Eighth Annual ystark! Twenty Under 40! Winners Announced

Twenty Under 40 logoystark!, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and The Repository will recognize 20 incredible leaders at the eighth annual Twenty under 40! event, to be held in June.

This year’s class of Twenty under 40! are:

Steven Ayers; 34; CCS Business Solutions, Inc.; CEO

Kelly Blandford Bah; 35; YWCA Canton; CEO

Eugene Cazantzes; 38; Pitinii, Davies and Cazantzes, LLC; Attorney

Miguel Chavez; 33; Walsh University; Director of Campus Ministry

Christina Furney; 35; Doylestown Communications, Inc.; Customer Service Manager

Elizabeth Good; 36; Aultman; RN Nurse Manager of Education and Development

Adam Harding; 34; Premier, Inc.; Contract Analyst

Lora Harley; 40; Eaglowski & Co.; Certified Public Accountant

Joel Daniel Harris; 33; TomTod Ideas; Executive Dreamer

Danielle Higgins; 31; Day Ketterer, Ltd.; Attorney

Dr. Philip Kim; 37; Walsh University; Assistant Professor of Business

Ryan Kuchmaner; 30; Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh; Attorney

Susan Lenigar; 35; Stark County Job and Family Services; Deputy Director, Human Services

Michael Nasvadi; 39; Buzzbin Art & Music Shop; Owner

Nicholas Perini; 34; Beese Fulmer Private Wealth Management; Vice President

Maranda Saling; 26; Bellflower Communications; Owner

Kim Stanley; 34; Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter; Executive Director

Rob Steinberg; 37; Plain Township; Parks Director

Dennis Thomas; 36; Brechbuhler Scales; President

Rachel Waddell; 27; Canton Symphony Orchestra; Assistant Conductor

Nominees were selected based on career acumen, community service and trusteeship, and personal and professional achievements. The Twenty under 40! selection committee is comprised of diverse business and community leaders representing a range of industry sectors from around Stark County.

The recognition of these deserving young professionals is made possible through ystark! and The Repository, in conjunction with Aultman; Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.; Robert J. – Events & Catering; Schauer Group; and The Timken Company.

Awards gala information will be available soon at www.ystark.org.

May 11: Canton Regional Chamber Golf Classic Presented by Southwest Airlines

Golf Logo ColorThe Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, along with its Leadership Stark County (LSC) and ystark! departments, are joining forces to produce one exceptional outing and opportunity to golf at Brookside Country Club on  May 11.

This is the first year that the Chamber, LSC and ystark! have combined efforts to merge what in the past has been three separate outings.

The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic Presented by Southwest Airlines will give golfers a fantastic opportunity to network with Chamber members, business and community leaders and young professionals, all while enjoying their choice of a morning or afternoon of golf on Brookside’s prestigious private course.

Golfers can select their start time: 8:00 AM or 1:30 PM. Both the AM and PM groups include 18 holes on a signature course, greens fees, cart, golf course refreshments, contests and prizes, delicious lunch, and a “wow” gift from Southwest Airlines – all for $125 per golfer. Coffee and pastries will be provided prior to morning play; hors d’oeuvres will be available at the conclusion of afternoon play. Both groups of golfers are welcome to enjoy the afternoon hors d’oeuvres reception.

This event also affords golfers a rare opportunity to enjoy: a signature course designed by the legendary Donald Ross; one of Golf Week Magazine’s Top 100 America’s Best Courses for 15 years in a row; Golf Digest’s “Best New Remodel” in 2006; and a course that has hosted the US Open Qualifiers, US Senior Open Qualifiers, Northern Ohio PGA Sectionals and more.

Interested golfers can register online at www.cantonchamber.org or by calling Monique Thompson at 330.458.2070. Sponsorship opportunities are also available; for more information, please contact Chris Gumpp at 330.458.2055.

ystark! Announces 2015 Executive Committee Chair and Vice Chair

photoystark!, a program of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce focused on young professionals, is excited to announce that Cheli Curran, CEO, Domestic Violence Project, Inc., will serve as the 2015 chair of ystark!’s executive committee. Seth Turner, supervisor, Hall, Kistler and Company LLP, will serve as vice chair.

