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May 2011 issue

vol. XLIII no. 5

Scrumptious delicacies delight at third annual TASTE OF CANTON Taste of Canton, a downtown food festival now in its third year, will be held on Thursday, May 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the Kresge Green in downtown Canton (near 301 Market Ave. N). This incredible spring festival, featuring local flavor and local fare, is brought to you by the Canton Development Partnership (a department of the Canton Regional Chamber) and The Repository. Stark County food enthusiasts will enjoy an expanded event at this year’s Taste of Canton, including more seating, a greater variety of restaurants and more entertainment. Best of all, it is all

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Leadership & Malone U. Safety Council Luncheon

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Safety Council Awards Banquet Managing the Media

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Twenty under 40! ystark! Golf Outing

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Young Entrepreneur Snapshot Ohio BWC Classes

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BizBitz May Calendar

Guests will get a true taste of Canton as more than 30 restaurants from Stark County, including Gervasi Vineyard & Italian Bistro, Bender’s Tavern, The Brownstone Steakhouse, Thorpe’s Market Avenue Grill, Napoli’s Italian Eatery, Sheri’s Sweets, The New Peter Shears Downtown, Almost Heaven Ice Cream, Loby’s Bar & Grille, Bombay Sitar, Donatos Pizza, Bluebird Farm Winery, and many more, showcase their delicacies in the form of small sample plates, available for $2 to $6 each. Selections will include (continued on page two)

Canton Regional Chamber announces Business Excellence Award winners Winners will be celebrated at banquet on May 3 The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2011 winners of the Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton. This year’s Business Excellence Award winners include Buxton Roofing, Inc., Hospitalists Management Group, Leo Dick & Sons, Morgan Engineering Systems, Inc., Siegfried Enterprises, Inc. and Vasco Asphalt.

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Taste of Canton ... appetizers, entrees and desserts from a variety of cuisines. In addition to these delicious “tastes” of Canton, the event boasts fine wines and beers. May 2011 • Vol. XLIII • No. 5

George W. Lemon Chairman Dennis P. Saunier President & CEO Jessica Bennett Editor & Director of Marketing

The delectable local fare comes complete with local entertainment and other performers throughout the afternoon and evening. Guests can enjoy the local flavor along with local art by strolling the artist’s row. Many of your First Friday favorites will be on-hand throughout the day! Whether you are heading downtown for family-friendly fun, or looking for a night out, it’s going to be a don’tmiss downtown event! All dishes and beverages will be purchased with Taste of Canton tickets, sold individually for $1 per ticket and redeemed at each vendor booth. Tickets can be purchased onsite the day of the event, or in advance until May 25 at all seven Fishers Foods locations, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

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or online at CantonChamber.org. Buy before the day of the event, and you’ll receive 30 tickets for just $25! Taste of Canton will be held rain or shine, and the entire Kresge Green will be tented for the occasion. This year’s Taste of Canton event is made possible through donations by our sponsors (to date): Fishers Foods, Sugardale, Superior Dairy, Mix 94.1 and NewsTalk 1480 WHBC AM, Lipari Foods, Gasser Fine Jewelers, Fifth-Third Bank, Canton Chair Rental, Superior Beverage and the Downtown Canton Special Improvement District. Thursday, May 26 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Kresge Green in downtown Canton Market Ave. between Third & Fourth Streets N Cost: Small plates are $2-6 each Purchase tickets by May 25, get 30 tickets for $25 at CantonChamber.org

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Regional Chamber of Commerce, 222 Market Ave. N., Canton, OH 44702, or call (330) 456-7253, or fax (330) 489-6005. Advertising rates are available for Chamber members. Advertisement does not constitute endorsement by Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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Award. The Business of the Year recipient will be announced during the awards dinner on Tuesday, May 3. The Business Excellence Award committee also selected Bonnie’s Engravers Gallery & Signs for a Committee’s Choice Award. About the 2011 Business Excellence Award Winners

Buxton Roofing, Inc. is a locally owned and operated company located in Canton. They provide professional roofing services to commercial, industrial and residential customers across Northeast Ohio. With over 30 years in business, they have the experience and expertise to develop a roofing program for any budget or need. The company has three divisions: Commercial Roofing, Residential/Shingle Division and Repair/Maintenance Division. Buxton Roofing has grown from a single five-man crew to more than 35 employees, and they expect a 50 percent growth in sales and employment in 2011 despite the current economic climate. The company’s core mission is to concentrate on maintenance repair and replacement work through property managers, shopping centers, hospitals and industrial facilities that have significant

roof inventories. The company has also developed an in-house call center to pursue new customers and they are currently hiring five additional sales professionals for their Residential/ Shingle division in order to grow into the Akron, Medina, Stow and Hudson regions of Northeast Ohio. They have invested in their Canton facility, adding a complete sheet metal shop that brought new jobs to the community. They are the only contractor in our region with the capability to produce commercial apron gutter for customers, eliminating leaks that come from typical 10 foot joints in shop fabricated gutters. The company utilizes satellite technology for roof measurement in commercial and residential projects, ensuring efficient and accurate project estimating. The largest recent expansion is the development of the Roof Asset Management program (R.A.M.), a custom web application that allows customers to see digitally all of their facility’s roofing information – from property overviews and compositions to pictures, proposals and warranties. The company believes in responsible corporate citizenry, having donated $16,000 in roofing to GlenOak High School’s new sports stadium concession and restroom building. Other donations include Perry Township Parks, repairs to area churches, including First Christian Church. The company is a member of Versico’s Excalibur Group and has been awarded Versico’s prestigious Gold Metal Quality Award for 2008 and 2009, an honor (continued on page 4)

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chairman of the Board - George W. Lemon Retired President, Technical Products Group Sr. Vice Chairman - Rick L. Haines AultCare Vice Chairman - Karen Brenneman Hall, Kistler & Company LLP 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 Thomas E. Cecconi Mercy Medical Center President & CEO - Dennis P. Saunier Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Corporate Secretary - Steven J. Katz Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

B O A R D O F D I R E C TO R S Michael S. Armbrester Marathon Petroleum Co. LLC

Tim Maloney Canton Chair Rental

Brian Belden The Belden Brick Company

Rick McQueen Akron-Canton Airport

Timothy M. Burke, Jr. FirstMerit

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

Thank you to our ADVANTAGE CANTON funding partners: AEP Ohio,

Jerry Gilin Diebold Inc. Greg Harbert CharterOne Bank

AultCare, Aultman Health Foundation, Charter One Bank, Chase

Jason F. Haupt Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.

Bank, The City of Canton, Dominion East Ohio, Fifth Third Bank,

Jan Hein Morris Office Environments

FirstMerit Bank, Hilscher-Clarke Electric Company, Huntington Bank,

Terrance L. Jones Multi-Development Services of Stark County

KeyBank, Mercy Medical Center, PNC and The Timken Company.

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Mark J. Samolczyk Stark Community Foundation William C. Shivers Huntington Bank Paul E. Siegfried Siegfried Enterprises Inc. Randolph L. Snow Black, McCuskey, Souers & Arbaugh LPA 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

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few Ohio contractors are bestowed. They are a member of CertainTeed’s Professional Roofer Advisory Council and were among the Top 10 in the nation for CertainTeed Shingle roof installations and the number one installer in Ohio in 2008 and 2009.

