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A message to our members from Dennis Saunier, president and CEO We have entered our 99th year of advancing business and developing community in Canton/Stark County. As we near the 100-year mark, now more than ever, it is time to plan for the future of our Chamber and its departments and programs. Each year, our executive management team works to produce our annual Strategic Plan. In 2013, under the guidance of chairman Karen Brenneman, managing partner for Hall, Kistler & Company, and with the expertise of our vice chairman, Phil Fracassa, who serves as senior vice president of planning and development for The Timken Company, we will embark upon the development effort for our comprehensive, 100th year plan—a multi-year strategic plan to be unveiled in celebration of our 2014 anniversary. Each department, and our entire staff, will be involved in the process of creating this crucial document. (continued on p. 4)

MIDSTREAM OIL & GAS SEMINAR: Education and Opportunity

INSIDE: Advantage Canton Funding Partners.................... 2 Oil & Gas Update................................................. 3 Golf Outing Save The Date................................... 4 AultCare Fast Break Breakfast.............................. 5 Stir After Hours................................................... 6 Canton Blues Fest................................................ 7 Annual Dinner Recap........................................... 8 Business Excellence Awards................................. 9 HOFEF Queen Pageant Applications................... 10 Enshrinement Festival Chairmen.................. 11-12 Leadership Signature Program.......................... 16 Leadership Informational Breakfast................... 16 Stark County Safety Council.......................... 17,19 ystark! Fund Drive............................................. 20 ystark! Committee Leadership........................... 21 ystark! Young Professional Profile...................... 22 Hot Business on the Burner............................... 23 New Members................................................... 25 BizBitz.............................................................. 26 March Calendar................................................. 27

The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and will present Midstream Oil & Gas: Education and Opportunity, on Tuesday, April 9, as the next seminar in the Oil and Gas Business Development Seminar series.

Take a look with us at the new technology that combats pipeline corrosion, a technique created by Todd Hawkins of Tesla NanoCoatings, which has a research and development facility at Stark State College.

What do you know about midstream in the Utica Shale? Do you know about the billions of dollars in investments being made to bring Utica gas and wet gas to market? And would you like to start thinking about the business opportunity this buildout presents? All of these questions and more will be explored at this exciting and informative seminar.   Midstream Seminar highlights: • Look forward to a presentation from Caiman Energy and hear about their latest venture in joining forces with Dominion on a $1.5 billion midstream infrastructure project in the Utica Shale region.

Receive an orientation to, the leading oil and gas directory serving the Marcellus and Utica Shale region.

Witness the first Canton Regional Chamber appearances by researchers from the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, and learn of updates about the development of both the Marcellus and Utica shales.

Tickets for the day long seminar are $120. Registrations can be made online at or by calling (330) 458-2070. For sponsorship opportunities contact David Kaminski, director of energy and public affairs at or 330-458-2059. Tuesday, Apr. 9 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Alex D. Krassas Event Center 251 25th St. NW in Canton Cost: $120 RSVP by Apr. 8

WWW.C ANTONCHAMBER.ORG OUR MISSION: To serve our Members through partnerships, programs, services and events to advance the economic growth of Canton and the Stark County region.

Karen M. Brenneman Managing Partner, Hall, Kistler & Company LLP 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

Economic and community development are important focus areas of our work. The strong relationship we have with the Canton Regional Chamber helps us to achieve our goals in these areas. Mark J. Samolczyk, President, Stark Community Foundation

Chamber says “Thank You” to 2013 Advantage Canton Funding Partners

Mar. 2013 - Volume XLV - No. 3


The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the Advantage Canton Funding Partners for their continued dedication to the economic development efforts for both commercial and industrial sectors as well as in downtown Canton. Our Advantage Canton Funding Partners

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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.

Begun in 2005, the Advantage Canton Economic Development Program has resulted in millions of dollars in new investments and area employment growth. Without the support of our generous funding partners, these strides in economic development would not be possible. For more information about the Advantage Canton program, contact Steve Katz, senior vice president, at or 330-458-2062.


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Oil & Gas Developments Monthly Report by David Kaminski, Director of Energy and Public Affairs There is so much natural gas underground in the United States that we have no idea how much there is. We keep finding more, and if we act wisely, we can get out from under the power of the price cartel operated by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

greater fuel efficiency, and for all the other oil we need, Hofmeister said, “we have a northern neighbor (Canada) and a southern neighbor (Mexico)” that the United States can work with well under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

That’s what John Hofmeister told 600 people at the shale summit hosted by the Crain’s Cleveland Business newspaper in February. Hofmeister is the former president of Shell Oil Co. and founder of Citizens for Affordable Energy. We at the Canton Regional Chamber were pleased to participate in the Crain’s program by appearing on two panels and recruiting local manufacturers for a third panel.

There you have it. Sayonara to OPEC price fixing.

Hofmeister said the United States uses 18.5 million barrels of oil and liquids per day but produce only 6.8 million barrels. If the nation had the will to establish a long-term energy policy, it could produce enough natural gas and turn it into a transportation fuel that would allow the nation to “say sayonara, goodbye forever” to the OPEC dependency. Using natural gas to its full potential as a transportation fuel could reduce the nation’s oil dependency by five million barrels a day, he said. We could increase domestic oil production to 10 million barrels a day, reduce demand by another two million barrels through

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chairman of the Board - Karen M. Brenneman Hall, Kistler & Company LLP Sr. Vice Chairman - Philip D. Fracassa The Timken Company Vice Chairman - Brian Belden The Belden Brick Company Vice Chairman - John A. Murphy, Jr. Day Ketterer Ltd. Vice Chairman - William C. Shivers Huntington Bank Treasurer - D. William Allen Pro Football Hall of Fame Immediate Past Chairman - Rick L. Haines AultCare President & CEO - Dennis P. Saunier Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

However, it requires good energy policy. It requires the cooperation of local community leaders. And it requires engagement with the public so that citizens understand the economic value that the oil companies place on sound regulations and environmental protection. The cost of following the regulations and protecting the environment is far less money than the cost of haste and mistakes that resulted in the environmental horror that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico at a BP well in 2010.

Corporate Secretary - Steven J. Katz Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

More information and a video of Hofmeister’s speech can be found on the WVIZ Ideastream website at


David Kaminski Energy and Public Affairs Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

• A Layman’s Guide to the Oil & Gas Industry • Fundamentals of Upstream Operations These programs will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the industry, with the flexibility of learning on your own time and in your home or office.

Geoff Karcher The Karcher Group

Bruce Blaise Kenan Advantage Group

Judith E. Barnes Lancaster Attorney At Law

Thomas E. Cecconi Mercy Medical Center

Rick McQueen Akron-Canton Airport

R. Eric Dellapina FirstMerit Bank N.A.

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

Mark Fleiner LG Fuel Cell Systems

Learn the ABC’s of the Oil & Gas Industry Canton City School’s Adult Career & Technical Education, in partnership with a major oil & gas consulting firm, is now offering two unique on-line courses:

Katrina Barton Westfield Belden Village

Keith Fuller Chesapeake Energy Corp. Jerry Gilin Diebold Inc. Greg Harbert Charter One/RBS Citizens, NA Jason F. Haupt Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.

