their nominators. Purchase your tickets to attend the eclectic gala and celebrate these 20 incredible leaders under 40. The event is being held Tuesday, June 5 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Glenmoor Country Club. Tickets are $50 per person, and include delicious heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar and live entertainment. Aimee Belden, 35 Community Relations, Chesapeake Energy In her nominators’ words: Aimee is a leader. She leads by example and is passionate about what she does. Her passion and leadership inspire others to get involved and challenge themselves. She has the incredible ability to take ideas and transform them into actionable business plans. She has transformed the way young professionals view themselves within the community. She positioned ystark! as the catalyst for YP community involvement, service, entertainment and economic development. Aimee has brought people together in this area, whether they are new to the area or have lived here their entire lives. She is an advocate, devoted volunteer and creative spark for all of the organizations to which she devotes her time. One of Aimee’s most significant qualities, though, is her warmth. She is kind. She is caring. And she truly is a friend to all. A driven individual with a kind heart is truly a great leader. Nominated by: the ystark! Executive Committee, Bradley Belden, Kate Carlson and Joe Schauer What they’d tweet about her: “It’s almost as if the Twenty under 40! Award was made for someone like Aimee Belden.”


Jess Bennett, 31 Director of Marketing & Events, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce In her nominators’ words: “The roots of true achievement lie in the will to be the best that you can become.” Author Howard Taylor must have written that as though he knows Jess because the sentiment describes her perfectly. Jess doesn’t cut corners, she doesn’t mince words (!!!), and she doesn’t look for easy fixes to difficult problems. And in this, she is the best kind of leader: one who leads by example. Jess doesn’t talk about the value of hard work, she just works hard. She doesn’t reflect on goals she’d like to accomplish, she just achieves them. And she doesn’t just look for ways around a problem, she just solves them. I look at the person she is and I want to make decisions in my life that lead me to a professional path similar to hers. I learn more from one conversation about marketing with her than I do sitting in an all-day lecture. And she inspires because she is exceptional at what she does, and strangely, she’s really good at things she doesn’t do! Nominated by: Doug Bennett and Marci Saling Lesho What she’d tweet about her: “@Jess_Bennett is being bad. AGAIN. Good thing she is pretty & smart & good at everything. Wait, why am I her friend again? #MakesMeLookBad” Allyson Bussey, 33 Tourism Marketing Manager, Canton/ Stark County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau In her nominators’ words: We are nominating Ally because of her dynamic ability to inspire. She is a true motivator, has an energetic personality, and has a

passion that exudes from her for her community and especially for her family. Because of these traits, she reminds us why we aspire to do our best to support the Canton/Stark County area. She’s Stark County’s most energetic cheerleader. The rewards of her professional and volunteer service reach every corner of Stark County. I believe that we live in a stronger community because of her tireless crusade to bring about improvement, awareness and pride. Out of all the words you can use to describe Ally, optimistic stands out the most. We see her as our rock, her family’s rock, and the tourism community’s rock, both in Stark County and for the State of Ohio. Ally is well respected not only as a tourism leader and visionary, but also because she continues to educate herself and mentor others to contribute to their own communities. Nominated by: Gina Bannevich, Susan Campbell, Rob Steinberg and Margy Vogt What they’d tweet about her: “2-4-6-8 who do we appreciate? @allybuss Stark County’s biggest #cheerleader!”

Kirt Conrad, 39 CEO, SARTA In his nominator’s words: Rarely does one encounter an individual who has a passion for his job and at the same time understands that that passion must be adapted to the many challenges and diverse employee


YSTARK! population that an organization presents. Kirt is such a person. Although he has been with SARTA for only three years, he has transformed the agency into an efficient and focused one that is uniquely responsive to the transportation needs of our residents. He is constantly searching for and examining ways to make Stark County a better place to live. I cannot overstate his value to our organization and the Stark County community. Those of us who know Kirt recognize him as an accomplished leader and contributor to making Stark County a model for other political entities. He aggressively carries out his duties, seeks creative solutions to problems, and his decisions are well thought out and sound. Nominated by: Charles D. DeGraff What he’d tweet about him: “Outstanding young executive Kirt Conrad is making a positive impact on thousands of SARTA riders, helping them achieve independence.” Erin Hollenbaugh, 31 Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Communication Studies, Kent State University Stark In her nominator’s words: I’ve know Erin Hollenbaugh since the day I met her at freshman orientation at Malone University. She walked right up to me, introduced herself and shook my hand. This confident, energetic woman really is that person 10 years later. She’s the “smart” one, the curious one. She’s always had passion for learning, and when she couldn’t decide what she wanted to study, she decided what she most cared about was helping people develop that passion for learning like she had. When I speak to her students, we can’t help but talk about what an awesome, caring, energetic professor she’s become. She challenges students learn and to be excited about learning and trying new things – just as she is. She truly believes that the pursuit