Hospitalists Management Group (HMG) was founded in 1999 by Stephen Houff, M.D. Houff was at the forefront of the hospitalist program movement when, as a solo inpatient practitioner in 1993, he implemented a single-site hospitalist program at The Ohio State University Hospitals East. His experience and program development at OSU led him to create HMG, a nationwide turnkey provider of hospitalist services, and he chose to base the company in Canton, Ohio. Hospitalists are physicians that work within hospitals and longterm, acute-care facilities. These physicians do not keep office hours – they focus only on the cases at hand and refer discharged patients back to their local primary care physicians. Hospitalists free local physicians to focus on their outpatient care rather than emergencies. HMG physicians have a track record for improving quality, introducing new processes that make facilities more efficient and enhancing patient satisfaction results. HMG has grown dramatically over the last decade, and significantly in 2010. Today, the company has a presence in 18 states in 60 medical facilities, which encompasses 600 employees. HMG team members care for more than 500,000 patients a year. The company is known for its focus on education and innovation. Physicians who join HMG receive extensive webbased training before coming to Canton for a two-day, intensive orientation program. They also are required to complete ongoing training while employed by HMG. HMG had a milestone year in 2010. First, it grew the number of hospital clients from 48 to 60 in one year. 2011 is shaping up to be another year of tremendous growth. In Canton, its employee base grew 20 percent from 40

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employees to 51 in 2011. The company continues to add hospitals around the country because it delivers on its key value propositions. The efficiencies HMG brings to hospitals helps primary care physicians expand their office-based practices so they can see more patients. This approach helps everyone – from the patient to the doctor to the local hospital. Communities benefit when people have strong health care systems in place.

Leo Dick & Sons got its start in the fall of 1922 when Leo A. Dick, an out of work machinist, decided to start a new food business. With the help of a friend and a recipe for preparing horseradish, he assembled the machinery to manufacture and bottle the fresh grated condiment. He sold his jars, from his overcoat, door to door, until a truck was needed to

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make deliveries. With the help of his two sons, Paul A. Dick and Bernard H. Dick, the family added products and grew their business, working out of several garages behind their home near downtown Canton. Today the company buys and takes title to over 7,000 specialty and natural food products, representing over 300 major manufacturers. Leo Dick & Sons warehouses, delivers, markets, and merchandises these products to supermarkets, specialty stores, farm markets, and boutiques all over the country, with a primary focus on Ohio, Michigan, Western Pennsylvania, and Northern Kentucky. While their signature products, Dick’s Pure Horseradish, Dick’s Red Beet Horseradish, Dick’s Creamy Horseradish Sauce, Dick’s Horseradish Mustard, Dick’s Seafood Sauce and Dick’s Tartar Sauce, are nearest their hearts, these products comprise less than one and a half percent of overall food sales. The company has grown from five employees in 1975 to 45 employees today. While consolidation inside the food industry has limited growth for many distributors of food products, the company has expanded their territory and developed new customers, focusing on major metro and (continued on page 5)

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cosmopolitan cities such as Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Columbus, Detroit and Cleveland. While 80 percent of the company’s revenues are derived from sources outside of Stark County, Leo Dick & Sons operates here because of a strong sense of dedication to their community. During their 89-year history, the company has invested heavily in capital improvements locally, investing in their main office and 60,000 sq. ft. warehouse facility on Cherry Avenue and 35,000 sq. ft. warehouse on McKinley Avenue, leasing space in a third location as needed. A new company, LA Dick Imports, LLC, was established to import and distribute wines from Europe. Today, the company imports over 19 exclusive Italian wines varietals from Northern and Central Italy. The food company has focused on actively seeking the newest and most innovative food and non-food products from all over the world, addressing current and future trends in culinary cuisines, special dietary needs, and seasonal needs of today’s discriminating consumer.

The history of the Morgan Engineering Company begins well over 150 years ago with a man born an ocean away in Wales, and continues to this day thanks to a man born right in the company’s backyard in Alliance, Ohio. In 2010, company president Mark Fedor bought the company outright, returning the plant to local ownership. Fedor is an Alliance native who attended Alliance High School and went to college at The University of Akron. He first came to Morgan Engineering in 1997 in the role of sales/project engineer. He returned in 2005 as president with a vision for growth. Morgan Engineering is well known throughout the world as the leading designer of overhead electric traveling cranes, a holder of thousands of patents and designs, and manufacturer of more than 22,000 cranes. In addition to custom overhead cranes for aluminum companies, steel mills, electric power plants, refuse facilities, container handling and general industry, Morgan manufactures equipment such as transfer cars, ladles, scrap buckets, presses, manipulators and most large fabrica-

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tions. Morgan Engineering maintains 520,000 square feet of manufacturing space under one roof on 60 acres in Stark County. Since taking the helm, Fedor has grown employees from 24 to 106 and the plant currently runs three shifts. Morgan Engineering has invested in upgraded machine tool technology that enhances manufacturing efficiency and competitiveness. For example, the company made a $1 million controls upgrade to its Ingersoll-Rand planer mill, making it the largest planer mill east of the Mississippi. The company has introduced new automation techniques that manage the man-to-machine interface of overhead cranes. Company engineers are applying 3-D vision systems to overhead cranes – a first in the industry. The company acquired Blau-Knox/ Heppenstall, a company that creates below-the-hook equipment that works with overhead cranes, and moved it from New York to Ohio. This acquisition brought new manufacturing to Stark County, added five employees to Morgan and gave the company a new product line to sell. In 2010, the company experienced a record sales year. The most significant way that Morgan Engineering demonstrates its commitment to the community is by using subcontractors located in Stark County. In 2010 alone, the company invested nearly $20 million – new dollars from sales to foreign customers – on subcontracted services from companies in Alliance, North Canton, Massillon and Canton.

Siegfried Enterprises, Inc. was founded in February 1997 by Paul and Michelle Siegfried. After Paul had worked for McDonald’s Corporation for 25 years, he and his wife bought two McDonald’s franchises in Avon and Avon Lake, Ohio. In March 2007, they sold their first two restaurants and purchased 10 restaurants in Stark County from Cicchini Enterprises. Later in the same year, the couple purchased two more. The Siegfrieds take a partnership approach to running their business with Paul focusing on the operations of the restaurants and Michelle responsible for office and administrative departments. In the restaurants, a hierarchy of supervisors, restaurant managers and shift mangers are crucial to the success of each McDonald’s, and indeed the organization as a whole. Kathryn Siegfried serves as vice president of operations. Siegfried Enterprises has increased sales in their 12 restaurants by over 25% since 2007 and employs approximately 450 people. In 2010, the organization continued the expansion of its drive-thru’s by installing multiple order points with tandem order taking points at the McDonald’s on Mahoning Rd., and double lane drive thru’s at the Harmont Ave., Cleveland (continued on page 6)

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Ave., and Portage/Sunset Strip locations. In 2010, Siegfried Enterprises undertook a $3.5 million investment project including a rebuild at Harmont Ave., opening the new location on Oct. 25, 2010. In addition, they underwent a massive remodel project at the Portage/Sunset Strip location and the Cleveland Ave. location, giving each store a whole new dining room and exterior. Both remodeled locations reopened completely in December 2010.