So give us a call today, or view the courses on our website. Learning about the oil & gas industry was never so easy… as easy as ABC! 330-438-2556, ext. 101/102


Jan Hein Ohio Desk

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

Dr. Para Jones Stark State College

Walter F. Wagor, Ph.D. Kent State University at Stark

Terrance L. Jones Multi-Development Services of Stark County

David M. Wheeler AEP Ohio


Chris White The Repository

CEO MESSAGE ... When complete, the plan will address the role of the Chamber today, identify current and future collaborations, and highlight our strategic areas of focus, as we plan for the future of the organization. The very nature of our mission, our brand, and our position in the marketplace will be highlighted in this guiding document, as will critical aspects of our continued well-being, such as succession planning and an analysis of our financial needs now and in the future. This past year, we took the first steps in establishing ourselves as the local leaders in oil, gas and energy advocacy for Stark County, and we worked with the City to establish the region as The Utica CapitalTM. We’ve also worked with a local advertising firm to develop a tactical marketing plan to deliver on the The Utica CapitalTM brand. We will spend 2013 answering the question, ‘what is our next move in oil and gas?’ We will dedicate staff and resources to further demonstrating our leadership role by implementing tactics from the oil and gas marketing plan, hosting unique oil and gas events and programs, and finding the most effective and efficient ways to solidify Stark County as the true Utica Capital. And we will continue to direct each department of the Chamber to find ways to assist and engage the oil and gas industry and interests, while nurturing relationships with our established business partners.

( co n t i nued f rom cover) But we will be mindful of not only how we are marketing our region and its strategic position in the Utica, but how we are marketing our region to attract and retain businesses in general. From a strategic standpoint of potential business growth, in fulfilling current business needs and the business needs of the future, we will develop long-range business development tactics. These will include tactics for Mills Business Park, the potential of other new business and industrial parks, the areas surrounding the Akron-Canton Airport, and the areas south of downtown Canton. In addition, we will explore our role in marketing greater Northeast Ohio. One of my personal goals for the coming year is to further empower all members of our staff, at all levels. We want each member of our team to have the opportunity to offer input about the direction of the organization, even in small measures. We’ve begun with establishing an advisory committee comprised of midmanagement and administrative staff in order to share the ideas and issues coming out of each department. But I will take this work a step further in 2013, by personally meeting more collectively and individually with the departments. I believe that these measures will help with the continuous development of our high quality, diversified team.

value-added membership benefits. This year, we will not only use these newly developed elements and tactics, but we will finalize and enact an ongoing communications plan with current and lapsed members to increase our retention rates, and ultimately, our revenue. Finally, financial oversight will be foremost in our minds as we work in the areas of strategic planning, oil and gas, regional economic development and marketing, and membership. Funding our organization becomes more challenging each year, and moving forward, we will seek new revenue streams for the Chamber and its departments. On behalf of the largest business services organization in Stark County, and the one best equipped to meet the needs of the area business community in this rapidly changing landscape, we are eager for what 2013 will bring. Sincerely,

Dennis P. Saunier President and CEO Canton Regional Chamber

In 2012, we completed the first phase of our membership relations plan by presenting the ‘State of the Membership’ report, creating a new suite of membership marketing materials and developing

SAVE THE DATE! Annual Chamber Golf Outing • June 26 • Tam O’Shanter Golf Course • 10 a.m. Shotgun Start The 2013 Golf Outing package includes 18 exciting holes, cart included, along with complimentary range balls, gifts, lunch and heavy hor d’ourves– all for $110 per person. Registration is limited to 144 players so sign your foursome up now!  This is sure to be another sell-out.




SPONSORSHIPS STILL AVAILABLE Many levels of sponsorship are still available for the 2013 Membership Golf Outing, 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 Whitney Prather, events and marketing manager, at (330) 458-2073 or



Tam O’Shanter Golf Course

UPCOMING EVENTS Adapt or Die: Embracing Disruption to Become More Relevant March AultCare Fast Break Breakfast featuring Chris White Changing consumer demands have led The Repository to rethink its operation from top to bottom, and enabled them to become a more relevant part of customers’ daily lives. The Repository has embraced disruptive technologies, once seen as threats, to make its business more vital to consumers just when critics say they should be dying. At the AultCare Fast Break Breakfast on Friday, March 8, learn The Repository’s story—straight from publisher Chris White—and see if there are lessons you can apply to your own business. 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. Bring a door prize valued at $15 or more and receive 30 seconds at the microphone to promote your business. About the Speaker White has served as publisher of The Repository and GateHouse Ohio Media since June 2012. Previously, he was the general manager and senior vice president, sales & marketing, for The Repository/Gatehouse-Ohio, overseeing sales and marketing functions of The Repository, The Times-Reporter, The Independent and The Suburbanite, and their digital products. White’s proudest accomplishments include the launch of About magazine and Prior to joining Gatehouse, White served as regional vice president of sales from 2005 to 2007, working with publications in Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi and Kentucky. Prior to that, he published The Edmond Sun and McAlester NewsCapital while serving as group publisher for Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. White has been recognized by Presstime magazine in “20 under 40” class of 2002. He currently serves on the Pathway Caring for Children Board. He enjoys an active life in Canton with his wife, Laura and four children. Friday, Mar. 8 7 a.m. registration 7:30 a.m. program Courtyard by Marriott • 4375 Metro Cir. in North Canton Cost: $18 members $25 non-members RSVP by Mar. 6



UPCOMING EVENTS The ‘40s Charm and Foods Flare at 356th

March Stir After Hours at 356th Fighter Group Restaurant We’re stirring up nostalgia at the March Stir After Hours at the 356th Fighter Group Restaurant on Thursday, Mar. 28. 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 menu favorites! For more than 25 years, the 356th Fighter Group has been the area’s only authentic WWII 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. Travel back in time to a simpler era as this restaurant is a timeless concept in a unique setting that takes you back to the WWII era.

New Event Format! Starting this month, our Chamber Stir After Hours events will be free for all members, and the events are now exclusive to our members. Come and network with your fellow members, enjoy great complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cocktail from this month’s cash bar. And while the event is free, please don’t forget to register online.

This month’s Stir After Hours will feature tabletop exhibits. For just $25, you can promote your products and services to guests and generate sales leads in an enjoyable networking environment. Contact Molly Romig, membership and sales manager, at (330) 458-2077 or for more information and to book your table. Thursday, Mar. 28 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The 356th Fighter Group 4919 Mt. Pleasant Rd. in North Canton Cost: Free Event Please RSVP at or by calling (330) 458-2070



UPCOMING EVENTS Malina Moye and Shane Dwight to headline 2013 Blues Festival The Northeast’s premier free blues festival, Canton Blues Fest, has announced a 2013 lineup sure to strike a chord with blues fans large and small! The FREE outdoor summer festival, now in its 12th year, is presented by Canton Development Partnership, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber. The 2013 festival is happening in downtown Canton on Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8, and will feature headliners Malina Moye on Friday at 8:30 p.m., and Shane Dwight on Saturday at 8:30 p.m., along with music all day from noon to 10:30 p.m.


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Malina Moye

EVENT RE- C AP 99th Annual Dinner sets records for the Canton Regional Chamber At the Canton Regional Chamber’s 99th Annual Dinner, held Thursday, Feb. 7, keynote speaker Jimmy Haslam took the stage to a record crowd. Nearly 840 guests eagerly awaited an unprecedented presentation by the Cleveland Browns’ new owner.

jointly presented the 2013 Business for the Arts Award to Day Ketterer Ltd.