of knowledge is a privilege and a joy, and that college is perhaps the only time in a person’s life in which knowledge can be acquired and constructed without any other purpose than to make one a better, more well-rounded human. It’s hard not to agree with her. Nominated by: Ryan Hollingsworth What she’d tweet about her: “Your passion to learn is contagious and exciting it inspires me to do the same.” Jill Kaminski, 33 Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Stark County Prosecutor In her nominator’s words: It takes a special kind of heart to deal with juvenile offenders, especially sex offenders, which is what Jill does everyday. Jill is a major part of The Children’s Network Multidisciplinary Team that focuses on providing investigation, treatment, and prosecution for sexually abused children in Stark County. I have watched Jill work tirelessly, making sure that each decision is the right one for the individual family and child that she may have to prosecute. The work, passion and drive that she pours into our community makes her an exemplary role model for all young people in Stark County. She has an effortlessness about her. She works so hard and is so committed to Stark County and the downtown Canton area that it is infectious to those around her. She makes it look fun, inviting, and most of all rewarding... and we all want that! Jill’s love for the arts makes her a great advocate for downtown. Jill makes working hard look fun and who wouldn’t be inspired by that!

Kerri Kutz Salvino, 39 Senior HR Partner, Diebold In her nominator’s words: Kerri is an intelligent, educated and caring individual who makes an impact in our community. She and her husband have had opportunities to settle in various areas around the country. However, they decided to raise their family here in Stark County where they were raised. We hear a lot about the “brain drain” in our area, but I think it is great that young professionals such as Kerri have decided to remain in our area and give back to the community. I am continually amazed with how Kerri balances her family, work and community commitments. From a family perspective, she is raising two wonderful young children and is very actively involved in their development and activities. From a work perspective, I am always assured that Kerri is providing the appropriate guidance to her customers, developing creative solutions as issues arise and assisting her peers. From a community perspective, she is extremely organized, detail oriented, follows through on her commitments and is eager to take on leadership opportunities. Nominated by: Ted Watko What he’d tweet about her: “I just witnessed Kerri in action again! Still amazed at how she juggles her job, family and community involvement.” Kristen Moore, 29 Attorney, Day Ketterer

Nominated by: Cheli Curran What she’d tweet about her: “Jill Kaminski… passion and spark ignites and making her mark”

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In her nominator’s words: Kristen is an inspiration to others as she excels in both her profession

YSTARK! and her community involvement endeavors. She sets an example for all up and coming young professionals through her tireless efforts to move her career and Stark County forward. To quote a member of Day Ketterer, “Kristen has gained significant legal experience well beyond her years. She routinely handles legal matters that are typically managed by more senior attorneys in law firms.” She has made a tremendous impact at Day Ketterer during her short tenure. The same holds true for Kristen’s dedication to Stark County. She maintains positions of leadership within the community and nonprofit organizations that directly impact Stark County. Kristen’s level of commitment to the community she both lives and works in is exemplified by the depth of her involvement in local organizations. Kristen doesn’t just attend meetings; she takes an active role in the organization and in most cases, leads the efforts. Nominated by: Jennifer K. Novotny What she’d tweet about her: “I want to be like Kristen when I grow up -- and I am older than her!” Michelle Mullaly, 39 Executive Director, Canton Symphony Orchestra In her nominator’s words: Michelle is very creative in identifying new ways to engage others to increase awareness and exposure of the Canton Symphony. Through her excellent organizational and communication skills, Michelle is able to reach a very diverse audience. She is very open to suggestions and trying new approaches, and has been very successful in promoting and partnering with area businesses and organizations to the betterment of all involved. In fact, Michelle has teamed with other area organizations, companies, and educational institutions to create new opportunities for enrichment and positively impacting the economy. Michelle has significantly enhanced the arts scene in Stark County on many levels. She loves the region, and is continuously promoting the


area with an enthusiasm that is contagious! Nominated by: Mike Mullaly What he’d tweet about her: “Michelle is a beautiful, talented singer, & an engaging leader creatively & enthusiastically promoting the arts & businesses of Stark County” Matt Nyeste, 36 Accountant, 415 Group In his nominator’s words: I know that Matt is the type of person that the whole brain drain initiative is trying to save. And he is a very humble individual – I asked him for his bio and he declined. He must have known that I wanted to nominate him. He listens more than he talks and will roll his sleeves up at any moment. He is a very passionate and hard working individual. Matt is also one of the brightest young people that I have had the opportunity to serve with. He is the guy that you want to take the final shot. As an accountant, free time is not something that he comes by easily. Young accountants typically put all of their energies in building a book and working their way to Partner. I know that as Matt is working very hard toward those goals, he is also trying to support and grow the strength of his community. And he is doing this for the right reasons. Stark county is better off and will continue to be better off because of Matt. Nominated by: Matt Ellis What he’d tweet about him: “Matt Nyeste is a great all around guy. Call him now, he doesn’t know how to say ‘no’.” Michael Oesch, 33 Assurance Services Manager, Bruner-Cox LLP In his

