Business briefs

OHIO LAUNCHES BUSINESS SURVEY: The state has launched the In-Demand Jobs Survey for Ohio businesses to provide feedback on the state’s In-Demand Jobs List.

The survey, managed in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, the InnovateOhio Platform and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, creates a simple user experience and allows businesses to offer input on Ohio’s current and future in-demand jobs in just minutes.

Ohio is required to maintain an up-to-date In-Demand Jobs List that directs the spending of 85 percent of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act training funds. Although not required, Ohio previously has chosen to survey employers to ensure that state programs meet business needs.

The current survey is open to all registered Ohio businesses, giving small and large businesses alike the opportunity to have a voice in how Ohio prepares people for the current workforce.

Businesses can fill out the In-Demand Jobs Survey at topjobs.ohio.gov/survey. Ohio’s updated In-Demand Jobs List will be published at the end of 2021.

IMPROVED ALDI OPEN: The ALDI store at 2774 Parkman Road NW recently was remodeled as part of an ongoing initiative to remodel and expand existing ALDI stores nationwide.

The updated store provides an improved layout and ample refrigeration to accommodate an expanded fresh and convenient food selection. It also features open ceilings and natural lighting, and it is built with environmentally friendly materials.

ADVANCED CARE ACCESS EXPANDS: Sharon Regional Medical Center, a Steward family hospital and sister hospital to Trumbull Regional Medical Center, in June completed its first successful transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure.

TAVR is an innovative technique for cardiac patients who may be high-risk or too sick for traditional open-heart surgery. The procedure uses a catheter to replace a failing heart valve, making it much less invasive than traditional open-heart operations.

Dr. Chinedu Angela E. Igwe, a structural heart-trained interventional cardiologist at Sharon Regional performed the first TAVR procedures at the hospital. Sharon Regional uses the Edwards SAPIEN 3 Transcatheter heart valve to treat high-risk and intermediate-risk patients with aortic stenosis, one of the most common heart valve diseases.

AUTO DEALER MARKS MILESTONE: Apostolakis Honda, 3156 Elm Road, in July hit a major milestone, with 45 years in business in the greater Mahoning Valley.

The only Honda dealer in Trumbull County has received numerous awards for its sales, service and financial excellence. Of those awards, the most prestigious is the honor of being a 10-time Council of Excellence winner, given only to the top 15 percent of dealers in the U.S.

The service team recently was recognized for their exceptional performance with the Honda Customer Service Experience Award and the Fixed First Visit Award.

HOWMET RECOGNIZED: Pittsburgh-based Howmet Aerospace Inc., which has a plant in Weathersfield, has received the “3+” designation from 50 / 50 Women on Boards for having three or more women serving on its board of directors. With four female board members, one-third of Howmet Aerospace’s board seats are held by women.

They are Amy E. Alving, Sharon R. Barner, Nicole W. Piasecki and Jody G. Miller.

50 / 50 Women on Boards is a global education and advocacy campaign driving the movement toward diverse, gender-balanced corporate boards. According to the campaign, nearly 24 percent of the Russell 3000 company board seats are held by women and only 879 company had three or more women board members.

People on the Move

REGIONAL CHAMBER ADDS STAFFER: Samantha Ensminger recently joined the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber as events coordinator. She will assist the Events and Marketing divisions with logistics and reservations for the organization’s nearly 100 events, as well as the coordination and promotion of chamber members’ ribbon-cutting celebrations.

Ensminger most recently worked as a copywriter for Advantage Video Production & Marketing, writing scripts, web content and social media copy. She had similar responsibilities as a copywriter at J. Saul Campbell & Co., where she also organized and oversaw events for clients.

The Girard resident earned her bachelor’s degree in English, with a double minor in professional and technical writing and Italian, at Youngstown State University.

DOCTOR JOINS STEWARD: Steward Medical Group recently added Dr. Nishok Karthikeyan, internal medicine physician. He also will join the medical staff at Trumbull Regional Medical Center, where he completed his residency training with Western Reserve Health Education in Internal Medicine.

Karthikeyan earned his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown and has clinical interest in geriatric medicine, sports medicine, diabetes management and preventive care.

PR FIRM HIRES FORMER JOURNALIST: The Houck Agency in Youngstown, a public relations and marketing firm, recently brought on former Tribune Chronicle reporter Ashley Fox as content specialist.

Fox’s role will include copywriting, media relations and client service.

Prior to reporting locally, Fox wrote for newspapers in Medina and Polson, Mont., the latter of which she also oversaw social media and assisted with copy editing. She also has marketing and management experience.

Fox graduated from Chaney High School and obtained her bachelor’s degree in 2009 in telecommunications with a minor in journalism from Youngstown State University.

BISSELL JOINS PECCHIA COMMUNICATIONS: Pecchia Communications has brought on former television news reporter and anchor Brittany Bissell as project director.

She will serve clients across a wide range of public relations and marketing activities.

Bissell was most recently public relations and marketing coordinator at the Trumbull County Educational Service Center in Niles. There, she led digital, video and print projects for school superintendents and their teams for the past two years.

Before that, she worked for about four years in local television as a news and sports reporter and anchor.

WESTMINSTER NAMES VP: Westminster College has selected Jean Hale as vice president for institutional advancement following a national search, effective July 12.

Hale brings more than 20 years of higher education experience to Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., most recently as executive director of community and corporate relations at California University of Pennsylvania.

Hale is as a board member to Leadership Washington County, a leadership development organization in Washington County, Pa. She also works as a fundraising consultant and has volunteered in a fundraising capacity for many nonprofit organizations.


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