Vasco Asphalt is a leader in commercial excavating and asphalt paving in Stark County, serving as a full service construction company that can handle all excavating, paving and seal coating needs. No paving job is too big or small; Vasco

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will pave anything from large commercial parking lots to pot-hole patching. The company was founded in the 1960s with just three employees. Today the company has 55 employees and averages $14 million in annual sales. In 2000, Michael Vinton became the sole owner of the company. Vasco purchased 6.5 acres in the Massillon Development Foundation commercial park, building corporate offices on the land in 2002. Major capital improvements and upgrades include new state of the art equipment and support trucks. Under Vinton’s leadership and thanks to his love of tennis and other sports, Vasco has a nationally-recognized sports construction company, a leader in Turf Field, Tennis Court, and Track construction, Basketball Courts, Walking Paths, Grass Fields, and Baseball Fields. In fact, the company has built many outstanding facilities locally, including Fawcett Stadium turf project, Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium indoor and out-

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door turf projects, Don Scott track and North Canton Hoover track project. Other large scale projects include The Woody Hayes Practice Facility and the French Field House at The Ohio State University, Michigan Stadium at the University of Michigan and Schenly Oval Sportsplex in the City of Pittsburgh. In 2006, Vasco launched a new company division, FlexStar Track and Tennis Court Surfacing, in a concerted effort to grow their sports construction and surfacing business into greater Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia. In 2008, Vasco purchased Nidy Sports Construction in Sanford, Fla., to generate growth in Florida and surrounding southern states. Vasco is a member of the American Sports Builders Association. They have made numerous achievements in recent years, and 2010 was the strongest financial year in their history. (continued on page 7)

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About the 2011 Committee’s Choice Award Winner Bonnie’s Engravers Gallery and Signs is a family business, established in 1998 by Mike and Bonnie Fall. The company began with a focus on engraving work, vinyl letters, trophies, banners and nametags. In 2009 disaster struck – a fire destroyed the business and the family’s home. They lost everything. After two months of displacement and uncertainty, the company started putting the pieces back together one step at a time. They secured a new storefront and new machinery and have come out of the disaster stronger than ever. In their 12year history, they have grown from $40,000 in sales to more than $280,000 in sales and have added numerous staff members. Still in the heart of downtown Massillon, Bonnie’s Engravers Gallery & Signs is a “one stop logo shop” located at 32 Lincoln Way East, just three doors down from the original location. Bonnie’s Engravers Gallery & Signs is focused on adding new products and product lines, and they have an ever-expanding variety of products for business, school, home, office or non-profit. They create artwork, logo designs, vinyl graphics, signs, promotional items, menus, business cards and more. They also provide custom work for awards, including plaques, trophies, ribbons and medals. They provide discounted services to schools in every corner of Stark County, supporting bands, sports teams and other educational organizations.

Honorees of this year’s Business Excellence Awards will be recognized during the gala awards dinner held on Tuesday, May 3, at The University Center at Kent State University at Stark, 6000 Frank Ave. NW, North Canton. Tickets are $48. Visit CantonChamber.org or contact Rosie Kurtz at (330) 458-2085 to register. The Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton are made possible by our sponsors:

The Business Excellence Awards committee, chaired by Ronald Manse CPA, tax partner, Bruner-Cox LLP, selected this year’s winners. Selections were made on the basis of business and employment growth, expansion of operations/efficiencies, capital investment or facility expansion and improvements, unique innovations or expansion of product lines, commitment to the Stark County community and contributions and achievements attained in 2010.

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Race right into summer with STIR AFTER HOURS in May At the Stir After Hours on Thursday, May 19, step out of Stark County and into Tuscany at Gervasi Vineyard & Italian Bistro. We’ll be kicking off summer with our networking powerhouse on the Piazza at Gervasi, overlooking the stunning vista and lake, while enjoying delicious house made appetizers and wines.

Thursday, May 19 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Gervasi Vineyard & Italian Bistro 1700 55th Street NE in Canton Cost: $5! RSVP by May 17

But the real cause for celebration is the upcoming Canton Marathon, coming to Canton in just over one year! The Canton Marathon will make its debut in June 2012, kicking off a healthy summer filled with running, jogging, walking and biking. The weekend is a true celebration of fitness and fun events for the whole family. In addition to the inaugural 26.2 mile marathon, there will be five-person marathon relay teams, the half marathon, including a walking division, the 10K, including a walking division, a two-day fitness and health expo, bicycle event, and the Father’s Day family fun run/walk and kid’s activities. The Canton Marathon is expected to have a $5 million impact on the local economy and will give back to the community through its charitable organization. Guests to this month’s sensational networking soiree will head home with door prizes including Canton Marathon t-shirts and promotional items, membership packages for the Canton Marathon Running Club and tickets to the Canton Marathon Fitness & Health Expo happening June 18. You’ll also get a sneak peak at Gervasi Village, a Tuscan-Inspired Inn and Gathering Place designed for locals, tourists and business guests seeking a unique getaway or to host events. Come and tour the grounds at Gervasi, browse the marketplace for unique gifts, and continue the evening after hours with post-Stir dinner reservations! RSVP for Stir After Hours online at CantonChamber.org. Be sure to make your reservation in early! This popular Stir After Hours will fill up fast and reservations will be limited to 250 guests.

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EPA regulations weigh down the economy by ward j. “tim” timken, jr. Editor’s note: The U.S. House of Representatives voted last month to curtail the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to extend its regulation of green house gas emissions. The Senate refused to follow the House’s lead. However, the compromise budget bill for the balance of this fiscal year did curtail U.S. EPA’s funding Ward J. “Tim” Timken, Jr. by 16 percent.This issue is likely to surface again and again as the Congress and the Obama administration negotiate spending deals this year. The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has been concerned about EPA plans to stiffen clean-air regulation at a time when manufacturing is beginning to recover from the recession. The following commentary, by Ward J. “Tim” Timken, Jr., chairman of The Timken Company, was written prior to last month’s votes in Congress. It expresses the concerns of many of our manufacturing members. Just when we reach the onramp to recovery, we find regulatory roadblocks ahead, in the form of hundreds of new regulations the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to impose this year. The regulations proposed would raise energy prices for all Americans and likely stall recovery, since U.S. manufacturers rely on one-third of the nation’s energy supply. When the EPA proposed such regulations last year, officials elected to represent us in Congress rejected them. On both sides of the aisle, they voted in concert with the American people who remain concerned about the economy and jobs. Apparently, the EPA isn’t listening. After its move in 2009 to equate carbon dioxide with pollution, which even writers of the Clean Air Act maintain was not the intent, the agency last December announced a greenhouse gas policy for existing and new power plants and refineries. In a flap over reporting, the agency declared it would seize control of the air permitting process in Texas. In January, it issued new rules for light-duty vehicles like pickup trucks and placed requirements on process manufacturers to install untested ‘’maximum achievable control technology’’ regardless of whether a firm is making paper or cement.

First is the EPA’s imposition of sweeping regulations on manufacturers without regard for the real costs and impacts these requirements have on our everyday operations. Nor has the EPA considered the ultimate price for Americans in inflation and job losses. The regulations essentially would create production limits for manufacturers, including Timken, hurting the very companies that lead the way in improving energy efficiency and reducing impacts. At our company, we invest continuously to improve environmental performance, beyond what is required. We do not do it because of EPA rules. We do it because we are operating as a public company accountable to many constituents: employees, communities, customers and shareholders. It is not only the right thing to do; it is good business. In fact, we hold all of our facilities around the world to these higher standards. The second problem weighs on the very essence of representative government. The EPA is a government agency, but if its administrators have the ability to enforce rules without public approval, to whom is it accountable? And if a federal agency is able to overtake home rule in our states from a hill in Washington, how will we be heard? Now, more than ever, we must speak up. Last year, I volunteered to serve President Obama’s administration on the U.S. Manufacturing Council to share the perspective of a global manufacturer that has worked hard to stay competitive. Timken has a U.S.-favorable trade balance, with jobs in Ohio and throughout the U.S. supporting growing demand around the world. It requires us to keep costs down and drive efficiency to optimal levels. In our Canton, Ohio, steel plants, we are continuously reducing our energy consumption and carbon intensity using highly efficient electric-arc-furnace technology and the most advanced manufacturing methods. We often collaborate with government to develop energy-saving technologies and balanced policies across party lines. Understanding that the aims of economic and environmental progress are not mutually exclusive, I encourage you to join me to make our voices heard. Please contact our representatives in Congress and ask them to preserve jobs and the democratic process by putting a stop to the EPA’s regulatory overreach.

Moreover, the EPA proposes new ozone standards that would place all of Ohio in a non-attainment zone and essentially shut down economic development across the state. There are two fundamental problems with this situation, and both of them touch on the issue of accountability.

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Don’t miss the annual MEMBERSHIP GOLF OUTING at Tam O’Shanter Golf Course - it’s sure to be a sell-out!