nominator’s words: Michael is an outstanding example of a young professional making his imprint in Stark County. Throughout his career, he has grown personally and professionally. He genuinely cares about others. His community involvement and related activities, both inside and outside the firm, are a testament to his personal growth. He has the true spirit of leadership and inspires others to become involved. His work with the less fortunate is to be truly admired and is a tremendous example of his unselfish character. Much of his personal and community involvement extends to his faith and church, and he has an unwavering dedication to putting others first. He has immense integrity and always puts forth his best effort. You will never see him finish a project halfway – he starts and he finishes every task he takes on. Nominated by: Robert Marks What he’d tweet about him: “Michael’s actions speak louder than words” Amy Parker, 28 Assistant Fire Chief and Paramedic, Osnaburg Fire Department In her nominators’ words: Amy Parker doesn’t just impact the lives of Stark County residents, she saves them – literally. Serving the people of Paris and Osnaburg townships as a volunteer and staff firefighter/paramedic, Amy is quickthinking, caring, and very passionate about her calling as an emergency responder. Holding the distinct honor of becoming the first female fire chief in Stark County, Amy is already setting an example for others in her profession, particularly women. Her exceptional leadership skills have led some of the current Stark EMS leaders to predict that she will be one of the key people directing the next generation of EMS in our area. Amy Parker continually demonstrates hard work, selfsacrifice, and perseverance. She strives for perfection in her work. She is not afraid to face challenges, overcome obstacles, or stand up for what she believes in. She is


YSTARK! patient, friendly and very knowledgeable, which also makes her a great teacher to those who are new to this profession. Amy is able to accomplish this while maintaining a humble attitude. Nominated by: Megan Felcyn and Jennifer Bryan What they’d tweet about her: “Amy Parker is blazing trails, mentoring & inspiring young people #FemaleFireFighting #MakeStarkBetter” Warren Price, 39 Chief of Staff and Service Director, The City of Canton In his nominator’s words: Warren’s is the single most important position in city government. His responsibilities include not only directly managing over 500 city employees, but setting the city’s priorities and strategic goals, heading up the city’s planning, making sure our citizens are given the proper services, handling grievances and disciplinary activities, internal investigations, employee wide health care administration and other responsibilities too numerous to name. Warren is not only a very bright young man, but he also has a style of management that gets results. He is very likeable with a great sense of humor, which he uses when dealing with people. He is humbled that he is the chief of staff for the eighth largest city in Ohio and what that represents. He strives every day to make Canton the best city in Ohio and he has grown into a respected leader that our citizens can be proud of. Nominated by: Mayor William J. Healy II What he’d tweet about him: “Want to know how Mayor Healy was able to move the city forward during difficult times & get re-elected? The answer is simple: Warren Price!”

John Scott, 38 Dentist, John S. Scott DMD In his nominators’ words: John is an outstanding, self-made young professional, raising his family here and dedicated to making a difference. He is active in his community, active in his profession and has made a significant impact on the lives of others. He is a leader, he is a remarkable achiever and he is an inspiration. I am very proud to call him my friend, my dentist, my neighbor and my nomination as one of the best in Stark County. John is a compassionate, kind, sincere and understanding individual. His desire to achieve is readily apparent by where he is today. He has an eagerness to learn as well as an eagerness to educate. After a ten-year successful career as a mortician, John began preparing for a career change at age 30 by taking refresher courses and test preparation courses for a new career as a dentist. His favorite saying is that the true definition of the word “doctor” is “teacher.” He truly believes that if doctors take the time and consideration to educate patients, their health care will ultimately improve.

best descriptors in capturing Melissa Sliman Lombardi. Having returned to the community of her birth, Melissa has shown herself to be the embodiment of the young professional that enlivens our community and builds our future. Working as a physical therapist, a community volunteer and a mother, she brings a variety of skills to the lives of members of our community. She strives for excellence in all that she does. Whether providing treatment to patients, pursuing additional education, teaching or mentoring professionals in training, or tending to her beloved family, she is satisfied by nothing less than doing her best. And she has discovered that her compassion for the field extends beyond patient care. She’s found another love— sharing her knowledge and skills with others, especially with eager minds that will one day be able to provide care as she does for people in need. Nominated by: Bob Humphries Ph.D. What he’d tweet about her: “Melissa is a leader, mom, PT, coach, LAA director, JL, philanthropist; but what’s more impressive is who she is as a person. #TwentyUnder40” Eric Smer, 26 Director, ystark!* *Executive Director for Stark County Hunger Task Force at time of nomination

Nominated by: Lamont Bentley, Julia Dick and Mike Olenski What they’d tweet about him: “He did it again. He made a difference in someone’s life by simply taking the time when most others would have walked away.” Melissa Sliman Lombardi, 29 Physical Therapist, Aultman Health Foundation In her nominator’s words: Passionate, diligent and giving are among the

In his nominator’s words: Eric has been an amazing presence in the Canton Community. He is constantly encouraging others to become involved with activities that will benefit the greater good and has an ongoing dedication to a variety of organizations. In his presence on different committees I have always been amazed at his ability to organize and coordinate volunteers. Despite his young age, Eric is an amazing giver and has great potential for future growth as well. He has an attitude that nothing is impossible and works towards every goal with intensity and intention. In every committee where I have worked with him, Eric has always (continued on next page)



