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Twenty under 40! recognizes young professionals across various sectors of the business, civic, government, arts, education and non-profit communities, including consideration in the following areas:

• Arts/Entertainment • Business • Community Services/Non-Profit • Corporate • Education • Financial Services • Government • Hospitality & Tourism • Legal Services • Manufacturing • Medical & Health Care Services • Other • PR/Advertising/Marketing • Real Estate • Retail • Social Service • Students (College) • Technology

PAST TWENTY UNDER 40! AWARD WINNERS:
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CONGRATULATIONS to the 2017 Twenty under 40! class of award recipients. The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and The Repository recognized these 20 incredible leaders at the 10th Anniversary Twenty under 40! Gala at the Historic Masonic Temple.

William L. Bartos
, 32, director of public service for Canton.


Dustin Burgess, 31, owner of the Dustin Burgess Insurance Group.

Casey J. Davis, 27, an associate attorney with Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs.

Megan Donaldson, 39, associate professor at Walsh University.

Raymond V. Fryan Jr., 31, marketing manager for B-TEK Scales.

Brook N. Harless, 40, retired from the Army.

 

Matthew R. Hochstetler, 33, partner with Day Ketterer.

Richard G. Jackson, 37, advancement officer at the University of Mount Union.

Courtney Johnson-Benson, 34, assistant director of admissions at the University of Akron.

Maria C. Klutinoty Edwards, 31, associate attorney with Tzangas Plakas Mannos.

Jason Lantz, 38, pastor at RiverTree Christian Church.

Jeff LeBeau, 33, president of WRL Advertising

Michael Myers, 29, manager of youth and education programs with the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Nicole Russ, 37, director of colleague relations at Alliance Community Hospital.

Kristin Selby, 36, director of traffic and workflow at Grabowski & Co.

Jason M. Smith, 33, officer and banking advisor for PNC Bank.

Matt Sterling, 39, executive vice president with Beaver Excavating Co.

Seth Turner, 34, supervisor for Hall, Kistler & Co.

Michael Wheeler, 33, chief legal officer for Patriot Software.

Laura Anne Wimer, 38. financial manager with the eastern utility services at Davey Tree Expert Co.

The recognition is made possible through ystark!, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and The Canton Repository, in conjunction with Aultman Hospital, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., and Robert J. – Events & Catering.


 

2016 Twenty under 40! Winners


CONGRATULATIONS
 to the 2016 Twenty under 40! class of award recipients. The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and The Repository recognized these 20 incredible leaders at the ninth annual Twenty under 40! event, which was held at the Factory of Terror on June 7, 2016.


Benjamin Alderfer; 26; Mercy Development Foundation; Grants Associate

Stephan Baity; 35; AVI Foodsystems; Resident Director

Jonathan Chastek; 34; Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway; Executive Vice President

Katherine Clark; 33; University of Mount Union; Associate Professor

Kody Gonzalez; 34; Canton Municipal Clerk of Court; Chief Deputy Clerk of Court

Jason Haupt; 39; Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty; Attorney, Director

Ryan Humbert; 35; Ryan Humbert Music; President

John Mariol II; 28; Vern Dale’s Water Center; Vice President

Adam Miller; 36; WHBC; General Sales Manager

Steven Mueller Sr.; 36; AultCare; Project Analyst

Angela Palomba; 38; The First Tee of Canton; Executive Director

Rita Perez; 36; Bailey Cavalieri; Attorney

Matt Savage; 34; Vasco Group; President/Owner

Megan Seeley; 35; Jackson Local Schools; Teacher

Neena Sharier; 34; Ignatia Hall of Canton; Behavioral Health Specialist

Amanda Sterling; 39; TimkenSteel; Vice President, Auditing & Transactional Services

Nicole Thompson; 31; United Way of Greater Stark County; Donor Relations and Public Policy Manager

Jerome West; 35; Community Services of Stark County GRACE Initiative; Marketing & Outreach Coordinator

Lisa Williams; 30; Stark County Honor Court; Director

Whitney Willits-Monroe; 28; Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh; Attorney
  

Nominees were selected based on career acumen, community service and trusteeship, and personal and professional achievements. The Twenty under 40! selection committee is comprised of diverse business and community leaders representing a range of industry sectors from around Stark County.

The recognition of these deserving young professionals is made possible through ystark! and The Repository, in conjunction with AultmanKrugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.Robert J. – Events & Catering; and The Timken Company.


2015 Twenty under 40! Winners


CONGRATULATIONS to the 2015 Twenty under 40! class of award recipients. The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and The Repository recognized these 20 incredible leaders at the seventh annual Twenty under 40! event, which was held on June 9, 2015 at the Canton Brewing Company.

