CANTON, OHIO (February 1, 2011) – Community leader George W. Lemon has been elected chairman of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce board of directors for 2011. In addition, Rick L. Haines, AultCare, has been appointed senior vice chairman; Karen Brenneman, Hall, Kistler & Company, LLP, and Philip D. Fracassa, The Timken Company, have both been appointed vice chairmen. Kevin Kampman, The Repository, has been reappointed vice chairman, and D. William Allen has been reappointed treasurer. Newly elected members of the board are: Brian Belden, manager of marketing & thin brick sales, The Belden Brick Company; Mark Fleiner, CEO, Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems; Jan Hein, president, Morris Office Environments; Alan Rodriguez, owner and operator, Jülz by Alan Rodriguez (Canton) and Rodriguez’s House of Stones (New Philadelphia); Walter F. Wagor, Ph.D., dean, Kent State University at Stark; Mike Williams, executive director, Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority. In addition, ex-officio member Katie Cerrone-Arnold, assistant professor of mathematics, The University of Akron, had joined the Chamber board as the president of the Canton Jaycees.
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George Lemon is a well-known community leader and Stark County advocate. His passion for serving others and his strong leadership skills led to a 23-year career in the U.S. Army and National Guard. As a commissioned armor officer and helicopter pilot, he commanded numerous army units and an Engineer Group Helicopter unit during his military career. He retired with the rank of Major. In 1997, Lemon founded and served as president of Technical Products Group, Inc., a company that provides sales and marketing support to manufacturing companies that produce motors, blowers and related technical products. Prior to that, he spent 25 years with AMETEK, a Fortune 500 company, where he held a variety of positions including vice president of marketing and sales for the Technical Motor Division. He was one of Stark State College’s earliest graduates, receiving his degree in electrical engineering technology in 1965. He went on to complete the Malone College Management Program (MCMP) with honors. His active leadership and involvement with major community institutions and organizations includes Stark State College, Canton Museum of Art, United Way, Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Aultman Health Foundation and the Greater Stark County Urban League. Brian Belden received a bachelor’s degree in business & organizational communications from The University of Akron. After pursuing a career as a golf professional, playing several mini tours throughout the Southeast, he returned to Canton in 1997 to join The Belden Brick Company as marketing coordinator. He was promoted to marketing manager in 2001 and is now serving in the position of manager of marketing & thin brick sales. Belden is the fifth generation of the family to manage The Belden Brick Company, which just celebrated its 125th anniversary. His service affiliations include memberships on the boards of directors for Canton Tomorrow, Inc., The Aultman Foundation, Brookside Country Club and the Brick Institute of America Mid East Region. He is on the board of advisors for Kirk Key Interlock Co., Inc., past trustee of Community Services of Stark County and a committee member for The Community Classic. Brian and his wife Joanna are the parents of four children. Mark Fleiner is chief executive officer of Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems, which includes business operations in the US, United Kingdom and Singapore. Prior to his current role, he was the president of Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems (US) Inc. where he was responsible for leading the wholly owned subsidiary of Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems Limited. Fleiner brings to Rolls-Royce more than 20 years of sales, marketing and business development experience in and around the energy industry. Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, his most recent assignment was as vice president at IdaTech in Bend, Oregon, where he oversaw sales, business development and marketing. He has also held positions with Enermetrix, a start-up company developing software and services for the deregulating gas and electricity, and Micron Communications, a subsidiary of Micron Technology, where he led successful efforts in global marketing and sales of retail fueling systems. He also spent nine years at General Electric with GE Power Systems, GE Lighting and GE Capital. Fleiner earned his bachelor’s of science in business administration from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He has been happily married for 20 years and has two daughters. Jan Hein is currently president of Morris Office Environments and has held that position since 2007. Morris Office is a provider of effective office interior solutions, specializing in Steelcase, Inc. furniture, architecture and technology products. Hein leads a staff of knowledgeable sales consultants, professional interior designers, certified installers and a customer friendly support