YSTARK! given 100 percent, contributed great ideas and demonstrated a willingness to actually do the work that needs done, not delegate it to others. He remains calm in stressful situations and encourages others to do the same. Nominated by: Julia Frankland What she’d tweet about him: “Eric has done it again - made the impossible happen through his ability to encourage others and successfully coordinate all parties involved.” Katie Tolin, 38 Director of Marketing, Rea & Associates, Inc. In her nominators’ words: Katie has a unique blend of accomplishments and service to the community, rare for someone her age. While still well below the age of 40, Katie has already earned national recognition for her professional accomplishments and made significant contributions to her hometown of Canton and surrounding Stark County. Through hard work and a commitment to high professional standards, Katie has made an impact on people’s lives locally, state-wide, nationally and internationally. Her wideranging knowledge has made her a go-to national resource on professional services marketing topics like branding, development of marketing plans and budgets, professional writing skills, and marketing strategies in a down economy. At Rea & Associates, she doesn’t simply guide our marketing efforts, she’s helped change the culture of our firm into a growth-oriented environment. Several of the innovative marketing programs developed by Katie and her marketing team have won national awards as well as led to speaking engagements for her. She is known nationally in the accounting industry as a thought leader in the area of professional services marketing. Nominated by: Lee Beall and Mark Spaner


What they’d tweet about her: “One singularly competent and caring person at your service everyday. #TheBestandBrightest” Ron Van Horn, 29 Associate VP, Practice Leader; Oil & Gas Division Schauer Group, Inc. In his nominator’s words: Ron Van Horn is a hard working and dedicated member of Stark County. He is involved in several organizations and community boards. He has dedicated his time to take on leadership roles within the community to make Stark County a better place. Ron was instrumental in creating the Oil & Gas division of Schauer Group Inc., and he is an active member in the Oil & Gas Association. Ron leads by example. He is passionate about what he does both professionally and in the community. Ron is an active leader on all of the community involvement organizations he is apart of. He donates his time and energy to give back to those that cannot help themselves. I have had the pleasure of working with Ron for the last five years. His work ethic, attention to detail and desire to help others has inspired me to become a better businessman, community volunteer and father. Ron is a quiet leader, he believes in his abilities and acts with integrity.

children find their way. She provides an exceptional role model for minority females, encouraging them to seek careers in nontraditional occupations like engineering. These women have traditionally been defined by either their beauty or talent, not by their mental abilities. Angel demonstrates that beauty on the outside is often over emphasized to the detriment of their abilities to excel in the classroom and in the boardroom. Angel herself has not only taken on the rigors of a career in engineering, but she continues to be successful in the field at arguably the most engineering-driven company in the country—The Timken Company. She stands out in her ability to get quickly to the heart of an issue, assess what needs to be done, mobilize those around her to get involved and stay focused on the goal. She is ambitious and has accomplished a great deal in her 39 years. Nominated by: Rev. Sherman Martin and Vincent Watts What they’d tweet about her: “Combine beauty and brains with a mother’s love and compassion for the community. Give it the label of Angel and you have this winner!” Timothy Wires, 37 Probation Officer Supervisor, Stark County Family Court

Nominated by: Joe Schauer What he’d tweet about him: “Ron is a valuable member of the Stark County Community. He is an exceptional businessman, community leader and volunteer.” Angel Williams, 39 Engineer, The Timken Company In her nominators’ words: Angel is an individual who works hard behind the scenes to make things happen for the betterment of others, especially youth. She helps high school and middle school

In his nominator’s words: Over the course of the last nine years, Tim has made it his purpose to make this community a better place. During the day he has made strides keeping the community safe while assisting the families he serves. In the evening, whether he is enjoying his


YSTARK! family, helping his church family, or assisting with community events, he continues to look at the good he can offer to others. He is an advocate for the under achiever and does whatever is necessary to assist. He works diligently to ensure families are safe and secure. He has spoken to organizations throughout the community regarding the judicial system and the importance of family. Tim has been an inspiration to many youth in our community as well as colleagues in his profession. He is a leader to all he encounters and many aspire to follow in his footsteps both professionally and personally. Nominated by: Joyce A. Salapack What she’d tweet about him: “You truly live by what you preach: Stark County is the best place to live & love.”

Nominees were selected based on career acumen, community service and trusteeship, and personal and professional achievements. The Twenty under 40! selection committee is comprised of diverse business and community leaders representing a range of industry sectors from around Stark County. Twenty under 40!, presented by ystark! and The Repository, and is made possible by our generous sponsors: Aultman Health Foundation, Black, McCuskey, Souers & Arbaugh, LPA, Diebold, Inc., Huntington National Bank and The Timken Company. For more information about this year’s class of winners, including interviews and biographic information, look for your copy of the special Twenty under 40! insert in The Repository on Sunday, May 27 and online at!



LEADERSHIP STARK COUNT Y Leadership Stark County Celebrates 25 Years On May 2, nearly 300 local leaders and community stewards gathered to commemorate an exceptional 25 years of training leaders for Stark County. The gathering, held in the barn at Brookside Farm in Louisville, included past graduates, former directors and board members, and some who were instrumental in the creation of Leadership Canton in 1987. The program included video interviews with alumni Jim Griffith, CEO, The Timken Company, Mike Johnson, CEO, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health, and Jack Harris, Malone University professor, and his son Josh Harris, owner of In The Round Design Group. The evening’s keynote speaker, John Werren, spoke of Leadership Stark County’s non-profit partners and the ongoing need for leaders in the community. For more information about Leadership Stark County and the recent anniversary gala, visit or contact Fran Wells, director, at (330) 4582094.