Steven Ayers; 34; CCS Business Solutions, Inc.; CEO

Kelly Blandford Bah; 35; YWCA Canton; CEO

Eugene Cazantzes; 38; Pitinii, Davies and Cazantzes, LLC; Attorney

Miguel Chavez; 33; Walsh University; Director of Campus Ministry

Christina Furney; 35; Doylestown Communications, Inc.; Customer Service Manager

Elizabeth Good; 36; Aultman; RN Nurse Manager of Education and Development

Adam Harding; 34; Premier, Inc.; Contract Analyst

Lora Harley; 40; Eaglowski & Co.; Certified Public Accountant

Joel Daniel Harris; 33; TomTod Ideas; Executive Dreamer

Danielle Higgins; 31; Day Ketterer, Ltd.; Attorney

Dr. Philip Kim; 37; Walsh University; Assistant Professor of Business

Ryan Kuchmaner; 30; Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh; Attorney

Susan Lenigar; 35; Stark County Job and Family Services; Deputy Director, Human Services

Michael Nasvadi; 39; Buzzbin Art & Music Shop; Owner

Nicholas Perini; 34; Beese Fulmer Private Wealth Management; Vice President

Maranda Saling; 26; Bellflower Communications; Owner

Kim Stanley; 34; Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter; Executive Director

Rob Steinberg; 37; Plain Township; Parks Director

Dennis Thomas; 36; Brechbuhler Scales; President

Rachel Waddell; 27; Canton Symphony Orchestra; Assistant Conductor

Nominees were selected based on career acumen, community service and trusteeship, and personal and professional achievements. The Twenty under 40! selection committee is comprised of diverse business and community leaders representing a range of industry sectors from around Stark County.

The recognition of these deserving young professionals is made possible through ystark! and The Repository, in conjunction with Aultman; Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.; Robert J. – Events & Catering; Schauer Group; and The Timken Company.


2014 Twenty under 40! Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2014 Twenty under 40! class of award recipients. The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and The Repository recognized these 20 incredible leaders at the seventh annual Twenty under 40! event, which was held on June 3, 2014 at MAPS Air Museum.

Mary Dawn Beddell; 29; Legacy Staffing; HR Manager

Ben Biery; 37; Biery Cheese Co.; CEO

Corey D. Grubbs; 39; Timken Senior High School; Campus Principal

Cheryl Henderson; 40; Innis Maggiore; Senior Art Director

Jenifer (Haller) Hill; 28; scitrain; Ltd.; Senior Consultant and Account Manager

Ryan Hollingsworth; 33; Grabowski & Co.; Director of Social Media

Abigail L. Honaker; 25; University of Mount Union; Assistant Director, Regula Center

Matthew R. Hunt; 31; Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.; Attorney

Michael Lombardi; 31; Fred Olivieri Construction Company; Project Manager

Brant Luther; 38; Board of Stark County Commissioners; County Administrator

Edmond J. Mack; 32; Tzangas Plakas Mannos Ltd.; Attorney/Canton City Councilman

Tonja Marshall; 32; Canton Stark County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau; Sports Tourism Director

Dr. Ryan McMichael; 31; McMichael Chiropractic; Doctor of Chiropractic

Tricia Ostertag; 33; ArtsinStark; Community Arts Manager

Dr. Jean Paddock; 36; Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences; VP of Academic Affairs

Georgia Paxos; 36; Canton Palace Theatre; Executive Director

Craig Sanders; 39; Progressive Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram; President

Taylor Schauer; 27; Schauer Group Inc.; Client Executive

Jared Shive; 30; Stark County Park District; Marketing Specialist

Ryan Wolfe; 37; First Christian Church; Pastor of Disabilities Ministries


2013 Twenty under 40! Winners

Bradley Belden, 37, The Belden Brick Company

Charity Davis, 38, Mercy Medical Center

Latoya Dickens, 35, Aultman Hospital

Kara Dodson, 35, Soles Law Offices

Sam Falletta, 39, Incept Corporation

Marvin Ferguson
, 33, Rite Aid

Ryan Fulmer, 27, Beese Fulmer Private Wealth Management

Aaron Geh, 38, The Karcher Group

Derek Gordon, 27, City of Canton

Stephanie Helline, 31, The Timken Company

David Hersher, 38, FirstMerit Bank

Christopher Hunt, 32, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.

Jennifer Mucci, 38, Mucci Team Cutler Real Estate

Captain Daniel Mueller, 38, Ohio National Guard

Kristen Petrilla, 33, Quest Recovery & Prevention Services

Emily Ribnik, 31, Kent State University at Stark

Marisa Rohn, 33, Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio

Chris Seeley, 34, Premier Bank & Trust

Dr. Carrie Spangler, 39, Stark County Educational Service Center

Andrew Williams, 39, Williams Toyota Lift


2012 Twenty under 40! Winners


Aimee Belden,
35, Chesapeake Energy

Jessica Bennett, 30, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

Allyson Bussey, 33, Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau

Kirt Conrad, 39, SARTA

Erin Hollenbaugh, 31, Kent State University Stark

Jill Kaminski, 32, Stark County Prosecutor's Office

Kerri Kutz Salvino, 39, Diebold, Inc.

Kristen Moore, 29, Day Ketterer

Michelle Mullaly, 39, Canton Symphony Orchestra

Matt Nyeste, 35, 415 Group

Michael Oesch, 33, Bruner-Cox LLP

Amy Parker, 28, Osnasburg Fire Department

Warren Price, 39, The City of Canton

John Scott, 37, Gentle Dental

Melissa Sliman Lombardi, 29, Aultman Health Foundation

Eric Smer, 26, Stark County Hunger Task Force

Katie Tolin, 38, Rea & Associates, Inc.