Adam Miller

Get your reservations in now for the Canton Regional Chamber annual Golf Outing, happening on Friday, June 24, at Tam O’Shanter Golf Course (Hills Course)! The annual Canton Regional Chamber membership outing is one of the best golf outings in Stark County, and it’s sure to sell out fast! Tam O’Shanter Golf Course has two expertly maintained 18-hole courses, a driving range and a charming colonial style clubhouse. Tam O’Shanter has offered a country club experience to public golfers since the 1920s. In fact, it has been voted the “Best Public Golf Course in Stark County” each year since 2007. Put your foursome together and get into the spirit of friendly competition, fun and plenty of networking opportunities. The 2011 Membership Golf Outing package includes 18 exciting holes, cart included, along with complimentary range balls, shirts, lunch and a fantastic dinner catered by Old Carolina Barbecue Co. – all for $110 per person. Registration is limited to 144 players so sign your foursome up now!

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Our generous sponsors to date include presenting sponsor Cintas, along with AEP Ohio, AultCare, Aultman Health Foundation, The Karcher Group, Mercy Medical Center, PNC Bank, The Repository, Seifert Companies and Courtyard by Marriott. SPONSORSHIPS STILL AVAILABLE Many levels of sponsorship are still available for the 2011 Membership Golf Outing – from a hole sponsorship to a $1,000 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 Chris Gumpp, sponsorship manager, at (330) 458-2055 or chrisg@cantonchamber.org. Adam Miller will serve as chairman of the 2011 Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Membership Golf Outing. A Canton McKinley grad, Miller received his bachelor’s in communication from Youngstown State University. Currently, Miller is the sales and marketing manager for Seifert Companies. Prior to joining the company, he has worked for Proactive Fulfillment, was network manager for NSA Technologies, LLC, and also

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worked for Crown Staffing Services and several Stark County radio stations. Miller has been on the Golf Outing committee since 2004. He also volunteers for the Chamber’s Light Up Downtown committee, as a Canton Regional Chamber ambassador and OHSAA Basketball referee. Take a sneak-peek of the Chamber Membership Golf Outing course online at: www.TamOShanterGolf.com Friday, June 24 9 a.m. Registration; 10 a.m. Shotgun Start Tam O’Shanter Golf Course 5055 Hills & Dales Rd. NW in Canton Cost: $110 per person includes greens fees, lunch and dinner RSVP by May 30 at CantonChamber.org

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Reinventing From the Ground Up - May AultCare Fast Break Breakfast featuring Brian and Dale Karmie from ForeverLawn

Brian Karmie Dale Karmie At this month’s Fast Break, you’ll hear from Brian and Dale Karmie, owners of ForeverLawn, one of the largest synthetic turf brands in America. In this fast-paced session, the brothers will share the cornerstones of their entrepreneurial success – integrity and innovation – and help you learn how to grow your own brand from the ground up! Join us for this insightful exploration into reinventing from the ground up at the AultCare Fast Break Breakfast on May 13.

Dale and Brian Karmie are the cofounders of ForeverLawn, Inc. The brothers left the software consulting industry in 2002 to start a synthetic grass dealership in Albuquerque, New Mexico and then launched ForeverLawn Inc. in 2004 with good friend Ty Allen. Their entrepreneurial skills and hands-on experience with synthetic grass have helped them grow ForeverLawn into one of the largest synthetic turf brands in America. Currently, they are focused on expanding the growth of ForeverLawn by implementing the core values of integrity, innovation and quality throughout the operations. The Karmies have been the authors and subjects of several published articles, including items appearing in Smart Business magazine, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and Athletics Administration magazine.

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. Friday, May 13 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 May 11

Beyond this important segment of the program, Fast Break attendees have

Save your seat; register in advance at www.cantonchamber.org or call (330) 458-2085. In order to better accommodate guests at Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce events, we ask that you be sure to register in advance for each event. This will ensure that we have accurate counts for food service and seating. Please register online at www.cantonchamber.org. Please call (330) 458-2085 to register with Rosie Kurtz. Cancellations made less than 48 hours before the beginning of an event are not eligible for refund. No-shows will be billed. In order to reduce operation costs, registration for all major Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce events – such as Annual Dinner or awards dinners – must be paid in advance of the event. Guests may pay for monthly programs in advance or at the door by check, credit card or cash.

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KEY CHAIRS NAMED FOR HALL OF FAME ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL Fashion Show Luncheon • Enshrinees Dinner • Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has named the following key committee chairs for the indoor events held at the Canton Memorial Civic Center and Cultural Center for the Arts: Angela Dimos, Fashion Show Luncheon; Charlene Corlett, Enshrinees Dinner; and Nancy Jedel, Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable. Dimos is a graduate of Perry High School and Kent State University, with a bachelor of science in fashion merchandising. A busy homemaker, she is a community and Jackson Schools volunteer Angela Dimos and a Girl Scout troop co-leader. Dimos is serving her second and final year as chairman of the Fashion Show Luncheon Committee after serving on the committee for 15 years. She has been a longtime Enshrinement Festival volunteer and is proud of being selected as a member of the Queen’s Court in 1991. She and husband Jeffrey are the proud parents of one daughter and two sons. The Fashion Show Luncheon on Friday, Aug. 5, is themed “Lights… Camera… Fashion!” It will feature lively musical entertainment, generous door prizes, and state-of-the-art sound, lighting and video to showcase professional models featuring the season’s hottest his and her fashions. Doors will open at 11 a.m. with festivities beginning at 11:30 a.m. Great tickets are still available, as are a variety of fantastic sponsorships offering excellent promotional and branding opportunities. Assisting Dimos with the massive details for this event is vice chairman Sherri Mosnot. High fashion trends will definitely be seen on the runway and off with Fashion Show Luncheon attendees vying to win the fourth annual Westfield Belden Village “Fan Fashion Favorite” contest. Ladies, and gentlemen, are encouraged to come dressed in their finest as a winner in each dining room will receive a $50 Westfield Belden Village gift card.

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The grand prize winner will receive a $250 Westfield Belden Village gift card. Corlett, vice president of United Way of Summit County, is a graduate of The University of Akron and an adjunct instructor in the Public Services Division at Stark State Charlene Corlett College. She also serves as a member of the advisory board of Walsh University. A longtime Enshrinement Festival volunteer, she has served on and chaired several committees including the Queen Pageant committee (1995 to 2002) and Special Services committee (1996 to 1999). She was an Enshrinees Dinner hostess for several years prior to joining the committee, and this is her second and final year as chairman. Corlett is married to husband Bob. The Enshrinees Dinner will be held with activities beginning at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, and limited tickets may still be available. The program will feature an emcee of national acclaim, the presentation of the Hall of Fame/NFL Alumni gold jackets or Lifetime Achievement Awards to the 2011 Class of Enshrinees, and introduction of a large number of returning Hall of Famers. Serving as vice chairman of the committee this year is Rich Wilder.

High School, Chicago School of Interior Design and Malone University. Her community involvement is extensive, including service with Quota International, Quota Breakfast Club, Women’s Initiative, East Central Ohio March of Dimes, Easter Seals, and United Way, as well as assisting on fund drives for Walsh University, Cultural Center for the Arts and American Heart Association. Jedel is married to husband Robert. The Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7, and features a center stage roundtable presentation featuring members of the 2011 Class of Enshrinees just hours after their emotional induction ceremonies. The roundtable will feature an unscripted, up close and personal format where they share stories and memories of their careers. Tickets are available. Todd Ascani is assisting Jedel as committee vice chairman. For ticket information on these and other Enshrinement Festival events, call (330) 458.2048 and check the Web sites for the complete schedule of events and latest news: www.profootballhofef.com or www.profootballhof.com.