Also during the evening, the gavel was passed from outgoing Board Chairman Rick L. Haines, president, AultCare, to the 2013 Board Chairman, Karen M. Brenneman, managing partner, Hall, Kistler and Company. In addition, ArtsinStark and the Chamber

One more big thank to this year’s annual dinner sponsors:

For more details about the event, and a photos and a video of the evening, visit

Photos - (Top, L-R) George Lemon, Karen Brenneman, Jimmy Haslam, Denny Saunier, Rick Haines (Bottom) Denny Saunier catches signed football from Jimmy Haslam



UPCOMING EVENTS Business Excellence Awards winners honored May 7

Grabowski, Grabowski & Company, Dan Griffith, Premier Bank & Trust, Kayleigh Kriss, Mix 94.1 and News-Talk 1480 WHBC AM, Joe Luckring, PNC Financial Services Stark County’s premier business award Group, Ron Manse, Walsh University, nominations are in, and the winners of Larry Marcus, Consumers National Bank, the 2013 Business Excellence Awards will Todd Nicolas, FirstMerit Bank, Jennifer be announced in the April issue of Action Novotny, Day Ketterer, Ltd., Bob Potts, Newsletter! Cohen CPA, David Roberts, Farmers National Bank, Joe Schauer, Schauer Winners of the Business Excellence Awards Group, Inc., Randy Smith, KeyBank, will be honored on Tuesday, May 7, at a John Tucker, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths distinguished ceremony and gala dinner & Dougherty Co., LPA, and Glenda Zink, at The University Center at Kent State Stark State College of Technology. University at Stark. Kiko is a CPA Tickets for this event will sell out fast — with 10 years make sure you reserve your seat today, of experience and join us for the awards event to with a regional find out which business will be named public Outstanding Business of the Year, and accounting who will be the recipient of our NEW! firm, Cohen Emerge Award for Entrepreneurs. & Company, followed by OUR SPONSORS 10 years of industrial experience with two different companies. She is currently working as an independent consultant with multiple companies. Tickets are $50 and tables of 10 are available. Register online now at, or call (330) 4582070. Tuesday, May 7 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception 6:30 p.m. dinner and awards ceremony The University Center at Kent State University at Stark 6000 Frank Ave. in North Canton Cost: $50 RSVP by May 3

Business Excellence Awards committee leadership The Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton is managed by a volunteer committee, led by chairman Louanne Kiko, independent accounting consultant. The Business Excellence Award committee members include: Dan Bryan, JP Morgan Chase, John Davide, Fifth Third Bank, Greg Endres, Key Bank, Dave Gianetti, Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C., Sue

The $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to the author of the winning essay entitled: “The Impact of Business and Free Enterprise on the Development and the Continuing Success of the United States as a Global Leader.” The scholarship will be awarded to a Stark County high school senior or Stark County resident currently enrolled in college. The one-time scholarship can be used for tuition, room, board, textbooks or other educational expenses at any college or university in the United States. The scholarship will be presented on May 7 at the Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 12, and details regarding the application for the scholarship can be found at

Kiko has resided in Stark County all of her life. She was raised on a family dairy farm and is currently raising five children with her husband Jim on his family farm. She has volunteered with multiple organizations, sits on the Minerva Library Board and coaches youth basketball for Minerva. In her spare time, Kiko enjoys running, cooking, and dabbles with singing and playing the piano.

Business Excellence Awards scholarship The law firm of Day Ketterer, in partnership with the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, will award their second annual scholarship award at the Business Excellence Awards in 2013. The scholarship is designed to acknowledge the importance of the role of business in the community and the nation, and to encourage students to continue to expand their business and leadership skills and to contribute to their local business community upon graduation from college.



ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL Deadline nearing for Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant applications The deadline for the annual Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant is nearing. Contestants must submit a completed application and $70 fee to the Enshrinement Festival department at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Mar. 11. Prospective contestants can apply online at, request a paper application by contacting Kathy Lindenberger, event manager, at (330) 458-2056 or kathyl@, or by coming to the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, (located at 222 Market Avenue North in downtown Canton) weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Queen Pageant will take place Thursday, May 9, beginning at 7 p.m. at Canton Palace Theatre. All seats are reserved at $20 each, and tickets can be purchased at the Enshrinement Festival


Office at the Canton Chamber, as well as Canton AAA, and Massillon AAA. The Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant is not a beauty pageant. While overall appearance is certainly an important component, contestants are judged based on personality, poise, beauty, communication skills, academic achievement and service to community. If there is a tie at any point in the judging process, it will be broken by utilizing the scores for personality, poise, and beauty—in that order. Candidates cannot be younger than a high school senior and 18 years old by May 1 or more than 23 years of age before Sept. 1. Candidates must reside and, if employed, work within a 30-mile radius of Stark County. A Queen and seven Court members will be selected to coincide with the number in the 2013 Class of Enshrinees, comprised of Larry Allen,

Cris Carter, Curley Culp, Jonathan Ogden, Bill Parcells, Dave Robinson and Warren Sapp. In addition to greeting guests at most of the 19 events during the two and a half weeks of the Enshrinement Festival, the Queen and Court will volunteer their time to civic organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Turnaround Community Outreach Center, Stark MRDD and many more. Certainly one of the most memorable experiences for the Queen and Court will be their ride on a float in the Grand Parade.


ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL Enshrinement Festival names auxiliary committee chairmen Communications | Special Services | Security & Logistics The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has named the following auxiliary committee chairs: Sally Hoce, Communications; Dan Paumier, Special Services; and Dennis Manzella, Security & Logistics. Hoce, a retired Perry Local Schools teacher, has been a member of the Communications Committee since 2007 and served as vice chairman in 2011 and 2012. A graduate of the former Glenwood High School, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Kent State University, and a master’s degree in gifted education from Ashland University. A member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for Women Educators, she is active with Mercy Service League and is a member of the women’s board of Springhill Historic Home. She has one son and he preceded her as chairman of the Communications Committee. Hoce will be assisted by committee vice chairman Gary Bradway. The Communications committee assumes responsibility for communications equipment utilized at all Enshrinement Festival events. Members are responsible for distributing equipment, charging radios and telephones, monitoring EMS activities and serving as a clearinghouse for inquiries from guests, patrons and the media. Paumier is retired from Westfield Insurance, where he served in the information technology department. He has served on the Special Services Committee since 2002, and this is his second year in the leadership position. His volunteer activities include SarahCare

of Canton, and Elves and More of Northeast Ohio. He is married to wife Sally. Assisting Paumier with committee duties is vice chairman Diane Novak. The Special Services Committee assists many of the event committees with varied duties, including media and sponsor hospitality, registration at the Balloon Classic media flight, transportation for Drum Corps Competition, and hosting the Grand Parade float judges. Manzella is assistant vice president of marketing for Western Reserve Group. This is his second year as chairman of Security & Logistics, and he previously served as chairman of the Appreciation Party Committee and is currently a member of the Hall of Fame’s Enshrinement and Game Committees. Manzella attended St. John’s University and New York University and is a member of PIA of Ohio and Indiana, and Big “I” Agent Association of Ohio and Indiana. He is married to wife Rose Ann. Serving as vice chairman of the Security & Logistics Committee is Michele Shaffer. The Security & Logistics Committee issues security passes for all personnel servicing the events, oversees the delivery, distribution and security of food, beverage, flowers, favors, programs and other items necessary to the success of the three indoor events, and monitors movement of people from the perimeter

