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Dobronos, ’12

Geis, ’12

Henary, ’12

Miller, ’12

Morschl, ’12

Neff Heppner, ’12

Pollak, ’12

Wolford, ’12

Calo, ’11

Hilton, ’11

Smith, ’11

Babjack, ’10

Beynon, ’10

Demirey, ’10

Friedman, ’10

Krista Dobronos Senior Vice President Westfield Bank FSB Matthew Geis Executive Director Athletic Advancement Kent State University Ryan Henary Manager, Marketing and Communications FedEx Custom Critical, Inc. John P. Miller Vice President Miller’s Rental and Sales, Inc. Jonathan Morschl Designer, Marketing Coordinator Four Points Architectural Services, Inc. Leianne Neff Heppner Executive Director The Summit County Historical Society of Akron Brian Pollak Financial Advisor UBS Financial Services, Inc. Valerie Wolford Communications Coordinator City of Green


Henderson, ’10

Wilson, ’10

Kandes, ’10

Cummings, ’09

Lawless-Andric, ’10

Graham, ’09

McNutt, ’10

Pringle, ’09

Leslie, ’08

Miner, ’08

Anglin-Walsh, ’07

Conrad, ’07

McGee, ’07

Mitchell, ’07

Sokany, ’07

White, ’07

Palmer, ’10

Doyle, ’08

Farrell, ’07

Andrea Calo Former Grant and Proposal Developer Summa Foundation Justin Everett Hilton Senior Associate Vice President for University Relations Kent State University Christopher Smith Principal and Director of Operations Flexible Benefits Systems Inc.


Andrea Babjack Assistant Vice President of Commercial Banking PNC Bank Chrissie Beynon Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager Citizens Bank Eren Demirey Senior Analyst FirstEnergy Corp. Melanie Friedman Principal FMD Architects DáRon Henderson Owner HOTCARDS Akron Carrie Ann Kandes Vice President and Management Supervisor Marcus Thomas LLC

Dana Lawless-Andric Director Pre-College Testing and TRIO Upward Bound Program Kent State University James McNutt Vice President of Finance and CFO SummaCare Inc. Kimberly Palmer Tax Principal Cohen & Company Mexie Wilson Marketing Representative Ohio Tuition Trust Authority


Jennifer Eiko Cummings, M.D. Clinical Electrophysiologist City Cardiology Associates Suzie Graham Executive Director Downtown Akron Partnership Eboni Pringle Director, Student Success Programs Kent State University


Jennifer Doyle Perinatal Outreach Educator/ Advance Practice Nurse Women’s Health Division Summa Health System Daniel Leslie Managing Director/Financial Advisor Northwestern Mutual Financial Network Brian Miner Project Architect Hasenstab Architects


Leah Anglin-Walsh Regional Economic Development Director State of Ohio Kirt Conrad CEO/Executive Director Stark Area Regional Transit Authority Nikki Farrell Human Resource Representative First Energy Kevin McGee Former Senior Director of Marketing, PR and Specialty Business County of Summit Board of MRDD Marquita Mitchell Program Director Project Learn of Summit County Stephen Sokany Associate Vice President for University Development Kent State University Keeven White President/Creative Director WhiteSpace Creative

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he 30 for the Future recipients represent the future of our community. These talented, hard-working young people are evolving from emerging leaders to established leaders who will continue to contribute to Greater Akron’s growth and vitality. The 30 for the Future initiative, now in its sixth year, boasts dedicated volunteers, 151 outstanding former recipients and a remarkable class of current recipients that continues to promote Greater Akron as a world-class community. And now that we have such a thriving young professionals movement, we’ve discovered the need for a resource guide. The 30 for the Future recipients are featured in the Greater Akron Chamber’s first YP Roadmap, dedicated to promoting all the wonderful amenities in Greater Akron that YPs are looking for in their ideal community. The 30 for the Future award recipients were honored on September 24, 2012 at a celebration at Kent State University attended by friends, family, colleagues and business and community leaders. In the pages that follow, you’ll learn a little more about these talented leaders who are changing the landscape of our region. I congratulate each of them on his/her successes, and I look forward to their continued impact on and service to the Greater Akron Region.

Daniel C. Colantone, CCE President & CEO Greater Akron Chamber

About the 30 for the Future Award

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Vanessa A. Anton, CPA, 33

Born: Pittsburgh Title/Company: Senior Manager/Bober Markey Fedorovich Lives: Munroe Falls Higher Education: Duquesne University What separates you from the pack? My work ethic and willingness to go the “extra mile” – I am willing to “push the envelope” in getting everyone to work together to bring about positive change. Sage advice to young people heading into business: If you understand that business is like a “game” and you learn the “rules,” you can win! Best business advice: Be aware of your “audience” and adapt to your environment. What was your first paid job? In 1990, I was an extra in “The Bride in Black” movie starring Susan Lucci – I received my first “real” pay check for $50 (a successful one day of work) Favorite ways to give back: Working with the Akron Zoo, the Salvation Army ARC Council and supporting local charity events. Most people don’t know . . . I love monkeys, and I am obsessed with dark chocolate!

Magdi Awad, Pharm.D., 31

Born: Cairo, Egypt Title/Company: Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice/NEOMED College of Pharmacy Lives: Copley Higher Education: University of Minnesota, Middle Tennessee State University What makes you tick? Changing students’ way of thinking about their profession and what they can do to help patients. Role model: My residency preceptor achieved a lot in a very short period of time. He changed his organization and influenced the pharmacy practice in the state. He was a mix of a teacher, practitioner, pioneer and businessman. Best business advice: Think of every mistake as a lesson learned. How can you shape Greater Akron’s future? Setting up an example of a successful interdisciplinary team that improves clinical outcomes and reduces cost of care at my practice clinic, Akron Community Health Resources. Favorite way to give back: Volunteering at Open M free clinic as a pharmacist. Most people don’t know . . . I do not know the rules of American football. I always cover it up by smiling when people talk about the games. What was your first paid job? Cashier at a gas station.

Michael A. Chisnell, Jr., 30

Born: Cambridge, Ohio Title/Company: Director Institutional Services/Sequoia Finance Group, LLC Lives: Barberton Higher Education: The University of Akron What separates you from the pack? My technical expertise and ability to dismantle difficult-to-understand concepts, design a system to educate others and leverage the knowledge to achieve a larger outcome. Sage advice to young people heading into business: Define what additional education must be obtained to be the best in your field, define what your goals are, tirelessly pursue both and don’t forget to maximize your life experiences! Best business advice: Read Think & Grow Rich. Favorite way to give back: Working with the Barberton Community Foundation. Most people don’t know . . . I have a goal to summit all 54 of Colorado’s 14ers by age 54. Favorite way to chill: On the side of a mountain – summer or winter. What was your first paid job? Umpiring and mowing the baseball fields for the Barberton All-Town Little League. What makes you tick? Opportunity to collect a new experience.

CONSIDER THIS OUR VERSION OF A HIGH FIVE, STANDING “O” AND CHEST BUMP ALL IN ONE. Congratulations to all of the “30 for the Future” award recipients on your hard work, dedication and talent. And for making our community that much better.

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Michael Dalton, 31

Born: Beaver Dam, Wisconsin Title/Company: Manager of Advocacy/Summa Health System Lives: Northwest Akron Higher Education: The University of Akron and Case Western Reserve University What separates you from the pack? Being a determined and collaborative team player who thinks outside the box and dreams big. Seeking every advocacy opportunity to promote my organization, its interests and its employees. Sage advice to young people heading into business: While you should be unafraid to speak up, it is often better to have the courage to listen. Favorite way to give back: Serving as Board Chair of Marketing and PR for Project Learn of Summit County. What was your first paid job? Collating at North Coast Litho for almost $150 a day! What makes you tick? I love ambiguity and uncertainty because it offers an abundance of opportunity. Imagining new ideas, designing new organizational structures and working to help them come to fruition are my passions. Role model: I admire my father and his passion as an advocate for those he serves and his vocation. He is selfless, loyal and committed; his integrity is beyond reproach.

Krista J. Dobronos, 34

Born: Akron Title/Company: Senior Vice President, Market Leader/ Westfield Bank Lives: Broadview Heights Higher Education: Kent State University What separates you from the pack? My strong work ethic and my drive to help business owners by providing value and helping them find the keys to success. Sage advice to young people heading into business: Don’t burn any bridges – this is a small world! What makes you tick? Two things – 1) my husband and kids (enough said) and 2) knowing that my advice and relationships with clients can provide them peace of mind when it comes to their banking needs. Best business advice: “Own the Gap.” – Don’t respond to a situation, either good or bad, immediately. Take your time, listen, assess the situation, collect your thoughts, and then, provide a knowledgeable response. Favorite way to give back: By volunteering for Junior Achievement. Each year, I teach third graders the relevance of education to the workplace. Favorite way to chill: A pedicure! What was your first paid job? A dry cleaners in the hot, hot, hot summer with no air conditioning.

Sam Falletta, 38

Born: Akron Title/Company: President/ CEO of Incept Lives: Green Higher Education: The University of Akron What separates you from the pack? My willingness to admit how often I’m wrong to encourage others to take risks. Business pet peeve: People who make deals that work for them even if it does not work for the other side of the equation. Sage advice to young people heading into business: Instead of finding a job and trying to become passionate about it, find your passion and create a job around it. Best business advice: “A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all” – Michael Leboeuf. Favorite ways to give back: Organizing the inspiring team of volunteers at TEDxAkron, assisting in the mission of ACCESS Shelter and using InceptGives charitable fund to support other amazing people and charities in the area. Most people don’t know . . . I’ve been to 22 countries and the Bonnaroo Music Festival 3 times. What did you want to be when you were 12? The starting shortstop for the Cleveland Indians.

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Matthew R. Geis, 36

Born: Canton Title/Company: Associate Athletic Director/ Executive Director/Athletic Advancement, Kent State University Lives: Ravenna Higher Education: Kent State

April M. Hamey, 38

University Sage advice to young people heading into business: Put your blinders on, keep your head down and sacrifice everything to make an impact on your organization. What makes you tick? The ability to effect change where and when others thought it was impossible or failure occurred before. Secondly, the unknown – going into environments where an outcome has yet to be determined knowing I may create a positive and constructive impact. Role model: My father taught me about servant leadership. Best business advice: Build your staff by surrounding yourself with people who are experts in their areas, who are smarter than you and will challenge you appropriately. Favorite ways to give back: By generating funding for Akron Children’s Hospital through my co-founded organization, Ohio Cycleworks Charities – www.ohiocycleworkscharities.org. Through my involvement in the NE Ohio cycling and triathlon communities, I can stress health and wellness among youth and a healthy family dynamic. Most people don’t know . . . I lost 100 lbs.

Born: Medina Title/Company: Owner/ Fresh Prospective Business Development Solutions Lives: New Franklin Higher Education: Crafton Hills College, The University of Akron, University of

Ryan Henary, 34

Born: Dennison, Ohio Title/Company: Manager, Marketing and Communications/FedEx Custom Critical Lives: Green Higher Education: Kent State University Phoenix What separates you from the pack? I take What separates you from the pack? My total pride in my work ethic and my company honesty with clients and customers. I tell them executive team trusts me to do my job. the truth even if they don’t want to hear it, but Business pet peeve: Disingenuous people, sometimes it is necessary for positive business business jargon and corporate speak. change. What makes you tick? Caring about people What makes you tick? Everything I do from first. How I positively impact others is gratifying helping businesses find a fresh new idea or look every day. to developing and implementing new strategies Best business advice: “You’re allowed and products. to change your mind if you get better Best business advice: My dad always says, information.” Don’t be stubborn and stick to “Don’t put yourself down; there are plenty of your opinion or decision if you realize you are people willing to do that for you.” wrong. Favorite ways to give back: Working with Favorite ways to give back: Serving on the Stewart’s Cancer Wellness Center, The Bloom marketing committee for Habitat for Humanity Society, Hugs-N-Bugs and Community Action of Summit County and working at the Akron Programs. Marathon every year. Our FedEx Custom Critical Most people don’t know . . . I was in 4-H. team runs the gear bag service that collects I raised turkeys and showed one at the fair. extra gear from the runners and then returns I won second place for showmanship and the bags to them after the race. second for the size of my bird. What did you want to be when you were 12? I wanted to play in the NBA. I’m still looking for my junior high health teacher who said I’d have a “growth spurt.” He has some explaining to do . . .




KENT STATE UNIVERSITY HONORS ITS 2012 ALUMNI WINNERS OF THE 30 FOR THE FUTURE AWARD Krista Dobronos Senior Vice President Westfield Bank FSB Jonathan Morschl Designer, Marketing Coordinator Four Points Architectural Services, Inc.

Matthew Geis Executive Director Athletic Advancement Kent State University Leianne Neff Heppner Executive Director The Summit County Historical Society of Akron

Ryan Henary Manager, Marketing and Communications FedEx Custom Critical, Inc. Brian Pollak Financial Advisor UBS Financial Services, Inc.