team. The experience Hein brings to the role of company leader includes 15 years in front line sales and design at Morris Office, obtaining the recognition as the company’s top salesperson while overseeing the hiring of new sales and design associates. A seven-year absence from Morris Office allowed her to gain consulting and training skills by way of her own practice and as a Learning & Development Consultant for Steelcase, Inc. Today, as the head of a 20-person company, Hein remains hands-on. A typical day includes customer contact, coaching of personnel, working on technology issues, reviewing company financials and planning events and presentations. In addition, Hein stays involved in the community by actively participating in the Rotary Club of Jackson Township and serves on the board for Community Services. Alan Rodriguez is the owner and operator of Jülz by Alan Rodriguez in downtown Canton and Rodriguez’s House Of Stones in New Philadelphia. Rodriguez is a 34-year veteran of the jewelry industry, having started in downtown Canton in 1976 with Gasser Jewelers. He received his graduate gemologist diploma in 1981 and was active in the Canton Chamber in the early 1980s, chairing the Stark County Security Council. Rodriguez’s current and past professional affiliations include the New Philadelphia Rotary Club, New Philadelphia Business and Professional Association, Ohio Jewelers Association Board of Directors and Jewelers of America Board of Directors. Rodriguez and his wife Kathy married in 2009 and between them are the proud parents of six children. Walter F. Wagor, Ph.D., began his appointment as the dean of Kent State University at Stark in North Canton, Ohio, in August of last year. He received his master’s degree in psychology from Houghton College in New York and his doctoral degree in developmental psychology and mental retardation research from Nashville’s George Peabody College. Most recently, Wagor was dean of Behavioral and Applied Sciences and professor of psychology at the State University of New York College at Oneonta, a position he held from 2006. His career also includes service as the acting chair for the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences, assistant vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, co-chair for the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and assistant vice chancellor for Assessment at Indiana University East. In addition, Wagor served as president of Faculty Senate at both Indiana University East and Wright State University – Lake Campus, where he held the positions of instructor of psychology and later assistant professor of psychology. An aficionado of classic cars, Wagor enjoys attending auto shows. He and his wife, Mary, have an avid appreciation for the arts and often visit concerts, galleries and the theatre. They have two grown children. Mike Williams has 20 years of extensive management experience in the private business sector, preceding his entry to the public housing arena. He began his employment at Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority in 1991 as development inspector, was promoted to construction coordinator in 1992, director of maintenance & development in 1993, deputy director in 2001 and executive director in 2009. Williams serves on the boards of the Stark County Red Cross, Canton Downtown Special Improvement District (SID), Northeast Ohio Four County Regional Planning and Development Organization (NEFCO), Canton Community Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV), Community Services of Stark County and the Stark County Public Health Assessment Steering Committee. He received a business degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Williams has completed numerous professional programs including the National Center for Housing Management, where he is a certified manager of maintenance and certified public housing manager. He has received the National Award for Energy Efficiency from the Department of Energy and the Governor’s Award for Energy Efficiency. Katie Cerrone-Arnold is an assistant professor of technical mathematics at the University of Akron’s Summit College. As an educator and mathematician, she a member of the Ohio Math and Science Coalition (OMSC), she serves on the Committee on Teacher Education and Licensure for the Ohio Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and on the Placement and Assessment Committee for the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC). She is an AMATYC project ACCCESS Fellow. Cerrone-Arnold also serves on ystark! and The College Club of Canton Boards. She was a member of the Leadership Stark County Spotlight program and will serve as a spotlight guest board member of the United Way of Stark County in 2010. Cerrone-Arnold holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and a Master of Science in mathematics from the University of Akron. She is currently finishing her Doctorate of Philosophy in curriculum and instruction. She has received the University of Akron Institute for Teaching and Learning Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in 2006 and recently received the Summit College Outstanding Full-time Faculty Teaching Award.