Business briefs

INVOLTA EXPANDS TO INDEPENDENCE: Involta LLC, which has two facilities in Youngstown and data centers in Akron and Columbus, has opened a new center in Independence. The purpose-built, multi-tenant data center in is connected to Involta’s Akron data center by a state-of-the-art fiber ring, providing one-millisecond latency between the two concurrently maintainable sites. Involta now owns and operates 14 data centers across five states and is currently building its 15th facility near Pittsburgh that is scheduled to be complete in the fall 2017.

HOME SAVINGS CELEBRATES RENOVATION COMPLETION: Home Savings, a subsidiary of United Community Financial Corp., celebrated the completion of a major renovation of the bank’s Boardman office, 7525 Market St., Boardman, with a ribbon cutting. The ceremony coincided with the presentation a donation to Making Kids Count, a local non-profit organization, for the Comfort Kit Program that provides infants, children and teens entering foster care with a new care bag to replace items they were forced to leave behind.

CHAMBER TO HOST SUMMER LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS: Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber is hosting two summer leadership-focused programs before launching its late summer/fall series based on John Maxwell’s 15 Invaluable Laws of Personal Growth. Programs are “Do It Anyway: Growing Through Adversity” 7:30 to 9 a.m. June 28 at Ciminero’s in Niles and “Leading in Change” with Lt. Col. Scott Mann 7:30 to 9 a.m. July 26 at the Holiday Inn Boardman. Maxell’s 15 Invaluable Laws of Personal Growth series will featuring business professionals throughout the Valley sharing personal stories that relate to one of the 15 laws. Programs will be 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. Aug. 23 and Oct. at Ciminero’s; 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. Sept. 20 and Nov. 15, Holiday Inn Boardman. To register or find out more, visit

NORTHWOOD REALTY REPORTS TOP PRODUCERS: Northwood Realty Services recognized its May 2017 sales and listing leaders. In the Trumbull County office in Howland top producers were Andrea Hovance, listing volume leader; Bernie Marino, listing unit leader; Jody Sova, selling volume leader; and Mary Ann Drabek, selling unit leader. In Mahoning County offices in Boardman, Canfield and Poland, Kelly Alesi,Chris Roman, Joe Sabatine, listing volume leaders; Kelly Alesi, Adrienne Handel, Wendy Perez, Alexis Quinones, Chris Roman, listing unit leaders; Breanna Fitzgerald, Linda Kiraly, Kathy Ludt, selling volume leaders ; and Kathy Carroll, Breanna Fitzgerald, Chris Hanrahan, Kay Kalmer, Kathy Ludt, Joe Sabatine, selling unit leaders.

New businesses

YOUNGSTOWN ORTHOPEDIC OPENS: Youngstown Orthopaedic Associates has opened an orthopaedic-focused urgent care center at its Building B, 1499 Boardman-Canfield Road, Boardman. The center provides care for people in need of immediate attention who have orthopaedic injuries including sports, workers’ compensation, dislocations, fractures, strains, sprains and any muscle, bone or joint injuries.

FEED & SING OPENS IN SALEM: Feed & Sing, a music/dining venue focused on bringing live country music to Mahoning and Columbiana counties, has opened at 38135 state Route 14, Salem.

People on the Move

FULK, JORDAN JOIN SEVEN SEVENTEEN: William D. Fulk has joined Seven Seventeen Credit Union as senior vice president of lending. Karen Jordan has been named vice president and accounting and finance manager. Fulk has 30 years of financial institution strategic and operational leadership experience and has worked specifically in the credit union industry since 2004. Most recently, he held the position of both executive vice president/chief operations officer and chief lending officer at Columbia Community Credit Union in Vancouver, Wash. Fulk earned his bachelor’s degree at Indiana University. Jordan has experience from various companies including Forum Health and Packer Thomas. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from Bowling Green State University.

COLUMBUS BUSINESS FIRST RECOGNIZES VINCER SEARS: Columbus Business First has recognized Katie Vincer Sears DDS with its 40 Under 40 Award that recognizes young professionals in central Ohio who are making strides in shaping the community’s future. Vincer Sears was among the record 283 nominations. Vincer Sears’ parents, Robin and Jeanne Vincer, reside in Vienn; her grandmother, Amy Holland, is from Girard, but is currently residing in Youngstown. Vincer Sears graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 1999 and Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame in 2003 and then graduated from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 2008. She is a general dentist and currently owns two dental practices, Confident Expressions and Maysville Dental. She is an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. She is also a professional speaker for Colgate. She and her husband, Scott Sears, reside in Pickerington with their three children.