CANTON, OHIO (Nov. 27, 2012) — The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced that Chris Gumpp has been promoted to assistant director, and Alexis Shepherd has joined the staff as event manager. Gumpp was a 30-year Enshrinement Festival volunteer prior to joining the Enshrinement Festival staff in October 2004 as marketing and event manager, and later moving into the position of sponsorship manager in March 2010. “As a volunteer, she chaired several of our largest committees, and as a staff member, she has been extensively involved in all aspects of planning and staging events, developing marketing and branding strategies, managing all department graphics projects, and assuming full accountability for the cash and in-kind sponsorship campaigns each year,” said Joanne Murray, Enshrinement Festival director. In her new position, Gumpp’s duties will expand, but she will maintain responsibility for the sponsorship campaign so critical to the Enshrinement Festival’s success. “Chris has an unmatched passion for the Enshrinement Festival and an unequaled dedication to seizing every opportunity to assure that we retain our status as a ‘One of a Kind Celebration’,” said Murray. Shepherd will be responsible for working with committee volunteers, sponsors and other staff members to plan and stage the Community Parade and Timken Grand Parade, as well as serving as staff liaison to the Special Services committee and managing the department’s graphics projects. She is no stranger to the Enshrinement Festival, having served as a summer intern in 2008. A graduate of Canton Central Catholic High School, she went on to graduate from John Carroll University and most recently was assistant development director for the Kidney Foundation in Cleveland. Shepherd noted that “returning to the Enshrinement Festival team as a full-time staff member is a wonderful opportunity, and I look forward to working with the dedicated staff and extraordinary corps of volunteers to assure the continued success of a community treasure that has flourished for the past 49 years.” "Alexis brings an exceptional amount of enthusiasm and experience to this position, and it’s an absolute pleasure to welcome her back to our team,” said Murray. “She comes to us with a proven track record relative to her ability to help us achieve our standards of excellence as we move toward the celebration of 50 years of success in planning and staging the annual festivities.” For complete Enshrinement Festival news and information, check the websites periodically: or