Jedel recently retired after serving as an officer with several banks, including the former Society/Harter Banks, KeyBank and First Merit. She has been on the Enshrinees GameDay Nancy Jedel Roundtable Committee for five years, with 2011 her first as chairman. She is a longtime volunteer for the Enshrinement Festival, having served for several years on the former Mayor’s Breakfast Committee and 20 years on the Enshrinees Dinner Committee. Jedel is a graduate of Perry C a n t o n

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CHAMBER AND HALL ANNOUNCE KEY CHAIRS FOR ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL - Souvenirs • Appreciation Party • Hostesses • First Play • Autograph 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: Mike Boylan, Souvenirs; Julie Norris, Appreciation Party; Nancy Chapman, Hostesses; Richard Lutz, First Play, and Steve Marcelli, Autograph. Boylan has been a very active Enshrinement Festival volunteer for the past 15 years, previously serving as chairman of the Security and Logistics Committee and Mike Boylan currently in his third year as Souvenir Committee chairman. He is a realtor with Cutler Real Estate, and a member of Stark County Association of Realtors. He and his team of highly-energized volunteers are responsible for selling official souvenir and commemorative items at the majority of the 18 events throughout the nearly two weeks of the Enshrinement Festival. Many of this year’s souvenir items, including the collector’s pin, will depict the Enshrinement Festival or Hall of Fame logo, and all items provide lasting memories of the festivities. Boylan will receive extensive assistance from vice chairman Michelle Moyer. Norris is a certified pharmacy technician and pharmacy benefits coordinator for AultCare. She is serving her second year as chairman of the Appreciation Party Committee after being on the comJulie Norris mittee for nine years. She has also served as a hostess for the Enshrinees Dinner Committee. A member of Aultman/AultCare Race Committee, she is also a member of the Canton South DHO Advisory Committee and is an independent consultant for Arbonne International. She is married to Paul, and together they are the proud parents of two children and one grandson.

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The Appreciation Party is held to show gratitude to the generous sponsors and team of more than 4,200 dedicated community volunteers who provide the resources and support to make the annual Enshrinement Festival such a huge success. Dave Dolan is serving as committee vice chair. Chapman is a professional contracting representative for Medical Mutual of Ohio. She has served as an Enshrinement hostess since 1998, and this is her third year in the chairmanship role. She Nancy Chapman has a special enthusiasm for the Enshrinement Festival Community Parade, which her company has supported for the past 11 years. She is a member of American Health Insurance Plans and Toastmasters of America. Chapman and husband Thomas are parents of two daughters and one son, and proud grandparents of five, with a sixth on the way! Chapman will be assisted by vice chairman Daisy Suggs in selecting and preparing the numerous volunteer hostesses who are given various assignments, including assisting in the press box during the NFL/Hall of Fame Game and working on the stage during the Enshrinement ceremony. Each member of the 2011 Class of Enshrinees and their presenters will have a hostess assigned to his family while in Canton, and hostesses are also used to assist the wives of returning members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Lutz, a Canton native, is a registered architect and serves as president of Lawrence and Dykes Architects. In addition to his degree from Miami University, he completed the MBA Highlights program Richard Lutz at Kent State University at Stark, as well as studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He was the First Play vice chairman since its inception, with this year being his fourth consecutive year as chairman. Lutz is a Canton Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and C h a m b e r

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graduate of Leadership Stark County. He shares his time and talents as a member of the Meyers Lake YMCA board and American Institute of Architects. He and wife Laura are the parents of two daughters. First Play committee vice chairmen are Matthew Petit and Laura Weisgarber. The event will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4. Nearly 2,000 enthusiastic youngsters will pass an official NFL football through a three-mile child-link chain, from the site in downtown Canton where the NFL was founded in 1920, to the steps of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Emphasizing the importance of physical fitness starting at an early age, it is also a great ceremonial kick-off to an incredible weekend of football. Marcelli, a Massillon native, is a Washington High School graduate and attended Walsh University. He is an executive sales associate at Putman Properties and a member of both the Stark Steve Marcelli County and National Associations of Realtors. He received the Co-Star Power Broker Award in recognition of his accomplishments and is a member of the President’s Sales Club of the Ohio Association of Realtors. He and wife Lori are the proud parents of three daughters and one son. A member of the Autograph Committee since 1999, this is his first year chairing the committee, and he is assisted by vice chairman Scott Clark. The committee oversees the sessions where fans have the opportunity to preserve football memories with autographs from the current Class of Enshrinees as well as some of the previous inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. For the complete schedule of events, ticket information, and the latest news, check the Web sites periodically: www.profootballhofef.com or www.profootballhof.com.

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Celebrating This year marks the 25th year that Leadership Stark County has been training motivated leaders to serve our community. The impact on Stark County has been enormous and will only continue to grow as we introduce programs and initiatives in response to the needs of Stark County. Leadership Stark County began as Leadership Canton in 1985, as a result of the vision and dream of Harlan Dobry, Joe Cutinella and others. The first class trained thirty people as community trustees. In 25 years Leadership Stark County has reached: • 836 alumni of the Signature Program • 153 young professionals participants in Spotlight Stark County (since 2006) • 131 aspiring candidates, elected officials and civic-minded individuals through the Government Leadership Academy (since 2006) • More than 400 participants on the Encounter Bus Tour

least one Leadership Stark County graduate on their board. • More than 40 nonprofit boards that are currently chaired by a Leadership Stark County graduate • Numerous government entities that are home to the 43 affiliates serving in elected or appointed office. • Committees, cam paigns, and causes too numerous to count.

The 5th Class of Signature Program graduates in 1992.

On a personal level, each participant has been empowered to make a difference in Stark County. Melissa Belser, homeless program director/grant coordinator for the Western Stark Free Clinic explains:

In turn, these community leaders have impacted:

• Countless non-profit boards – currently more than 300 area non-profits have at

Beyond the issues that were discussed in Leadership Stark County, what each of us really had the opportunity to discover is that we can all be positive agents for change. Each of us now has a responsibility to share with others what we have learned. I feel challenged! I am eager to take on a role that will allow me to continue supporting ideas, agencies, movements, etc. that will benefit our commu

nity. A role that is more than just “keeping the conversation going,” but is about doing things, making things happen. I truly believe that I am a better person for having participated in the Leadership program. Together with all my class members and the collective Leadership program alumni, we are undoubtedly Stark County’s greatest assets. We can make a difference! Leadership Stark County will continue to train, educate and empower citizens to make a difference in Stark County. For more information about upcoming events and news about Leadership Stark County’s 25th anniversary year, visit LeadershipStarkCounty.org.

NEW! Malone University to offer discount to current LSC Signature Program graduates! Malone University is now offering substantial tuition savings to Leadership Stark County Signature Program graduates who enroll in the Malone Management or graduate programs. Members of the 24th Class and the upcoming 25th Class who do not hold a bachelor’s degree will receive a 15 percent tuition discount when they enroll in the Malone Management Program. The Malone Management Program is an undergraduate bachelor’s degree completion program with a major in management. In addition, those who wish to enroll in graduate courses or pursue a graduate degree may enroll in any grad-

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uate program offered on the Malone University campus or online and receive the 15 percent tuition discount. “We appreciate Malone University’s initia tive and believe that this incentive pro gram will help build a more educated workforce in Stark County,” said Fran Wells, director of Leadership Stark County. “Certainly, the financial value of the tuition discount is impressive and it more than pays for cost of Signature Class tuition!”

example of collaboration that will benefit the community.” Marjorie Carlson Hurst, dean of the School of Business and Leadership For more information, call Fran Wells, director, at 330-458-2094, or Marj Carlson Hurst, dean of School of Business and Leadership, at (330) 471-8244.