Top: Terry Katz, Bob Friedman, Kathy Poporad Middle: Gerry Radcliff, Hortense Bobbitt, Marva Dodson, Kaleen Lemon, Lori Stokes Right: Laura Jo Hawk, John Clark, Matt Sutter, Ken English



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By embedding personnel within your organization and working directly with your existing staff, GTG is able to focus on the areas important to your company to help you attain measurable results. Our Global Trade Group executives will work with you for as long as you need them, but this program is not intended to be a permanent solution. Our work is done once we have facilitated the implementation of robust systems to help your company sustain an international portfolio. GTG Services for your Company: • Provide in-house assistance beyond basic export business requirements • Analyze existing processes and adapt them to do business with international customers • Train existing personnel to handle international transactions • Develop procedures to comply with current export regulations • Design and implement international strategic plans • Assist with the selection and hiring of international staff if needed Interested? For more information about Northeast Ohio Global Trade Group services, contact John Senese, VP of International Operations, at or 800-793-0912, or visit



SAFET Y COUNCIL Special Two Hour Group Rating Safety Training Program Group Rated employers who have had a claim between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2010, are required to complete two hours of safety training by June 30, 2012. The BWC’s requirement applies to any claim an employer had within the past two years, regardless of size or severity. Two hours is the minimum amount of safety training mandated. If an employer has multiple policy numbers, they must attend two hours of safety training per policy. The Stark County Safety Council and Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce are offering a Special Two Hour Group Rating Safety Training session to meet this requirement on Wednesday, June 20. The session is being presented by Todd Smith, CSP, Safety & Risk Consultant for RiskControl 360. Safety Orientation Training If you’re an organization who’s not quite sure about what your organization should be doing for safety orientation, this session is for you. This session will assist organizations with identifying reasons why they should be completing safety orientation, basic topics to include in your orientation, specific job topics to include, OSHA required orientation training, and when to provide your orientation.

Incident Investigation As part of an ongoing company safety program, all organizations should be completing incident investigations. Identifying incident causes to prevent reoccurrence is a basic principle of safety and health management. This session will assist attendees learn the five causal factors of an incident, basic elements of an incident investigation, and how to develop a company investigation process. Members may register online at or by calling (330) 458-2070. Please indicate your BWC Policy Number when registering. Wednesday, June 20 7:30 a.m. registration and breakfast 8 to 10 a.m. training session McCall’s Restaurant and Banquet Center 130 Faircrest St SW in Canton Cost: $15 members, $20 non-members (includes buffet breakfast)



SAFET Y COUNCIL Keep Your Eyes Open | June Stark County Safety Council Luncheon At the Stark County Safety Council luncheon on June 14, you will learn how the investigative teams within the Special Investigations Department of the Ohio BWC are protecting injured workers’ bene­fits and keeping employers’ premiums down. Keep your eyes opensomeone may be watching you! Phillip J. Brickman, Special Agent in Charge, State of Ohio – BWC, will walk you through an actual case and the investigative process used including: • Surveillance • Undercover Operations • Witness/Subject Interviews • Data Analysis • Records Audits • Public Record Searches Since its inception, the Ohio BWC Special Investigations Department has identified $1 billion in savings. Whether

your organization is state funded or self-insured, the investigative teams are helping you save money! All attendees will have a chance to win a door prize provided by our spotlight company. Spotlight Company:

Thursday, June 14 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Meyer’s Lake Ballroom 3218 Parkway St. NW in Canton Cost: $16 RSVP by June 11

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

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NEW HIRE Chamber adds membership sales manager

Molly Romig The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome its newest staff addition, Molly Romig, membership sales manager. In this role, Romig will work closely with Denise Burton, director of membership and sales, in attracting new members and engaging existing members through programs and events. Romig joined the Canton Regional Chamber in March of this year. She was previously vice president of PRC Printing and has 23 years experience in the printing and publishing industry. She has also been active with several local chambers, most notably as a member of the board of directors for the Jackson-Belden Chamber, where she also chaired or co-chaired events and programs ranging from the after hours, annual dinner and ambassador committees. You can reach her directly at mollyr@ or (330) 458-2077.



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With 4 Cookie Divas, you’ll experience the ultimate gourmet cookie experience, whether for business, for pleasure, or just because! Owner Toni Cotopolis started the business in 2008, creating unique butter cream cut-out cookies with butter cream icing. 4 Cookie Divas custom designs each cookie to fit your personal or business needs. Each delectable cookie is made from a secret recipe using quality ingredients. Cookies are artfully decorated, not just iced. Each cookie is hand cut and decorated to order. You will be sure to enjoy these delicious gourmet cookies from the first bite to the last crumb. Cookies are packaged in a table ready tray, boxes, window bags, or individually wrapped in a clear cellophane bag. The company also offers cookie baskets and cookie “bling,” an edible necklace or lei made out of delicious cookies.

