Business briefs

LOCAL AGENT RECEIVES AWARD: Realtor Deborah Barber of Youngstown recently was honored as the Ohio Realtors 2021 Realtor of the Year.

The announcement of Barber’s selection was made at the organization’s 111th annual Convention and EXPO last month in Columbus.

Barber was nominated by the Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors and is affiliated with Altobelli Real Estate. She has been a Realtor since 1986.

Judging of the Realtor of the Year award is based on professional achievements, local Realtor board / association activities, service with the Ohio and National Association of Realtors, as well as business and education experience and civic activities.

At the local level, Barber has served on and chaired a variety of board committees, including legislative, RPAC and professional standards. She also has a regular presence at all events and programs held by the local board.

Barber on the state level has been an active participant in Ohio Realtors governance meetings as a director, as well as serving as a member and chairing a host of committees, including professional standards, issues mobilization, legal issues forum, government forum, legislative and RPAC fundraising.

She has served as the National Association of Realtors federal political coordinator for U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Howland, since 2013.

SOUTHWOODS, HUMANA HAVE AGREEMENT: Southwoods Health signed an agreement to expand local access to in-network, quality health care for Humana members.

The agreement, effective Oct. 1, is for Humana’s Commercial, Medicare Advantage (HMO, PPO, PFFS) and Ohio Medicaid health plans.

With agreement, Humana members can access Southwoods’ network of physicians to The Surgical Hospital at Southwoods and services, including Southwoods Imaging, Southwoods Pain & Spine Center, Southwoods Sleep Centers and Southwoods Express Care.

The relationship helps ensure in-network benefits apply to the professional and technical services provided by Southwoods Health. Services at The Surgical Hospital at Southwoods include inpatient, outpatient and robotic-assisted surgery, as well as endoscopy services.

People on the Move

717 PROMOTES: 717 Credit Union, based in Warren, recently promoted five employees.

Sherri Ramsey was named vice president of remote delivery experience. Ramsey, who has been with the credit union for 22 years, will oversee the credit union’s personal experience and call center departments.

Carla Devorich was named manager of the credit union’s newest branch in downtown Warren and has been with 717 for 16 years. She will oversee member service, while maintaining daily operations of the branch.

Stephanie Cunningham was promoted to teleservices manager. Cunningham, with 717 for nine years, will direct the daily operations and formulate and direct the sales programs within the credit union call center.

Traci Hennessey was promoted to assistant teleservices manager. Her role includes assisting the teleservices manager to ensure quality member service in the call center. Hennessey has been with 717 for 25 years.

Leslie Long was promoted to air base branch and float department manager. Leslie, who has been with 717 for seven years, will oversee the float department as well as manage member service and maintain daily operations of the branch.

AIM FILLS ACCOUNTING ROLES: Aim Transportation Solutions, the largest privately held truck leasing company in the U.S., filled the positions of assistant controller and credit manager.

Justin Battisti of Struthers is Aim’s new assistant controller. He graduated from Youngstown State University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and obtained his CPA license and began work with a Cleveland-based multiwealth management firm in 2015.

Newly appointed credit manager Aaron Baker is from Newton Falls. A 1992 graduate of Ohio University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in communication, he began his career in 1993 as a manager at a consumer lending agency and later worked for Wells Fargo, Hoover / Dirt-Devil and most recently, Olympic Steel.

AGENCY EXPANDS: Coldwell Banker EvenBay Real Estate has added Jill Mayfield as office administrator and recruiter.

Mayfield will handle the day-to-day operations of the office, as well as play a crucial role in the company’s recruiting efforts.

Most recently, Mayfield was a career counselor at Mahoning County Educational Service Center and a gift-processing coordinator for the Youngstown State University Foundation. Before that, she worked more than 34 years at First Place Bank, where she was assistant vice president as well as corporate recruiting officer.

HOSPITAL WELCOMES PEDIATRIC OPTOMETRIST: Sarah Guillette, O.D., recently joined Akron Children’s Hospital’s Vision Center as a pediatric optometrist.

She will oversee a new clinic that specializes in fitting scleral contact lenses, specially fitted lenses that cover the sclera and cornea. The clinic will serve patients who do not tolerate soft contact lenses well, have inadequate vision with soft lenses or have ocular conditions that necessitate the need for scleral lenses.

The Vision Center specializes in the comprehensive evaluation, coordinated care and treatment of eye disease and visual system disorders in infants, children, teens and adults who have remaining vision disorders due to childhood eye diseases.


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