rooms into the main auditorium for the program portion of each of the three events. The committee also provides security support for the Queen Pageant, Drum Corps Competition, Community Parade, Ribs Burnoff, Concert & Fireworks, Race and Grand Parade committees. In 2013, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Enshrinement Festival will mark the 50th anniversary of honoring the legends of professional football, which includes conducting a world-renowned festival celebrating the annual enshrinement of football players, coaches and contributors into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The collaborative efforts of this leadership team, combined with the professional staffs at the Canton Regional Chamber and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the dedicated team of more than 4,200 volunteers, will ensure the success of 19 diverse events from July 19 to Aug. 6, 2013. The Enshrinement Festival activities, attended by nearly 700,000 people, are expected to produce an economic impact of over $32 million for the Canton/Stark County area and $56 million for the State of Ohio. In addition, millions will experience aspects of the Enshrinement Festival as events are televised and covered by other media.   The central focus and highlight of this year’s Enshrinement Festival will be the Aug. 3 Enshrinement Ceremony for the Class of 2013 Enshrinees: Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Curley Culp, Jonathan Ogden, Bill Parcells, Dave Robinson, and Warren Sapp. For the complete schedule of events, ticket information, and latest news, check the web sites periodically: or



ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival names 2013 key committee chairs Steering | General Chairman Alumni | Safety Management The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has named chairmen for three key committees: Candy Wallace, Steering Committee; William Schauer, General Chairman Alumni Association; and Ron Dougherty, Safety Management Committee. Wallace, a longtime and extremely active community volunteer, most recently served as the 2012 general chairman of the Chamber’s Enshrinement Festival committees. The function of the Steering Committee is to assist and facilitate as needed to successfully accomplish the Enshrinement Festival mission statement and goals. This committee’s approval is required for crucial Enshrinement Festival issues, including the annual budget, ticket pricing changes and policy issues. Wallace has been deeply involved in Enshrinement Festival activities for many years, including serving in 2011 as general vice chairman, as well as prior service on the Fashion Show Luncheon Committee, and as chairman of both the Food and Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner Committees. Elsewhere in the community, she is a member of the Aultman Hospital Women’s Board and provides volunteer service to Stark Community Foundation, Stark Education Partnership, Sisters of Charity, SPARK, Plain Local Schools and Leadership Stark County. She and her husband William reside in Canton and have four children and three grandchildren.

Schauer was the 2006 general chairman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. For the fourth consecutive year, he now oversees a committee comprised of past general chairmen, many of whom will offer assistance to the Enshrinement Festival in the areas of sponsor recognition, promoting community awareness and support in planning and producing Enshrinement Festival events. Corporate treasurer of Schauer Group, Inc., he is a chartered property and casualty underwriter, as well as chartered life underwriter. He is past president of the Arthritis Foundation of Canton and past president of the Buckeye Council Boy Scouts of America. In addition, he has participated in fundraising for the Downtown Canton YMCA, Malone and Walsh Universities, United Arts, United Way and Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges. He and his wife Bobbi have three sons.

honored in 2000 as a Distinguished Alumnus. He graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia Law School, and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954-1957 as a lieutenant and captain. He served as chairman of the Stark County Public Defender Commission for 26 years and as Canton Assistant City Solicitor. He is the only Stark County lawyer to hold the office of president of the Ohio State Bar Foundation, and the only Stark County lawyer or judge to ever receive the Foundation’s Ritter Award (2012), its highest award given to one lawyer or judge each year. Active in and chairman of various Enshrinement Festival activities since its beginning in 1963, Dougherty was the founder of the Enshrinement Festival General Chairman Alumni Association as well as its Individual Award of Merit recipient in 2009, and was the 2002 Award of Merit recipient at the Canton Regional Chamber’s Community Salute Awards. Additionally, he was The Wilderness Center 2004 honoree and is a member of the board and executive committee of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He has one daughter, one son and three grandsons.

Dougherty, of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty law firm, is serving his 18th term as chairman of the Safety Management Committee. He also serves as chairman of the Joint Coordinating Committee that serves as liaison between the Enshrinement Festival department of the Chamber and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A Canton native, Dougherty graduated from Canton Lincoln High and was



BLUES FEST ... (continued from page 7) Flipping a Fender Stratocaster upside-down, acclaimed singer/ songwriter and lefty guitarist Malina Moye fills a void in the entertainment industry. Described as a modern day Renaissance woman, she’s a quadruple threat, carving out her own lane in today’s music scene as one of the few artists in history able to straddle both rock and soul genres. Moye’s musical narrative boasts an impressive resume that includes making history as the first African-American woman to play the National Anthem on guitar at a major sporting event, performing at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and owning her own successful record label. Recently, Jet Magazine praised her as “the highlight of the evening” after she headlined a sold-out concert with Chaka Khan to honor the legendary humanitarian Stevie Wonder. A pioneer among the new generation of lead guitarists, Moye is the first left-handed female player to be included on the legendary Fender Guitars’ impressive roster of endorsees, and to also join the critically acclaimed 2012 Experience Hendrix tour— Guitar World magazine dubbed her the “female Jimi Hendrix” and “one of the top 10 female guitarists to know.” Moye is currently finishing her new record, Rock ‘N Roll Baby, slated for a first quarter release. Visit for a full biography and discography.

Blues Fest VIP Passes are available again this year. Buy your two-day pass online for $75 and take advantage of FREE food and beer in the evening (after 5 p.m.), and incredible views of the stage all day. One-day Blues Fest VIP Membership passes are also available for $45. Visit to purchase VIP passes online, or contact Monique Thompson-Kennedy at (330) 458-2070 to reserve your passes today. The 2013 Canton Blues Fest is made possible in part by Cormony Development and Standard Plumbing and Heating Co., along with sponsors (as of this printing) including Phil and Nancy Sonner, Legacy Roofing, Aultman Health Foundation, Superior Beverage Group, The Repository, The City of Canton, Mix 94.1 and News-Talk 1480 WHBC AM, Downtown Canton Special Improvement District and PPI Graphics.

Over the past 10 years, Shane Dwight has performed over 2,000 live shows, released seven CDs with over 60,000 units sold, been a repeat performer on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise (West Coast and East Coast), and performed at some of the biggest music festivals around the world, including Beale Street Music Festival, Bayfront Blues Festival, Bethlehem Musikfest, Ottawa Bluesfest and Portland Waterfront Blues Festival.

Go online to for a full list of festival performers and other details about this year’s event, including opening acts Devon Allman and Honeytribe (Friday) and Midlife Chryslers (Saturday).



