Business briefs

PRESS CLUB ANNOUNCES HOF CLASS: The Youngstown Press Club has announced its inaugural Hall of Fame class and First Amendment award honoree.

To be inducted are Stan Boney and Ralph Zerbonia and the late Bob Black. Also receiving the first-ever Youngstown Press Club First Amendment Award is The Vindicator Printing Company.

The ceremony and dinner is 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. Ticket information can be found at www.yopressclub.com.

LUNCH & LEARN THIS WEEK: The approximately $250 million of American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding coming to the Mahoning Valley will be the topic at the Lunch & Learn program Tuesday at Youngstown Country Club.

The luncheon, presented by the Youngstown / Warren Regional Chamber and Youngstown Foundation, is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and costs $10 per person.

The panelists include Terrence Slaybaugh, vice president, sites and infrastructure, JobsOhio; Carol Rimedio-Righetti, Mahoning County commissioner; Warren Councilwoman, Cheryl Saffold, D-6th Ward; and Jim Kinnick, executive director, Eastgate Regional Council of Governments. Guy Coviello, chamber president / CEO, will moderate.

BANQUET SCHEDULED: The Warren P. Williamson Jr. College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University will present the 25th Annual WCBA Alumni Banquet on Oct. 8 at Williamson Hall at YSU.

Recipients of 2021 WCBA Outstanding Alumni Awards are Joseph Caruso, president / CEO, COMPASS Family and Community Services; Janice Jasinski, principal, Schroedel, Scullin & Bestic LLC; Jonathon Fauvie, senior community affairs specialist, Medical Mutual; and Lamar Salter, producer, CNN.

The reception begins 5:45 p.m. with dinner at 6:45 p.m., followed by college highlights and presentation of awards. Banquet reservations can be made online by Sept. 24.

HEALTH CARE SYSTEM EARNS HONORS: Akron Children’s Hospital has again been honored by ERC as one of northeast Ohio’s best places to work. This year marks the 15th time Akron Children’s has earned this regional award.

Presented by ERC and now in its 23rd year, NorthCoast 99 recognizes 99 great workplaces in the region for their efforts to attract, develop, retain and motivate their top performers.

All winners participated in an application process focusing on organizational strategy, policies and benefits; talent attraction, acquisition and onboarding; employee well-being; employee engagement and talent development; total rewards; and diversity, equity and inclusion.

GRANTS AWARDED: The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation has given $237,500 in Critical Community Needs Grants to 52 nonprofit organizations in Ohio, including three in Youngstown.

The local groups that got money were Second Harvest Food Bank of Mahoning Valley, $10,000; Compass Family and Community Services, $5,000; and Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation, $2,500.

The money is used to help feed, house and care for people in need.

CASSIDY REPRESENTING GLUNT: Canfield-based Cassidy Advertising & Consulting LLC has announced Glunt Industries as its latest client.

Founded in 1966, Glunt, which has four plants in Warren and Niles, works with large industrial and steel mill equipment. They fabricate, repair, recondition, rebuild and upgrade steel and aluminum product equipment, including rolls, chocks and mandrels.

FUNDING WORKSHOP AVAILABLE: The Association of Fundraising Professionals Mahoning-Shenango will host a philanthropy trends workshop Sept. 30 at Drakes Landing, 2177 Western Reserve Road, Poland.

The workshop, “Current Trends in Philanthropy and Lessons Learned,” will begin with lunch at noon. The speaker is Paul McFadden, president of the Youngstown State University Foundation, who will share lessons learned during YSU’s $125 million “We See Tomorrow” campaign.

The registration deadline is Friday. Registration is available through the education tab at afpnet.org/afpohmahoning shenangochapter or by emailing afpmash@gmail.com. The cost is $20 for AFP Members and $30 for nonmembers.

New Business

RESTAURANTS OPEN: Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, a fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant chain, has opened three new locations in the Youngstown area.

They are at 1993 Boardman Canfield Road, Boardman; 2389 Niles Cortland Road SE, Niles; and 2431 E. State St., Hermitage, Pa.

The Boardman and Niles locations mark the first Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh stores in Ohio. The restaurants feature customizable items such as stuffed pitas, laffas, traditional gyros, bowls, plates and salads.

People on the Move

FIRMS ADD STAFF: Fractional CFO Services, a division of Liberty-based HD Davis CPAs, recently added Ken McBride, CPA, as director of Fractional CFO Services.

HD Davis CPAs and White Glove Payroll recently hired Will Rauber as chief financial officer.

Other additions include Lucy Mendez, client presentation specialist; Lori Butler, senior accountant; Megan Jones, creative assistant; Chrissy Jakubek, CFO service staff; and Kelli Huck, senior accountant.

PREMIER HIRES SVP: Premier Bank has brought on Robert H. Kempe as senior vice president, commercial loan manager, for the Mahoning Valley.

Kempe, who has 33 years of commercial-lending experience, most recently worked as senior vice president, commercial loan group manager, for a regional bank headquartered in Detroit.

In his new role, Kempe will work to guide and coach his team of commercial bankers in the Mahoning Valley market while focusing on the development and growth of the bank’s commercial loan portfolio.


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