Ron Van Horn, 29, Schauer Group

Angel Williams, 39, The Timken Company

Timothy Wires, 37, Stark County Family Court


2011 Twenty under 40! Winners


Meet the fourth annual class of Twenty under 40!, Stark County’s finest young leaders, as seen through the eyes of their nominators.

Gina Bannevich, 36
Director of Marketing, University of Mount Union


In her nominator’s words: Gina has been actively involved in the community, serving as a member of the American Heart Association Go Red for Women, Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival and Golden Key for Exceptional Children Fundraising Committee, among others. She’s not one to just sit in a meeting and serve as a member of a board in silence. She always takes the initiative to voice her opinion, provide feedback and offer her time and talents to assist the organization. She has held many leadership positions, and always speaks highly of her involvement. She is not only a dynamic leader, but a supportive and encouraging team player, and she has encouraged me to get involved in the community myself. Nominated by Callie A. Livengood.
   

Automn Becher, 33
Retail District Manager, The Huntington National Bank

In her nominator’s words: Automn Becher is one of the most energetic, ambitious and outstanding individuals I have had the pleasure of working with throughout my career. She has been in banking for more than twelve years, with eight of those years as a committed and valuable member of The Huntington National Bank’s team. Automn is a dynamic young woman with energy and enthusiasm that is contagious. She serves as a great role model to her peers and direct reporting colleagues within Huntington as she is a very hard working individual with an unwavering commitment regardless of the task at hand. Her commitment to what she is passionate for carries through to her philanthropic work in the community as well. Nominated by Loretta Stanton.

   

Melissa Bentley, 38
Certified Public Accountant, Supervisor, Bruner-Cox LLP

In her nominator’s words: Melissa has been and continues to be a very positive influence on others, whether that is professionally or in the community through her many outside activities. Having served in various capacities with the United States Navy in Virginia and Japan, Melissa has had opportunities to work as a team player and assist those she comes in contact with. Melissa has contributed countless hours in the areas of training and recruiting, here at Bruner-Cox LLP. She is seen as a leader within our offices. When given a task, she is very committed to making the end result be the best that it can be. Melissa has a passion for Stark County. She made a choice to come back “home” after serving in the Navy. This choice was easy as Stark County is a great place to raise her family. Nominated by Robert Marks and Anna Capaldi.

   

Darla Brown, 34
Editor, About Magazine

In her nominators’ words: In the short time I’ve known Darla Brown, I find that she quickly becomes a role model and an inspiration to those she meets. She excels in each area of her active life: business, community, and family. And she does so with quiet purpose and drive. Darla makes smart, thoughtful decisions and follows through with her commitments. Not many people can claim to have changed the media landscape in our community. Darla Brown can do just that! She has been at the helm of one of Stark County’s fastest growing, most popular and influential publications. She has worked diligently to spotlight the outstanding aspects of all things Stark County. Her impressive work sheds a positive light on countless individuals and organizations throughout our community. Nominated by Barbara Abbott and Kevin Kampman.

   

Katie Cerrone-Arnold, 30
Assistant Professor of Technical Mathematics, The University of Akron

In her nominators’ words: Katie is worthy of this recognition because she manages to balance an extremely busy career as an assistant professor of mathematics and grueling doctoral studies with an astonishing amount of service to her community. Her ability to manage such a heavy academic and professional load while serving numerous community organizations in leadership capacities clearly speaks to her passion for service to the greater Canton community. Her dedication to the greater Stark County community is clearly evident in the vigor and determination with which she tackles her myriad volunteer activities. Nominated by Derek Gordon and Matt Bailey.

   

Cheli Curan, 35
Director or Children’s Network Advocacy Center, Stark County Job & Family Services

In her nominators’ words: Cheli is one of those young leaders that are severley needed in our community. She impressed me from the very first meeting because she was engaging, high energy and inquisitive, wanting to learn and most importantly help. She did not hesitate to immediately volunteer. She is an amazing young women that definitely is not afraid to take an active role in our community. We need more young professionals like Cheli in Stark County and I feel strongly that she deserves to be recognized for her volunteerism and leadership. She is dedicated, loyal and committed to those she serves. Cheli has an energy about her that is infectious and people around her feel motivated by her presence. Nominated by Joseph Lapinski, Lisa Grubbs, Tim Belden and Margie Centrone.

   

Tricia Dever, 38
Owner, Always Eventful, Inc.

In her nominator’s words: Tricia is an amazing, dynamic, energetic person who owns her own business, voluntarily runs another business, shares her time and talent with organizations that make an impact in Stark County, organizes a holiday food drive and makes this all look easy! She is the person sought out when decisions need made, direction seems lost or creativity is stifled. Tricia is committed to exceeding the expectations of her clients and fellow volunteers. Solid leadership skills, enthusiasm, decisiveness and the ability to multi-task allow her to accomplish more than what would seem reasonable. Success naturally follows her wherever she goes.
Nominated by Lara Kimbell.