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The eyes have it: Looking beyond your safety glass program MAY STARK COUNTY SAFETY COUNCIL LUNCHEON Eye safety is an incredibly important topic for students, athletes and senior citizens, but especially for those in the work place. Ocular injuries are a serious threat that Brian E. Mathie can lead to longterm disability and the subsequent vision loss can have devastating lifestyle consequences. Maxim-eyes your vision safety with the May 12 Stark County Safety Council Luncheon. Brian E. Mathie, O.D., F.A.A.O., of the Roholt Vision Institute, will discuss various work related ocular injuries and emphasize proper safety precautions to avoid them. Actual cases will demonstrate the urgent treatments needed.

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After graduating first in his class at Louisville High School, Mathie attended the Ohio State University and studied microbiology. He is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Optometry and completed a residency specializing in ocular disease at the Columbus and Chillicothe VA Medical Centers. He is an adjunct faculty member with the Ohio State University College of Optometry and a senior examiner for the National Board of Optometry Clinical Examinations. He served as president of the Ohio Optometric Association in 2004. His extensive experience in treating glaucoma, ocular infections and inflammation, and managing cataract and refractive surgery patients allows for thorough patient explanations.

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Thursday, May 12 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Meyer’s Lake Ballroom 3218 Parkway St., in Canton Cost: $16 Reservations are required RSVP by May 9 Spotlight Company:

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Special FBI presentation featured at 2011 SAFETY COUNCIL AWARDS BANQUET On Tuesday, May 10, the Stark County Safety Council and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will honor area companies who are committed to maintaining a safe workJohn R. Dysart place during the 2011 Safety Awards Banquet at Skyland Pines Event Center. Learn about Today’s FBI with keynote speaker John R. Dysart, supervisory senior resident agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cleveland Division. During the evening, certificates from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Division of Safety and Hygiene will be awarded in the following categories: Group Award (for the lowest incident in each group), 100 Percent Award (for each company that worked the entire year without a lost-time injury), Achievement Award (for each company that decreased its incident rate by at least 25 percent from the previous year), and the Special Award (for each company that has accumulated at least 500,000 hours and operated at least six months without a losttime injury within a year).

where he investigated organized crime matters and cyber crimes. Following that assignment he was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent and was assigned to the Cyber Division’s International Investigations Unit at FBI Headquarters in Washington DC. He was subsequently assigned to the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, where he was detailed to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center. His next assignment was with the FBI’s Inspection Division. Most recently, he was assigned to the FBI’s Cleveland Division, where he supervises the Canton and Mansfield Resident Agencies. SSRA Dysart is a graduate of Miami University (BA, Economics) and George Mason University (MBA). After graduating from Miami University, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps for eight years. RSVP online at CantonChamber.org. Tuesday, May 10 5:30 p.m. social hour; 6:30 p.m. dinner Skyland Pines 3550 Columbus Road NE in Canton Cost: $35 RSVP today!

About the Keynote Speaker: After New Agents’ Training, SSRA Dysart was assigned to the New Orleans Division,

CONGRATULATIONS to Stark County Safety Council! The Stark County Safety Council was named THIRD in the State of Ohio out of more than 80 safety councils for its efforts to prevent workplace injuries. A special thanks to our members for their support and dedication to safety in our workplaces. Our Safety Council will formally be recognized by the BWC Division of Safety & Hygiene for this great achievement at the May 10th Awards Banquet.

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Fourth annual Twenty under 40! winners announced This year’s Twenty under 40! are: Gina Bannevich, 36, University of Mount Union Automn Becher, 33, Huntington National Bank Melissa Bentley, 38, Bruner-Cox Darla Brown, 34, About Magazine Katie Cerrone-Arnold, 30, The University of Akron Cheli Curran, 35, Stark County Department of Job and Family Services Tricia Dever, 37, Always Eventful, Inc. Kristen Guardado, 40, Canton City Prosecutor’s Office Todd Hawke, 36, GDK Celeste Jones, 38, Stark State College Dan Leahy, 33, Diebold, Inc. Staci Martin, 34, Physicians Corporation Brent May, 38, Plain Local School District Frank Meister, 38, FirstMerit Bank, NA Marcas Miles, 33, Employers Health Alexandra Nicholis, 31, Massillon Museum Kathryn Siegfried, 26, Siegfried Enterprises John Tucker, 39, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffith & Dougherty Co., L.P.A. Amanda Walls, 32, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs Patrick Willoughby, 36, The Karcher Group

ystark! and The Repository will recognize 20 incredible leaders at the fourth annual Twenty under 40! event, held Tuesday, June 7, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. inside the lobby of the historic Onesto Hotel in downtown Canton.

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. The recognition of these deserving young professionals is made possible through ystark! and The Repository, in conjunction with Aultman Health Foundation, Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh, LPA, Diebold, Inc., Huntington National Bank and The Timken Company.

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Fore! Hit a hole-in-one at the fourth Annual ystark! Golf Outing ystark! is hosting its fourth Annual Golf Outing at Shady Hollow Country Club on Monday, May 16. Get your foursome together for a day of YP networking, socializing and dominating on the course! Enjoy the beautiful fairways and sloping greens at Shady Hollow, serving Stark County since 1925. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, range balls, oncourse beverages and lunch for only $95. Get your foursome together for just $380. Check-in is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., the shotgun start begins at 10 a.m. and the cash bar and prize presentation begins at 4:30 p.m. Register online at www.ystark.org! The deadline for registration is May 4. Various sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, contact Aimee Belden at (330) 458-2302 or aimeeb@cantonchamber.org. Monday, May 16 8:30 a.m. check-in • 10 a.m. shotgun start 4:30 p.m. cash bar Shady Hollow Country Club 4865 Wales Ave. NW in Massillon Register by May 4 Sponsored by ...

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Young Entrepreneur Snapshot and 11 months later we are the proud producers of handcrafted wooden framed sunglasses. Which attributes best define you as an entrepreneur? The ability to change. It is a MUST in the field that I am in. The fashion world changes on a dime. Right now, I feel my product is very unique. If I were to continue to produce the same product, the same way, using the same techniques, over time my sunglasses would become un-unique. The only way to stay unique is to be willing to change, to adapt. Why have you chosen Stark County as your home base? When most people think of fashion and apparel brands, they think of New York, LA, Paris, Milan… not usually Northeast Ohio. This is what I think is so great about being here. Today’s business world is small. Very small. Physical location is no longer the all-important factor it once was. I think our location and the fact that all of our production is done in house only adds to the uniqueness of the product.

Editor’s note: In keeping with ystark!’s mission – to attract, retain and ENGAGE talented young people in Stark County – ACTION will feature monthly snapshots of outstanding young entrepreneurs throughout 2011. Name: Phillip Mastroianni Age: 25 Company Name: anni shades (www.annishades.com) How did you come up with the idea of your business / product / service? I was looking for something different. Something that “wood” stand out and turn heads. To be honest, I have no formal background in woodworking and no formal background in the eyewear business, but I saw the idea and thought to myself “I can do this better.” That was the beginning of my journey,

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How have the amenities of Stark County contributed to your success? Stark County has allowed me to access both the ideas and the people needed for me to get things up and running. This is where I have met my partner in this venture, Tyler Koehn – who I respectfully call my “wood guru.” Although my target market for the sunglasses is well beyond the borders of Stark County, the support I have received within our community has been out of this world! Why is having a strong YP community important for your business? First off (and I might be greedy on this one), having a strong YP community gives me access to my sales audience. But in all seriousness, young professionals are a very important part of any community and any successful business venture. It is kind of like a rolling snowball. If you have that strong core of young professionals in the community, as time goes on it attracts more and more of the same. Pretty soon, you might just have an avalanche on your hands.

