Business briefs

HILLSIDE EARNS GOLD SEAL: Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital in Howland earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital Accreditation. The approval recognizes Hillside’s continuous compliance with the commission’s standards. The facility underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite survey in late March. During the review, a team of commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas including environment of care, infection prevention and control, quality, patient safety, nursing and medication management. Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews.

MCCTC ADULT CAREER CENTER HOSTS OPEN HOUSE: The Adult Career Center at Mahoning County Career and Technical Center will host an open house 6 p.m. Tuesday. Industry credential programs to be presented include culinary and restaurant management, medical office specialist, medical assistant including phlebotomy, pharmacy technician, firefighter 1 & 2, and EMT. To RSVP, call 330-729-4100.

People on

the Move

ELIAS JOINS HOME SAVINGS: Home Savings, a subsidiary of United Community Financial Corp., named Matt Elias bank loan originator. Elias, who will service the Mahoning Valley, has 30 years banking and lending experience. Prior to joining Home Savings, he served as a mortgage loan officer at a full-service, regional bank. His new responsibilities include reviewing home mortgage strategies with clients who are in the market to purchase a new home, refinance an existing home or construct a new home. Elias, of Cortland, earned a bachelor’s degree from Findlay College, and works out of the bank’s Howland office at 4625 N. River Road.

MEERMAN JOINS CHEMICAL BANK: Chemical Bank has named Bill Meerman vice president of retirement plan services / business development officer. Meerman will be the lead 401k business development officer for the bank’s wealth management group, focusing on establishing retirement plans and developing foundation and endowment opportunities throughout Ohio. He will be responsible for developing retirement plans by providing plan design consulting services, fiduciary risk management, and plan-level fee analysis to retirement plan sponsors. He will work with prospective corporate clients, municipalities and not-for-profits in the Cleveland, Mahoning Valley and surrounding markets. He has over 30 years of retirement plan service experience. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Youngstown State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Xavier University.

YSU NAMES LABENDZ DIRECTOR FOR JUDAIC AND HOLOCAUST STUDIES: Jacob Ari Labendz has been named the new assistant professor of Judaic and Holocaust Studies and the director of the Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies at Youngstown State University. He completed a post-doctoral teaching fellowship in the Jewish Studies Program at Penn State University during the 2016-17 academic year and has presented at numerous workshops, lectures and conferences around the world. He spent the spring 2016 semester teaching in Prague. Labendz holds a Ph.D. in history from Washington University in St. Louis. His areas of research include European Jewish history, modern central European and German history and the history of the modern Middle East.

Ribbon cuttings

CASSIDY OPENS SECOND OFFICE: Cassidy Advertising & Consulting LLC, owned by Laura Berena, president, and her daughter, Hailey Cassidy, vice president, celebrated the opening of a second office at 5731 Shields Road, Suite A, Canfield, with a ribbon cutting.

HUFFMAN CELEBRATES EXPANSION: Huffman Fruit Farm celebrated the construction of its new market at 13075 Lisbon Road, Green Township, with a ribbon cutting. The fruit farm began in the 1800s and is now operated by the fifth and sixth generations of the Huffman family.