John P. Miller Vice President Miller’s Rental and Sales, Inc. Valerie Wolford Communications Coordinator City of Green

Pictured from left to right are Kent State Alumni Matt Geis, ‘01; Brian Pollak, ‘05; Leianne Neff Heppner, ‘00; Ryan Henary, ‘00; Jonathan Morschl, ‘06; Krista Dobronos, ‘02; Valerie Wolford, ‘96; and John Miller, ‘01.

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Kyle Kutuchief, 33

Born: Akron Title/Company: Director of Development/Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron (ABIA) Lives: West Akron Higher Education: The Ohio State University, The University of Akron Sage advice to young people heading into business: Find great mentors and be a thankful mentee. They will provide critical career directions when you feel lost. Favorite way to give back: Volunteering at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. Their award-winning work is critical to our region, and spending time around Dan Flowers and his dynamic team is inspiring. Most people don’t know. . . I play really geeky board games like Risk. My friends and I have modified the rules to change how country cards are played and added special attack dice affectionately called “nukes.” What did you want to be when you were 12? I was transfixed by the 1992 Presidential Election and wanted to be a political professional like James Carville or Mary Matalin. I wanted to be the man behind the person running for office.

Anthony Lancianese, 30

Born: Akron Title/Company: Co-Owner and General Manager/ ClearPath Home Health Lives: Copley Higher Education: The Ohio State University, Walsh University Sage advice to young people heading into business: It’s all about the people. Treat everyone with respect every day, all the time. There are no excuses. Role model: My wife, Katie, has taught me the power of patience, the necessity of clear communication and that any obstacle can be overcome with the right combination of both. Best business advice: Find a way to create a win for everyone involved. Favorite way to give back: The All Star Training Club (ATC) was created by my father, Dan Lancianese. Over the past 25 years, it has brought joy and excitement to thousands of individuals with disabilities through recreational and sports activities. I have been lucky enough to be an athlete, coach and board member. Most people don’t know. . . If I don’t pick up your phone call, it’s probably because I’m in my car listening to a really good audio book. What was your first paid job? I cleaned office buildings throughout high school. I wasn’t very good at it.


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Kara Hannum Lewis, 39

Born: Akron Title/Company: President/ Winslow Asset Management Lives: Hudson Higher Education: Denison University What separates you from the pack? My ability to multi-task; I thrive on chaos. Best business advice: Send handwritten thank you notes after meetings. People notice if you show you appreciate them taking time out of their busy schedule to meet with you. Favorite ways to give back: As the mother of a preemie who just turned 6 in June, I am passionate about serving on the Foundation Board and Investment Committee of Akron Children’s Hospital. I am honored to be part of the future growth of the hospital and committed to helping the hospital keep its promises: treat each other the way we’d want to be treated; treat each child as if he/she was our own; and turn no child away because of a family’s inability to pay. Most people don’t know . . . I showed quarter horses for many years and was named Ohio Quarter Horse Association Queen in the 1990’s. What did you want to be when you were 12? I wanted to be the first female President of the United States.

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Tucker H. Marshall, 36

Born: Akron Title/Company: Director, Corporate Finance/The J.M. Smucker Company Lives: Fairlawn Heights Higher Education: Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, Gettysburg College What separates you from the pack? My passion and my desire to learn, to achieve and to grow in all aspects of my life, along with embracing people and values. What makes you tick? Involvement, being active, working with teams, learning, achieving, and my family. Best business advice: Always protect your integrity, always be respected and be trusted. Favorite ways to give back: Supporting Child Guidance Family Solutions, Mobile Meals, Western Reserve Academy, Akron General Medical Center and Leadership Akron’s Alumni Association. What was your first paid job? Surgical orderly in a hospital. Business pet peeve: Poor communication along with simple English and grammar mistakes. Sage advice to young people heading into business: Be on time, do what you say and finish what you start. Display a strong work ethic along with intellectual curiosity.

Michele L. McCarroll, Ph.D., 37

Born: Dayton Title/Company: Director of Women’s Health Research/ Summa Health System Lives: Ravenna Higher Education: Ohio University, Cleveland State University, and The Ohio

State University Sage advice to young people heading into business: Balance = Exercise + Family + Friends + Love + Fun + Work. Role model: Dr. Vivian von Gruenigen, M.D. doesn’t just take people where they want to go. She takes people where they ought to go. That distinction is what Rosalynn Carter called the difference between a good leader and a great leader. How can you shape Greater Akron’s future? By bringing innovation to our healthcare systems and by conducting creative and important clinical research. Favorite ways to give back: Summa Foundation – raising money for clinical research, Girls on the Run – empowering young girls to be physically active, and PEO – raising money to help women continue their education. Most people don’t know . . . I was born with Complete Situs Inversous, which means all my organs are on the opposite side.

John P. Miller, 39

Born: Canton Title/Company: Vice President Homecare/Miller’s Rental & Sales Lives: Massillon Higher Education: Kent State University What separates you from the pack? My energy and my passion – I am all in – all the time. Sage advice to young people heading into business: Challenge those around you – direct reports, peers, those higher up the ladder, and especially yourself. What makes you tick? Making decisions and moving forward. Decide and execute. Role model: My mother is a wonderfully kind, patient and caring person who always showed me the right way to treat other people and develop lasting relationships. These lessons made me the father, husband, friend, leader and person I am today. Best business advice: Decide what to be and go be it. Favorite ways to give back: Serving on the boards of Keep Akron Beautiful and of ACCESS, Inc., which helps break the cycle of poverty and provides a lifeline for homeless mothers and children. Most people don’t know . . . I’m a certified adaptive snow ski instructor. I teach those with physical challenges how to ski and have taught all over the country.

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Jonathan Morschl, 31

Born: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania Title/Company: Designer/Four Points Architectural Services, Inc. Lives: Highland Square Higher Education: Kent State University What separates you from the pack? Community Involvement. My profession requires a good amount of time off the clock, not in the office, networking with potential clients. Sage advice to young people heading into business: Always make yourself available and be willing to take on tasks or challenges that others are not volunteering for. If you can prove that you are invaluable to the company, there is a good chance that they will have no choice but to keep you with them and advance you for your efforts. Role models: My peers. I have been fortunate enough to make some great friends in the community, and seeing what they are doing keeps me motivated. Favorite ways to give back: In Torchbearers, we have the opportunity to support and volunteer with various organizations like the Akron Children’s Hospital Radiothon and the AkronCanton Regional Foodbank. Most people don’t know . . . I have lots of shoes and watches. Isn’t it all about the accessories?

Leianne Neff Heppner, 39

Born: Zanesville Title/Company: Executive Director/The Summit County Historical Society of Akron Lives: Norton Higher Education: Kent State University, Southeast Missouri State University Sage advice to young people heading into business: Smile and relax, but work hard. What makes you tick? Connecting the past with the present. Akron has been such a leader in technology, industry and education that it all fits together in a pretty amazing way. Best business advice: Keep your cool when things don’t go as planned. Sometimes people who may have caused problems become allies, so it is wise to hold your tongue. Role model: My mom had a scholarship to attend college but didn’t go. She excelled working at a vocational school where she helped students with learning disabilities, even without a special degree. She’s still showing me how to build strong character, even after her debilitating stroke 7 years ago. Favorite ways to give back: Working with ACCESS Women’s Shelter, Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts, and Weathervane Theatre with my daughter. What was your first paid job? Mowing township cemeteries. I’m not counting the $.25 per coffin that my Dad would pay me to dust at our family funeral home when I was in middle school.

Jon A. Oldham, 35

Born: Akron Title/Company: Partner/ Oldham Kramer Lives: West Akron Higher Education: Ohio University, The University of Akron School of Law What separates you from the pack? I am active in the legal community and enjoy establishing and maintaining relationships with my peers and my clients. Sage advice to young people heading into business: Embrace going beyond your comfort level in order to expand your horizons – let your morals keep you from losing your way. Robert F. Kennedy said, “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” What makes you tick? Counseling people through challenging situations to help them attain the best result. Role model: My father, Pete Oldham. By observing his actions throughout my lifetime, he taught me how to balance family life with life as an attorney. Favorite ways to give back: By supporting local businesses and attractions like the Akron Zoo, MetroParks, Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Akron Art Museum. Most people don’t know . . . I am an Eagle Scout.

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The Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron congratulates

Kyle Kutuchief as he is recognized as a 2012 Greater Akron Chamber 30 for the Future recipient for his contributions to the Greater Akron Community. We are honored to have such a dedicated and talented individual on our team as we work to transform Akron into a model for biomedical discovery and enterprise.


Born: Akron Title/Company: Telecommunications Co-Practice Leader/GPD Group Lives: Copley Higher Education: The University of Akron What separates you from the pack? Listening to our customers and matching our service deliverables to their needs. We are consultative, professional and responsive. Sage advice to young people just heading into the business world: Take the dirty jobs, the difficult jobs, the jobs that nobody wants and do them better than they have ever been done. Stay late, come in early and be recognized internally. Make as many external industry contacts as possible. Become a proactive source of knowledge and solutions. Read How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie about leadership and What I Didn’t Learn in Business School, by Jay Barney and Trish Gorman Clifford. What makes you tick? Generating revenue for GPD’s 80 employees’ quality of life and teaching Business 101 for senior level engineering students at The University of Akron. How can you shape Greater Akron’s future: Over the last 8 years, our telecommunications team has created over 60 jobs. Favorite way to give back: St. Hilary Church and School in Fairlawn. 6th Annual 30 for the Future

Brian Pollak, 30

Born: Ravenna Title/Company: Financial Advisor/UBS Financial Services, Inc. Lives: The corner of Akron & Cuyahoga Falls Higher Education: Kent State University Sage advice to young people heading into business: Do all you can to make a real commitment to your passion while integrating your values. Surround yourself by the people you want to become. What makes you tick? Serving as a lynchpin, making a connection among people I believe in, which results in fruitful and mutually beneficial relationships. How can you shape Greater Akron’s future? I have extreme conviction that Torchbearers is going to be a primary impetus for the community’s immediate and future success. I’ve never worked with a more passionate group of people determined to take themselves and Akron to the next level. Favorite ways to give back: Working intently with Heart to Heart Communications and the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. Most people don’t know. . . I enjoy brewing my own beer, but I usually end up drinking most of the profits.

Caleb Porter, 37

Born: Tacoma, Washington Title/Organization: Head Men’s Soccer Coach/The University of Akron Lives: Bath Role model: My Dad, Jim Porter, started out as a logger in Washington and now is an executive at one of the top paper companies in the world, Rock-Tenn Co. From him, I learned leadership, work ethic and pursuing excellence. Business advice: Money’s important and success is important, but, mostly it’s about being happy – and the only way to be happy is to do what you love. Most people don’t know . . . I’m an adrenaline junkie. I like amusement parks, sky diving and bungie jumping. What was your first paid job? I worked in my Dad’s paper mill for a summer when I was in high school. I drove a forklift every day, starting at 6 am. Favorite way to chill: I love getting out on a lake. When we visit my parents, we’ll rent a boat and go out on the water. When I’m at home, I enjoy spending time with my family and sitting out by our fire pit.

Kelly M. Price, 36

Born: Strasburg, Ohio Title/Company: Director of Sales/Rockynol Lives: Fairlawn Higher Education: The University of Akron Sage advice to young people heading into business: Know your strengths, figure out what makes you tick, be true to yourself and never, ever sacrifice your ethics and integrity. What makes you tick? Helping a resident and family through a difficult time and hoping that my solutions and support make their experience a little easier. Role models: Neither of my grandfathers went to college, yet they valued education, were hard workers, creative thinkers, involved in their community, read everything they could get their hands on and were amazing family providers. In the ’70s, my paternal grandfather even installed a solar energy system in his house! They were constant reminders that I could dream as big as I wanted. Best business advice: Collaborate, collaborate, collaborate. We are uniquely positioned with great talent in Akron; we are even greater when we work together. Favorite way to give back: The Akron Reads program. It’s amazing watching the students learn and grow before my eyes. Most people don’t know. . . I play on a mixed doubles tennis team that has won back-to-back state championships.

Mellissa R. Reed, 35

Born: Canton Title/Company: Senior Manager/Cohen & Company, Ltd. Lives: Green Higher Education: The University of Akron What separates you from the pack? If I say I’m going to accomplish something, I hold myself accountable and get it done. My clients and co-workers know that they can trust me to run with a project. Sage advice to young people heading into business: Act as a sponge – surround yourself with successful people and soak in everything you can from them. What makes you tick? Building relationships and earning the trust of clients and colleagues. Best business advice: Never be afraid to ask a question. You either learn something you didn’t know, or you confirm something you already knew, neither of which is a bad outcome! Favorite ways to give back: By serving on the board of the Green Schools Foundation. I also enjoy volunteering with Akron Children’s Hospital and Boys & Girls Clubs. Most people don’t know . . . I have a pencil collection with over 100 pencils that I started in middle school.