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What are your thoughts on ystark! It is the bomb. ystark! has so much going for it. The enthusiasm and energy of ystark! members and the leadership can be seen at every networking event, recreational event, professional event and social event. I know I can personally say that I have made some great friendships and business connections by being involved in ystark!, and I know many others have done the same. What advice would you give to YPs who share your entrepreneurial streak but are just getting started? Make your own rules, and then break them. Just because you think something might work right now does not mean it will work later. There is no one formula for success – you have to work the idea, product, service or vision until you have something that YOU would want to purchase. After all, you are going to be your biggest critic. And be sure not to forget to ask others for help. There are more than enough great minds in Stark County. Take advantage of this fact. Oh… and remember to wear wood! What’s next for you? We have a very busy summer coming up! Aside from attending some of my friends’ weddings, playing in the ystark! golf league, and having fun in the sun, I am going to continue building up anni shades. Like I said, I started working on this idea only 11 months ago. While are a young company, our future is so bright, we are going to have to wear shades! We currently have two frame shapes, but are working on the third. Right now, all of our sales are directed through our website (www.annishades.com), but we hope to have a few stock listings at smaller eyewear boutiques in some of the major cities in the U.S. within the next year. And who knows, we may even launch anni specs.

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Minority Business Forum The Stark County Minority Business Association will be sponsoring a Business Forum on Thursday, May 19, at Walsh University from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Canton Regional Chamber is a proud supporter of the SCMBA and the upcoming business forum. The session will feature a variety of presentations, including information from the Minority Business Solutions of Cleveland on how to do business with the Cleveland Casino and the Medical Mart, a presentation from the Governor’s office on local resources available for minority businesses and presentations by Jumpstart, Inc. and the SBA. Admission will be $10 and includes a continental breakfast. For registration or additional info contact ABCD at (330) 455-6385. The Stark County Minority Business Association (SCMBA) was formed to foster the development and growth of Minority Businesses in Stark County and membership is open to anyone willing to work on this objective. Membership fees are $150 for institutions and businesses and $50 for individuals. Thursday, May 19 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Walsh University 2020 East Maple Street in North Canton Cost: $10

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WELCOME to our newest members, who joined Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce in March. 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.

2nd Hand Treasures (HOME FURNISHINGS CONSIGNMENT SHOPS) Richard Rorick 4701 Eagle Cir. NW North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 497-7970 www.2handtreasures.com ArborTek Tree Care (TREE SERVICE) Scott Brenner PO Box 36778 Canton, OH 44735 (330) 933-1345 www.ArborTektreecare.com Biltmore Restoration Group (HOME IMPROVEMENTS) Dan Reljin & Mike Kennedy 4334 Erie Ave. SW Navarre, OH 44662 (330) 571-1827 www.biltmoreohio.com Design 4 U (INTERIOR DECORATORS & DESIGNERS) Judy M. Sicker 1232 Deermont Ave. SW Massillon, OH 44647 (330) 936-4458 Divine Senior Companionship Service (SENIOR SERVICES) Debra Durham 3307 Central SE Canton, OH 44707 (330) 209-2122 doTERRA essential oils (HEALTH & WELLNESS) Jade Balden 4543 Guilford Ave. NW Canton, OH 44709 (480) 619-3677 www.mydoterra.com/jadebalden/ Chris D Downing (PERSONAL TRAINER) Chris D Downing 109 E Main Street Louisville, OH 44641 (330) 933-6962 www.chrisddowning.com

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Everstaff (EMPLOYMENT SERVICES) John Gilbow 1174 S Main St. North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 244-9910 www.everstaff.com

Premier Home Security ADT Authorized Dealer (SECURITY SERVICES) Kevin Provance 506 Werstler Ave. NW North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 526-6833 www.premierhomesecurity.com

Glenn Shepard Seminars, Inc. (TRAINING SERVICES) Cindy Edwards 113 Space Park South Nashville, TN 37211 (615) 366-7217 www.GlennShepard.com

RD Energy Inc. (UTILITIES - ELECTRIC & NATURAL GAS - SAVINGS) Darrell Bragg 1670 Columbus Road Granville, OH 43023 (740) 321-1075 www.rd-energy.com

Good Energy, L.P. (UTILITIES - ELECTRIC & NATURAL GAS - SAVINGS) Charles deCasteja 3053 Williams Creek Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45244 (646) 286-6746 www.goodenergy.com Joie de Vivre Laser and Medical Spa (HEALTH & WELLNESS) Amy Reilly, RN 2712 Fulton Dr. NW Canton, OH 44718 (330) 438-4088 www.jdvmedspa.com The K Company, Inc. (HEATING-COOLING-REFRIGERATION/ RESIDENTIAL-COMMERCIAL-INDUSTRIAL) Carmen Dempsey 2234 South Arlington Road Akron, OH 44319 (330) 773-5125 www.thekcompany.com Memories to Media Productions (BRINGING YOUR MEMORIES TO LIFE DIGITAL PRODUCTION) Julie Plotkin 4241 Bryce Circle NW Massillon, OH 44646 (330) 685-6488 www.mtomproductions.com Midlands Millroom Supply Inc. (MANUFACTURERS) PO BOX 7007 Canton, OH 44705 (330) 453-9100 www.midlandsmillroom.com

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Reflective Energy Solutions (UTILITIES - ELECTRIC & NATURAL GAS - SAVINGS) Matt Regimbal One University Plaza, Ste. 407 Hackensack, NJ 07601 (330) 701-5954 www.reflectiveES.com Two Fat Guys Bar-B-Q (RESTAURANTS) Jen Bolgiano 4859 W Tuscarawas St. Canton, OH 44708 (330) 479-7705 www.twofatguysbbq.com Dr. George W. Vogelesang (RETIREES) 6535 Yost St. NW Canton, OH 44718 (330) 494-9987 Williams Insurance Agency Farmers Insurance (INSURANCE) Keith Williams 4125 Martindale Rd. NE #100 Canton, OH 44705 (330) 492-9440 www.williamsagency.org Wordkraft Business Writing (WRITER-FREELANCE) Tim Kraft 60 Willowdale Lake Ave. NW North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 309-2817 www.wordkraft.biz

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Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh, LPA attorneys Randolph L. Snow (litigation), Joel K. Dayton (bankruptcy & creditor/debtor rights), Gust Callas (labor & employment), Jim P. Kamerer (estate planning & probate) and Charles J. Tyburski (estate planning & probate) have been named by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine as top attorneys in Ohio for 2011. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are named by Super Lawyers. In addition, Dayton and Callas were selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition 2010. It is a nationwide list of attorneys who have been recognized in state and regional editions of Super Lawyers magazine in 2010. The selections for this esteemed list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers, which is a service of the Thompson Reuters, Legal division. For more information, visit Black McCuskey online at www.bmsa.com. The Women’s Board of Aultman Hospital has announced the chairwomen for the 2011 Angel Auction. Darlene Violet of Canton and Diane Pete of North Canton will be leading the Angel Auction this year. The Angel Auction is an annual black-tie fundraising event, celebrating its 42nd anniversary in 2011. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $11 million for charitable causes in the community. Violet, who has been a member of the Women’s Board since 2005, is an active volunteer in the Stark County community. She started a charity more than eight years ago called Shared Blessings which raises funds and resources for area organizations. She has a master’s degree in sociology. Pete is a graduate of Perry High School, National Cosmetology School and The Ohio College of Massotherapy. She has dedicated much of her career working as a cosmetologist and in sales for the Paul Mitchell Company. The Aultman Angel Auction is being held on May 6 at the Canton Civic Center. Visit AultmanAngelAuction.com for more details. Jim Bray, president of Cutler Real Estate, was honored by the Stark County Association of Realtors with a Lifetime Achievement Award at their recent Installation Banquet at Glenmoor Country Club. Based on his 44 years of