He has performed with and/or shared the stage with a wide variety of some of the biggest names in music and has been heard on hundreds of radio stations in over 30 different countries. And critical accolades have followed Dwight wherever he has gone: Blues Revue magazine called him a “talented musician and an impressive songwriter.” The San Francisco Chronicle called him “a music sensation…” and Andrew Gilbert of the San Jose Mercury News complimented Dwight for his “tough, lean guitar work and commanding vocals, he is a tour de force…” Visit for a full biography and discography. Shane Dwight


LEADERSHIP STARK COUNT Y Signature Program 27th Class Applications | Apply Now to the Signature Program Applications are now available at for the 10-month Signature Program. The Signature Program is an in-depth examination of Stark County’s assets and challenges, along with an introduction to effecting community change. The Signature Program is ideal for business and community leaders. Each year, selected participants enhance their leadership skills and gain an understanding of local issues, assets and resources. The leadership experience begins with an intense, two-day Opening Retreat in September that provides participants with an in-depth personal leadership assessment and dynamic workshops. From there, they’ll meet once per month to expand their capacities for leadership and service in the community. Your Signature experience includes: • Exploring the cultural, economic and historic features of Stark County on a wide-ranging bus tour.

Signature Program tuition assistance available

Taking a jail tour, meeting with local judges, and investigating the justice system on a cruiser ride with sheriff’s deputies and police.

Tuition assistance for the Signature Program is available for candidates • Examining social and economic issues working in non-profit, education, through panel discussions with political government and small business sectors. and civic leaders. Since the Leadership Stark County Scholarship Endowment Fund was • Role-playing within a poverty established in 1999, an average of simulation and visiting non-profits to $4,334 a year has been distributed to understand their unique concerns. support Signature Class members, and $56,342.50 has been distributed in Applications are due by Apr. 26. total. Signature Program tuition is $2,500, and includes meals, lodging, and materials. Selection is competitive and based on the written application, group interview, and Leadership Stark County’s goal to create a class that is representative of the professional, cultural, racial, economic, geographic and ethnic diversity of the community. Apply online at LeadershipStarkCounty. org. For questions, please call Fran Wells, director, at (330) 458-2094.

In 2012, we distributed $5,200 to members of the 26th Signature Class to help defray the tuition cost. Combined with an additional grant from the Deuble Foundation, Leadership Stark County is committed to using the scholarship fund to create diverse and exceptional classes. Don’t let tuition stop you from applying! Contact Fran Wells, director, at (330) 458-2094 or franw@ to learn more.

• Delving into economic development with on-site tours and small-group interaction with area CEOs.

Signature Program Informational Breakfast | For Prospective Applicants If you have always wondered what really goes on in Leadership Stark County’s Signature Program sessions, and whether the program is right for you or your employees, attend the onehour informational breakfast.

For applicants, prospective candidates and employers, we will cover: • What is the Signature Program and how does it work? • How will the Signature Program benefit me or my company? • How much time will it take to participate? • How do I apply? Join us and discover the answers to these and any other questions you may have about the Leadership Stark County Signature Program.


The no-obligation information breakfast is free, however, reservations are requested by Wednesday, Mar. 18. Please make your reservation with Joy Walko at (330) 458-2095 or joyw@ All are welcome for this informational session! Applications for the 27th Class Signature Program are now available at Wednesday, Mar. 20 8 to 9 a.m. Canton Regional Chamber 222 Market Ave. N in downtown Canton Cost: Free RSVP by Mar. 18


SAFET Y COUNCIL Crisis Communications: Manage the Media & Control Your Message 2013 Stark County Safety Council CEO Annual Breakfast In today’s world of “gotcha” journalism combined with YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets, “managing the media” is a necessary skill set for executives as well as government, education, healthcare and nonprofit officials.

• Understand how and why the media’s objectives differ from the interviewee’s • Learn how to effectively communicate your organization’s image, brand and perception

Hennes has over 35 years of experience working in politics and public relations. He now counts among his current and former clients such companies as Kent State University, Akron General Health System, The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, KeyBank, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, NASA and Westfield Insurance, as well as many municipalities, school districts and law At the 2013 Stark County Safety Council firms. Serving corporations, government CEO Annual Breakfast on Friday, Mar. agencies, educational and healthcare 8, media expert Bruce Hennes will institutions and nonprofits that are “on present a highly strategic approach to trial” in the Court of Public Opinion, communicating with the media, including: Hennes Paynter Communications also offers media training and litigation • How to gain insight into what the media communications support to their clients. is looking for in an interview

Join us for this annual CEO Breakfast event! Our special annual event is one that Safety Council member company’s presidents, CEOs or other members of senior management are invited to attend in order to meet requirements of Workers’ Compensation discount plan.
 Friday, Mar. 8 7 a.m. registration 7:30 – 9 a.m. program and breakfast Skyland Pines Event Center 3550 Columbus Rd. NE in Canton Cost: $20 includes breakfast RSVP by Mar. 5

Stark County Safety Council announces photo contest winner and 2012 Business Grant winners The results of the second annual Stark County Safety Council photo contest are in! The contest challenged everyone with a passion for photography to capture an image of workplace safety and health, and share it with the Stark County Safety Council membership. Congratulations to Randy Martin of Beaver Excavating for his winning photo 2012 Stark County Safety Council Business Grant Winners • Brewster Dairy: Awarded $500 towards the purchase of a rail system • Classico Landscapes: Awarded $1,000 towards the purchase of a lift gate • Louisville City Schools: Awarded $500 towards the purchase of a transmission lift *Please note grant monies to be awarded contingent to the purchase of the specific grant item. Left: Doug Linhart, Brewster Cheese; James Carman, Louisville City Schools; and Tracy Driscoll, Classico Landscapes. Top: Stark County Safety Council photo contest winning photo, submitted by Randy Martin. Bottom: Beth Durishin-Shaffer and Randy Martin of Beaver Excavating.



SAFET Y COUNCIL Money, money everywhere: Find out how to get your share March Safety Council Luncheon featuring BWC’s Destination: Excellence Programs The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (Ohio BWC) Destination: Excellence program protects Ohio’s workforce by sharpening employers’ focus on safety, accident prevention and return-to-work opportunities that bring injured workers back to work sooner. The program allows employers to combine existing and new programs to create a comprehensive discount program that meets their individual needs and provides opportunities to reduce premiums through adoption of best practices and meeting certain performance requirements. At the Stark County Safety Council luncheon on Thursday, Mar. 14, Lorrie Goodnight, Ohio BWC business consultant, will explain each program under Destination: Excellence and the potential savings that your company can (and should) be taking advantage of! Goodnight is a business consultant for the Ohio BWC. In this capacity, she partners with the Akron and Mansfield area Governor’s economic development representative, local chambers of commerce and business associations to resolve issues affecting business expansion or retention. Business consultants are prepared to assist any employers who desire to open a business in Ohio, as well as any current Ohio employers with significant workers’ compensation issues.

manager for the Village of St. Edwards, and had previous personnel management experience with a Texas construction company. She is a graduate of Kent State University with majors in business administration, personnel management and industrial relations. Spotlight Company:

Thursday, Mar. 14 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meyer’s Lake Ballroom 3218 Parkway St., N.W. Canton, OH 44708 Cost: $16 RSVP by Mar. 11

Goodnight joined the Ohio BWC in 1994 as a regional administrative manager, responsible for human resources, fiscal, claims, automation, labor and real estate functions in the Northeast region. Prior to joining BWC, she served as personnel