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Tara Regan, 31

Born: Akron Title/Company: Director of Development & Special Events/Akron Urban League Lives: West Akron Higher Education: Western Kentucky University, The University of Akron What separates you from the pack? My ability to build genuine and meaningful relationships steeped in trust. Sage advice to young people heading into business: Be a filter, not a sponge. What makes you tick? Assessing something, figuring out a solution and seeing the outcome. Role model: Bernett Williams (Vice President of External Affairs for Akron Children’s Hospital) saw something in me and hired me for a position that many did not think I was ready for as a young professional. She taught me the importance of developing genuine relationships, that nothing beats a lie like the truth, the importance of having fun in the work place and doing things that scare me. Favorite ways to give back: Serving on the Board of Victim Assistance Program and the Akron Civic Theatre. I also volunteer annually at the Akron Children’s Hospital Radiothon and at Boys & Girls Club of the Western Reserve. What did you want to be when you were 12? I wanted to write for Life magazine.

Jeff Rovnak, 35

Born: Youngstown Title/Company: Vice President/Investment Officer /Wells Fargo Advisors Lives: Copley Higher Education: University of Mount Union What separates you from the pack? I’d rather be better than bigger. Business pet peeve: Paying too much attention to the short-term outlook. Role model: Jamie Dimon, CEO of J.P. Morgan. I admire his values: he puts his family, humanity and customers ahead of company profits. Best business advice: The journey is the reward. Favorite ways to give back: By serving as a mentor through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Most people don’t know . . . I ran the Philadelphia Marathon last year. It was my first and most likely last marathon. What was your first paid job? Paperboy. I was horrible at it, but I used the money to buy and sell baseball cards. It turned out to be a golden era for sports cards, so I hit the jackpot.

Joe Swiatkowski, 36

Born: Akron Title/Company: President/ Hickory Harvest Foods Lives: Bath Township Higher Education: The University of Akron What separates you from the pack? We have to move faster than our competition. The more we beat them, the more products we sell. Sage advice to young people heading into business: Be yourself and do things that others will not. Don’t be afraid to be different and humorous. Role models: My father was the most dedicated family guy you could have but still was able to start a business from the ground up. Also, my first boss. I absolutely hated this guy and said I would never treat an employee or co-worker that way. He did teach me one thing, though: thank people for their business. Favorite ways to give back: Coaching my kids and their friends in sports. I’m also involved in the Fisher Institute of Professional Selling (UA) to show aspiring students what it takes to sell. Most people don’t know . . . I am like a pretzel: twisted in too many ways for most people to understand.

Amy Tucker Hutchison, M.D., 38

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Born: Indianapolis Title/Company: Amy Tucker, Orthopaedic Surgeon/Akron General Medical Center (AGMC) Lives: Wadsworth Higher Education: University of Louisville Medical School, AGMC Orthopaedic Residency, Cleveland Clinic Fellowship What separates you from the pack? I was the first female orthopaedic resident at AGMC, I served as president of the House Staff as a resident and was named Resident of the Year. I am Education Director for the Orthopaedic Resident Program and Director of the Geriatric Fracture Program. Business pet peeve: People who don’t appreciate what a blessing it is to have a good job in these times. Sage advice to young people heading into the business world: My Dad said, “Don’t forget what you are there for” and “Fair is only in the dictionary,” so work hard even when the work is hard. What makes you tick? God. He is the center of my world, including work. How can you shape Greater Akron’s future? By providing the best possible care to my patients and by volunteering to give talks on geriatric fractures and bone health. I have served on the Red and White Committee for the Arthritis Foundation and the Divas for the American Cancer Society Cattle Baron’s Ball. 6th Annual 30 for the Future

Jason Tuma, 39

Born: Medina Title/Company: Partner/BCG & Company Lives: Jackson Township Higher Education: The Ohio State University What separates you from the pack? My humility, which is why I don’t have a better answer to this question. Business pet peeve: People not returning phone calls or emails in a timely manner. Close second: not putting the new twelve pack of Diet Coke in the fridge after taking the last cold one. What makes you tick? Leading a team to accomplish whatever task is at hand. Best business advice: My first manager said, “Don’t stress out about it; it’s not like we’re saving lives here.” A little perspective sometimes is a good thing. Favorite ways to give back: United Way Day of Caring and serving on the Victim Assistance Program Board. Role model: My father-in-law is a major reason I chose accounting as a profession. He has shown me how to conduct myself both personally and professionally.

Jason Weigand, 31

Born: Akron Title/Company: Litigation Attorney/Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs Lives: Bath Township Higher Education: The Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University What separates you from the pack? Outworking the competition. Sage advice to young people heading into business: Learn as much as you can as fast as you can from successful mentors to build your own approach for success. What makes you tick? Meeting and exceeding my own goals for success. Role model: My father leads by example by making time for family and community, working hard and never complaining. Best business advice: Do not let what you cannot change distract you from what you are able to change. Favorite ways to give back: My involvement on the Board of the National Super Kids Classic. Favorite way to chill: Getting ice cream at Strickland’s. What did you want to be when you were 12? I wanted to be a firefighter.

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Valerie Wolford, 39

Born: North Canton Title/Company: Communications Coordinator/City of Green Lives: Green Higher Education: Kent State University, The University of Akron What separates you from the pack? Tenacity. I show up, do the work and don’t let minor roadblocks stop me. Business pet peeve: The comment, “We’ve never done it that way before/that’s not how we do it.” Sage advice to young people heading into business: Learn how to manage people. There isn’t a college course on that, so if this isn’t your strong point, learn. What makes you tick? Writing. Some people say I even have a knack for it, but I am my own worst critic. Best business advice: “Don’t let the bastards get you down,” said a note from Bill Sledzik, KSU professor. I still have the note he sent after my first experience with a work conflict resulting in my leaving the small company. Role model: My father never attended college but always told my sister and me, “No one can ever take away your education.” I always called him first about my work accomplishments.


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First Call for 2013 Nominations Now is your chance to get involved by nominating a stellar young professional for the 2013 30 for the Future award. The 30 for the Future award recognizes 30 young professionals (ages 25-39) who live and/or work in the Greater Akron Region who are trendsetters in their industries and make an impact on the region through leadership in their industry and community. To nominate an individual for this award, contact Angela Presutti at (330) 237-1263 or e-mail to presutti@greaterakronchamber.org.

The mission of the Greater Akron Chamber is to drive economic development and prosperity for the people of the Greater Akron Region.

Akron General congratulates 30 for the Future Award Recipient

Amy E. Tucker, MD Orthopaedic Surgeon Her professional and community accomplishments make Akron General proud to have her a part of our team. Congratulations to all of the 30 for the Future professionals who make Akron a better place to live and work.


Thanks to the 2012 30 for the Future Finalist Committee and Review Team for their time, energy, and wise counsel. Finalist Committee Mike Kolk, Cohen & Co., Chair Iris Harvey, Kent State University Rob Malone, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP Mark Scheffler, Leadership Akron Mary Swann, Diebold, Inc. Ethel Vinson, FedEx Custom Critical Sandy Upperman, Huntington Bank Review Team Amanda Barna, Center for Marketing and Opinion Research Tracy Carter, Summa Health System Don Corpora, Akron General Medical Center Shon Christy, Christy Creative LLC Jeff Douglas, KeyBank Iris Harvey, Kent State University Mike Kolk, Cohen & Co. Rob Malone, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP Matt McCallum, Hitchcock Fleming and Torchbearers Jay Mellon, AtNetPlus Melissa Montisano, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Adele Dorfner Roth, City of Akron, Mayor’s Office of Economic Development Mark Scheffler, Leadership Akron Mary Swann, Diebold, Inc. Jacquie Tinnemeyer, Old Trail School Sandy Upperman, Huntington Bank Ethel Vinson, FedEx Custom Critical

6th Annual 30 for the Future

Past Recipients 2007 Deanna Akers Leah Anglin-Walsh Ann Armao Mary Beth Beck Alane Boffa Kirt Conrad Raymond Dunkle David Groves Nikki Farrell David Firestine Dan Flowers Brian Fortney Beth Galambos Aaron Hervey Andrew Holland Danielle Kimmel Margaret (Lazzerini) Jordan Terry Link Meghan MacDonald Kevin McGee Marquita Mitchell Chuck Mullen Eustacia Netzel-Hatcher Tia Ramlow Mark Scheffler Stacy Smith Stephen Sokany Michelle Tomer Keeven White Andrea Wlasyn Kristie Van Auken

2008 Heather Barnes David Barnhardt Tracy Carter Randy Cole Hezekiah Davidson Brian Deagan Jennifer Doyle Michelle Drago Todd Eisinger Diettra Engram Bridget Garvin Ambrisco Scott Hindel Geoff Karcher Brett Kimmell Mark Krohn Raymond Lampner Shana Lee Daniel Leslie Joy Malek Oldfield greaterakronchamber.org

Christine Mayer Matt McCallum Brian Miner Michael Moldvay Melissa Montisano Heather Nagel Brian Ray Jeff Sumner Barry Thoman Laura Tinney Erin Wojno

2009 Cara Adams Kate Bradley Nathan Brant Anthony Burwell Jennifer Cummings Angela Fremon Stacey Gardiner-Buckshaw Michael George Suzie Graham Betsy Bare Hartschuh Angela Johnson Sean Joyce Katherine Silver Kelly James Laber Katie Wojno Lancianese Amanda Leffler Beth Linderbaum Kirsten Lino Doug Mathey Fedearia Nicholson Christopher Norman Hannah Paulin Eboni Pringle Dan Reynolds Dana Lobalzo Saporito Ben Tegel Denise Sponseller Testa Kathy Vidakovics Asuama Yeboah-Amankwah Brittany Grimes Zaehringer

2010 Andrea Babjack Margaret Baughman Chrissie Beynon Tobin Buckner Kelli Crawford Eren Demiray Greg Dieringer Charles Elliott

Matt Ellis Melanie Friedman Chris Hallier Angela Harper Brooks Da’Ron Henderson Ramona Hood Bill Hoover Carrie Ann Kandes Jennifer Kephart Dana Lawless-Andric Ann Manby James McNutt Jay Mellon Don Padgett III Kim Palmer Marie Reichart Mary Swann Angie Wells Mexie Wilson David Woodburn Julie Zhao

2011 Rami Ahmed Amanda Barna Jason Bogniard Susan P. Bruce Andrea Calo Stephen M. Catalano David V. Chand Deepa H. Chand Shon Christy Jason D. Dodson Kimberly DuCharme Tiffany Edwards Scott E. Garchar Julia H. Hall James Hardy Dale Highsmith Jr. Justin Everett Hilton Michelle Hinton Cryshanna A. Jackson Sherry Neubert Nevin C. Nussbaum Brad Pulley Megan E. Raber Jennifer Savitski, M.D. Sarah Sehm Donald R. Scherer Jeana M. Singleton Christopher Smith Jon Stefanik II NiCole Swearingen-Hilker 19


nightlife. If a quiet, family-oriented suburban lifestyle is more your thing, Greater Akron’s beautiful bedroom communities and excellent school districts can be had at a fraction of the living cost of other major cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. The region’s road to success is paved by young, creative minds banding together in civic pride and urban boosterism. A further influx of fresh talent will ensure that Greater Akron continues to be much more than another signpost on the street of life. Let the YP Roadmap show you the way. This comprehensive guide was created for YPs, by YPs. Through focus groups and detailed follow-up, we tapped into the minds of the region’s young heavy hitters to determine the best that Greater Akron has to offer. Whatever you’re looking for, you will find it here. Source: Greater Akron Chamber – “One-half of Ohio’s Fortune 500 companies are in the Cleveland-Akron area; more than 150 Fortune 500 companies have facilities in Greater Akron.”