When you say thank you to a client or customer, do it with a delicious gift that will show off your brand! You can be a cut above your competition with a signature cut-out cookie designed just for your company. With over 300 cookie cutters and the artistic skills of the divas, gourmet cut-out cookies are not limited to holidays. They can be made for all occasions including birthdays, bachelor and bachelorette parties, showers, weddings, and corporate events. Simplify your life by letting 4 Cookie Divas bake and decorate cookies for you!

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CANTON funding partners:

Aultman Health Foundation Charter One Bank Chesapeake Energy Corporation The City of Canton DeHoff Development Diebold, Inc. Dominion East Ohio Fifth Third Bank Hilscher-Clarke Electric Huntington Bank Kenan Advantage Group KeyBank Mercy Medical Center Northeast Ohio Medical Univ. PNC Bank The Timken Company



NEW MEMBERS WELCOME to our newest members, who joined Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce in April. 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. Foundation Systems and Anchors, Inc. (MANUFACTURER - FABRICATOR) Anthony Codispoti 2300 Allen Ave. SE Canton, OH 44707 (330) 454-1700

Alpaca Spring Valley Farm & Gifts (HEALTH & WELLNESS) Alicia Rocco 732 McDaniel Minerva, OH 44657 (330) 868-4988

Girls On The Run of Stark County (SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES) Patty Lovell 1013 27th St. NE Canton, OH 44714 (330) 936-7000

Borton-Lawson Engineering Inc. (ENGINEERS) Brent M. Winslow, P.S. 4450 Belden Village St. NW #704 Canton, OH 44718 (330) 493-9310

Heather Ridge Embassy Healthcare Facility (RETIREMENT & LIFE CARE COMMUNITIES & HOMES) Sydnie Ferrell 913 Pittsburg Ave. NW North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 417-9152 html

Business Benefits of Ohio, Inc. (INSURANCE) Dennis Toth 3205 Bretton St. NW #200 North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 499-7580 Colonial Life - Cheryl Kehlmier (EMPLOYEE BENEFITS) Cheryl Kehlmier 5546 Summer Blvd. Galena, OH 43021 (614) 419-0480 Copy Cat Graphics, LLC (PRINTING COMPANIES - INVITATIONS) Susan & Lance Lucas 3353 Lincoln Way E Massillon, OH 44646 (330) 880-0770 Creative Floats (FLOAT BUILDERS) Mark Aksterowicz & Bob Starky 1669 Johnstown Road NE Dover, OH 44622 (330) 432-3449

Inland Tarp & Liner, LLC (MANUFACTURER - SUPPLIER LINERS & GEOTEXTILES) Ron MacKenzie 1600 North Main St. Fostoria, OH 44830 (419) 436-6001 Joe Knows Energy (CONSTRUCTION - SERVICE PROVIDER) Teresa Breckenridge 1400 Goodale Blvd. #100 Columbus, OH 43212 (614) 487-3001 Kustard Korner (ICE CREAM SHOP) Brent & Janice Holzopfel 2710 Fulton Dr. NW Canton, OH 44708 (330) 456-5295

Creative Learning Workshops (DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES - SERVICES) Keith Gaffney 4465 Louisville St. NE Canton, OH 44705 (330) 546-7389 Ferrall Pools & Spas (SWIMMING POOLS - INGROUND & SPAS) Mary Ferrall 6310 Market Ave. N North Canton, OH 44721 (330) 499-9906

National Beauty College (BEAUTY SALONS - DAY SPAS - NAILS) Michael Alfman 4642 Cleveland Ave. NW Canton, OH 44709 (330) 499-9444

Outback Steakhouse (RESTAURANTS) Marty Wilcox 6365 Strip Ave. North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 493-9515 Perfect Comfort Heating & Cooling (HEATING & COOLING RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL) Daniel E. Linger 9353 Paulding St. NW Massillon, OH 44646 (330) 696-1761 Dale A. Settle Jr. Foundation (FOUNDATIONS) Dale & Michelle Settle PO Box 36149 Canton, OH 44735 (330) 209-7981 Shale (ADVERTISING) Joseph F. Barone 2813 Highland Ave. Ext. Montoursville, PA 17754 (570) 706-8529 Williams Flooring Sales, Inc. (HARDWOOD FLOORING - SALES INSTALLATION - FINISHING) Paula Jones 201 W. North St. Akron, OH 44303 (330) 535-9189 Yellowstone Partners (INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT) Justin Hardesty 6464 Corrine Dr. NW Canton, OH 44714 (330) 818-1020 Zimmerman Steel & Supply Co., LLC (WELDING - METAL FABRICATION) Dave Zimmerman 18543 Davis Rd. Dalton, OH 44618 (330) 828-1010

Ohio Eye Alliance - Canton (EYE CARE) Sanjeev Dewan 4469 Fulton Dr. NW Canton, OH 44718 (330) 966-8461