   

Kristen Guardado, 40
Senior Trial Counsel, Canton City Prosectuor’s Offfice
Attorney, Private Practice

In her nominators’ words: How do you describe Kristen Donohue Guardado? Mother, wife, friend, attorney, prosecutor, mentor, school board member? All of these words could be used to describe Kristen Donohue Guardado, but would not even begin to scratch the surface. Kristen is an example of how we should all work and give back to our community. Kristen is dedicated to making Stark County a better place by helping build the core of our society starting with our children. She is committed to making a difference through education and words towards making Stark County a place for the youth to live and be future leaders. We witness these characteristics and qualities in Kristen everyday on a professional and personal level, and feel that her commitment to Stark County is worth recognition. Nominated by Paula George and Michelle Sales.

   

Todd Hawke, 36
Principal, GDK and Company

In his nominator’s words: Todd leads by example to inspire others to do their best. He is a caring, inspiring, well rounded and motivated individual who works well with others. Todd strives to remain active and inspire people of all ages. He is a young, well-respected professional who contributes many hours of his time to give back to his community. He actively participates in Jackson Belden Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement, American Cancer Society and Jackson youth athletics. Todd and his family participate in th Jackson Relay for Life, United Way, Juvenile Diabetes, Akron Children’s Hospital and donates to needy local families. Nominated by Juanita Plum and Tricia Hawke.

   

Celeste Jones, 38
Vice President for Human Resources, Stark State College

In her nominators’ words: It is an honor and a privilege to nominate Celeste Jones for the 20 and 40 award, who is a professional in our community and has made a positive impact. Her recent return to Stark County is by far an asset to the entire community. In addition to her responsibilities as Vice President of Human Resources Stark State College of Technology, she has networked with many of Stark County's leaders to become familiar with overall concerns in the area so she can best determine where she will serve the community-at-large. Celeste is an individual whose glowing smile showcases her love and passion for working with people.
Nominated by Carrilyn E. Long and Burton Jones.

   

Dan Leahy, 34
Security Marketing Manager, Diebold, Inc.

In his nominator’s words: To me and many others Dan is an individual of integrity, character, work ethic, determination, enthusiasm, passion and energy that is unparalleled by few! Couple those traits with Dan’s candid sense of humor and intellectual wit and this is part of what makes Dan a valuable asset to his community, colleagues, friends and family. It is Dan’s energy and interest that allows him to effectively leverage his charisma and vision for making his community a better place through whatever role he fully consumes himself in. Through Dan’s ability to motivate and inspire others to action, while using his strong time management skills Dan is constantly contributing to different organizations and initiatives which benefit from his life experiences and skill set. Nominated by Scott Haws.

   

Staci Martin, 32
Certified RN Anesthetist, Aultman Hospital

In her nominator’s words: Staci’s greatest characteristic that enables her to inspire others is her willingness to give. I met Staci in the Canton Jaycees and was instantly amazed by her dedication. On multiple occurrences I witnessed her spending extra time, energy, and often her own money to make sure that the events she was planning were perfect. She is always willing to stay late at meetings, to organize events, and to make sure things are running smoothly in the organizations for which she volunteers. Staci is also inspiring because of her motivation and selflessness. I have met individuals who get involved with community projects to build their resume. Staci is not one of those individuals. She is involved because she enjoys working with others and giving back to her community. Nominated by Katie Cerrone-Arnold.

   

Brent May, 38
Superintendent, Plain Local School District

In his nominator’s words: As a father, community member, and educator, Brent not only has a passion and vested interest in the success of the Plain Local School District, but in the community as a whole. He is a dedicated leader who is passionate about public education and committed to providing equal opportunities for all students. Brent believes that a student’s access to the highest quality of education should not be determined by their socio-economic status or zip code. Brent has demonstrated himself as a motivator, visionary and fearless leader. Nominated by Karen Vrabec.

   

Frank Meister, 38
Senior Vice President, AML, BSA Officer, FirstMerit Bank, N.A.

In his nominators’ words: Frank is an example of “brain gain” in our area. Frank was born and raised in Canton, OH to parents and grandparents that were born and raised in Canton. After receiving his undergraduate education at Purdue University, he returned to put his skills to work in his home community. While working full time, he went on to study nights and weekends to receive his MBA from Ashland University at the Massillon/ Stark Center. Frank is a product of our community who has chosen to live and work in the area. In the years that I have known him, he has enjoyed being a part of Stark County activities and living in Stark County. He is a wonderful person and a successful businessman. He is a homegrown success story. Nominated by Julia Dick.

   

Marcas Miles, 33
Director of Programs & Communications, Employers Health

In his nominators’ words: By definition, a coalition is an alliance between groups for a specific purpose. Marcas Miles builds coalitions. In his professional career as director of programs and communications for Employers Health, Marcas unites organizations that have joined together to reduce the costs and improve the quality of health care. Outside of his work day, Marcas builds coalitions all over Stark County – connecting individuals who then work together to solve issues in our community. Marcas builds consensus by leading with passion. His professional accomplishments, community involvement and personal integrity make him an outstanding candidate for 20 Under 40 recognition. Nominated by Sue Grabowski and Ken Weber.