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view of Greater Akron and Northeast Ohio from space reveals a dense patchwork of streets and highways, with plenty of green .space. The Ohio and Erie Canal meanders through the city, separating east from west. But it’s when you get down to street-level that you can really see just how much the region has going for it. There’s so much happening in Greater Akron, you need a trusted guide to find it all. Enter the YP Roadmap, the must-have resource for young professionals seeking successful futures in a dynamic community bursting with promising jobs, abundant educational opportunities, cool neighborhoods, fun afterfive activities, high-quality healthcare and easily accessible parks. Think of this guide as an app you can download directly into your brain, giving you comprehensive access to a place that boasts more than 150 Fortune 500* companies and lies within a 500-mile radius of 42 major U.S. cities. The Greater Akron region – Summit, Medina and Portage counties – is a magnet for jobs and investment in Northeast Ohio, boosted by an evolving economy that owes a debt to its iconic industrial heritage. World-class research centers at The University of Akron and Kent State University are navigation points for students plotting a course to a lucrative career, while social and volunteer organizations connect young professionals to one another once they’re ready to enter the uncharted territory of the working world. It is a 20-minute drive to and from everywhere in Greater Akron. YPs looking to settle down will discover lively neighborhoods packed with vibrant quality-of-life attractions and exciting

YP Roadmap  September 2012

Promising Jobs in the Top Industries


any industries in the United States either began education and commercialization. The facility is harnessing or were influenced by Akron. The tire and rubber Akron’s vast polymer-science research knowledge for the business got rolling right here, gaining Akron the status of next generation of biomedical materials and devices. Within “Rubber Capital of the World.” The region’s LPC economy is COMPANY a decade, the effort could accelerate creation of CH048574B 5 more than 8/29/2012 PUBLISHING now reinventing itself as a high-tech haven that owes more 2,000 jobs in area medical companies. 4.625 x 7.375” (4c process) SALVAREZ than a passing nod to its famous manufacturing history. Just Energy Medical like your favorite smartphone or tabletjb/jb/jb/sm/jb computer, Akron is Global demand for energy is expected to increase 60% by getting an upgrade that will add some slick new features to the year 2030. Thankfully, Akron’s right at the epicenter the local employment market. You want jobs? You’ve of this “new power generation” with FirstEnergy Corp., a got ’em in Greater Akron. Fortune 200 company headquartered downtown. One of

PUTTING THEM ON THE MAP Advanced Materials/ Manufacturing The “rubber capital” has evolved from supreme tire manufacturer to a region living on the leading edge of new polymer applications. More than 35,000 people are currently employed in Akron in 400 polymer-related enterprises, helping to position the city among global leaders in polymer research and engineering. The University of Akron is busy churning out research and development brilliance at its Institute of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, a hub for new findings using nanotechnology and photonics designed to change the world for the better. The city’s long history of putting tires on America’s roads will continue with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s expansive new headquarters complex going up on the city’s east side. What about the machines that make the products we use every day? There continues to be a great local need for mechanical and electrical engineers who can design machinery involved with the production of rubber and polymers. Biomedicine Greater Akron’s rich legacy in industrial and materials science has gone 2.0 with the creation of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron (ABIA). Formed by a partnership among Summa Health System, Akron General Health System, Akron Children’s Hospital, The University of Akron and Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), the Institute reflects Akron’s push to expand the local economy through medical-related research, greaterakronchamber.org

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the nation’s largest electric utilities, the corporation is fertile ground for young employees taking leading roles in testing new environmental and electric distribution technologies. Akron is also at the forefront of the alternative energy movement. Echogen Power Systems LLC is working to generate electricity from waste heat that otherwise is lost going up smokestacks. Shale gas and oil firms are moving into the area at a rapid pace as well, meaning exciting new opportunities for environmental and safety engineers, geologists, surveyors and more.

is the region’s largest pediatric provider, with two pediatric hospitals, 20 primary care and 67 pediatric specialty locations. † Also see Staying Well on page 40. Higher Education Tens of thousands of students are wising up at Greater Akron’s educational institutions. A concentration of two major research universities, two medical schools, private colleges and a dozen technical institutes are job magnets for such high-end industries as polymer science and healthcare. Kent State University (KSU) and The University of Akron (UA) shine as two of the top-10 employers in Greater Akron. Last year, KSU was selected as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education based on its excellent compensation package. UA’s enrollment has increased 30% since 2005* and offers a vigorous and culturally rich work environment on a revitalized campus.

Healthcare † Greater Akron’s smoking hot healthcare sector is thriving thanks to the work of top-shelf hospitals, doctors and treatment centers. SUMMA HEALTH SYSTEM is Summit County’s largest employer, offering numerous physician and nursing opportunities in a variety of medical specialties. Summa was also recently praised as one of the most “wired” systems in the country*, implementing information technology to improve business and clinical care.

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JOHN O’NEIL, PRESIDENT, INTEGRITY TECHNICAL SERVICES, INC. The Akron-based staffing firm supplies engineers, IT and other technical support professionals to companies in Greater Akron and beyond. “We have tripled our recruiting staff and doubled our office space in the last 12 months, with company growth directly tied to the positive effects of fast regional development. The expansion of ‘green technologies’ and the beginnings of shale gas and oil development in and around Akron are creating opportunities for a wide variety

AKRON GENERAL MEDICAL CENTER, part of the Akron General Health System, has regional referral centers in cardiology, cancer, women’s health and orthopedics. The hospital was named one of the 99 best places to work in Northeast Ohio by the Employers Resource Council. AKRON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, Ranked a Best Children’s Hospital by U.S. News & World Report, Akron Children’s Hospital

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Summa Health System


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Akron Children’s Hospital


Medical Health Care Services


Akron General Health System


Medical Health Care Services


Kent State University


Higher Education


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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company


Tire Manufacturing


Akron Public Schools


Elementary And Secondary Schools


FirstMerit Corp.




The University of Akron


Higher Education


FirstEnergy Corp.




Time Warner Cable NEO


Cable Television, High-Speed Internet Service, Digital Home Phone


Sterling Jewelers Inc.


Jewelry Stores


Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group, Inc.


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Little Tikes Co.


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Allstate Insurance Co.




Westfield Insurance

Westfield Center

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Call Center Services


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Medical Health Care Services



of engineering, IT and other technical positions. There also continues to be a heavy demand for mechanical, civil and electrical engineers. Our area is fortunate to be so diversified with many openings in the industrial/ manufacturing, energy production, electronic technology and software development fields. Akron has an abundance of opportunities.” SOURCE on “wired” quote – “Summa Health System has been named one of 2011 Health Care’s Most Wired hospital organizations for achievement in the use of healthcare IT, according to the results of the recently-released 2011 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study. The study appeared in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) magazine.” SOURCE on Akron enrollment comes from UA’s website: “Enrollment has increased nearly 30 percent since 2005, in part because of UA’s revitalized campus and its excellent academic programs.” greaterakronchamber.org

POINTING THE WAY u The University of Akron – uakron.edu/career/

u employmentguide.com

u Kent State University – kent.edu/career/

u truecareers.com

u JumpStart, Inc. – jumpstartinc.org

u akronworks.com

u The Job Center – thejobcenter.biz u Portage Workforce Connection – portageworkforce.org

u careerbuilder.com u linkedin.com u dice.com u monster.com u indeed.com


Plentiful Internship Opportunities


he modern concept of the internship essentially sprung from the medieval apprenticeship, in which skilled laborers would teach a young person their trade. Unlike that long ago sword-and-corset era, however, today’s interns are not bound to employers after their internship is over. The contemporary internship is exploratory, gaining students precious on-the-job training to decide what career they would like to pursue. Internships can be paid or unpaid, although unpaid internships are subject to stringent labor guidelines. Many companies use placements to train future employees, so determined students have that going for them, too. Greater Akron is teeming with high-level internships at organizations large, medium and small. Challenging work opportunities and exciting research experiences are available at companies that keep the region healthy and supply the area with electricity. Indeed, the beginning of a great career is right here in Greater Akron.


Here’s a snapshot of how a few innovative regional employers are leveraging the power of internships: Akron Children’s Hospital With a long history of mentoring and teaching college students training in the health professions, the hospital always needs sharp-minded interns for its programs located at two campuses and 90 off-site facilities. Participants get training in fitness, health education and wellness. One day they may be assisting with health screenings for a Weight Watchers program; the next, they’re picking produce for an onsite fresh foods market. Leadership opportunities abound for responsibility-seeking students, all while improving the community’s health and well-being. Success story FORMER INTERN, SARAH BLAKELY, AKRON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL “My internship was with Akron Children’s Hospital’s human resources department in the employee wellness program. Among my duties were teaching a beginners’ fitness class and writing proposals for my community wellness coordinator. My internship was a positive experience for many reasons. My supervisor was exceptional and provided helpful feedback and advice. One of my favorite things was the opportunity to get as involved as I wanted, creating and leading my own programs with my supervisor’s guidance. Through my internship, I gained a wonderful mentor as well as valuable real-world experience working with an award-winning wellness program.” Consolidus The downtown Akron company is one of the country’s fastest-growing sellers of branded merchandise. Founded by a former Akron firefighter, Consolidus employs mean and lean systems to juggle supply chain/order processing and web content for products like coffee mugs, key chains and caps stamped with logos. Rather than have buyers use a single, all-encompassing website to purchase their wares, Consolidus offers customers individual sites tailored to 24

their particular markets. The company hires interns for a variety of departments including graphic design, marketing and computer science. Consolidus interns are paid for their work, keep flexible schedules and gain valuable experience in a positive, professional environment.    Success story ALYSSA KITTLE, FORMER INTERN, CONSOLIDUS “With Consolidus, I wanted to gain insight of how marketing is implemented in the real world. During my internship, I experienced a trade show and worked in the realm of social media marketing. Everyone at Consolidus was so friendly and helpful. Whenever I had a question, whomever I asked was helpful and put whatever they were working on aside to assist me. When I start my career, I will feel comfortable knowing that I was able to experience a glimpse of the marketing industry.” FirstEnergy Corp. The well-known electric utility designed its co-op/intern professional development program as a talent pipeline to tap a highly competitive market. The myriad benefits for experience-hungry YPs include business skill-sharpening workshops and networking sessions that expose students to members of the organization as well as their equally ambitious peers. Interns are also assigned a coach to provide mentorship and guidance. Finally, social events like Akron Aeros games and golf outings give participants a chance to share their contributions with company leadership. Successful internships could even lead to a bright future with the company. FirstEnergy’s intern-to-employee conversion rate for 2011 was over 50%. Success story MARY SWANN, FORMER INTERN, FIRSTENERGY CORP. “I worked at FirstEnergy’s legal department while in law school, and it helped me confirm YP Roadmap  September 2012

that corporate law was the path I wanted to take with my legal career at Diebold. I was given the opportunity to interact with all facets of the FirstEnergy business, learning how each department worked and how the company then worked as a single cohesive unit. As I was in school full time and working, I didn’t have a lot of extra time to work within the YP scene generally. The internship solidified my confidence in corporate law as a career path.”

learned and strengthened the core values of courage, passion, integrity and growth. I loved the fact that I was doing handson work every day and not just doing the running around and ‘busy work’ that some internships have you doing. I cannot believe it has been six years since I first started my career with Northwestern Mutual, and today I have impacted hundreds of individuals and families in Northeast Ohio as clients and the folks I mentor that come into this great internship and career.”

Northwestern Mutual #112 on the Fortune 500, Northwestern Mutual has been rated a Top Ten Internship in the U.S. for over 15 years. The company was founded in 1857, and the internship in 1967. Since then, students have been able to combine college classroom learning with a real life experience, work in a realworld business environment and earn performance-based compensation.  These interns build self-confidence, improve communication skills and learn to more effectively manage their time.  Over half of all leadership positions in the company are held by people who started with the company as interns.

OEConnection Located in Richfield, OEConnection is a leading software technology company in the midst of an aggressive domestic and international expansion phase. Customers use the company’s wares to market and manage original equipment

Success story RANDALL KELLER, FORMER INTERN, FIELD DIRECTOR, NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL, FAIRLAWN OFFICE “I began my internship the summer before my junior year at Kent State. (#7 intern in the U.S. in 2008 out of over 2,500). At first, I didn’t realize how big of a deal the opportunity was and how fortunate I was to be a part of it. After a few months, I understood how special the company, the culture and the people were that I was surrounded with.  I

POINTING THE WAY u NOCHE – noche.org u Greater Akron Chamber – nextgenintern.com u The University of Akron – uakron.edu/ascareer/internships. dot u Kent State University – kent.edu/career/internships/ index.cfm u neointern.net u internships.com

In this case, the grass really is greener. As a Northwestern Mutual Financial Representative, you’ll have the backing of a leading financial organization that truly values the entrepreneurial spirit - one that’s earned the top ranking in its industry in Selling Power magazine* - to help you go as far as your potential can take you.

Daniel J Leslie CLU®, CFP®, ChFC®, CLTC Wealth Management Advisor, Managing Director nmfn-akron.com

05-2831 © 2012 Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI (NM) (life and disability insurance, annuities) and its subsidiaries. Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (NMIS) (securities), a subsidiary of NM, broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, and member of FINRA and SIPC. Daniel J Leslie, District Agent(s) of NM. Daniel J Leslie, Registered Representative(s) of NMIS, Representative(s) of Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company®, Milwaukee, WI, (NMWMC) a subsidiary of NM and limited purpose federal savings bank that provides financial planning, investment management, and trust services. Representative(s) may also be an Investment Advisor Representative(s) of NMIS. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements. “50 Best Companies to Sell For” November 2011.

u internshipfinder.com u internships.jobs.net greaterakronchamber.org


parts. OEConnection hires between eight and 15 customer science or computer information systems majors for paid internships that run from January through August each year. Interns get their hands on leading-edge tech – no busy work here, just real applications that will be in the marketplace. Success story VLADISLAVA CUZNETOVA, FORMER INTERN, OECONNECTION “As a software engineering intern, I worked on developing the code for existing and emerging products. Working at OEConnection has many benefits; the most important is that the company will take the time to develop your skill set. When I first started out, I was only familiar with two programming languages. However, my mentor was patient with me and took the

time to assign projects that allowed me to develop new abilities and learn new programming languages. In addition, the company has an extremely flexible schedule (including working from home) and an amazing social atmosphere. Everyone at the company is always very excited to be in the office and even more excited to help you out.” Segmint, Inc This steadily expanding Akron-based company uses technology to anonymously analyze a consumer’s banking habits to find what it calls “key lifestyle indicators.” Let’s say you just bought baby gear or a home. Segmint will take that information and work with the bank to produce customized advertisements (college savings plans, home equity loans) that will show up on a web page during online banking. Segmint is always searching for hardworking, talented individuals to join the team. The technology company provides a unique entrepreneurial work experience for both interns and experienced professionals that includes hands-on exposure and a fast-paced culture. Segmint continues to foster relationships with educational institutions throughout the region, including The University of Akron and Kent State University.