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service to both the real estate industry and the community, Jim is the twelfth recipient of the award since 2003. After earning a business degree from Michigan State University and serving in the Army, Jim joined the Cutler-Minor Agency in October, 1966, working with and for his mentor, Al Cutler. He worked in both sales and management until 1980 when he and Jay Cutler became partners in Cutler Real Estate upon Al Cutler’s retirement. Bray is a past recipient of both the Realtor and Broker of the Year Awards from the Stark County Association of Realtors. In the community, Bray has served on numerous boards including the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Jackson/Belden Chamber of Commerce. Ameridial, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has once again received a Top Outsourcer Award from ContactCenter World. ContactCenterWorld.com, the global support organization for contact center professionals, has ranked Ameridial as one of the top outsourcers in the industry. The information has been carefully compiled by ContactCenterWorld.com from data supplied by outsourcers around the world. For the fourth year in a row, First Ohio Community Federal Credit Union has been a Change Bandit for WKDD’s “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon. The community credit union “robs” members of their spare change, with proceeds supporting Akron Children’s Hospital. First Ohio began collecting money at the beginning of January and continued until the radiothon, held the second weekend in February. This great event brought in money to help a worthy cause, children in need. With help from their members, First Ohio collected $850. For more information, visit them online at www.firstohiocfcu.org. The Chain Drug Marketing Association (CDMA) awarded Paul White, president of the Medicine Center and Medicine Shoppe Pharmacies of Stark and Tuscarawas Counties, Member of the Year. During the 85th Anniversary Trade Expo in Orlando, Florida. The Chain Drug Marketing Association (CDMA) is owned by over 125 regional drug chains, independent pharmacies, regional drug wholesalers and specialty distributors, who collectively serve more than 6,000 drug stores. White is currently serving on the CDMA Board of Directors. He

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began his service in 2006. For more information, visit medshoprx.com. Westfield Bank named Randall Smith senior vice president and market leader, responsible for leading sales efforts in Stark County. Prior to joining Westfield Bank, Smith developed his skills working with prominent area financial institutions. He has an extensive commercial banking background accumulated through 25 years of experience working with entrepreneurs and business leaders to develop financing solutions. Smith, a North Canton native, is the chairman of the North Canton Chamber of Commerce, a member of the North Canton Community Improvement Corporation, a member of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Committee and a graduate of Leadership Stark County. Smith graduated from the University of Akron in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in industrial management. Westfield Bank is a member of Westfield Group and an affiliate of Westfield Insurance, one of the nation’s 50 largest property and casualty insurance groups serving customers in 31 states. For more information, visit www.westfield-bank.com. SWC Enterprises Inc., a print and promotional services provider for more than 25 years, has combined its main office with the Akron branch and moved to a central location in Green at 4305 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, Suite 202. The new office will house the sales, graphic design and support staff in one location. As part of the Canton/Akron community since 1985, SWC has capitalized on the latest technology to provide all types of printed and promotional products and services. Products include forms, marketing materials and financial products. Promotional items include everything from inexpensive give-away items, to logo apparel, to unique corporate gifts and beyond. SWC can also provide the design, warehousing and fulfillment services to facilitate any print or promotional project. With the joining of the Akron and Canton staff in one central location, SWC will be able to offer more efficient and streamlined service to the entire Northeast Ohio area. For more information, visit the website www.SWCenterprises.com.

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Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton Honorees of this year’s Business Excellence Awards will be recognized during the gala awards dinner held on Tues., May 3, at The University Center at Kent State University at Stark.

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Tuesday, May 3 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception 6:30 p.m. dinner/awards ceremony The University Center at Kent State University at Stark 6000 Frank Ave. North Canton 44720 Cost: $48 Thursday, May 5 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. La Parrilla Mexican Grill 111 Cleveland Ave., SW in downtown Canton Cost: Free! RSVP online at ystark.org

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ystark! Monthly Meet-Up In April we took you on a mini-journey to Japan, and in May, we are taking you south of the border! Join us for a Cinco de Mayo celebration at La Parrilla Mexican Grill in downtown Canton.

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First Friday – Gone to the Dogs Come sniff around the Downtown Canton Arts District at the First Friday on May 6… we’ve Gone to the Dogs! If you bring your favorite furry friend you can enter them into the Doggy Fashion Extravaganza or let them run the Super Doggy Agility Course. Bringing a less furry friend? Tour the new exhibits and enjoy all of the fine art, food, music and activities – there won’t be a thing that won’t make you want to “sit” and “stay” around downtown for the entire evening!

First Friday, May 6 6 – 10 p.m. Downtown Canton FREE!

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2011 Safety Council Awards Banquet On Tuesday, May 10, the Stark County Safety Council and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will honor area companies who are committed to maintaining a safe workplace during the 2011 Safety Awards Banquet at Skyland Pines Event Center.

Tuesday, May 10 5:30 p.m. social hour; 6:30 p.m. dinner Skyland Pines 3550 Columbus Road NE in Canton Cost: $35

Spring NETWORK 2011 On May 11, social media master Josh Best of The Karcher Group will lead you on a networking journey through four, fast-paced hours of energized networking activities, complete with icebreakers and new ways to think about networking online.

Wednesday, May 11 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Alex D. Krassas Event Center 251 25th St. NW in Canton Cost: $25 RSVP by May 8

The eyes have it: Looking beyond your safety glass program MAY SAFETY COUNCIL LUNCHEON Ocular injuries are a serious threat that can lead to long-term disability and the subsequent vision loss can have devastating lifestyle consequences. Maxim-eyes your vision safety with the May 12 Stark County Safety Council Luncheon.

Thursday, May 12 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Meyer’s Lake Ballroom 3218 Parkway St., in Canton Cost: $16 Reservations are required RSVP by May 9

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Reinventing From the Ground Up May AultCare Fast Break Breakfast featuring ForeverLawn At this month’s Fast Break, you’ll hear from Brian and Dale Karmie, owners of ForeverLawn, one of the largest synthetic turf brands in America.

Friday, May 13 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 May 11

10th Annual Tourism Luncheon Winners of the “Best of Stark” awards will be announced at the 10th annual Tourism Luncheon on Friday, May 13 at Lakeside Banquet and Meeting Center in Navarre.

Friday, May 13 11:30 a.m. networking reception, 12:15 p.m. lunch/awards ceremony Lakeside Banquet & Meeting Ctr. 5225 Leona Avenue SW in Navarre Cost: $16 per person; $115 per table of 8

Hit a hole-in-one at the fourth Annual ystark! Golf Outing ystark! is hosting its fourth Annual Golf Outing at Shady Hollow Country Club on Monday, May 16. Get your foursome together for a day of YP networking, socializing and dominating on the course!

Monday, May 16 8:30 a.m. check-in 10 a.m. shotgun start 4:30 p.m. cash bar Shady Hollow Country Club 4865 Wales Ave. NW in Massillon Register by May 4 Thursday, May 19 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Walsh University 2020 East Maple Street in North Canton Cost: $10

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Minority Business Forum The Stark County Minority Business Association will be sponsoring a Business Forum on Thursday, May 19, at Walsh University from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Canton Regional Chamber is a proud supporter of the SCMBA and the upcoming business forum.

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Race right into summer with Stir After Hours in May At the Stir After Hours on Thursday, May 19, step out of Stark County and into Tuscany at Gervasi Vineyard & Italian Bistro. We’ll be kicking off summer with our networking powerhouse on the Piazza at Gervasi, overlooking the stunning vista and lake, and celebrating the 2012 Canton Marathon!

Thursday, May 19 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Gervasi Vineyard & Italian Bistro 1700 55th Street NE in Canton Cost: $5! RSVP by May 17

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Third annual Taste of Canton Taste of Canton, a downtown food festival now in its third year, will be held on Thursday, May 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the Kresge Green in downtown Canton (near 301 Market Ave. N). This incredible spring festival, featuring local flavor and local fare, is brought to you by the Canton Development Partnership (a department of the Canton Regional Chamber) and The Repository.

Thursday, May 26 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Kresge Green in downtown Canton Market Ave. between Third & Fourth Streets N Cost: Small plates are $2-6 each Purchase tickets by May 25, get 30 tickets for $25

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May 2011 Action Newsletter