   

Alexandra Nicholis, 32
Executive Director, Massillon Museum

In her nominators’ words: When asked to consider the most talented, driven young professionals in our area, I instantly thought of Alex Nicholis. Her enthusiasm for the arts and for our community as a whole is infectious. She is in many ways a one-of-a-kind leader: a qualified, professional member of the arts community, but one that helps the arts to be approachable for those without formal training. She is a dedicated volunteer who works to educate and improve life for students in Stark County and women around the world. She manages to wear her many hats with grace and humility and truly stands as an example to the rest of us. Alex has already done great things for our community, and with her recent promotion, I know we can expect her to do even more in the future. She has a keen ability to make art matter. Nominated by Kate Carlson and Carey McDougall.

   

Kathryn Siegfried, 26
Vice President of Operations, Siegfried Enterprises / McDonald’s Restaurants

In her nominators’ words: It is Kathryn’s care, compassion, zest for life and love for others that has her actively engaged in her community. Kathryn is a visionary who is very passionate and displays very strong self-starter qualities. Kathryn exudes a level of charisma, energy and passion for making her community a better place through whatever role she fully consumes herself in. It is that level of charisma, energy and passion Kathryn exudes that is un-paralleled in her efforts to ensure our community stays vibrant and attractive. Kathryn has a very strong desire to be part of the solution in making Stark County a greater place for others, and this has drawn the respect of so many of her peers!

Nominated by Scott Haws, Monique Cox-Moore, Paul & Michelle Siegfried.

   

John Tucker, 39
Attorney, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.

In his nominator’s words: With the selflessness and sacrifice of time that it takes to be a leader and mentor, John has been an integral part of our firm’s drastic growth over the last ten years and he’s been an invaluable member of community organizations and boards. In his capacity as a leader, John has actively participated in the recruitment and development of young attorneys and he’s overseen the firm’s expansion into new practice areas and markets. He’s also worked tirelessly, as a volunteer and leader, working with local Chambers of Commerce and charitable organizations. He is one of the hardest working, most devoted people I know, both as a practitioner and as a volunteer. Nominated by Jason Haupt.

   

Amanda Walls, 32
Attorney, Buckingham, Doolittle, Burroughs, LLP

In her nominators’ words: Not only does Amanda hold an impressive résumé of community involvement but her overall enthusiasm for the Stark community is evident in both her personal and professional life. She has not only chosen to keep their many talents here in Stark County, but has made it a point to be an active participant in its development. Although it is not easy to bring balance between a successful law practice and a beautiful new family, Amanda does so with ease, all the while never neglecting the community around her. She is a successful, gifted attorney with a beautiful young daughter (Ella) who keeps an active community and social life but you never catch her complaining about being spread to thin. Nominated by Susan Rodgers and Eric Belden.

   

Patrick Willoughby, 36
Director of Client Management & Logistics, The Karcher Group

In his nominator’s words: Giving back to his community is what Patrick Willoughby is all about! Patrick’s enthusiasm, passion and excitement for his Stark County community, in addition to the support and professional demeanor he provides for young professionals in the business community, clearly demonstrate his ability to connect with others. Whether it’s coordinating local events for young professionals or supporting a benefit for a non-profit organization in Stark County, Patrick strives to “pay it forward” and do his part to make Stark County a proud place to live and work. Nominated by Patty Meeks and Matt Ellis.


2010 Twenty under 40! Winners

And the winners are ... Meet the third annual class of Twenty under 40!, Stark County’s finest young leaders, as seen through the eyes of their nominators.

The event was held Monday, June 14 at Gervasi Vineyard & Italian Bistro. Twenty under 40!, presented by ystark! and The Repository, is made possible by our generous sponsors: Aultman Health Foundation, Black,McCuskey, Souers & Arbaugh, LPA, Huntington National Bank and The Timken Company.

Maureen Ater, 34
Director of Marketing, The Repository
In her nominator’s words: Maureen epitomizes the qualities you seek to highlight with this award. She is a young person who has made the choice to live in Stark County, raise a family and make it a better place. Maureen gets the people around her to do more then they ever imagined they could. She is a motivational leader that hides a tough, no nonsense approach to work inside a bright smile and cheerful disposition. I have never walked away from conversation with her without a positive outcome, even when we disagree. Nominated by Kevin Kampman and Maria Heege.
Katrina Barton, 33
General Manager, Westfield Belden Village
In her nominator’s words: Katrina runs the busiest, most successful shopping center between Cleveland and Columbus. She and her husband also own and operate an Edible Arrangements store in Jackson Township, so it is obvious that she believes in this area and puts her money where her mouth is. She is very professional, humble and intelligent. She wants what is best for her family, employees, and businesses, and is willing to work hard to get it. She deserves to be recognized as the strong female role model that she is. Nominated by Aron Kitzmiller.
Brent Belles, 31
President, B-Squared Marketing Solutions & Advantage Golf
In his nominator’s words: Brent Belles is both a successful business owner and community volunteer. As Stark County continues its efforts in economic development, it is essential to recognize those individuals who have taken the chance and started their own, profitable, longlasting business that brings jobs and makes an economic impact on our region. Brent is also involved with many nonprofit and social services organizations. His willingness to invest both through his business and volunteerism makes Brent a perfect candidate for Twenty under 40! Nominated by Joseph D. Schauer.
Dr. Fendrich R. Clark, 38
Assistant Professor of Communications, Mount Union College
In his nominator’s words: For more than 10 years, Randy has taught classes showing students how to become more effective communicators as they ascend to their professional careers, in joining social and civic organizations and in addressing public audiences. He has been instrumental in helping the college develop institutional programs such as the College’s Multicultural Retreat, and Jumbe, a black male think tank. Randy is a dynamic and engaging person with an infectious smile. Whether through a leadership program, team consultation or in the classroom, Randy emphasizes that one should be a “lifelong learner.” Nominated by Gerry Radcliffe.