Want to be a power player?

If you’re looking for an exciting and rewarding career, the power industry may be for you. FirstEnergy is a Fortune 200 company comprising one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems. We have more than 17,000 dedicated employees with approximately $16 billion in annual revenues and $47 billion in assets. We’re proud to serve over 6 million customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, New York and New Jersey. Visit firstenergycorp.com/careers for employment opportunities.


Success story LANNY BERLINGIERI, FORMER INTERN “At Segmint, I was a finance/accounting intern, working with organizations like JumpStart and the Ohio Department of Development. Work never seemed like work there. The feeling was more like, ‘Wow, we are trying to create something, and every single piece of the puzzle is important.’ You never knew what to really expect on a daily basis. CFO Gary Salhany was a tremendous teacher and mentor, and the whole team was truly amazing. I received a great deal of responsibility in the accounting, financial reporting and financial planning work. The company put a lot of faith in me, and it was a great experience to feel that level of assurance.”  Thanks to Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE) for providing internship data in the creation of the YP Roadmap. Founded in 1951, NOCHE mobilizes the area’s higher education and business communities to advance regional economic development.

YP Roadmap  September 2012

YP-Friendly Work Environments


ork happy, live happy” is an admirable ambition for young professionals carving out a livelihood post-graduation. Greater Akron is the place to nail that unique brand of workaday joy, thanks to companies offering excellent benefits, lively work environments and numerous mentorship opportunities, all wrapped in a region-wide culture that supports and nurtures those new to the business world. Truly, the pursuit of water-cooler happiness begins and ends here. Think we’re exaggerating? Just take a look-see at these testimonials from a sampling of seasoned professionals and happy YPs.

PUTTING THEM ON THE MAP STEVE BRUBAKER, CHIEF OF STAFF, INFOCISION “We are always striving to provide the best possible work environment – especially for our young professionals. We have built a unique corporate culture and provide the tools to allow everyone the opportunity to develop their talents and enhance their professional growth. We offer professional development classes through our corporate university, all at no cost and all on company time; a mentoring program where junior staff can learn what it takes to be successful from seasoned executives; monthly recognition awards; and on-site wellness programs that allow employees to take care of their physical and family needs without having to leave the office. We also have a lot of fun here! From raising money to support local nonprofit organizations, to our summer picnics, fall harvest day and Christmas party; to our newly forming Employee Resource Group for Young Professionals, providing opportunities to build a sense of community is fundamental to attracting and retaining top talent.” RENEE SPINO, MANAGER, RECRUITING, FIRSTENERGY CORPORATION “As one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, we depend on highly-trained, dedicated and motivated men and women to generate and deliver electricity safely and reliably to our customers. FirstEnergy offers a variety of benefits that include: incentives for achieving key performance indicators; a strong retirement/pension plan; the ability for employees in some departments to telecommute several days a week; tuition reimbursement that encourages employees to earn advanced degrees; a wellness program in support of healthy living; and the opportunity to learn about key business and management topics while networking with peers through FirstEnergy Young Professionals. Interaction and fellowship among employees is also fostered by the company’s strong support of community involvement through United Way, Harvest for Hunger and Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, our internal job postings provide employees the opportunity to view career paths which set their course of advancement in the company. At FirstEnergy, we embrace diversity of thought, value individuality and encourage new perspectives by providing a work environment in which ideas are welcomed. We greaterakronchamber.org

recognize that a young professional’s skills, diversity and character contribute to our company’s future success as they become our leaders of tomorrow.” TESSA SCHMIDT, EMPLOYMENT MANAGER, AKRON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL “We are a destination employer for talented professionals of all ages because of our vibrant culture and organizational sense of wonder and curiosity. From expansion plans to our founding role in the Austen BioInnovation Institute of Akron, we have something of interest for everyone. Our organization offers a supportive environment that values education and professional development. For instance, we created the Emerging Leaders Advisory Board to help meet the unique needs of our community’s future leaders. Members develop their business acumen while partnering with leadership to advance the mission of the hospital. We also offer generous educational assistance and many fun activities that keep our employees connected with one another and with the community that so generously supports us.” BRIAN MINER, PROJECT ARCHITECT, HASENSTAB ARCHITECTS (HAI) “HAI’s flexible schedule is invaluable.  Having the ability to schedule around doctors’ appointments or children’s school programs during normal working hours helps provide a less stressful lifestyle. Hasenstab also works with architecture interns to ensure they meet the extensive requirements needed to take industry exams. When we work with an intern, we routinely touch base with them to see what areas they may be lacking in, then determine whether any of our projects can help them in those areas.” 27

MICHAEL DALTON, ADVOCACY MANAGER, SUMMA HEALTH SYSTEM “Summa Health System has been supportive of young professionals in a myriad of ways. DRIVE (Developing and Retaining Individuals with Vision and Energy), an employee resource group, is focused on the development of aspiring leaders, giving them the tools to succeed in both their personal and professional lives. Through Summa’s Leadership Institute, DRIVE members are now able to participate in classes that normally were only available to managers and directors. Summa has recognized that in order to best prepare our future leaders to take advantage of career opportunities, they need to have additional resources made available to them. The opportunities for YPs to take on leadership roles at Summa abound, as our leadership understands the role we will play in the future success of our organization. At Summa, we are creating not only a community, but also a culture that recognizes the talents of our young professionals and encourages their success. Benefits at Summa include the Mentoring Aspiring Professionals (MAP) program, tuition reimbursement, onsite childcare, a healthcare fellowship program, generous health benefits and innumerable employee discounts.” JON DULAC, WEB MARKETING STRATEGIST, THE KARCHER GROUP, INC. (TKG) GAC_30ftf_greatWorkREV 5/29/07 where 11:37transparency AM Page “Having worked at a large corporation was often a buzzword used by VPs but rarely executed, I

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can say TKG truly owns the concept. From top to bottom, everyone knows the direction of our web marketing company because of an open door policy that people aren’t afraid to use. We have regular lunch meetings with (owner and president) Geoff Karcher when we can ask questions or share concerns. Agency life is fast-paced, and sometimes we need a break. TKG helps make the atmosphere enjoyable with a pool table, dart board, Wii and other forms of entertainment. As a member of the “Prom Committee,” I help coordinate team activities like Uno De Mayo, complete with piñatas, a cornhole tournament and of course, margaritas!” AMANDA LEFFLER, PARTNER, BROUSE MCDOWELL “My firm offers part-time employment, which is a huge benefit for those who choose to take advantage of the time with their families. Brouse McDowell also pays for pretty much everything associated with being an attorney – bar dues, continuing legal education courses and even parking.  The firm also provides us with laptops or, if we prefer, an iPad! There are also a number of mentorship opportunities available at Brouse McDowell. I’m a mentor for our summer associate program and informally mentor many of the younger attorneys.” MARY SWANN, CORPORATE COUNSEL/ASSISTANT SECRETARY, DIEBOLD “Diebold has an in-house cafeteria providing healthy foods and is a significant contributor to such local fundraising and educational programs as Arts in Stark. The company has a very strong drive for healthy living, including healthy food choices and encouragement of healthy lifestyles. Diebold recognizes that their associates’ health is critical to the success of the enterprise. Young associates are certainly an asset here. Younger professionals are coupled with those who are significantly tenured, meaning Diebold not only attracts good, young talent, but the company is doing something right when so many are here for so long.” BRANDY GADD, GOODYEAR BRAND MANAGER – WINTER CATEGORY AND CANADA “Goodyear is a global corporation, a leader in its industry, and a Fortune 500 company that has a lot of confidence in the abilities of the young professionals it employs. All associates are given projects based on their abilities, and not their age – which is a real boost for a young professional’s confidence and experience. It is a great place to take the first step, or the next step, in a career. Young professionals can expect challenging assignments in an environment that supports continuous learning. The learning and development team is committed to personal and professional growth for all associates. Many young professionals join Goodyear directly out of college through one of its many leadership and professional development rotation programs, including Finance, Engineering, Manufacturing and Human Resources. Goodyear also offers associates access to employee resource groups, such as Next Generation Leaders, which is an organization that provides its members leadership opportunities outside of their everyday jobs. This is a great resource for young professionals.” YP Roadmap  September 2012

Entrepreneurial Support


reater Akron is absolutely bursting with innovative individuals carrying bright ideas for new companies. Thankfully, the region is similarly stuffed with innovatorfriendly resources to keep sharp minds in town and on the path to success. Dozens of local groups offering everything from mentoring to investor access are available for entrepreneurs building their dreams right here in the region. Combine these resources with an established base of mentors willing to reach out to their brainy young contemporaries, and you have the perfect place for a start-up.

PUTTING THEM ON THE MAP SHON CHRISTY, FOUNDER, CHRISTY CREATIVE, LLC A social media marketing firm that offers businesses an influential, click-generating presence on top social media websites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. “As a business in its infancy stage, I quickly joined several of the local chambers, most notably the Greater Akron Chamber. Through these groups, I was able to quickly develop strategic alliances and work together with other local businesses. I was also able to plug into groups like the Young Professionals Network (YPN) that helped me connect with other business leaders that were in similar positions. We also hired a business coach who helped us streamline our processes and connect with other marketing companies. By taking advantage of the programs and resources available locally, I have been able to take my business to the next level. Overall, Akron is a very start-up friendly community. Businesses here understand the need to have start-ups in the area and want to support them.” SAM FALLETTA, PRESIDENT/CEO, INCEPT A “conversational marketing firm” that specializes in strengthening its clients’ prospects through email marketing, social media and digital marketing. “Having been born and raised in Akron, I am overwhelmed at the number of people willing to help us grow our business. One of my favorite things about Akron is the values-based approach to business of everyone we come in contact with. I have found The University of Akron to be extremely helpful, especially those involved with the Taylor Institute for Direct Marketing. The local Vistage group has also been invaluable in providing guidance and business advice.” APRIL HAMEY, OWNER, FRESH PROSPECTIVE An upstart sales and marketing firm that focuses on co-marketing, sales development strategies, training, implementation and accountability for area businesses.  “I go into businesses, pick them apart and put them back together, sending them on their way with increased awareness and revenue. The Seville Chamber of Commerce was one of my most important early contacts. They helped me tremendously greaterakronchamber.org

with growth, referrals and notoriety. Overall, Akron is very welcoming and friendly for business owners. There are plenty of people here willing to mentor young professionals. Katherine Miracle (owner of Cleveland-based Miracle Resources) built her business when she was young and has been a great help to me. Who you get to know and who you develop relationships with is what helps you out in business.” ANTHONY LANCIANESE, CO-OWNER/GENERAL MANAGER, CLEARPATH HOME HEALTH An Akron-based home health care company that provides service in Summit, Stark, Portage, and Wayne counties. “Any program or organization that helps build a network is very important. With local groups like Torchbearers and Young Professionals of Akron (YPA), the quicker you get involved in the community, the easier it will become to get associated with the people who can help. The line of work I’m in is very employee-intensive, so I have received a great deal of support from The Job Center (Summit County) – an excellent resource for businesses and employees alike. My company has linked up with strong players in the local and regional healthcare industry willing to work with us on business strategy, consulting and marketing. Having 29

“By taking advantage of the programs and resources available locally, I have been able to take my business to the next level. Overall, Akron is a very start-up friendly community. Businesses here understand the need to have start-ups in the area and want to support them.” Shon Christy, founder, Christy Creative, LLC these people associated with us opens a lot of doors and brings a great deal of credibility to our project. Akron may not be the largest city, but it is a tight-knit community that fosters support to anyone willing to ask for help. I am constantly amazed at how many people are willing just to listen to us and offer support, suggestions and additional contacts.” TIA RAMLOW, PRESIDENT, GREAT WORK! EMPLOYMENT SERVICES A staffing solutions firm that helps companies implement new staffing tactics and strategies in the hiring and use of labor. “Akron encourages and gives opportunities to young professionals willing to step up. The Akron Global Business Accelerator is a great resource. You have the synergy between other start-up companies at different stages of growth and access to people able to help a startup all in




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one place. That can be invaluable. I have used Akron SCORE for some mentoring in business development, and Akron Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) keeps me current regarding human resources issues.” JEFF SITZ, PRESIDENT/OWNER, CITY CLEANERS A fourth-generation dry-cleaning business with locations in West Akron, Fairlawn, and Green. “Entrepreneur Connect (at the Greater Akron Chamber) is beneficial because it brings together other small business people that are dealing with a lot of the same issues that I am. We don’t have a social media/marketing expert on staff, so the resource helped us get our head around exactly what social media was and how we could properly use it. I’m also a member of the Akron Executives Association, which put us in front of decision-makers for small businesses as well as medium and large companies. There are several long-time professionals in the group who have good insight to give to a younger businessman or woman.”