YSTARK! ystark! 2013 Fund Drive kicks-off this month ystark! has launched the 2013 Fund Drive this month, and will be calling for support from members and the local community through Apr. 19. This year’s Fund Drive theme is “Taking Stock in Stark,” and the organization is seeking pledges of $25 or more. Pledges received through the Fund Drive bolster the various young professional events, activities, and initiatives that ystark! will work to achieve in 2013, including service projects, professional development opportunities, business and educational outreach, and the annual Twenty under 40! event, among others.

community leaders, in an effort to cultivate a talented young workforce and to enhance Canton/Stark County’s image. Donations to the Fund Drive can be submitted online at, or through a printable pledge card. Giving levels range from $25 to $500. Corporate or individual donations are welcome, and all donors will be recognized online for their pledge. For more information, contact Eric Smer, director, at (330) 458-2302 or erics@

ystark! depends upon its members, sponsors and the community at large to fulfill its mission of attracting, retaining and engaging young professionals in order to stem the “brain drain” phenomena in the region Over the past five years, ystark! has engaged 1,600 members, as well as local businesses and more seasoned


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

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



YSTARK! Dublikar appointed ystark! chair for 2013; executive committee leadership announced ystark!, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, has announced that Eric Dublikar, marketing specialist, Aultman Health Foundation, will serve as the 2013 chair of ystark!’s executive committee. Ryan Hollingsworth, communications and social media manager, Akron-Canton Airport, will serve as vice chair. Dublikar has previously served ystark! as vice chair in 2012, and as chair of the business outreach committee. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Xavier University. Currently, he is a marketing specialist at Aultman Hospital and the marketing and public relations liaison for Aultman Orrville Hospital, where he has been employed for over four years. He is a 2010 graduate of the Exploring Leaders program at Aultman. He has also served on the Malone University Career Development Advisory Board, as a volunteer baseball coach and currently sits on the St. Thomas Aquinas High School Board of Trustees. A Canton native, he is married to Angela Dublikar. Hollingsworth has previously served as the ystark! marketing committee chair and is also currently the Wear & Share co-chair. She has been with the Akron-Canton Airport since 2007. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Malone University. Hollingsworth also serves on the board of directors for the Malone University Young Alumni Community, the board of directors for TomTod Ideas Inc. and on the Young Pros committee of the Akron chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She and her husband Brian are both actively engaged in local YP activities.

Dublikar and Hollingsworth, together with director Eric Smer, will oversee the 2013 executive committee: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Clinton Nickas, GO2 Marketing, Ambassador Chair Ryan Fulmer, Beese, Fulmer Investment Management, Business Outreach Co-Chair Ryan Kuchmaner
, Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh, Business Outreach Co-Chair Jenn Grossman,
 Bruner-Cox LLP, Education Chair Kathryn Siegfried,
 Siegfried Enterprises, Inc.,  Entrepreneurship Chair Hattie Newman, Brookside Country Club, Events Chair Davon Kuttie,
 Courtyard Marriott, Fundraising Chair Chris Seeley, 
Premier Bank & Trust, Fund Drive Chair Monique Cox-Moore, Greater Stark County Urban League, Membership Chair Aron Kitzmiller, Innis Maggiore, Marketing Chair Stephanie Helline, The Timken Company, Professional Development Chair Emily Menyes, 
Aultman Hospital, Perplexcity! Chair Derek Gordon,
 City of Canton, Public Affairs Chair Whitney Prather,
 Canton Regional Chamber, Recreation Chair Matt Bailey,
 City of Canton, Service Co-Chair Matthew Hunt,
 Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffith & Dougherty, Service Co-Chair Dayna Yurkovich,
 The Repository, Twenty under 40! Chair Katie Cerrone Arnold,
 University of Akron,  Wear & Share Co-Chair Emily Gordon,
 Canton Ballet, Wear & Share Co-Chair Ryan Hollingsworth,
 Akron-Canton Airport,  Wear & Share Co-Chair

For more information about ystark! committees and activities, or to become involved, please visit or contact Eric Smer, director, at (330) 458-2302 or



YSTARK! Young Professional Profile Editor’s note: In keeping with ystark!’s mission—to attract and retain talented young people in Stark County— Action Newsletter will feature a monthly profile of an individual who represents the group (ages 20-40) that ystark! is targeting. Name: Ashley Wagner Age: 30 Occupation/Title/Place of work: Attorney, Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh Why are you interested Stark County’s Young Professionals initiative? It’s important for young professionals to be involved in the community where they live and work. ystark! is a great way to get involved and meet new people in Canton/ Stark County. What is your impression of ystark!, what do you think of their events, etc.? They have great speakers and the events are a good time. It makes networking fun. Where did you grow up? In what cities have you lived and worked? I grew up in Tuscarawas County and graduated from New Philadelphia High School. I went to Kent State University Kent campus, for


my undergraduate degree and then went to Capital University for my law degree. I worked at the Attorney General’s office in Columbus for four years and moved back to Tuscarawas County in December 2011, when I started working at Black McCuskey. What do you like MOST about Canton? I love that it’s a small ‘big city’. There are great restaurants and shopping, but there’s much less traffic and crime than in bigger cities. What are the opportunities for YPs in the region when it comes to career opportunities, cultural access, leadership or community involvement opportunities? There really are a lot of opportunities, considering the size of Canton. There are several universities in the Canton area, as well as top-notch hospitals. There are also more cultural opportunities than many would expect with organizations like ArtsinStark and local businesses like Canton Food Tours. What’s missing from Canton that would attract more YPs? Industry has the largest impact (positive or negative) on luring YPs to a region. I think that, thanks in large part to shale drilling over the next five to ten years, you’ll see a lot more of the energy industry here locally, which in turn will attract more YPs.

long. We also love going out to eat, as this city does have a nice selection of local and chain eateries. What would you change about Canton if you could? I would like to see more local shopping boutiques and living options in the downtown area. I spent some time in Portland, Maine, recently, and they had restored much of the downtown district with wonderful local shopping. I think Canton needs to focus more on this. If there were affordable condo/apartment complexes downtown, it might attract YPs working downtown as well as the local off-campus college crowd (and staff ) from the several colleges in the area, which will go a long way toward helping to develop a more viable central business and shopping district. Could you see yourself spending your lifetime in Canton? Absolutely, it’s a great place to raise a family. What would cause you to want to leave Canton? What other cities in the United States would be appealing to you as a home base? Why? I can’t see myself leaving; my husband and I left Columbus to raise our kids close to family. I love that I can work in a thriving city and still be able to do that. It’s the perfect balance for me, personally and professionally.

