Enshrinement Festival Announces Photo Contest Winners

In the 27th annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Photo Contest sponsored by Western Reserve Group, professional photographer Deb Penland of North Canton won the coveted $250 “Best of Show” award for her shot of the Night Glow at the Balloon Classic/Jackson-Belden Music Fest & Fireworks.

Penland Balloon ClassicPenland also earned $200 first place prizes for her photos of the Drum Corps International Competition Tour of Champions and the TimkenSteel Grand Parade:

Penland Drum CorpPenland Timken Grand ParadeThe non-professional category was led by Doug Froelich of North Canton who received $300 for his first place photos of the Community Parade, Canton Kickoff Celebration, and Gold Jacket 5K National Championship:

Froelich, Doug - Community Parade Froelich, Doug - Canton Kickoff Froelich, Doug - 5K Gold Jacket Series (1)

Brenda Stankich of North Jackson, Ohio, received $100 for her first place photo of the Balloon Classic/Jackson-Belden Music Fest & Fireworks:

Stankich, Brenda - Balloon Classic copy

The winning photos will be on display at the Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography, located at 520 Cleveland Ave. N in downtown Canton, from Oct. 28 through Dec. 5. The photos will also be showcased on the Enshrinement Festival’s website at www.profootballhoffestival.com/photo-contest.

Cultivate Business Leads at Fall NETWORK on Oct. 30

Jeanne_WiedtBring a big stack of business cards and get ready for speed networking! (Think speed dating, but without all the nerves!) The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Fall NETWORK event on Friday, Oct. 30, provides a way to increase your sales database and grow your contacts.

Fall NETWORK will take attendees on a networking journey through four, fast-paced hours of energizing activities, complete with icebreakers and new ideas on how to increase your sales effectiveness. Attendees will acquire new business contacts and potential sales leads at the event.

Event emcee Jeanne Wiedt, certified trainer, Dale Carnegie Training, will present business tips on building relationships and strategies for success.

Fall NETWORK will be held at Skyland Pines Golf Club & Banquet Facility. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the program and roundtable speed networking from 8:30 a.m. to Noon. Tickets are $35 for Canton Regional Chamber members and $60 for non-members, and include a full buffet breakfast. Register now online at CantonChamber.org or call (330) 458-2070.

NETWORK is not just for sales and marketing associates; it will benefit anyone interested in establishing long-term relationships and increasing a company’s bottom line, including area business owners and purchasing agents. Every attendee will receive a registrant’s list for post-event follow-up and future contact. There is a maximum of two representatives per company permitted to ensure greatest networking exposure.

Abundant Fall Produce Available at Canton Farmers’ Market

Now through Oct. 17, Canton Farmers’ Market shoppers can enjoy a cornucopia of  fall produce including locally-grown apples, pumpkins, gourds, beans, peppers, potatoes, and much more.

Local selections including artisan breads, organic cheeses, grassfed beef, local honey, baked goods, jams & syrups, and more are also available at the Market on Saturday mornings from 8 to 11:30 a.m. The Market is located in the Timken High School Parking Lot at the corner of Fourth St. NW and McKinley Ave NW.

In addition to the 25+ vendors each week, there are weekly live music and activities ranging from gardening tips to make-and-take art for the kids:

October 3
Denny Ott (musical entertainment)

October 10
Sophia Golina (musical entertainment)
Cindy Petitti (organic gardening tips)

October 17
Sophia Golina (musical entertainment)
Sarah Shumaker (kids’ make & take art)
Aultman WOW Van

Visit www.CantonFarmersMarket.com for more information including a complete list of vendors. Please direct any questions about the Market to Erin Thompson, event manager, at 330.458.2072.

Community Salute Winners Announced; Awards Dinner Set for Nov. 12

Randall C. Hunt, attorney at law, will be recognized with the highest honor, the Award of Merit, at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Community Salute Awards on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. (Please note the new date; the event was previously scheduled for Nov. 4.)
Hunt is a director at the firm of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A. A native of Alliance, Ohio, he served as the firm’s managing partner for 14 years and has been instrumental in the firm’s steady growth. Hunt is an active business and community leader, serving on many local boards throughout his career. He currently serves as Chairman and Member of the Board of Trustees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Award of Merit will be presented along with four Awards of Appreciation and a Special Award of Appreciation during a dinner program at The Conference Center, Kent State University at Stark (6000 Frank Road, North Canton, OH 44720). 
Community Salute Award of Appreciation winners are:
  • Carol Shaheen, YWCA Canton
  • The Children’s Network of Stark County
  • NAMI Stark County
  • TimkenSteel
  • United Way of Greater Stark County
A Special Award of Appreciation will be presented to The Repository.
Tickets are available online for $55 at CantonChamber.org or by calling 330.458.2070. Sponsorship opportunities are also available; contact Chris Gumpp at chrisg@cantonchamber.org or 330.458.2055 for information.

Zurich-Based Investment Advisor to Speak at Utica Summit

Shepperd Investors_Shepperd FrederickThe economy is expanding in the United States but not in Europe. That is why Frederick Shepperd of Zurich, Switzerland, believes investment in the United States is attractive to wealthy European families and institutions.

Shepperd, a native of Tuscarawas County, Ohio, who now runs Shepperd Investors AG in Zurich, will speak about the potential for European business investment in Ohio when he appears at Utica Summit III on Oct. 13 at Kent State University Stark’s Conference Center.

A co-production of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Shaledirectores.com and The Repository, Utica Summit III is an annual conference featuring speakers who examine the “downstream” effects of Utica energy on manufacturing and other economic activity.