POINTING THE WAY u Akron Global Business Accelerator – akronaccelerator.com u ARCHAngels – uakron.edu/archangels u BioEnterprise – bioenterprise.com u JumpStart – jumpstartinc.org u NorTech – nortech.org u Small Business Development Center – akronsbdc.org u SCORE – akron.score.org

United Way of Summit County www.uwsummit.org


YP Roadmap  September 2012

Hitting the Books


reater Akron brings the intellectual capital with an uppercase “I.” Within a 50-mile radius are 45 colleges and universities, more than any region in the country besides New York City. Almost 70,000 students are hitting the books at The University of Akron and Kent State University combined. Those numbers don’t lie. Higher education has to begin somewhere, of course. The tri-county area has a treasure trove of three dozen public school districts for young families looking to settle down. A handful of private and parochial schools are also available, while several vocational and technical institutions offer degrees or professional certifications in fields including machining, real estate and computer networking.

PUTTING THEM ON THE MAP KENT STATE UNIVERSITY (KSU) Northeast Ohio’s premier public research facility is ranked among the upper echelon of national universities for technology development and education programs known the world over. A 2009 survey of KSU alumni conducted by the school revealed that 82% of students found employment within the first six months of graduation, with another 24% gaining admittance to the graduate school of their choice. KSU caters to those dreaming about their post-college career through a new experiential learning program that puts students in a corporate setting through an internship, practicum or teaching placement. These experiences teach emerging businesspeople “real world” skills like networking, team-building and etiquette. Whether graduates are writing that first resume or cover letter, KSU has a slew of helpful resources, including social media, maintaining a professional image through dining etiquette, proper dress attire and mock interviews. Job and internship fairs, meanwhile, bring the goods right to campus for students looking to get a head start in the suit-and-skirt world. What if a student wants to build a business from the ground up? The University’s Blackstone LaunchPad program emphasizes entrepreneurship by giving students the skills, knowledge and guidance they need to start new companies. The program accommodates all students regardless of major and involves local entrepreneurs as mentors. THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON (UA) The comprehensive research and teaching university overflows with 300 academic degree programs taught by a dedicated and highly talented faculty. According to a university-conducted survey taken by over 500 graduates in Spring 2012, 74% of UA alumni stayed in Northeast Ohio to start their career. The growth of “real world” abilities is part of the UA package. The Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL) coordinates and promotes efforts to improve the success of students both inside and outside the classroom. Courses teach undergraduate and post-graduate pupils necessary life greaterakronchamber.org

skills related to job certification and critical thinking. UA’s Career Center is a convenient one-stop shop for everything related to the working world, including internships/ co-ops, career planning, interview preparation and career readiness. Once a semester, the center even holds an “etiquette lunch” offering hands-on training for work-hungry students and alumni. Comprehensive lifelong support is also available for alumni who may be a little off their job interview game. Lifelong learning is the mission of SUMMIT COLLEGE, The University of Akron’s two-year, associate degree program available at the main and Wayne College campuses. Fields of study include applied science, applied business and applied technology. Kent State University has associate degrees accessible through its eight campuses, with a surplus of study concentrations including design and high technology manufacturing. Greater Akron has much more to offer than a straightforward campus experience. THE AKRON CNC (computer numerical controlled) TRAINING CENTER, an affiliate of the Cleveland Industrial Training Center, teaches budding machinists the trade to satisfy a growing need for workers in the Akron area. THE AKRON INSTITUTE is a vocational school with 40 years of providing hands-on 31

training in healthcare, information technology and business administration. PORTAGE LAKES CAREER CENTER offers adult students career training and development to meet the demands of today’s high-tech job market. Auto tech, nursing and medical coding are just a few of the options available for career-minded students. BIO-MED SCIENCE ACADEMY Greater Akron’s public schools are a fine option for parents wanting a top education for their children, but they’re not the only option. This fall marked the opening of the BioMed Science Academy, a STEM+M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine) charter school established to serve students from Portage County.

The school is an integral part of the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) campus in Rootstown Township. Academy integration on a medical university campus allows teachers and students to take advantage of sophisticated research laboratories and guest lectures from an array of scientific researchers, professors and medical professionals.

POINTING THE WAY u The University of Akron – uakron.edu u Kent State University – kent.edu u The Akron CNC Training Center – akroncnc.com u Akron Institute – herzing.edu/akron u Summit College – uakron.edu/summit/ u Portage Lakes Career Center – plcc.summit.k12.oh.us u Akron Public School District – www.akronschools.com u Medina County School District – mcsoh.org u Portage County School District – co.portage.oh.us u Summit County School District – www.summit.k12.co.us u Ohio Department of Education – ode.state.oh.us u School rankings – greatschools.org/ohio/akron/ u Akron technical schools – technical-schools-guide.com u Northeast Ohio Medical University – neomed.edu


YP Roadmap  September 2012

Getting Connected Young Professional Groups


reater Akron has a thriving YP population that gets involved in the region in many ways. Through young professional organizations, each one focused on a different facet of skill development, social networking and community support, the region’s YPs are able to connect with others who share their interests.

Courtesy of Torchbearers

Akron Jaycees A young professionals’ membership organization open to men and women ages 21-39. The group provides leadership training and opportunities to contribute to the community. For more info, contact Christopher McKnight at cmcknight1974@gmail.com. ArtCetera A project of the Akron Area Arts Alliance providing networking and social opportunities for young professionals looking to support local arts and culture. Contact: info@akronareaarts.org or (330) 376-8480. Greater Akron Chamber Young Professionals Network (YPN) A program of the Greater Akron Chamber committed to establishing the next generation of leaders by offering personal and professional development opportunities that enable young professionals (YPs) to reach their life goals in this community. Connecting the area’s young leaders to the community and to each other, make them more likely to stay in the Greater Akron region. More info: E-mail: Angela Presutti at presutti@greaterakronchamber.org. Medina County Young Professionals Association The group unites young businesspeople between the ages of 20 and 40 who work or live in Medina County. Monthly events allow members to network and socialize in a professional environment. Contact: Brandon Rapp at b.rapp@homesteadins.com.

Young Professionals of Akron (YPA) A nonprofit group providing Akron’s YPs the opportunity to enrich their careers through social, philanthropic and educational activities. Website: ypakron.org.

Encouraging young professionals to connect with each other, build professional networks and grow careers.

TorchBearers The organization was established in 2003 to strengthen the connection between Akron area nonprofits and young people and to further efforts in attracting YPs to Greater Akron. Contact: Brian Pollak at brian.pollak@ubs.com. United Way Young Leaders Society Established in 1996 to support young leaders who believe in and support the mission of the United Way. Contact: Margaret Sell at msell@uwsummit.org.

POINTING THE WAY NEW YPN WEBSITE u greaterakronypn.com u young-professionals.meetup.com greaterakronchamber.org



Pitching In for Your Community


hirley Anita Chisholm once said of volunteerism, “Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.” The former congresswoman could have been talking about Greater Akron when she uttered those wise words. The region has dozens of thriving volunteer groups to take YPs down a path of helping their community and meeting interesting people. Here are a few examples of how YPs are volunteering in their community: ACCESS, Inc., access-shelter.org Helps address the plight of homeless women and children in the community through child care, serving/preparing meals, gardening, painting, cleaning and other rewarding work. At ACCESS, volunteers become leaders in the community and positive role models for the homeless. YP VOLUNTEER JEAN M. COLEMAN “My experience volunteering at ACCESS has been very fulfilling. As I began volunteering and delving into the daily activities at ACCESS, I realized this was a place full of people at the lowest places in their lives, but they felt a great sense of comfort in being here and felt like they were being taken care of. Being a part of this organization has been a blessing to my life.” Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, akroncantonfoodbank.org Provides food and other essential items to member agencies in eight Northeast Ohio counties. The Foodbank’s young professional group, CORE, are motivated, energetic young professionals who grow their professional network while helping feed those less fortunate. Volunteer opportunities include sorting food items at the warehouse and lending a hand at fundraising events.   YP VOLUNTEER MELANIE OFFINEER, THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON’S COORDINATED PROGRAM IN DIETETICS “The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank’s YP group not only connects me to like-minded young people, but I also know that my effort benefits hundreds of my hungry neighbors and friends.” Akron Roadrunner Marathon, akronmarathon.org Health and fitness are the name of the game for a worldclass marathon celebrating its tenth running in 2012. 34

Volunteers are vital in providing a safe, organized and fun race that leaves Akron shining bright in the national spotlight.   YP VOLUNTEER ALLYSON FORD, AKRON/SUMMIT CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU “The Akron Marathon is more than just a race. It’s also an opportunity to work with people from different businesses and organizations not only from Akron but all over the U.S. The event creates a positive attitude about what our community brings to the table.” Akron Area YMCA, akronymca.org Small acts of caring can bring big smiles to the kids, teens and adults served by the Akron YMCA. Professional consultants are needed to lend their special skills to various jobs, while fundraising volunteers are responsible for the legwork that goes into successful campaigns and events. A diverse array of golf outings, bicycle races and 5K runs are all part of the experience. YP VOLUNTEER JOHN MALLOY, PNC INVESTMENTS “As a financial advisor living in Akron, it can be difficult to juggle everything in day-to-day living and then try to find time to volunteer. As I learned more about Camp Y-Noah and its mission, however, it was very easy to say “Yes.” I help raise funds, promote the camp’s mission and work with other board members to ensure the camp is providing as much value to its participants as possible.”

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Akron Zoo, akronzoo.org The zoo provides a dynamic, affordable animal experience for visitors of all ages. Go wild for the “Brew at the Zoo” beer tasting event, or spend an elegant evening raising money for the upkeep of all those wonderful critters at the “Summer Safari” fundraiser. YP VOLUNTEER DANA SAPORITO, H.C. LOBALZO & SONS, INC. “I have always loved the Akron Zoo and think the people there are amazing to work with, which keeps me coming back. Their appreciation for their volunteers is firstclass. Looking at the animals all the time is pretty fun, too.” Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, wrkids.org Akron’s youth have a safe place to belong after school and during summer break, thanks to dedicated staff members and volunteers ready with a smile and an encouraging hand. The organization is always looking for warm-hearted young professionals to “join the Clubs” and assist its charges through one-on-one tutoring, career preparation and promotion of positive lifestyle choices.  YP VOLUNTEER BRETT BOYER, MAIN STREET GOURMET “As a young professional, I am happy to be able to volunteer my time and get to meet and teach the young kids of our community. The annual kickball tournament we have organized for the last two years is a great fundraising event as well as an information generator for the Clubs. The event helps bring young adults together and show them how volunteering for good causes can be just as much fun as it is a good cause. With the Clubs, you are working with real kids, and you can see how much of a change you make.”

POINTING THE WAY u United Way of Summit County – www.uwsummit.org u Young Professionals Network – greaterakronypn.com/about-akron u greaterakronchamber.org u volunteermatch.org

BVU The Center for Nonprofit Excellence – A merger of Akronbased Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) and Clevelandbased Business Volunteers Unlimited (BVU), the organization strengthens local nonprofits by involving volunteers from the community, engaging professionals on nonprofit boards and providing leading-edge board and management consulting and training services for nonprofits. Contact: bvu@bvuvolunteers.org or (330) 762-9670. Northern Ohio Golf Charities & Foundation, nogcf.org The Foundation has helped sponsor professional golf tournaments at Firestone Country Club for over 57 years. Annually, over 1,000 volunteers come together for the World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational. YP VOLUNTEER JC FISCHER, SUMMA HEALTH SYSTEM “Summer is a great time to break away from the office, and you’ll meet some really great people at the Bridgestone Invitational. The tournament puts Akron on the international stage and brings money to many different organizations. It makes a huge difference for so many people.” United Way of Summit County, uwsummit.org The 94-year-old charity’s Volunteer Center database is a one-stop shop referring talented participants to area nonprofit organizations. Want to pass out water at the Soap Box Derby, teach kids the finer points of baseball or care for an abandoned pet? United Way will point you in the right direction. The Young Leaders Society (YLS) provides abundant networking opportunities through social events and volunteerism. YP VOLUNTEER JULIA R. HALL, BCG & COMPANY “My passion is helping other people. Being part of the United Way Young Leaders Society provides me an amazing opportunity to give back to our community. This experience also provides me an avenue to build new working relationships with both young and established leaders from all over the community. United Way serves and supports a multitude of incredible organizations. Serving with one fabulous team and still helping numerous nonprofits is extremely fulfilling.”

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Cool Neighborhoods


f Lemony Snicket was right and home is like “a delicious piece of pie you order in a restaurant on a country road one cozy evening,” then Greater Akron is regular smorgasbord of tasty goodness. Affordable, affluent and eclectic, the region has space for families yearning for quiet suburban living as well as working singles searching for a sleek condominium in a colorful downtown neighborhood. So, sit back, and let the YP Roadmap take you on a guided tour of happening ’hoods as selected by our focus group young professionals.