Cheli Curran has been a ystark! member since 2011 and most recently served as the chair of a special ystark! urban core initiative, incorporating YPs into a segment of the Chamber’s strategic plan. Her personal accomplishments have been at length, including About Magazine’s “Movers and Shakers” of 2013 and a member of the Twenty under 40! class of 2011. Cheli is a graduate of the Leadership Stark County Spotlight Program and the Government Academy. She received both her BA and MBA from Walsh University. Her professional experiences have led from case manager, to specialist, to program director and now CEO, all within varying non-profits to assist families with community or workforce barriers. Cheli and her husband John live above the Joseph Saxton Gallery with their daughter Connor; combining Cheli’s passions for Downtown Canton, the Arts District and family. These experiences will aid in Cheli’s ability to contribute to our executive committee in 2015 and beyond.

PROFILESSeth Turner joined ystark! in 2013 and quickly become an elite-engaged member, attending (literally) all ystark! events and joining its executive committee as membership chair. He graduated from Stark State College and holds a license as a certified valuation analyst. Seth and his wife Susan live in Alliance with their daughter Chloe and son Trent. When he’s not professionally auditing or reviewing, he’s personally out reviewing his many favorite places in Stark County. With this, Seth brings a dynamic and complementing regional perspective to our volunteer leadership team.

For additional information on ystark! and the 2015 Executive Committee leadership, please contact Eric Smer, director, at 330.458.2302.

ystark! receives $10,000 Local Economic Advancement Program grant from AEP Ohio

AEP-OhioCANTON, OHIO (October 17, 2013)—ystark!, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, has received a Local Economic Advancement Program grant from AEP Ohio. The $10,000 grant will aid ystark!, in partnership with ArtsinStark, the County Arts Council, first in conducting a regional survey to identify the percentage of young professionals (YPs) working in Stark County, and then to connect with the identified YPs.

The survey will target regional businesses to measure the YP percentage of their workforces, and that sample will be used to estimate YP workforce countywide. Upon completion of the survey, ystark! will conduct outreach tactics, including workplace presentations, professional development events and networking activities to further engage and develop the workforce.

The goal is to increase ystark!’s current membership of 1,600 by at least 500 new members. As the membership grows, the overarching objective is to keep these engaged YPs in the area, and help both new and existing businesses recognize Stark County as an innovative and workforce-capable area for doing business.

“We appreciate this grant opportunity from AEP Ohio and respect their dedicated support to our region’s economic future,” said ystark! director Eric Smer. “This survey and process are a monumental step in our efforts to become a leading model of YP networks in Ohio, and to retain our community’s young professionals and reinforce brain gain through the region.”

AEP Ohio’s Local Economic Advancement Program grants support projects that promote the retention and attraction of manufacturing jobs and investment. Examples include programs and projects such as retention and expansion surveys, site feasibility studies, retaining existing industries, attracting new industries, conducting special studies, performing research and other creative uses.

Grant projects must leverage additional funds from other sources, demonstrate joint participation from more than one group,, and provide benefits to an area or region, according to AEP Ohio program guidelines. The company awards grants of up to $10,000 for eligible projects.

“We are pleased to be able to provide financial support to help facilitate economic development projects that help bring jobs and prosperity to local communities,” said Pablo Vegas, AEP Ohio president and COO.

AEP Ohio has offered grants to local economic development organizations since 2005. To date, 186 grants totaling $569,675 have been awarded to support projects in communities and counties throughout the AEP Ohio service territory.

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Canton Regional Chamber and ystark! team up for first look at Gervasi’s new Crush House at Stir After Hours event Aug. 22

The Crush HouseCANTON, OH (August 7, 2013) – The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and ystark!, Stark County’s young professional initiative, are teaming up on Thursday, Aug. 22, for a very special joint networking event and first look at Gervasi’s The Crush House.

