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PROMOTION AT BRITE: BRITE Energy Innovators in downtown Warren, Ohio’s only energy tech incubator, has promoted Sara Daugherty to director of partnerships to address the growing demand for client services and its national role in electrification.

Daugherty joined the organization in February 2019 as director of operations and economic impact when it was known as the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center. In her previous role, Daugherty oversaw the rebranding to BRITE and guided new public outreach and relationship efforts, while expanding the organization’s capacity to serve startups with the quadrupling of staff and the implementation of efficient processes for facilitating startups’ growth.

In her new role, Daugherty will lead BRITE’s multi-faceted development program to secure the resources needed for the organization to continue to grow.

Daugherty also is in charge of BRITE’s strategic initiatives, including launching the organization’s e-mobility practice. The organization has eight e-mobility startups in its portfolio.

TRMC ACCREDITED: Trumbull Regional Medical Center recently received the highest level of chest pain accreditation available through the American College of Cardiology– Chest Pain v6 Accreditation.

Trumbull Regional was recognized for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. It was awarded the accreditation with primary PCI and resuscitation based on a rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

Achieving this accreditation means the hospital has a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who present with symptoms of a heart attack.

ELLWOOD PART OF WORKFORCE ADVANCE: Ellwood Aluminum in Hubbard is the first Trumbull County manufacturer to engage WorkAdvance for its hiring needs, as it looks to fill up to 15 aluminum casting operator positions at $16 per hour.

Ellwood Aluminum serves customers worldwide in the aerospace, defense, transportation, construction and other industries with large-diameter aluminum ingots and billets.

WorkAdvance, administered by Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition and funded primarily through the federal grant, manages and covers the costs of recruiting, training and retaining candidates to take the burden off the employers.

It prepares these individuals through a paid, five-week training program tailored to Ellwood Aluminum’s specific job requirements and provides a network of support and job coaching after being hired.

Interested candidates should visit www.workadvan ceohpenn.org and register for an information session.

INSURANCE COMPANY REBRANDS: James & Sons Insurance is rebranding to First Insurance Group, A Premier Financial Company.

The change, including logo, happened March 1. It aligns with the recent name change of its corporate holding company to Premier Financial Corporation and banking affiliate to Premier Bank.

All client coverage and policies remain in place, and no action is needed by clients.

First Insurance Group is a full-service insurance agency with 10 offices in Ohio.

TEEN WORKSHOP AVAILABLE: Credit Union of Ohio will host a free virtual workshop on 6 p.m. Wednesday to help teens learn the basics of building good money habits.

The 60-minute workshop will cover topics to help teens become financially successful, including how to manage a checking account, create a budget and protect their identity. Families are encouraged to attend.

The workshop is open to the general public but advanced registration is required at cuo fohio.org.

Credit Union of Ohio serves state employees in all of Ohio’s 88 counties and the entire community of Franklin, Fairfield, Cuyahoga and Trumbull and Mahoning counties.

New Businesses

HEALTH CARE SERVICE OPENS: Angels at Work Home Health, 1601 Motor Inn Drive, Girard, recently opened.

The company offers a team of care planners, schedulers, and multiple aides and provides services in homemaking, personal care and companionship. Each aide has passed thorough background checks and reference checks. They are also provided with ongoing, formal and informal training throughout the year, every year.

NEW BUSINESSES AT EWM: The Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown Warren Road, Niles, recently welcomed two new businesses.

The Shutterbox Selfie Studio will welcome its first customers in early April and Fits of Fury opens its doors in March.

The Shutterbox Selfie Studio is an immersive photo studio experience that allows visitors to take their own photos across multiple themed rooms. Customers are able to reserve hour-long photo sessions in advance. A party room also will be available.

Fits of Fury is a place where you can smash dishware, appliances, electronics, furniture and lots of other breakable items. In the specialized “rage rooms” customers wear protective gear and swing away with sledge hammers, mallets, golf clubs and baseball bats.

People on the Move

717 CU PROMOTES: Jessica George has been promoted to information security officer at 717 Credit Union.

George, who has been employed with 717 Credit Union for four years, has 12 years of internal audit experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in management.

In her new position, she will evaluate and credibly challenge proper implementation and management of 717’s information security program and assist in protecting the credit union against cyber-security threats and its members from loss of information.

AIM EXPANDS: Girard-based Aim Transportation Solutions has brought on two new brokerage agents in its freight brokerage service, Brandon Mellott and Joseph Siguenza.

Mellott has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Youngstown State University. His previous work experience in logistics also provided insight into customer relations, carrier relations and negotiation strategies.

Siguenza, a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with bachelor’s degree in psychology, comes with logistics experience in LTL, international shipments (air and ocean), expedite, full truckload and intermodal.

REAL ESTATE FIRM ADDS TO TEAM: Coldwell Banker EvenBay Real Estate has brought on Bobbi Johnson, Realtor, to its team of real estate professionals.

Johnson received her real estate license in 2020 after attending real estate courses through Hondros College. In addition to real estate, she holds a position in quality control with a local embroidery company.

She will be providing real estate services in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties.

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