BIZ BITZ Walsh University Dean of Academic Services Dr. Andrew Grant was honored as one of ten recipients of the 2012 Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award by the National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition organization. Grant was chosen for this prestigious honor from a group of 140 nominees. He has been a tireless advocate for first-year students as well as for those who are academically at risk on the Walsh University Campus. His meticulous tracking of students’ progress has led to revitalized efforts on campus and increased retention. Grant oversees several student programs including the orientation period in the summer prior to the start of the freshman year, which includes testing for proficiency and deficiency in mathematics, English and reading, three areas that have proven critical to student success. He also created the Structured Education Program (SEP) as a year-long experience for first-year students who tested poorly in the orientation period. Mercy Health & Fitness Center recently earned certification as a medical fitness facility by the Medical Fitness Association – the country’s leading organization dedicated solely to medically integrated outcomes and accountability based fitness facilities. Certification is a significant step forward in the health delivery available for the entire community. The Medical Fitness Association Facility Certification is recognized as a mark of excellence in the health and wellness industry. Mercy Health & Fitness Center extends the benefits of physical fitness to non-traditional exercisers, including people with obesity, diabetes, heart disease, pulmonary disease and other chronic conditions. The center’s experienced exercise physiologists also offer personal training, sport enhancement training, fitness classes and community wellness programs. For more information, visit Once Upon A Child has brought nationwide recognition again to the Canton children’s gently used resale store by achieving top sales in 2011 over the other 244 franchised stores located throughout the United States and Canada. They are the first Once Upon A Child store to reach Diamond Level sales. Franchised in 1996, Once Upon A Child is a component of the Winmark Corporation family of brands that specializes in buying


and then selling gently used and new kids’ stuff, including children’s clothes sizes newborn to youth size 18, toys, baby furniture and equipment. The Canton store has been in operation for over 15 years moving to its current location in Thursday’s Plaza on Dressler Road in Canton in spring of 2010. Nancy Wharmby, executive vice president of the Medicine Center & Medicine Shoppe Pharmacies in Stark and Tuscarawas Counties, was elected as the newest member of Chain Drug Marketing Association’s board of directors at the association’s 86th Annual Trade Expo in Kissimmee, Florida. Wharmby has been with the company for 20 years, serving as Controller and Human Resources Director. Paul White, R.Ph., owner of the Medicine Center & Medicine Shoppe Pharmacies, serves as Vice President of the board of directors for CDMA. Ohio Super Lawyers, a combined project of Law and Politics Media, Inc., and Cincinnati Magazine, has announced that Patricia A. Pacenta, a partner at Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP, has earned Top Female honors, including being named one of Ohio’s Top 50 female attorneys and one of Cleveland’s Top 25 female Super Lawyers. This elite honor recognized Pacenta as one of the best female attorneys in Ohio. Super Lawyers establishes a list of the top five percent of attorneys in the industry per community each year. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nomination and peer evaluations. Pacenta received her Juris Doctorate from Marquette Law School, her master’s degree from The Ohio State University and her bachelor’s degree from Marquette University. She is a fellow member of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel. RETTEW, an Engineering News-Record top 500 design firm recently welcomed new hires John L. Abbott; John P. Adamski, PE; Andrew J. Miller, SIT, CPESC; Donald A. Pasquinelli Jr., EIT; James D. Piggott Jr., PE; and Duane A. Truax. RETTEW provides engineering, transportation, environmental consulting, planning, surveying and related consulting services to a broad range of clients. The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard in Canton, Ohio, have been named among America’s 2012 Top 10 Romantic Inns by American Historic Inns and The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard include 55 breathtaking acres with vineyards, a spring-fed lake, walking paths and yard games. Tuscanyinspired fireside guest suites exude luxury from the setting and style to the service and special details. The Ultimate Romantic Escape includes a topiary arrangement of a dozen roses, decadent chocolates, credit towards

dinner in the spectacular Bistro, Salute wine gift box set with Gervasi wine, engraved glasses and a marble bottle stopper, and continental breakfast delivered to your villa. For more information, visit GervasiVineyard. com. Focus on the Family has chosen WNPQ “The Light” 95.9 as the 2012 Radio Station of the Year (small market). Focus on the Family is a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping families thrive. WNPQ “The Light” 95.9 of the Tuscarawas Broadcasting Company is a Contemporary Christian Radio station located in Canton, Ohio, primarily serving the Stark and Tuscarawas county areas. WNPQ also carries Malone University football and basketball as well as select high school games. Visit for more information. Stark State College anticipates receiving $10 million for a Downtown Campus and Energy Center that will serve the education and training needs of the emerging oil and gas industry and serve students and companies in Stark and surrounding counties. The award is expected to be part of the State of Ohio’s $400 million biennial capital budget for higher education that will be submitted to the Ohio legislature for final approval. Stark State developed and submitted the proposal in January under the leadership of Rep. Kirk Schuring and in collaboration with several community partners including the Stark Development Board and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. Canton-based Abbott Electric Inc., a longtime member of the Builders Exchange of East Central Ohio, paved the way for impressive energy savings for customers of American Electric Power in 2011. The company earned distinction at AEP’s annual meeting as AEP Gridsmart’s top-producing electrical contractor statewide and the Preferred Solutions Provider in Northeast Ohio. Abbott was singled out for its “extraordinary and complete application submittals,” in helping AEP customers secure the largest possible rebate in a timely manner. For the year, Abbott helped AEP customers save more than 5 million kilowatt hours. Combined with the 2 million hours the company saved FirstEnergy customers in 2011, Abbott Electric’s efforts helped customers achieve an astonishing total savings of 7 million kilowatt hours for the year.

