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CANTON, OH (December 16, 2009) - Chris Gumpp has assumed a new role as sponsorship manager at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber. Gumpp replaces Eric Belden who recently accepted a position as executive director of Pathway Caring for Children. Gumpp joined the Enshrinement Festival staff as marketing and event manager in October 2004 after 29 years as a sales and public relations professional at John Gasser & Son Jewelers, as well as extensive Enshrinement Festival volunteer leadership experience as chairman of the former Mayor’s Breakfast, Souvenirs & Decorations, Special Events, Queen Pageant and Celebrities committees. As marketing and event manager for the past five years, she has been responsible for working with her team of volunteers to successfully plan and stage the Balloon Classic Invitational, Ribs Burnoff, and Timken Grand Parade, as well as serving as staff liaison to the Chamber’s Marketing Department in the areas of marketing, advertising, media and graphics. In her new capacity as Sponsorship Manager, she will maintain her role as staff liaison to the Marketing Department, but will also assume full responsibility for the development, implementation, and monitoring of the Enshrinement Festival department’s annual cash and in-kind sponsorship campaign, as well as securing sponsorships for several of the Chamber’s events, including the downtown Canton festivals. "Chris brings an extraordinary amount of experience and enthusiasm to this new role. She has a great collaborative working relationship with the staff and team of volunteers, and is well-respected for her long-time commitment to both the Enshrinement Festival and the community,” said Joanne Murray, Enshrinement Festival director. “Her customer service skills, marketing expertise, and passion for the community will serve her well in this position.” Gumpp is a graduate of Mansfield St. Peters High School. She has been active in numerous community organizations including American Heart Association, Friends of the Children’s Network, Mercy Medical Service League and Alzheimer’s Association. She and her husband, Chad, are the parents of three children and one grandson. About the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival In 2010, nearly 700,000 people are expected to enjoy 19 unique and diverse events over a ten-day period from July 30 through August 8. The Enshrinement Festival team is very excited about the slate of players, coaches, and contributors who are eligible for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010, including superstars Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith. In order to take advantage of a wide variety of cash and in-kind sponsorship options offering excellent benefits and promotional opportunities, contact Chris now at 330.458.2055.