The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Pro Football Hall of Fame have named two long-time community volunteers to the top leadership positions for the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival.
Chip Conde, Stark County Property Tax Supervisor and long-time Enshrinement Festival volunteer, will serve as general chairman of the Enshrinement Festival activities planned by the Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. Guy Ruda, account executive for Advantage Waypoint, will serve as general chairman of the Enshrinement Festival activities planned by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Conde, a graduate of Canton Lincoln High School and the former Mount Union College (now University), has chaired many Enshrinement Festival committees including Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable, Concert & Fireworks, and Drum Corps International, and he continues to serve as a member of each of those committees, as well as the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner Committee. In 2013, he served as co-chair of the 50th Anniversary Community Celebration Day at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and in 2015, he was the Chamber’s General Vice Chairman for the Enshrinement Festival. He and wife Kathy are strong supporters of the Canton Palace Theatre, including his tenure as a former Board member and current Capital Campaign Chairman. He is a Board member and president of the Friends of the Children’s Network, member of the Canton Lincoln High Alumni Association, and member of the Spanish-American Center.
Ruda begins his first year as general chairman of the Hall’s Enshrinement Festival committees. During the 2015 Enshrinement Festival, while serving in the leadership role as general vice chairman, Ruda also completed his 15th year as chairman of the Enshrinement Committee. He previously served 18 years as a member of the Enshrinement Committee, as well as three years as chairman of the former NFL Experience Committee. A very effective mentor, he provides leadership to his volunteer team by adhering to a favorite motto, “People never improve unless they look to some standard or example higher and better than themselves.” Ruda and his wife Gail are the proud parents of David and Danielle.