Tawny Cowen-Zanders, 34
Corps Officer, The Salvation Army
In her nominator’s words: Tawny is unassuming, unselfish and has a genuine interest in other people and a strong, intuitive understanding of them. She enjoys working with others and is lively, warm company. She is an effective communicator and is able to stimulate and motivate others while being aware and responsive to their needs and concerns. Her drive is directed at working with people and going the extra mile. Working at a faster than average pace, she is attentive to details and both quick and accurate in handling them. When it is necessary for her to be critical she will do so in a constructive, supportive manner. Nominated by Michelle Del Rio-Keller.

Kimberly R. Davenport, 40
Director of Human Resources – Ohio and PA Operations, Shearer’s Foods, Inc.
In her nominator’s words: Kimberly is an intelligent, vibrant and dedicated woman who has lived in Stark County for 38 years. Although she is very busy in her career, as a wife and mother, and in her faith and volunteerism, Kimberly has also taken time to mentor young ladies and has always encouraged them to do their best in each and every thing they set out to do. At Shearer’s, her door is always open for associates who may need career advice, help with solving a problem or just a listening ear. Kimberly is truly an asset to the Stark County community! Nominated by Renee Biggums.

Ken English, 37
Vice President, Regional Manager, Charter One Bank
In his nominator’s words: Ken is always willing to accept new challenges in his professional career while at the same time accepting new challenges in the community. He is always thinking of new ways to help better the people around him. He is an active volunteer in the community. As the first college graduate in his family, he worked his way through college and has carried the same work ethic through his whole life. He is a perfect example of the fact that anything is possible if you put forth the time and effort needed to succeed. Nominated by Renee English.

 

Darcy Friel, 34
Realtor, Remax Commitment
In her nominator’s words: I am nominating Darcy for this award, not because she has done all of these things, but because she has thoughtfully and lovingly and consistently made decisions to live a life that demonstrates the values she holds most dear. Darcy is my daughter and I treasure her for that as a young woman. Darcy loves with an open heart, always paying it forward. Darcy’s resume and her contributions to committees and worksites of non-profits is testimony to her commitment and diligence, but her willingness to share lovingly of herself with others is what makes me proudest. Nominated by Barbara Drennan.

Murray L. Hooten III, 32
Retention Specialist, Stark State College of Technology
In a nominator’s words: Murray is instrumental in working with first generation, low income students whose desire is to pursue a college education in Stark County. He has always wanted to work in Stark County, and you can tell that he truly enjoys giving back to our community. He is compassionate, self-motivated, and well-respected by his colleagues as well as the community. The challenges that he has faced in his life have made him into a very authentic role model for our youth. Nominated by Sarah C. Fiddler, Sharon Langford, Monica S. Womack, Carrilyn E. Long, Benjamin Tobias, Trevis Brown, Enyinda Onunwor, Janet Duncan, Takeis Boston, Kristin Allen and Robin Tyler.

Anne Koutsis, 28
Engineer, The Timken Company
In her nominator’s words: Anne has worked tirelessly for many organizations in order to support Stark County. Her countless hours of community service are certainly reason enough for nomination. Even in times of important personal matters, Anne has still found time to support and volunteer her services for her community. Anne has an unbelievable way of making any situation seem fun and energetic. She brings a sense of humor and a warm smile into any environment. For such gracious efforts and her willingness to help the lives of others, I see no better candidate for this award. Nominated by Michael Koutsis.
Brian Layman, 35
Attorney at Layman,D’Atri & Associates, LLC
In his nominator’s words: Brian represents the face of Stark County’s future in law professionalism. His talents could have taken him to any metropolitan market but he has chosen Stark County to raise his family. Brian brings world class thinking and technical skills to his asset protection and estate planning practice. He is committed to the prosperity of both his clients and the general community at large. He represents the best of the qualities of the Twenty under 40! award. Nominated by Leo E. Doyle.

Danette Lund, 39
Director of Programs & Services, Early Childhood Resource Center
In her nominator’s words: Danette is a visionary who is very passionate and displays very strong self-starter qualities. It’s her energy and desire to be an agent of change for Stark County’s future that makes her a priceless and immeasurable asset to our community. She is in fact one of Stark County’s sharpest, most driven young leaders who actively impacts how we live, work and play! Nominated by Scott Haws, Todd Snitchler, Robert Mullen and Dustin Hennessy.

Tiffany Marsh, 40
Artist, Bliss Studio & Gallery; Teacher, Canton Montessori School
In her nominator’s words: Tiffany is among the most creative, interesting and motivated people I have ever known! She has a long history of professional achievements in other cities and has tirelessly given of her talents, time and energy to our community since her return in 2002. She is a downtown business owner, educator and single mother, who always manages to make civic concerns a priority. Be it a fundraising effort, a community event or getting assistance to those in need, Tiffany’s approach is full of innovation and compassion, and she gets things done. Nominated by Lynette Rennecker.

