Drum Corps International • Transportation • Security • Hospitality
CANTON, OH (June 22, 2012) – The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Pro Football Hall of Fame have named the following key committee chairs: Chip Conde, Drum Corps International Competition, Jim Evans, Transportation; Todd Stover, Security; and Tim Jones, Hospitality. [gallery link="file" columns="4" orderby="rand"] Conde, office manager for Strategy One, Inc., has offered his enthusiasm as a volunteer for numerous Enshrinement Festival committees, and previously chaired the Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable and Concert & Fireworks committees. A graduate of Canton Lincoln High School and University of Mount Union, he is a board member of Canton Palace Theatre Association, Lincoln High School Alumni Association, Friends of the Children’s Network, and Canton Marathon. He belongs to the Spanish-American Center, Canton Preservation Society and McKinley Library & Museum. He and wife Kathy proudly claim one four-legged family member named Molly. Assisting Conde with this family-oriented event is vice chairman Marcas Miles. Drum Corps Competition tickets are available at (330) 458-2048; at-the-gate ticket prices are slightly increased, so purchase now! The show is sponsored by the Enshrinement Festival in partnership with the Canton Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps and will be held at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium on Monday, Aug. 6. Competing against Canton’s own Bluecoats will be some of the nation’s top-ranked corps, including (in alphabetical order): The Academy from Tempe, Ariz.; Blue Knights from Denver, Colo.; Boston Crusaders from Boston, Mass.; The Cadets from Allentown, Pa.; Pacific Crest from Diamond Bar, Calif.; Phantom Regiment from Rockford, Ill.; and Pioneer from Milwaukee, Wis. These corps will be at the peak of their performance just one week away from the international championships to be held in Indianapolis. Evans has been named Pro Football Hall of Fame Transportation chairman for the 12th year. Senior technology analyst for Bridgestone Americas Business Technologies, he is a 28-year veteran of the committee, which is responsible for providing transportation for the Enshrinees, presenters and other special guests. Many of the Hall’s guests will arrive on the Thursday preceding the Enshrinement, and will not leave until after the NFL/Hall of Fame Game. Evans and his wife Diane are the parents of one son. The massive details of providing transportation will be addressed by a team effort led by Evans and his vice chairmen Joe Andoloro and Bob Vero. Stover is the capital portfolio manager for Ohio Edison/Penn Power, and this will be his 33rd year serving on the Hall of Fame Security Committee. He was named vice chairman in 2001 and is now serving his fourth year as chairman. He is a past-president and chairman of the Jackson-Belden Jaycees, past chairman of Parish Council of Saints Philip & James Church, and is a member of the Edison Men's Club, Knights of Columbus #11037 and North Canton Elks #2029. Stover and wife Shelly are the proud parents of Kyle and Lauren. The committee is responsible for security at the events sponsored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including a Thursday night reception, Friday night reception following the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner, Sunday Brunch, Enshrinement ceremony, NFL/Hall of Fame Game and Tailgate reception, Hall of Fame autograph sessions and other Hall of Fame private events. As chairman, Stover and his vice chairmen, Joel Chenevey and Jim Dehnke, will work closely with the Canton Police, Jackson Township Police, Stark County Sheriff’s Deputies, State Highway Patrol and other Hall of Fame committees. Jones is vice president of operations for Slesnick Iron & Metal and a graduate of Jackson High School and The Ohio State University. A veteran on the Hospitality Committee, he has been a member for 27 years and served as vice chairman for the last seven, with 2012 being his second year as chairman. He also volunteers for the Stefanie Spielman Fund and the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer and is a member of the board of the Friends of the Children’s Network. He and wife Tiffany have two children, Jordan and Logan. The Hospitality Committee coordinates post-banquet receptions and several private receptions as well as the fan appreciation events at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Enshrinement Ceremony and Hall of Fame Game days. Assisting Jones as committee vice chairman is Tim Theiss. ABOUT THE ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL In 2012, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Enshrinement Festival will mark the 49th anniversary of honoring the legends of professional football, which includes conducting a world-renowned festival celebrating the annual enshrinement of football players, coaches and contributors into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The collaborative efforts of this leadership team, combined with the professional staffs at the Canton Regional Chamber and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the dedicated team of more than 4,200 volunteers, will ensure the success of 19 diverse events over two weeks from July 20 to Aug. 6, 2012. The Enshrinement Festival activities, attended by nearly 700,000 people, are expected to produce an economic impact of over $31 million for the Canton/Stark County area and $56 million for the State of Ohio. In addition, millions will experience aspects of the Enshrinement Festival as events are televised and covered by other media. The central focus and highlight of this year’s Enshrinement Festival will be the Aug. 4 Enshrinement Ceremony for the 2012 Class of Enshrinees, comprised of cornerback Jack Butler, center Dermontti Dawson, defensive end/linebacker Chris Doleman, defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, running back Curtis Martin and tackle Willie Roaf. For the complete schedule of events, ticket information, and latest news, check the web sites periodically: or