CANTON, OHIO (February 20, 2009) - The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has named chairmen of three key committees: Ken Huot, Steering Committee; Timothy Maloney, Sr., General Chairman Alumni Association; and Ron Dougherty, Safety Management Committee.
Huot, customer service and marketing representative with American Electric Power, most recently served as 2008 General Chairman of the Chamber's Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival committees. The function of the Steering Committee is to assist and facilitate as needed to successfully accomplish the Enshrinement Festival mission statement and goals. This committee's approval is required for crucial Enshrinement Festival issues, such as annual budget, ticket pricing changes and policy issues.
He is a veteran Enshrinement Festival volunteer who has chaired several of the major planning committees including Ribs Burnoff, Balloon Classic Invitational and Jackson-Belden Food Fest & Fireworks. Other departments of the Chamber have also greatly benefited from his expertise in planning and facilitating events, and he has been an active volunteer on numerous committees including Vintage Canton and Light Up Downtown. A graduate of Ashland College, Huot and his wife, Vicki, reside in North Canton and have four children: Jennifer Huot, Beth Huot, Bob Bonner and Nick Bonner.
Maloney was the 1998 General Chairman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. For the second consecutive year, he now oversees a committee comprised of past general chairmen, many of whom will offer assistance to the Enshrinement Festival in the areas of sponsor recognition, promoting community awareness and support in planning and producing Enshrinement Festival events.
President of Canton Chair Rental, Inc., he is immediate past-chairman of the board of Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and has served on the board of Trillium Family Solutions, Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitors' Bureau, and the American Rental Association. Maloney is a SCOPE Award winner and has received the Meritorious Service Award from the American Rental Association. Maloney's family includes wife Holly and children Tim, Jr. and Colleen.
Dougherty of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty law firm, is serving his fifth term as chairman of the Safety Management committee. He also serves as chairman of the Joint Coordinating Committee that serves as liaison between the Enshrinement Festival department of the Chamber and the Pro Football Hall of Fame
A Canton native, Dougherty graduated from Canton Lincoln High, Dartmouth College, and the University of Virginia Law School. He served in the U.S. Air Force in 1954-1957 as a lieutenant and captain. He was the first Stark County lawyer to hold the office of president of the Ohio State Bar Foundation, and he served as chairman of the Stark County Public Defender Commission for 26 years. Active in Enshrinement Festival activities since its beginning in 1963, Dougherty was the founder of the Enshrinement Festival General Chairman Alumni Association and is the immediate past-chairman of the board of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He and his wife, the former Carole Stover, have one daughter, one son and three grandsons.
In 2009, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Enshrinement Festival will mark the 46th 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 Chamber of Commerce and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the dedicated team of more than 4,200 volunteers, will ensure the success of 15 unique events over a 10-day period of July 31 - Aug. 9, 2009. The Enshrinement Festival activities, attended by nearly 700,000 people, are expected to produce an economic impact of nearly $30 million for the Canton/Stark County area and $50 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 the festivities will be the Aug. 8 induction ceremony for the 2009 Class of Enshrinees, comprised of wide receiver Bob Hayes, guard Randall McDaniel, defensive end Bruce Smith, linebacker Derrick Thomas, owner Ralph Wilson, Jr., and defensive back Rod Woodson.