What do you do in the evenings or on the weekends for fun in Canton? My husband and I like to bring our kids to the Belden Village mall (and the surrounding shopping areas), especially in the winter when it is too cold to be outside for very



AultCare Aultman Health Foundation Charter One Bank Chesapeake Energy Corporation The City of Canton DeHoff Realtors Dominion East Ohio Farmers National Bank Fifth Third Bank FirstMerit Bank NA Hilscher-Clarke Electric Huntington Bank Kenan Advantage Group KeyBank Mercy Medical Center Northeast Ohio Medical Univ. PNC Bank The Timken Company

Canton Aluminum | March Hot Business on the Burner Since 1952, Canton Aluminum has been serving the home improvement needs of countless area homeowners. Whether you are looking to make over a patio, increase your home’s living space, or even adding replacement windows, Canton Aluminum has a variety of affordable products for transforming your home from drab to stunning. In addition to providing custom sunrooms, windows and siding,  Canton Aluminum’s expertly trained staff offers many home improvement services to keep all the features of your home up to date. The company’s services range from protecting and repairing the affects of Mother Nature, to installing or replacing external features such as concrete and roofing. Brothers Jerry and Marty Ortman own and operate Canton Aluminum. They live, worship, and raise their families in Canton. If you call for an appointment, there’s a good chance the Ortmans will

make the visit. They are active participants in the business, and as a result, you can expect great attention to detail in the company’s home improvement products and services. “Some businesses toss around words like ‘integrity’ and ‘quality.’ At Canton Aluminum we treasure those words, because we have earned them. And there is always an emphasis on doing business honorably. When you choose to do that, everyone wins,” said Jerry and Marty Ortman of their business philosophy. Canton Aluminum is located at 1330 E. Tuscarawas St. in Canton and is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays by appointment. Call (330) 456-0021 to speak with their expert staff to discuss your upcoming home improvement project. Visit them online at for more information and to view a portfolio of their past work.


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NEW MEMBERS WELCOME to our newest members, who joined Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce in January. 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. Alarm 1, LLC (SECURITY SERVICES) Russ Morgan 3013 Cleveland Ave SW Canton, OH 44707 (330) 484-0100 Alzheimer’s Association, Inc. Greater East Ohio Area Chapter (SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES) Cindy Baker 408 Ninth St. SW, Ste. 1610 Canton, OH 44707 (330) 966-7343 Famous Copper Kettle Fudge by RJM Partners (CANDY - MANUFACTURERS) Joe & Ruby Mathys 525 Ericsson Dr. Canal Fulton, OH 44614 (330) 495-0339 Fitzpatrick Properties (REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS) Elaine McCrimmon 4942 Higbee Ave. NW #A Canton, OH 44718 (330) 492-8077 George’s Lounge (TAVERNS) Dr. Ryan McMichael 229 Cleveland Ave. NW Canton, OH 44703 (330) 452-0029 IMG Learfield - Akron Athletics (SPORTING EVENT VENUE) Anthony Di Fino 275 East Exchange St. Akron, OH 44304 (330) 972-5986 Keystone Insurers Group (INSURANCE - RISK MANAGEMENT) Lori Simpson 1995 Point Township Dr. Northumberland PA 17857 (570) 473-2146

L W Survey Company Craig Maier 12345 W. Alameda Pkwy. Lakewood CO 80228 (218) 722-8211 Lake Sherman Village UMH Properties, Inc. (HOMES-MANUFACTURED COMMUNITY) 7227 Beth Ave. SW Navarre, OH 44662 (330) 484-4767 Leslie Murphy, M.D. (PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS) Rachel Meyer 4774 Munson St. NW Canton, OH 44718 (330) 966-6701 N L Construction Corporation (CONTRACTORS - GENERAL METAL BUILDINGS) Lori Barkes 230 15th St. SE Canton, OH 44707 (330) 453-0060 Premiere Family Practice Frank D. Lazzerini MD, LLC (PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS) Ashley Lazzerini, RD, LD 7452 Fulton Dr. NW Massillon, OH 44646 (330) 830-6211 Quaker Steak & Lube (RESTAURANTS) Bob DeBois 6073 Dressler Rd. NW North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 433-WING Sandy Valley Estates UMH Properties, Inc. (HOMES - MANUFACTURED COMMUNITY) Angela Smith 11461 State Road 800 NE Magnolia, OH 44643 (330) 866-3873

Secure Data 365 (DATA SERVICES) Ernie Blood 4726 Hills & Dales Rd. Canton, OH 44708 (888) 912-DATA Signature Health Services (SENIOR SERVICES) Theresa Thomas 3070 Whipple Ave. NW, Suite 300 Canton, OH 44718 (330) 491-8680 (ADVERTISING - INTERNET WEB MARKETING ) Greg Deem 6605 Culpepper St. NW Canton, OH 44718 (330) 323-6953 TPI Efficiency Consulting Telco Pros (CONSULTANTS) Jon Duniec 1250 Old River Rd. Floor 3 Cleveland, OH 44113 (877) 244-0182 Tradesmen International (EMPLOYMENT SERVICES) Eric Melin 3755 Boettler Oaks Dr. Uniontown, OH 44685 (330) 896-0420 The University of Akron, Wayne College (SCHOOLS - ACADEMIC - COLLEGE) Regina Schwartz 1901 Smucker Rd. Orrville, OH 44667 (330) 683-2010 Windsor Medical Center, Inc. (NURSING HOMES - RETIREMENT & LIFE CARE COMMUNITIES) Joanna O’Donnell 1454 East Maple Street North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 499-8300



BIZ BITZ Innis Maggiore has announced two new staff members. Kaylynn Arnold and Justin Brown have joined the staff of associates. Arnold is an art director and Brown is an account coordinator. Arnold is a recent graduate of Columbus College of Art & Design where she studied advertising and graphic design. She previously worked at JWT Action in Akron, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Big Red Rooster in Columbus. Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Ohio State University. He graduated magna cum laude with a double major in marketing and logistics. He brings experience gained as a personal banker at U.S. Bank and as a research analyst at financial services company Jx4, Inc. in Canton. The University of Mount Union’s Board of Trustees has welcomed three new members. John J. Flynn (’71), Laurence Talley (’91) and Gretchen L. Schuler (’96) have joined the Board. Flynn graduated cum laude from Mount Union with a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration. Flynn earned a Juris Doctor degree in 1974 from The Ohio State University. Owner of Keith and Flynn in Kent, Flynn has practiced law at the firm for 38 years. Talley received a bachelor’s degree from Mount Union, majoring in accounting and minoring in business administration. In 1998, he received a master’s degree in business administration from John Carroll University. Talley is a senior manager, certified public accountant and certified internal auditor at Ernst & Young. Schuler earned a bachelor’s degree from Mount Union, majoring in history and minoring in political science and German. After graduation, she earned a master’s degree in history from Cleveland State University. In May 2011, Schuler was named vice president of insurance-risk management & technical documentation at Invacare Corporation. RETTEW recently welcomed new hires Thomas “Brad” Burwell, Michael J. Goff, PE, Kevin M. McCarthy and Derek H. Smith. Burwell is a group manager in the firm’s natural sciences division in RETTEW’s Canton office, responsible for managing the dayto-day operations of project teams and coordinating work activities for Canton’s natural sciences group. Goff is a senior engineer in the civil/municipal group in

