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NEW NAME FOR FOUNDATION: Premier Bank recently announced the Home Savings Charitable Foundation is now the Premier Bank Foundation, following the company name change and 2020 merger of Home Savings Bank in Youngstown and Defiance-based First Federal Bank of the Midwest.

In the past 30 years, the foundation has provided more than $19 million to local organizations, Gary Small, president of Premier Bank, said.

Premier Bank, headquartered in Youngstown, operates 75 branches and 12 loan offices in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

BRITE ADDS TO BOARD: BRITE Energy Innovators in Warren, Ohio’s only clean tech and energy business incubator, has added five new members to its board of directors with energy and technology industry experience.

Added were Djifa Amefia, managing partner of ClarIT Solutions, a Cleveland-based boutique technology consulting firm, and as a consultant with Utilicast; Muhammad Ejaz, founder / president of Twinsburg-based Ejaz Microelectronics, which designs and manufactures microphone products and is expanding into the renewable energy product market; Albert Green, CEO of AMG Consulting Group in Greater Cleveland, which focuses on technology commercialization and innovation-based economic development; Anna Siefken, the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation inaugural executive director at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh; and Michael Stacey of KPMG Cleveland. He designs and implements strategies and programs within the energy, transportation and government sectors.

CREDIT UNION OFFERS FINANCIAL WORKSHOPS: Hilliard-based Credit Union of Ohio, which recently acquired First Choice Community Credit Union in Niles, will continue its free, weekly financial webinar series in February.

The sessions are How to Build Credit Wisely on Wednesday; Dealing with Financial Stress, Feb. 10; The Ins and Outs of Loans, Feb. 17; First-Time Homebuyers Workshop, Feb. 23; and How do Credit Cards Work? on Feb. 24.

All are at noon.

They are lead by Cindy Walker, the credit union’s financial coach. The virtual workshops are open to Credit Union of Ohio members and the general public. However, attendees must register in advance.

GIANT EAGLE INC. EARNS TOP MARKS: Giant Eagle Inc. received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality.

To celebrate the honor, Giant Eagle will be making a $5,000 contribution to the School of One at the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland.

Companies rated in the CEI include Fortune magazine’s 500 largest publicly traded businesses, American Lawyer magazine’s top 200 revenue grossing law firms and hundreds of publicly and privately held mid- to large-sized businesses.

The CEI rates companies on detailed criteria in four categories: Non-discrimination policies across business entities, equitable benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families, supporting an inclusive culture and corporate social responsibility.

CHAMBER EVENT SET: The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber’s Good Morning, Mahoning County! is set 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Feb. 26 at Stambaugh Auditorium.

Speakers include Mahoning County Commissioner Anthony Traficanti; newly appointed chamber President / CEO, Guy Coviello, who will provide a recap of last year’s state capital budget; and chamber Chief Operating Officer Sarah Boyarko, who will give an update on projects the chamber’s economic development team is working on in and around the county.

Also, a representative of Stambaugh Auditorium will provide details about the ongoing capital improvement projects there and a representative from event sponsor Continuing Healthcare Solutions will speak.

People on the Move

MORTGAGE SPECIALIST JOINS BANK: Joe Conroy has joined Premier Bank as senior mortgage loan specialist serving the Mahoning Valley.

Conroy, who has 30 years of mortgage lending experience, most recently served as a senior mortgage loan officer at a regional bank headquartered in Columbus. His specialties include purchase, construction-permanent and refinance transactions. In his new role, Conroy will work to increase the bank’s mortgage loan portfolio by developing contacts and attracting new mortgage customers.

Conroy earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Youngstown State University. His office is at 29 N. Broad St., Canfield.

MERIDIAN ADDS QUALITY / COMPLIANCE OFFICER: Katherine Komara recently joined Meridian HealthCare as chief quality and compliance officer.

She was the vice president of behavioral health integration at Catholic Charities USA and spent time at Mercy Health’s Behavioral Health Institute as director of operations.

Komara will oversee Meridian’s quality and compliance department, ensuring agency compliance with all accrediting and licensing bodies and state and federal regulations. She also will be responsible for overseeing agency audits, policies, procedures and workflows.

OHIO REALTORS INSTALLS OFFICERS: Seth Task of Cleveland was installed as the 2021 president of the Ohio Realtors during the association’s virtual winter conference Jan. 25-26. Joining Task on the leadership team are president-elect John Mangas of Toledo, and Treasurer Ralph Mantica of Dayton.

Task is associated with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty. Mangas is principal broker of RE/MAX Preferred Associates and Mantica is broker / owner of Kinzeler Realty in Dayton.

Ohio Realtors is the largest professional trade association in Ohio with more than 35,000 members.

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