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CANTON, OH (November 17, 2011) – The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Pro Football Hall of Fame have named two long-time community volunteers to leadership positions for the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. Joe Halter, founding partner, chairman and CEO of Canton-based Solmet Technologies, Inc., will serve as general vice chairman of the Enshrinement Festival activities planned by the Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. For the second consecutive year, Guy Ruda, sales associate for R. Z. Marketing Group, will serve as general vice chairman of the Enshrinement Festival activities planned by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Halter brings first-hand experience to the position as a result of his years of service on the board of directors of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, serving as chairman in 2006. His passion for the Enshrinement Festival runs deep, and his current service as a member of the board of directors of the Pro Football Hall of Fame allows him to bring a unique and energizing perspective to the joint planning efforts between the Chamber and the Hall. He has a strong dedication to the arts, service organizations and business community, and is currently active in Rotary Club of Canton, Stark Development Board and Aultman Health Foundation board of directors. He and his wife Nancy reside in Canton and have two grown sons. During the 2011 Enshrinement Festival while serving in the leadership role as general vice chairman, Ruda also completed his 11th year as chairman of the Enshrinement Committee. He previously served 18 years as a member of the committee, as well as three years as chairman of the former NFL Experience Committee. Ruda and his wife Gail are the proud parents of David and Danielle. Enshrinement Festival leadership will work together with the professional staffs at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Pro Football Hall of Fame, as well as a team of more than 4,200 dedicated community volunteers, as they plan and stage the 2012 Enshrinement Festival, tentatively slated for July 20 through Aug. 6. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival features a total of 18 unique and diverse events, expected to be enjoyed by nearly 700,000 people. The central focus and highlight of the festivities will be the Aug. 4 induction ceremony for the 2012 Class of Enshrinees, who will be announced on Feb. 4 during Super Bowl weekend activities. The 2012 Enshrinement Festival will feature a slightly adjusted schedule, with the Balloon Classic occurring one week earlier than in past years, and the downtown Concert & Fireworks moving from Thursday to Saturday night. Check the Web sites for the full Schedule of Events and for the latest information: www.profootballhofef.com or www.profootballhof.com.

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