RETTEW’s Canton office. Working with oil and gas clients involved in Ohio’s Utica Shale play, he provides construction management and oversight of temporary freshwater lines required for hydraulic fracturing. McCarthy is a senior environmental scientist in RETTEW’s natural sciences division in the firm’s Canton office. Working with oil and gas clients involved in Ohio’s Utica Shale play, he determines the best route for permanent waterlines needed for oil and gas extraction to minimize impacts to federally regulated waters, including jurisdictional wetlands. Smith is a senior environmental scientist in the natural sciences division in RETTEW’s Williamsport office. He works with various regulatory agencies on behalf of RETTEW’s key oil and gas clients to secure environmental permits required for water pipelines needed for oil and gas extraction. For the eighth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Malone University among the top Regional Universities in the Midwest according to latest issue of America’s Best Colleges 2013. The issue ranks Malone in a six-way tie for 60th place of the 149 regional universities located in the Midwest, along with College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio), Missouri State University, Spring Arbor University (Mich.), University of Wisconsin – Stout, and Ursuline College (Ohio). U.S. News & World Report uses a number of relevant criteria including peer assessment, retention, alumni giving, and acceptance rate to determine college rankings. Ron DeBarr, president and CEO of the Northeast Ohio Trade & Economic Consortium (NEOTEC), was elected to a oneyear term as vice chairman of the board of directors of the National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones (NAFTZ) at the organization’s annual conference. DeBarr has served in a leadership role with the NAFTZ since 2008, including chair of the grantee committee, secretary, and most recently as treasurer. He also received certification by the NAFTZ as an Accredited Zone Specialist for his expertise and leadership in the FTZ program. The NAFTZ is a nonprofit trade association based in Washington, D.C., that works to promote and improve foreign-trade zones and their use, respond to the competitive needs of zone users, and connect global businesses with local communities through the FTZ program. The Belden Brick Company, a manufacturer of brick and masonry-related construction products and materials, donated 14,100 bricks to Ohio’s new Geological Walk Through Time Exhibit, a paved walkway that now resides within the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) area of the state fairgrounds. The walkthrough is a 286-foot-long set of


educational exhibits detailing the geological history and composition of the state. The exhibits include the world’s largest geological bedrock map, depicting all 88 counties of Ohio. Boulders from quarries across the state were moved to the site, aptly representing the composition of Ohio’s diverse geological areas. The project is privately funded and made possible by donations to the Friends of the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden. Hall, Kistler & Company congratulates Seth Turner on earning his Accredited Valuation Analyst (AVA) certification from the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA). In addition to passing a comprehensive five-hour, proctored exam, AVA applicants must successfully demonstrate that they meet NACVA’s experience requirement by completing a case study or submitting an actual fair market value report, prepared during the last 12 months, for peer review. Turner, a senior accountant with Hall, Kistler practices in the areas of accounting, audit, and tax for clients in the manufacturing, construction, wholesale and retail industries, medical practices and closely held companies. Hall, Kistler & Company also announces the addition of staff accountant Elaine R. Kilker to the firm. A recent graduate of Walsh University, Elaine earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting (cum laude) and was a member of the Business Honors Society Fraternity, Sigma Beta Delta. Mercy Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2012 – one of only 164 hospitals nationwide to do so. The award recognizes Mercy Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Mercy Medical Center has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations. For the second consecutive year, Walsh University has been named one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Now in its fifth year, the Great Colleges program has become one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognitions programs in the country. The results, released August 10 in The Chronicle’s fifth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a national survey of nearly 47,000 employees at 294 colleges and universities.



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First Friday “Spirit of Art” It’s almost Spring! And what better way to March into the season than by giving your inner artist a boost at First Friday? The mood will be heavenly, as this foray frolics with gospel groups and harpists; a celestial backdrop to the spiritually inspired artwork that will be gracing the galleries and studios.

First Friday, Mar. 1 6 to 10 p.m. Downtown Canton Arts District Cost: Free!

Adapt or Die: Embracing Disruption to Become More Relevant March AultCare Fast Break Breakfast featuring Chris White Changing consumer demands have led The Repository to rethink its operation from top to bottom, and enabled them to become a more relevant part of customers’ daily lives. The Repository has embraced disruptive technologies, once seen as threats, to make its business more vital to consumers just when critics say they should be dying. At the AultCare Fast Break Breakfast on Friday, March 8, learn The Repository’s story—straight from publisher Chris White—and see if there are lessons you can apply to your own business.

Friday, Mar. 8 7 a.m. registration 7:30 a.m. program Courtyard by Marriott 4375 Metro Cir. in North Canton Cost: $18 members , $25 non-mem. RSVP by Mar. 6

2013 Stark County Safety Council CEO Annual Breakfast In today’s world of “gotcha” journalism combined with YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets, “managing the media” is a necessary skill set for executives as well as government, education, healthcare and nonprofit officials. At the 2013 Stark County Safety Council CEO Annual Breakfast on Friday, Mar. 8, media expert Bruce Hennes will present a highly strategic approach to communicating with the media.

Friday, Mar. 8 7 a.m. registration 7:30 – 9 a.m. program and breakfast Skyland Pines Event Center 3550 Columbus Rd. NE in Canton Cost: $20 includes breakfast RSVP by Mar. 5

Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant Application Deadline The deadline for the annual Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant is nearing. Contestants must submit a completed application and $70 fee to the Enshrinement Festival department at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Mar. 11. Visit for more information.

Deadline: Monday, Mar. 11 By 5 p.m. Application Fee: $70

Wellspring UnSpeaker Series Join ystark! courtside with Alan Mowrey, senior VP and COO of the Canton Charge. Hear Alan’s story, feel his passion and learn how you too can create a career out of something you stand for! Guests will be provided a court and arena tour, an up-close gathering with Mowrey, a food/drink voucher and a ticket to the night’s game vs. Bakersfield Jam (7 p.m. tip-off ).

Wednesday, Mar. 13 5:30 to 7 p.m. Canton Memorial Civic Center 1101 Market Ave. N in downtown Canton Cost: $30 RSVP by Mar. 11

Money, money everywhere: Find out how to get your share March Safety Council Luncheon The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (Ohio BWC) Destination: Excellence program protects Ohio’s workforce by sharpening employers’ focus on safety, accident prevention and return-towork opportunities that bring injured workers back to work sooner. At the Stark County Safety Council luncheon on Thursday, Mar. 14, Lorrie Goodnight, Ohio BWC business consultant, will explain each program under Destination: Excellence and the potential savings that your company can (and should) be taking advantage of!

Thursday, Mar.14 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meyer’s Lake Ballroom 3218 Parkway St., N.W. Canton, OH 44708 Cost: $16 RSVP by Mar. 11

ystark! Guest Bartending & Get2Gather Help us kick-off the 2013 ystark! Fund Drive at the 2013 Get2Gather, featuring guest bartenders Chris Seeley, Fund Drive chair, Eric Dublikar, ystark! Executive Committee chair and Eric Smer, ystark! director.

Tuesday, Mar. 19 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tozzi’s Restaurant Downtown 218 Court Ave. NW Cost: Free! RSVP by Mar. 17

Signature Program Informational Breakfast If you have always wondered what really goes on in Leadership Stark County’s Signature Program sessions, and whether the program is right for you or your employees, attend the one-hour informational breakfast.

Wednesday, Mar. 20 8 to 9 a.m. Canton Regional Chamber 222 Market Ave. N in downtown Canton Cost: Free RSVP by Mar. 18

The ‘40s Charm and Foods Flare at 356th March Stir After Hours at 356th Fighter Group Restaurant We’re stirring up nostalgia at the March Stir After Hours at the 356th Fighter Group Restaurant on Thursday, Mar. 28. 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 menu favorites!

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!



Thursday, Mar. 28 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The 356th Fighter Group 4919 Mt. Pleasant Rd. in North Canton Cost: Free Event Please RSVP at or by calling (330) 458-2070

March 2013 Action Newsletter  
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