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First Friday “Chalk the Walk” Chalk the Walk on June 1 promises to be a colorful rock around the block of the Canton Arts District, featuring over 20 amateur and semi-professional artists who get down on their knees to create on a temporary and often temperature-challenging canvas. Be sure to stop at the brandspanking-new First Friday info tent, located at Fourth Street and Cleveland Avenue, and enjoy a complimentary slice of cake as First Friday celebrates its five year anniversary amid the sights, sounds and symbolism of summer in the city. Twenty under 40! Purchase your tickets to attend the eclectic gala and celebrate 20 incredible leaders under 40. The event is being held Tuesday, June 5 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Glenmoor Country Club. Tickets are $50 per person, and include delicious heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar and live entertainment.

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First Friday, June 1 6 to 10 p.m. Downtown Canton Cost: FREE! Tuesday, June 5 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Glenmoor Country Club 4191 Glenmoor Rd. NW in Canton Cost: $50 RSVP online at

Interacting with Your Customers June AultCare Fast Break Breakfast featuring Steve Brubaker Attend the AultCare Fast Break Breakfast on Friday, June 8, featuring Steve Brubaker from InfoCision Management Corporation. You’ll learn how to harness what your customers are telling you in order to enhance your brand position, improve ROI and increase response rates and customer retention. You’ll walk away with specific tools and steps that you can use to enhance your own marketing efforts! Canton Blues Fest Walter Trout and Coco Montoya will be rolling into downtown Canton in June for the 2012 Canton Blues Fest! This annual two-day affair boasts sensational rhythm and blues all day Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9, from noon until 10:30 p.m. The FREE outdoor summer jam is sure to strike a chord with blues fans large and small.

Friday, June 8 7 a.m. registration
 7:30 a.m. program
 Courtyard by Marriott 4375 Metro Cir. in North Canton Cost: $18 members $21 members less than 48 hours

Keep Your Eyes Open June Stark County Safety Council Luncheon At the Stark County Safety Council luncheon on June 14, you will learn how the investigative teams within the Special Investigations Department of the Ohio BWC are protecting injured workers’ bene­fits and keeping employers’ premiums down. Keep your eyes open-someone may be watching you!

Thursday, June 14 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Meyer’s Lake Ballroom 3218 Parkway St. NW in Canton Cost: $16 RSVP by June 11

Experience ‘40s charm at the 356th Fighter Group Restaurant JUNE STIR AFTER HOURS We’re stirring up nostalgia at the June Stir After Hours at the 356th Fighter Group Restaurant. Culinary sensations and networking celebrations abound with great views of the CAK runways and a swinging good time for everyone. The restaurant will be cooking up some of their newest menu items, and you’ll love their world-famous white peach sangria! Three lucky winners will take home gift cards for the 60’ Sunday Brunch for Two.

Thursday, June 14 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The 356th Fighter Group 4919 Mt. Pleasant Rd. in North Canton Cost: $5 RSVP online at

Oil and Gas Business Development Seminar II At the all-day seminar, you will learn how the oil and gas business works and how to look for opportunities in the Utica Shale that can suit your business. The seminar’s keynote speaker will be Mark Matusick, manager of corporate development at Chesapeake Energy. Other industry experts will make presentations on topics including marketing to the oil industry, understanding master service agreements and staffing strategies.

Friday, June 15 7:30 a.m. registration 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. seminar Belden Village Holiday Inn 4520 Everhard Rd. NW in Canton Cost: $120 RSVP by June 10

Chamber Golf Outing Get your reservations in now for the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Outing, happening on Wednesday, June 20, at Skyland Pines Golf Course. The annual Canton Regional Chamber outing is one of the best golf outings in Stark County, and it’s sure to sell out fast!

Wednesday, June 20 9 a.m. Registration 10 a.m. Shotgun Start Skyland Pines Golf Course 3550 Columbus Rd. NE in Canton Cost: $110 per person includes greens fees, breakfast, lunch & dinner

Special Two Hour Group Rating Safety Training Program The Stark County Safety Council and Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce are offering a Special Two Hour Group Rating Safety Training session to meet this requirement on Wednesday, June 20. The session is being presented by Todd Smith, CSP, Safety & Risk Consultant for Risk Control 360.

Wednesday, June 20 7:30 a.m. registration & breakfast 8 to 10 a.m. training session McCall’s Restaurant and Banquet Center 130 Faircrest St SW in Canton Cost: $15 members $20 non-members (includes buffet breakfast)

4th Street Concert Series The popular free concert series made its debut last year, and this year’s series will kick-off on June 29, under the festive string lights along Fourth Street, with the music of Pat Dailey. Pre-show entertainment starts at 7 p.m. Head downtown early to enjoy dinner at one of downtown Canton’s 13 fantastic restaurants.

Friday, June 29 7 p.m. Cleveland Ave. & Fourth St. NW in downtown Canton Cost: Free!

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!



Fri., June 8 & Sat., June 9 Noon to 10:30 p.m. Kresge Green Space Market Ave. NW • downtown Cost: Free but VIP Passes available, More Details:

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June 2012 Action Newsletter  

The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce's June 2012 Action Newsletter

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