Angela McGee, 35
Associate VP, Critical Care Division, Aultman Hospital
In her nominator’s words: Angela leads a $9.5 million dollar construction project for the Intensive Care Units of the hospital, bringing the latest technology and safety equipment to our patients. While this is certainly a full time job, she was approached and accepted the additional responsibility as the executive of the H1N1 Flu Task Force during our country’s pandemic last fall. In addition to her work on part of the hospital, she mentors others and serves the Canton community by volunteering for a variety of organizations and programs. Nominated by Edward J. Roth and Eileen Good.
Robert J. Murphy, 30
Attorney, Black, McCuskey, Souers & Arbaugh, LPA
In his nominator’s words: Robert has accomplished a great deal at the age of 30 and is truly committed to his community and Stark County. He is inspiring others because he has a natural outgoing, positive, upbeat personality that conveys his sense of involvement, concern for others and his leadership skills. He is committed to making Stark County a better place to live and work, and is always willing to commit to the real work involved in many projects. He has performed extremely well as a young lawyer, and is the first and only attorney in Stark County to become LEED-certified. Nominated by Randolph L. Snow.

Christopher Nichols, 40
Director of Facility Costs, First Communications, and Canton Township Trustee
In his nominator’s words: I have known Chris since high school and have seen him tackle work, community and family endeavors with vigor. He represents the company well and always works hard. He is very proud of his community, which is reflected in how he represents Canton. He’s bright, hardworking and he cares about people. In a crisis, he has a great ability to offer and execute solutions. He is steady in his approach at work, as an elected official and with his family and friends. Nominated by Ray Hexamer.
Mike Pomesky, 33
Perry Township Police Chief
In his nominator’s words: As the Police Chief of Perry Township, Mike possesses strong leadership skills and puts them to work each and every day with his “always on duty, can do attitude." One of his greatest attributes is his work ethic. He goes above and beyond the call of duty and makes himself accessible 24/7. Mike’s personality and demeanor are encouraging and he makes others strive to be of the same caliber. He exudes confidence, yet is a humble person who inspires and encourages others on a daily basis to give 100 percent of themselves. His positive attitude is contagious and encouraging to those who have the pleasure of knowing him. Nominated by Perry Township Board of Trustees.

Melissa Shelton, 38
Associate Vice President, AultCare
In her nominators’ words: Missy has been a member of the AultCare and Aultman Health Foundation team for nearly 15 years and embodies our value to, “lead our community to improved health.” Staff frequently refers to her as “Miss AultCare” for the positive image she portrays on a daily basis. Missy oversees 500 employees as associate vice president of Human Resources. She is an exceptional young leader who holds herself to the highest standards of personal integrity in both her personal and professional life. I consider her a person of highest caliber and someone who embodies the values of Twenty under 40! award recipients. Nominated by Rick Haines, Robin Clark,Thomas W. Schmidt and Matt Ellis.

Luke Vincer, 25
Financial Advisor, Wentz Financial Group
In his nominator’s words: I believe Luke’s true passion is to help people. He has involved himself in almost every facet of ystark!, culminating with his co-management of 250 volunteers at 2009’s Junior World Football Championships, a significant accomplishment for Stark County and a significant milestone for ystark! He also volunteers his time towards mentoring those who need additional assistance and a role model. Luke demonstrates the characteristics of a good community trustee and volunteer and
deserves to be added to the list of the Top 20 under 40 in Stark County. Nominated by Scott Haws.
Ryan Walls, 34
Human Resource Manager, Kenan Advantage Group
In his nominator’s words: Ryan’s character is exceptional and I truly admire his extreme dedication to his family, church, community and career. The ability to give of oneself to better the lives of others is a quality that is not easily found, especially in young individuals. Through his involvement with community services and corporate activities, he continues to make a difference in our region. He has the unique ability to put people at ease so that they feel comfortable sharing their hopes and dreams, or their failures and problems. This is probably why he chose a career path in Human Resources and why he excels. By truly listening to individuals, he can then provide mentoring and service where needed. Nominated by Bill Downey.

2009 Twenty under 40! Winners

 

Michael C. Abbott, 37
ABBOTT ELECTRIC INC.

He’s the most dependable person! Mike is a dynamic leader in his organization as well as beyond the organization. He’s actively committed to Stark County, and to making a difference in our community. His leadership foresights have filled an industry void by successfully growing one company and creating two new companies in Canton, significantly adding to economic and business development in our region.

Eric Belden, 32
PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL

He fully embodies the criteria for this award. Born and raised in Canton, he returned to his hometown in 1999 after college and has been fully engaged in the economic and social welfare of our community ever since. He is fully invested in the effort to retain and attract young professionals, as he believes that Stark County is the perfect place to live, work, and raise a family. He is a walking billboard for ystark! and its mission to improve our community through knowledge, leadership, and participation.

