William C. Shivers, Canton/Mahoning Valley regional president for Huntington Bank, will be recognized with the highest honor, the Award of Merit, at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce's Community Salute Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. 

Shivers is 26-year veteran of the banking industry. Prior to being named president, he served as vice president and team leader of commercial banking for Huntington. Previously, Shivers held a commercial banking role at KeyBank. Additionally, his diverse background encompasses serving as a state examiner for the Ohio State Auditors Office; director of sales and marketing, as well as vice president of operations, for Quaker Manufacturing Corp.

Shivers currently serves as a member of the board and executive committee member for the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce; board member for the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce; 2015 campaign chairman and member of the board of directors and executive committee of the United Way of Greater Stark County; leadership advisory council for Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio; trustee of the Alliance Area Development Foundation; past chairman of the Stark Development board; trustee for the Stark Community Foundation; secretary and trustee of the Community Building Partnership of Stark County; board member of the Downtown Canton Land Bank; board member of the Akron/Canton Regional Foodbank; Parish Council member and chairman of St. Ann’s Church; and, former board member and treasurer of the Akron Urban League.

The Award of Merit will be presented along with five Awards of Appreciation and a Special Award of Appreciation during a dinner program at The Conference Center, Kent State University at Stark (6000 Frank Road, North Canton, OH 44720). 

Community Salute Award of Appreciation winners are: 

- Betty Smith, EN-RICH-MENT
- Cyndi Morrow, Wishes Can Happen
- Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio
- Stark County Hunger Task Force
- The Prescription Assistance Network of Stark County, Inc.

A Special Award of Appreciation will be presented to the Boards of Directors for both the Canton Regional and Jackson-Belden Chambers for their support and perserverance throughout the merger of the two organizations.

Tickets are available online for $55 at or by calling 330.458.2070. Sponsorship opportunities are also available; contact Chris Gumpp at or 330.458.2055 for information.