The newest addition to Gervasi’s ever expanding estate won’t open to the public until October, but guests at this month’s Stir After Hours will have full access to the amazing new winery, wine bar and eatery months in advance.

The Crush House features state of the art wine making equipment, an expanded barrel room and bottling areas, along with a larger laboratory. Guests will be treated to The Crush House’s delicious casual cuisine. Wine and beer will be available for purchase.

Created with a more relaxed ‘lounge’ feel in mind, winers and diners alike will enjoy a lighter flare with all of the abundant features guests are accustomed to experiencing from Gervasi.

The Chamber’s Stir After Hours will be among the first of many events held at this buzz worthy crush house, don’t miss your opportunity to be there first!

The Canton Regional Chamber’s FREE Stir After Hours will be held on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Crush House at Gervasi Vineyard (located at 1700 55th Street NE in Canton).

Registrations for this free event can be made online at CantonChamber.org or by calling Monique Thompson-Kennedy at (330) 458-2070. Please note: Space is limited, please consider carpooling!


ystark! and Goodwill collaborate on unique Wear & Share reusable fashion show

Wear & Share RGBCANTON, OH (April 10, 2013)ystark!, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, Inc. will display a wide assortment of renovated clothing, accessories, and jewelry in a charity event called Wear & Share.

Wear & Share will be held on Tuesday, April 23, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Metropolitan Centre in downtown Canton. During the event, guests will engage in a variety of opportunities, including browsing vendors, bidding on silent auction items, and a enjoying a competitive fashion show.

The fashion show and Goodwill Challenge is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., and will feature the designs of nine local fashion designers. Celebrity judge Doreen Leaf will join her fellow community judges in examining the artistic renovations made by the local designers to determine the most creative and well-crafted submissions. One designer will also walk away with the People’s Choice Award, selected by the evening’s guests.

The Goodwill Boutique will be open on-site, and guests are encouraged to use the boutique to create their own ensembles. Proceeds from the Boutique will go to Goodwill and aid in their mission to make good skills possible, and to enhance the quality of life for individuals and families.

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Sixth annual class of Twenty under 40! recipients announced by ystark! and The Repository

Twenty Under 40 LogoCANTON, OH (March 27, 2013) – ystark!, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and The Repository will recognize 20 incredible leaders at the sixth annual Twenty under 40! event, held Tuesday, June 4, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Barn (5553 Richville Dr. SW in Navarre).

This year’s Twenty under 40! are:

Kara Baker Dodson, 35, Soles Law Offices
Brad Belden, 37, The Belden Brick Company
Charity Davis, 38, Mercy Medical Center
Latoya Dickens, 35, Aultman Hospital
Sam Falletta, 39, Incept Corporation
Marvin Ferguson, 33, Rite Aid
Ryan Fulmer, 27, Beese Fulmer Private Wealth Management
Aaron Geh, 38, The Karcher Group
Derek Gordon, 27, City of Canton
Stephanie Helline, 31, The Timken Company
David Hersher, 38, FirstMerit Bank
Christopher Hunt, 32, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.
Jennifer Mucci, 38, Mucci Team Cutler Real Estate
Captain Daniel Mueller, 38, Ohio National Guard
Kristen Petrilla, 33, Quest Recovery & Prevention Services
Emily Ribnik, 31, Kent State University at Stark
Marisa Rohn, 33, Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio
Chris Seeley, 34, Premier Bank & Trust
Dr. Carrie Spangler, 39, Stark County Educational Service Center
Andrew Williams, 39, Williams Toyota Lift

Nominees were selected based on career acumen, community service and trusteeship, and personal and professional achievements. The Twenty under 40! selection committee is comprised of diverse business and community leaders representing a range of industry sectors from around Stark County.

The recognition of these deserving young professionals is made possible through ystark! and The Repository, in conjunction with Aultman Health Foundation, Huntington National Bank, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A., Robert J. – Events & Catering, and The Timken Company.

Visit www.ystark.org for more information and to attend the eclectic awards gala.