Shepperd advises European family offices and institutional investors. He says these investors are “quiet” and willing to take the long view rather than being driven by a company’s quarterly earnings reports.

These investors are furthermore interested in U.S. energy-based investments, he says. There is great opportunity to make these investors more aware of the Utica’s inexpensive and abundant natural gas finds, he believes.

To understand why the United States may be attractive to European wealth, one could look at a comparison of gross domestic product growth in the second quarter 2015: It was 3.7 percent in the United States, 0.3 percent in the Euro Area countries.

Born in Dover, Ohio, Shepperd is a graduate of University of Akron and Capital University School of Law. Shepperd Investors is a successor to family real estate investments that began in Tuscarawas County in 1918.

To register for Utica Summit III go to www.uticasummit.com. Sponsorship information is available from David Kaminski at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce: davidk@cantonchamber.org, or (330) 458-2059.

Leadership Stark County Announces 29th Signature Program Class

Forty-one area leaders have been selected for the 29th Signature Program Class of Leadership Stark County, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber. Selected from an exceptionally competitive field, the 29th Class will explore over the next 10 months Stark County’s current issues, assets, and local and regional resources. 

The group begins with a two-day retreat in September, then a one-day tour of Stark County in October, as well as one full day each month on some aspect of the community including economics, social services, government, education and justice, among others. Specific training towards non-profit board service and the opportunity to interview with non-profits for board positions leads class members directly to significant community involvement. A hands-on project designed to develop community assets completes the experience.
These community minded individuals have been charged to work together to make a lifelong commitment to Stark County. The class includes:
Lisa Aurand, Fraud Training Leader, Synchrony Financial

David Booth, Distribution Systems Supervisor, American Electric Power

Lindsay Bowman, VP, Relationship Manager, Private Bank, KeyBank

Andrew Brickley, Director of Sales, Mercy Medical Center

Tammy Brown, Civil Rights Manager, Stark Area Regional Transit Authority – SARTA

Harold Carter, College Pathways Coordinator, Canton City School District

Jonathan Crawford, Executive Director, The Timken Family LLC

Casey Davis, Associate Attorney, Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs LLC

Julie Elkins, Executive Assistant & Grants Coordinator, North Canton Medical Foundation

Melanie Elliott, Marketing Manager, Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems

Joseph Ellwood, Sales Executive, Huntington Insurance

Sarah Fearon, Missions Director, Faith Family Church

Collyn Floyd, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

Lisa Frank, Owner, SOL Pie Pizza (Formerly Ermanno’s Legendary Pizza)

Stephanie Galbraith, Contract Billing/Flex Billing Admin, ComDoc

Katherine Gessner, Sales & Marketing Manager, MCTV

Chryssa Hartnett, Judge, Stark County Common Pleas Court

Richard Hawkins, VP Information Technology, Timken

Jonathan Heckert, Payroll Manager, The Will-Burt Company

Dana Heffner, Manager, External Affairs, FirstEnergy

Nicole Herrera, Assistant Professor, Stark State College

Donald Hester, Engineering Manager, Hendrickson

Jenifer Hill, Program Manager, Leadership Stark County

Alex Hoce, Firefighter/Paramedic, Jackson Township Fire Department

Michael Impagliozza, Director of Operations, V101 Management Services

Bernadine Jenkins Snell, President, Bernie Jenkins, Inc.

William Kusmits, Engineer, Marathon Petroleum

Jennifer Linn, Manager, Risk Management, FedEx Custom Critical

Darlyn McDermott, Sr Client Executive, Oswald Companies

Kimberly Nidy, Director of Instruction, North Canton City Schools

Darin Nissley, Executive Director, Lighthouse Ministries

Matthew Onest, Associate Attorney, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.

Emily Provance, Resource Development Coordinator, Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Stark County

Jason Rebucci, Purchasing Manager, Timken

Matthew Ritzert, Director, Cardiovascular Business Operations, Aultman Hospital

John Santora, President, C. R. Kurtz, Inc.

Scott Schrader, Engineering Manager, LuK LLC

Todd Shaffer, Operations Manager, Stark Parks

Maureen Tate, Assistant Director, Catholic Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties

Donna Valentine, Vice President of Sales, GateHouse Ohio / The Repository

Whitney Willits, Attorney, Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh

The class represents 14 Stark County school districts, reside in 11 different towns and cities, and range in age from 26 to 58. They are almost equally split between men and women, and about one third of the class work for some type of non-profit, educational, or government entity.

For more information about this and other Leadership programs, visit LeadershipStarkCounty.org

Ohio AG Mike DeWine to Speak in Canton on Oct. 15

2011_MikeDewineHiResWebOhio Attorney General Mike DeWine will speak Thursday, Oct. 15, in Jackson Township at a luncheon event sponsored jointly by the Jackson-Belden Chamber of Commerce and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The event will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Emergency Medicine Physicians Auditorium at 4535 Dressler Road NW. Tickets for the box-lunch event are $15 and are available through Oct. 12 unless the event sells out sooner.

DeWine will provide an update on issues and activities involving his office. The attorney general provides a host of services for families, businesses, law enforcement, the legal community and state and local government. More information is at www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov.

To register, go to the events section of either www.cantonchamber.org or www.jbcc.org. You also can call the Jackson-Belden Chamber at (330) 833-4400 or the Canton Regional Chamber at (330) 458-2070.

Attorney General DeWine began his public service career as Green County prosecutor. He then served in the Ohio Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, as Ohio’s lieutenant governor, and in the U.S. Senate before being elected attorney general in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. He is a native of Yellow Springs and a graduate of Miami University and Ohio Northern University’s law school.