(330) 668-9500 cityoffairlawn.com Twitter: @CopFair_odc What Makes It Cool Fairlawn has undergone tremendous residential and commercial development in recent years. The easy-going suburb’s quality of life comes in the form of homes available in many price ranges and a variety of public parks. A different kind of growth can be found at the Fairlawn Community Garden, where residents can put their green thumbs to good use. Situated close to a major highway system, Akron’s nightlife, restaurants and shopping are just a short drive away. KIMBERLY DUCHARME, FIRSTENERGY “I enjoy Fairlawn’s quiet and access to shopping and restaurants. We all live busy, noisy lives throughout the day, and it is nice to go home to a quiet apartment in the evening to recharge. I believe a ‘cool’ neighborhood is one that has charm, character, old houses, big, grown trees, flowers and some exposed brick!”

GREEN CUYAHOGA FALLS (330) 971-8195 cityofcf.com

What Makes It Cool The second largest city in Summit County, Cuyahoga Falls is known for traditional suburban living with easy access to Akron and Cleveland. Also on hand is a wide range of housing options, a progressive business community and a robust school system. With 30 state-of-the-art parks and recreation facilities, an 18-hole USGA public golf course and almost 5,000 acres in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the city offers an outstanding array of recreational opportunities for the whole family. BRIAN POLLAK, UBS FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. “My wife and I came to the Falls because of its affordability, and we’ve stayed because it’s a great place to raise a family. Whether it’s the parks, natatorium or local shops/restaurants, there are plenty of ways to get engaged into a lively community. The people are sincere, and we have developed some great friendships. We can’t wait to see Portage Crossing become a reality!”


(330) 896-6602 cityofgreen.org Twitter: @Green_odc What Makes It Cool Green is a progressive community situated halfway between Akron and Canton. Strong schools, access to health care and ample green space (pun intended) give the suburb a vitality that makes it among the most prosperous in the region. Find natural foods at the farmers market, or celebrate all things creative at the annual art-A-palooza fine arts festival. City parks offer a variety of leisure and sports activities, with soccer and lacrosse at Springhill Sports Complex, walking trails at Boettler Park and hiking and cross country skiing trails at Southgate Park. MARY SWANN, DIEBOLD, INC. “Green is friendly and family-oriented, where I can sit on my porch and watch the kids play in the street. It is a great location with fantastic schools and home prices and taxes that are affordable. In addition, the ongoing corporate growth in Green proves its stature as a premier city in the region.”

HIGHLAND SQUARE highlandsquare.org

What Makes It Cool This laid-back artists’ enclave is located near the Northwest and Near West sections of Akron. Highland Square’s urban district is a chic combination of historic homes and modern high-rises appealing to both families and fun-seeking young professionals. YP Roadmap  September 2012

The district is packed with cool shops, including Revival, a vintage clothing boutique. Square Records sells new and used vinyl along with bowls, purses and other objects made from records worn beyond play. Summertime means Art in the Square, an annual festival featuring local artists and musicians. JONATHAN MORSCHL, FOUR POINTS ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES, INC. “Highland Square has most of the things that you need on a daily basis, so you don’t have to travel far. It is very walkable, which is great for people like myself that enjoy city living. The neighborhood is quiet and is great for jogging or walking the dog. I like the different food options and getting coffee at Angel Falls. And having a library so close is definitely an advantage. The best part about it is the diversity of the residents in the area.”


(330) 342-1700 hudson.oh.us Twitter: @CityofHudsonOH What Makes It Cool Founded in 1799 as one of the original settlements of the Connecticut Western Reserve, idyllic Hudson is loaded with architectural wonders built on a traditional “village green” plan. Nearly 20 parks and golf courses ensure residents have something fun to do while admiring the local aesthetic. Hudson carries a modern outlook for a city so steeped in history. A thriving downtown boasts dozens of retail and specialty shops, while live music events, art galleries, three theater companies and gorgeous gardens await the adventurous pedestrian. MICHAEL CZEKAJ, BROADLEAF PARTNERS, LLC “Hudson is a wonderful place to live with its thriving downtown combined with its historic charm. I love the fact that I have so much to do so close to home, whether it is a hike in the scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park or a round of golf at one of several courses nearby.  At night, I’m able to walk and enjoy the aesthetic downtown or indulge in one of many delicious restaurants it has to offer!”   greaterakronchamber.org


(330) 676-7500 kentohio.org Twitter: @CityofKentOhio What Makes It Cool The home of Kent State University is a bastion of artists and writers conveniently located just 11 miles northeast of Akron. “The Tree City” retains a cozy, small-town feel with numerous options for public recreation, diverse cultural gatherings and athletic events. Its large park system includes fifteen parks and nature preserves. Kent’s frenetic year-long calendar of activities includes Masterpieces on Main Art & Wine Festival. Arts aficionados can find their fix at the Kent Stage, a venue for a variety of performances in music and theater. For those looking to stroll, nibble and quaff, downtown Kent teems with coffee houses, taverns and dining establishments. Among them is Ray’s Place, which has been serving up steaming plates of tastiness since 1937. EBONI PRINGLE, KENT STATE UNIVERSITY “The City of Kent offers residents and visitors an eclectic array of activities, amenities and restaurants. Families and individuals will find outdoor concerts, festivals and events that highlight the wealth of artists who reside in and visit Kent. The community offers a mix of housing that includes loft-style living located in the center of downtown and neighborhoods that attract families and individuals alike. Kent is also undergoing an historic and dramatic change that will bring cool new shops and eateries to town. Laziza, a swank Mediterranean restaurant, and the Funky Ladle, a fabulous restaurant specializing in serving the best soup around, have been recently added to many other delicious places to eat in the downtown area. Kent is also the home of Kent State University, one of the top 200 universities in the world, making firstclass education available to people across the world. In addition to education offerings, the university attracts nationallyrecognized speakers, exciting athletic events, concerts and theater and dance performances.”


(330) 725-8861 medinaoh.org Twitter: @MedinaCity What Makes It Cool Medina is a suburb with cache, thanks to a recent nod from Money magazine as one of the top 100 places to live in the U.S. The community is lauded for its excellent schools, affordable housing, low crime rate and pleasing Victorian architecture. Get your baseball bat, running shoes and basketball out of the closet and enjoy Medina’s park system. Regionally, residents are close to Cleveland’s professional sporting events, fine museums, dynamic theatre district and worldclass orchestra. ERICH HOLMES, ERNST & YOUNG “Medina is an amazing community for a young couple getting ready to start 37

a family. The sweet and kind residents of Medina make it easy for you to feel welcome. I began my career in Medina and developed a strong foundation in the community. The warm and inviting family atmosphere encourages you to get involved and volunteer your time in the community.”


(330) 633-5610 tallmadge-ohio.org Twitter: @TallmadgeOhio What Makes It Cool Only a half-hour from Cleveland and adjacent to Akron, Tallmadge has the pleasant atmosphere of a small town with the benefit of plenty of exciting recreational options nearby. The Freedom Secondary Hike and Bike Trail will link Tallmadge to trails connecting Akron, Cleveland and Youngstown. Blossom Music Center, the summer home of The Cleveland Orchestra, is just ten miles from the community.

UNIVERSITY PARK (330) 777-2070 upakron.com Twitter: @upakron

What Makes It Cool University Park (UP) is a high-culture, high-energy epicenter boasting a wide range of arts, dining, entertainment and shopping opportunities. The centrally located urban hotspot surrounding The University of Akron is busy building even more new housing and retail as part of a multi-faceted neighborhood resurgence. Grab a bite to eat at Virtues Restaurant. Watch the neighborhood come to life during the “Light-UP” Lantern Festival. Shop for vintage furniture at Funky Hippy. Whatever you’re looking to do, University Park offers something great. DAVID ROBINSON JR., UNIVERSITY PARK ALLIANCE “University Park is more than just another place to live for me; it’s the place I socialize, the place I work and the place 38

I call home. Being in UP, I can immediately find something going on, whether on UA’s campus or the nearby nightlife and retail. The neighborhood is convenient and affordable, while offering diversity and a rich culture. My neighbors come in all ages, ethnicities and livelihoods. Having easyaccess to downtown and seeing transformational change and development constantly occur makes living here exciting and inspiring.”

WEST AKRON What Makes It Cool A diverse, established population and good schools are the hallmarks of West Akron. Its historic homes were built to house rubber workers and soldiers returning from World War II. Nearby shopping centers offer numerous retail options, while parks and the Akron Zoo ensure that residents get their fill of outdoor activities. Almost 65% of the neighborhood is under age 45 (Source: The City of Akron), giving West Akron a youthful energy attractive to YPs. TARA REGAN, AKRON URBAN LEAGUE “I love West Akron because it has the juxtaposition of old charm and modern convenience. The area still has brick roads and is filled with lovely homes where no two are similar, while it is also filled with many independent businesses. With treasures like Stan Hywet and the Towpath right in our backyard, there is always the ability to spend time in nature. Most importantly, the neighborhood has a small town feel and is very communityoriented, yet it is right in the heart of a major city.”

POINTING THE WAY u City of Akron – ci.akron.oh.us u city-data.com u cleveland.about.com/od/akronandsummitcounty/ u neighborhoodscout.com/oh/akron/ YP Roadmap  September 2012

Living Well


reater Akron’s health-conscious young professionals can find pleasant detours within the region, many of them just a short jaunt from their home or office. Thousands of acres of pristine parkland beckon the active cyclist, jogger and kayaker alike, while a range of shops, markets and restaurants boast freshly prepared farm-to-table goodness. World-class healthcare also helps YPs stay near the center line on the road to wellness. If you’re into draining three-pointers or stretching out for a Yoga “downward-facing dog,” the region’s health systems offer a wide variety of sports activities to recharge both the body and mind.

Healthy Eats ACME FRESH MARKET, 17 locations, acmestores.com. The local grocery chain was founded in 1892, but it hasn’t had a problem getting with these health-minded times. Several Acme stores have organic and gourmet departments. BUEHLER’S, buehlers.com. Environmentally-friendly YPs will find locally-grown products and alternative fuel sources at four stores in the Greater Akron area.

EARTH FARE, 3737 W Market St, Fairlawn, earthfare.com. Earth Fare makes healthy eating convenient, affordable, fun and delicious. Offering everything from ready-to-go meal options, to local and organic farm fresh fruits and vegetables and full-service meat, poultry and seafood departments. KRIEGER’S HEALTH FOODS MARKET, 615 Graham Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, Kriegersmarket. com. The family-run market deals in organically raised fish and poultry along with the freshest fruits and vegetables. MARKET AT LOCK 3, 200 S. Main St., Akron, downtownakron.com/enjoy/the-market-atlock-3. Akron’s Lock 3 Live outdoor concert venue hosts this unique open-air market during the summer months. Patrons can partake of fresh produce, handmade cheeses, baked goods, home crafted gifts and more. MUSTARD SEED MARKET, 3885 Medina Rd., Akron, mustardseedmarket.com. Natural and organic products are the domain of this family-owned and operated retailer. WEST POINT MARKET, 1711 W. Market St., Akron, westpointmarket.com. This nationally lauded foodie paradise has been selling gourmet and specialty goods for more than 75 years.

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Parks & Rec Our Green Scene


KRON ZOO, 500 Edgewood Ave., akronzoo.org. A menagerie of 700 animals makes the well-known, conservation-minded zoo an enjoyable and educational place for after-hours parties, behind-the-scenes tours and volunteer opportunities. CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, 15610 Vaughn Rd., Brecksville, nps.gov/cuva. This easily accessible nature refuge in Summit County delivers diverse activities like hiking or biking the famous Towpath Trail or concerts on park grounds. Enjoy pristine Brandywine Falls, park rangers’ chats on the awe-inspiring geology, or a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. THE METRO PARKS, Serving Summit County, summitmetroparks.org. 14 beautiful parks covering 11,000 lush acres await hikers, bikers and campers from all over the region. Nature lovers and Lance Armstrong wannabes alike can traverse 125 miles of trails. Greater Akron’s green scene also includes these county, city and state parks: MEDINA COUNTY u The Medina County Park District – 14 parks throughout Medina County. u Wolf Creek Environmental Center – A 104-park and wildlife habitat.

u Bird Street Park – 30 acres of playing fields and playground equipment. u Memorial Park – A 10acre space with a dog park, swimming pool, pavilion and more. PORTAGE COUNTY u Portage Park District – 10 parks with yearround hiking, horse trails and bicycling. u West Branch State Park – Hiking trails, fishing areas, boat docks and a campground. u Tinkers Creek State Park – Includes cross-country skiing areas and an ice fishing lake. u Towner’s Woods – Site of 2,000-year-old Hopewell Indian mound has hiking trails, picnic shelters and a cross-country ski trail. u Havre’s Woods Park – 33-acre city park with soccer and softball fields and a Vita Course. u Fred Fuller Park – Traversing the Cuyahoga River, the park has a ball field complex and a nature trail.

Staying Well


KRON GENERAL HEALTH SYSTEM, akrongeneral.org. This system of 9,000 employees, medical professionals and volunteers serves the healthcare needs of more than 1.2 million people throughout Greater Akron. Akron General includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 511-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home health service in Ohio; and Akron General Foundation. SUMMA HEALTH SYSTEM, summahealth.org, is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio. It encompasses a network of hospitals and community-based health centers, a health plan, a multi-specialty group practice, an entrepreneurial entity, research and medical education and multiple foundations. Summa serves more than one million patients each year in comprehensive emergency, acute, critical, outpatient and long-term/home-care settings, and represents more than 2,000 licensed, inpatient beds 40

on the campuses of Summa Akron City Hospital, Summa St. Thomas Hospital, Summa Western Reserve Hospital, Summa Barberton Hospital, Summa WadsworthRittman Hospital, Summa affiliate Robinson Memorial Hospital, Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center, a partnership with Summa Health System, and Summa Rehab Hospital, a joint venture between Summa Health System and Vibra Healthcare. In addition, outpatient care is extended throughout the area in 22 community health centers. AKRON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, akronchildrens.org. Centered at its hospital campuses in Akron and Boardman, this integrated system has more than 80 locations serving a multi-state region. The medical staff of over 750 handles more than 600,000 visits a year. Akron Children’s also offers more than 100 advocacy, education and outreach programs promoting children’s well-being. It is a major teaching affiliate of Northeast Ohio Medical University, and is ranked a “Best Children’s Hospital” by U.S. News and World Report. YP Roadmap  September 2012

After Work


here’s no need to journey outside of Greater Akron to discover the best in gastronomic, cultural and athletic activities. The region boasts a diverse assortment of trendy eateries, bars, galleries and artwalks, theaters and concerts. Lively local venues play host to everything from heavy metal to classical. Spectator sports of all kinds are part of the scene, too, including the Akron Aeros. Here’s where our inthe-know focus group participants love to hang out:

Hangouts and High Times 3 POINT, 45 E. Market St., Akron 3pointrestaurant.com. Upscale, casual, professional, fun experience featuring craft beers and boutique wine list. 750ML WINE BAR AND BOUTIQUE, 2287 W. Market St., Akron, 750mlwines.com. By the glass or bottle. 600 wine selections; 20 kinds of brews. Wi-fi access. BARLEY HOUSE, 222 S. Main St., Akron, barleyhouseakron.com. Offers a wide selection of sandwiches, pizzas and appetizers. Features dancing, live performances, local bands, signature dishes and specialty cocktails. BIALY’S AT THE LAKES, 493 Portage Lakes Dr., Akron, bialysatthelakes.com. A Portage Lakes landmark since 1987 specializing in steak and seafood. BISTRO OF GREEN, 3459 Massillon Rd., Uniontown, thebistroofgreen.com. Upscale informal dining. Diverse menu, homemade desserts. BRICCO, 1 W. Exchange St., Akron, briccoakron.com. Upscale casual restaurant with an Italian flair.

HATTIE’S CAFÉ, 60 S. High St., Akron. Akron-Summit County Public Library, 164 N. Main St., Hudson, hattiescafe.org. Offering culinary delights including contemporary sandwiches, classic soda fountain desserts, fair trade coffees and fresh bakery goods. Proceeds help Hattie Larlham develop programs that encourage people with disabilities to learn, grow and give back to the community. HOOK LINE AND DRINKERS, 530 Portage Lakes Dr., Akron, (330) 864-6653. Moderately-priced, excellent sandwiches, wraps, salads and appetizers. Outdoor patio right on Portage Lake. JIMMY’S MARTINI LOUNGE, 376 S. Main St., Akron. Classy martini bar with an uptown feel. Modern décor, offering a wide array of liquors, martinis, domestic and imported beers. 5-7 Happy Hour Monday through Friday.

CILANTRO THAI & SUSHI RESTAURANT, 326 S. Main St., Akron, cilantrothai.com. Eclectic menu featuring Thai and Japanese cuisine with a variety of exotic spices.

THE LOCKVIEW, 207 S. Main St., Akron, thelockview.com. Home of the Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Innovative, fresh menu, electic wines and imported beers. Updated jukebox.

CRAVE, 57 E. Market St., Akron, eatdrinkcrave.com. Hip dining establishment centered in downtown Akron featuring an eclectic menu and lively atmosphere.

LUCHITA’S IN HUDSON, 36 Park Lane, Hudson, luchita.com/hudson.php. Popular, authentic Mexican dishes using high-quality ingredients.

DOWNTOWN 140, 40 N. Main St., Hudson, downtown140.com. Wine Spectator Award Of Excellence. Menu features small, medium and large plates.

LUIGI’S, 105 N. Main St., Akron, luigisrestaurant.com. Akron Institution known for great pizza. A model for Funky Winkerbean creator’s comic strip restaurant.

FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR, 4000 Medina Rd., Akron, flemingssteakhouse.com/ locations/oh/akron. Exceptional food and wine, featuring the finest prime steaks and 100 wines by the glass.

MUSICA, 51 E. Market St., Akron, akronmusica.com. Live concert venue showcases acts ranging from local bands to up-and-coming national bands.

GASOLINE ALLEY, 870 N. Cleveland-Massillon Rd., Akron, (330) 666-2670. Small pub-style friendly place. Great service with lots of local memory-adorned walls. HARBOR INN, 562 Portage Lakes Dr., Akron, theoldeharborinn.com. Seafood restaurant, Lighthouse Bar & Grill, Marina Bar and Grill. Dinner cruises available. greaterakronchamber.org

SKYWAY DRIVE-IN, 2781 W. Market St., Fairlawn (also in Green and Medina), skywaydrive-in.com. Curbside service since 1952. Famous unique and juicy SkyHi hamburger. STRICKLAND’S FROZEN CUSTARD INC., 419 Heathrow Dr., Cuyahoga Falls, stricklands.info. Maker of delicious frozen custard. Deliciously different homemade ice cream since 1936. 41

SWENSONS DRIVE-IN RESTAURANTS, 680 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave., swensonsdriveins.com. 40 S. Hawkins Ave., Akron (7 locations) Featuring the famous Galley Boy since 1934. SARAH’S VINEYARD, 1204 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, sarahsvineyardwinery.com. Winery offering light dining fare and local artwork. THIRSTY DOG BREWING COMPANY, 529 Grant St. Ste B, Akron, thirstydog.com. Hand-crafted beers using select American and European hops. UNCORKED WINE BAR AND GALLERY, 22 N. High St., Akron, uncorkedwinegallery.com
 Funky wine bar in the Historic District. Live acoustic music, tapas, wine, beer and martinis.
 THE WINERY AT WOLF CREEK, 2637 S. Cleveland-Massillon Rd., Norton, wineryatwolfcreek.com. Indoor and outdoor seating overlooks vineyards and Barberton Reservoir. Tasting room and picnicking available. ZEPHYR PUB & SPIRITS, 106 W. Main St., Kent. (330) 678-4848. Known for its eclectic crowd, large outdoor patio open all year and reasonably priced drinks.

Culture Club AKRON ART MUSEUM, One South High St., Akron, akronartmuseum.org. Contemporary art museum boasting a nationally-recognized collection of modern works along with a calendar of energizing events that include live music, poetry and workshops. AKRON CIVIC THEATRE, 182 S. Main St., Akron, akroncivic.com. Akron’s cultural landmark has been providing the community with live entertainment for over 70 years. Rock, jazz, hip hop, blues, stand-up comedy and more can all be enjoyed at “The Civic.” AKRON-SUMMIT COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 60 S. High St., Akron, akronlibrary.org. Whether you’re searching for Catcher in the Rye or a low-cost web design class, Akron’s 17-branch library system has what you need.

POINTING THE WAY u akronareaarts.org u akronlife.com u buzzbinmagazine.com u ci.akron.oh.us u citysearch.com u downtownakron.com

BALLET THEATRE OF OHIO, ballettheatreohio.org. The area’s largest classical ballet company performs its broad repertory at the Akron Civic Theatre in downtown Akron. BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER, 1145 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, blossommusic.com. Popular outdoor concert venue and summer site of The Cleveland Orchestra, along with a wide assortment of popular music concerts. DOWNTOWN AKRON ARTWALK, downtownakron.com. On the first Saturday of each month, the free artwalk features nearly two dozen destinations for art, shopping, dining and entertainment. Participating artists and galleries feature unique art and collectibles along with art openings, gallery shows, demonstrations and interactive art.

Game Time CANAL PARK, 300 S. Main St., Akron, akronaeros.com. The state-of-the art home of the Akron Aeros, the AA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. CUB CADET FIELD AT FIRSTENERGY STADIUM, 301 Brown St., Akron, gozips.com. The recently revamped University of Akron soccer stadium saw the men’s team kick behind on its way to a national championship in 2010. DERBY DOWNS, 789 Derby Downs Dr., Akron, aasbd.org. The All-American Soap Box Derby draws fast and furious school-aged racers from all over the world every summer. Public access is now available. FIRESTONE COUNTRY CLUB, 452 E. Warner Rd., Akron, firestonecountryclub.com. Akron’s elite private club is a golf enthusiast’s paradise, with PGA paragons like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson hitting the links for some of the game’s biggest tournaments including World Golf ChampionshipBridgestone Invitational every summer. MEMORIAL ATHLETIC AND CONVOCATION CENTER, 1025 Risman Dr., Kent, kentstatesports.com. A bustling hub of intercollegiate athletics on the campus of Kent State University, “The MACC” hosts five teams for the Golden Flashes.

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Downtown Akron Partnership, 103 S. High St., downtownakron.com. The organization promotes a vibrant city and is an excellent resource for YPs looking for comprehensive info on where to live, what to do and where to go in downtown Akron. YP Roadmap  September 2012

You Can Get There From Here


ou can’t get there from here” is a popular phrase used in parts of Maine, when giving directions. It refers to the state’s meandering and inefficient road network in vast rural portions, which makes it difficult to efficiently travel east and west. The Greater Akron region doesn’t have that problem. In fact, “You can get there from here” would be a more apt description of how easy it is to travel the area, thanks to a hassle-free transportation system that includes air, rail and roads. And when you’re planning that long-awaited summer vacation, Akron is a conveniently located hub connected to U.S. cities at all points of the compass. FLY AWAY HOME The Akron-Canton Airport (CAK), akroncantonairport. com, is 15 minutes south of downtown Akron and brings its passengers convenience, ease of service and expanded destinations. The growing airport welcomed over 1.6 million passengers in 2011 and offers arrival and departure flights to 14 nonstop destinations including Atlanta, Chicago and New York. The airport is in the midst of a 10-year, $110-million expansion plan that includes the creation of a new customs and border patrol facility to accommodate international flights which opened in January 2012. Private pilots use Akron-Fulton International Airport, akronohio.gov/Airport/index. htm, located on the city’s east side, while Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, clevelandairport.com, is an easy half hour drive north. ROADS TO EVERYWHERE Greater Akron is all about connectivity, with a major interstate highway system leading to fun locations both in-state and out. Summit County’s Metro Regional Transit Authority, akronmetro.org, is a reliable, clean and safe option for riders who want to leave the car in the garage for an afternoon trip. Those out for a night on the town can take advantage of the various Akron-area taxicab services including Yellow Cab, ACC Taxi and Yellow Taxi on call 24/7. THE RIGHT TRACK Amtrak, amtrak.com, has stations in Cleveland and Alliance, providing service to many major U.S. cities.


“Commuting in and around Akron is a joy compared to many major metropolitans. You can generally get wherever you need in about 20 minutes or less. If a longer jaunt is necessary, there is direct access to Cleveland, Canton and western Pennsylvania. Greater Akron is almost equidistant from many big cities, making the region a perfect starting point.” Anthony Burwell, Non-Profit Account Representative, InfoCision

Thanks to the YP Roadmap focus group participants* and survey respondents Shon Christy*, Host, Christy Creative, Inc. Rami Awadallah*, Bernlohr, Niekamp & Weisensell, LLP Amanda Barna*, Center for Opinion and Research David Barnhardt, Akron Zoo Anthony Burwell*, InfoCision Kim DuCharme*, FirstEnergy Corp. Justin Hilton*, Kent State University Lisa Knapp*, Downtown Akron Partnership Amanda Leffler, Brouse McDowell Brian Pollak*, UBS Financial Services, Inc. Dana Saporito*, H.C. Lobalzo & Sons, Inc. Laura Shank*, PAWSibilities® Humane Society of Greater Akron Jeanna Singleton*, Brennan, Manna & Diamond Jeff Sitz*, City Cleaners Jon Stefanik, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP Mary Swann, Diebold Ben Tegel*, UBS Financial Services, Inc.


The University of Akron Flexible MBA Program Ranked No. 1 in NE Ohio.*

Finally, an MBA for Working Professionals. You don’t need a business degree to earn an MBA. That’s why the Flexible MBA from The University of Akron is designed to fit your specific career needs. Plus: • Flexible scheduling allows you to attend on a full- or part-time basis • Evening and weekend classes provide versatility for fully employed students • A nationally ranked AACSB accredited graduate program.

See how a Flexible MBA from UA can help boost your career. *The 2011 Bloomberg BusinessWeek rankings of part-time MBA programs.

Visit mba.uakron.edu to learn more about earning an MBA from UA.

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