LaShonda Card, 35
TIME WARNER CABLE

She is committed to work, family, church and community, often not in that order. She is a strong-willed individual who has worked hard to become a very successful, intelligent young woman. If you were to meet her for the first time, the first thing you would notice is the positive energy she exudes – she has a very warm and welcoming disposition. Even when in the midst of tense conflict and adversity, she reacts with wisdom beyond her years. There were times in her life when she was a single mother, and she worked hard to make sure her four children were cared for and well adjusted while still finishing her education and substantially impacting the community she lives in.

Matt Ellis, 33
GRASSMASTER

Quite simply, he believes it is better to give than to receive! Being very outgoing and friendly, Matt is very approachable which allows younger people in the business community to come up to him for support and marketing ideas. Watching him as an employer and seeing his employees look up to him for ideas, growth opportunities and personal development is simply remarkable. He has been dedicated to the Stark County Community for years, helping community and business individuals network and learn about community opportunities. He’s helped to support local business and at the same time raise four beautiful children!

Joseph R. French, 40
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION ALLIANCE, INC.

Joe possesses many strengths and a solid character that has made him a dynamic, civic-minded Stark Countian. Joe demonstrates a positive daily attitude, high personal and professional integrity, mature judgment, initiative, self-determination and acceptance of others. Joe is passionate about the children he serves and their families, helping each of them to have the most education-enriching experiences necessary to develop personal integrity and self-acceptance. He is a great team player as well as a strong independent person, who is up to a variety of challenges, especially if it means sharing knowledge about a worthy cause. Joe is a great listener and thoughtful person.

Daniel Griffith, 32
BLACK, MCCUSKEY, SOUERS & ARBAUGH, LPA

He’s the definition of success for his generation! Dan is one of those rare individuals who have found a balance between work and family. Dan has accomplished a great deal so far in his career, already exhibiting strong leadership characteristics – and has shown the potential to be one of the law firm’s future leaders. He’s widely regarded for his sense of humor, and his quick wit can break up an otherwise stodgy discussion, loosening up any conversation and establishing a better perspective on any subject.

Alan Harold, 33
HUNTINGTON BANK

Even as a student, he was responsible and mature beyond his years. This is a young man who was born to lead. He is truly representative of the young people who will make Stark County better and better. While he has had the opportunity to leave this area, he and his wife are committed to raising their family here and making contributions to this area. Alan is a fine representative of this young, up and coming, professional group of individuals and would serve as an ideal role model for young professionals throughout our community.

Lisa Capocci Hicklin, 34
CANTON CITY SCHOOLS

Lisa Hicklin is a truly unique young woman whose enthusiasm and can-do attitude is contagious to all who meet her. She has a volunteer’s heart and a desire to work with individuals of all ages who have developmental disabilities, giving them opportunities in the performing arts and helping them gain acceptance among their peers. She donates her time and talents to develop programs and productions in the arts for students with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities. As a dedicated teacher, she continuously looks for ways to bring in grant money and opportunities to expand her students’ horizons in new and creative ways.

Jeff Joliat, 34
THE SEAL GROUP

He is always willing to try a new idea or go out on a limb, as well as support the tried and true. Jeff’s enthusiasm and big ideas light a fire under those who work with him and when he volunteers for a cause, he gives it his all. His accomplishments for community organizations and for downtown Canton are a direct result of his enthusiasm for hard work. In 2006, Jeff started an investment business in downtown Canton, furthering his dedication and support of the revitalization of downtown and business growth for the area.

Michael T. Lemon, 40
AULTCARE

This is a man with integrity! Michael is an excellent role model and is highly respected throughout the community. He has an uncanny ability to engage others and is always optimistic – smiling when he shares his vision of developing his congregation and community by stretching, reaching, serving, loving and teaching. His work with community organizations results in tackling projects that appear otherwise unattainable. His discipline, high energy and warmth impact those around him.

Corey Minor Smith, 35
CITY OF CANTON

With her tenacity as a go-getter and her selfless, community-minded outlook, she gives nothing less than excellence in everything she does. Corey is a dynamic community leader with high standards of social responsibility, and she is making a huge difference in our community with her strength and abilities. She works tirelessly registering voters and representing those less fortunate in many legal aspects. She is an inspiration to those she serves, and she motivates others by encouraging them to persevere, to realize that their own commitment will determine success.

Monique Moore, 35
STARK COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS

Monique is truly a community visionary, one who exudes the charisma, energy and passion required for making our community a better place. Her creative thinking and deep awareness of current and prospective possibilities have helped her to foster and implement progress – ultimately improving the lives of all around her. Monique’s energy as an agent of change is helping to brighten the outlook for Stark County. She is a priceless and immeasurable community asset.

Kendra L. Preer, 38
STARK STATE COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY

Her passion for her work and dedication to working toward greater college access for first generation, low-income students, inspires her colleagues everyday. She is someone who doesn’t take “no” for an answer, who is demanding of herself and others when it comes to building a program. She is committed to higher education for ALL of Stark County, working tirelessly in her role, both at work and in the community.

Todd Pugh, 37
ENVIROSCAPES

Todd Pugh has been a lifelong resident and leading advocate for the Stark County community. He is committed to its vibrancy and recognizes the value of people coming together to improve where they work and live. Providing jobs through his business and improving community life with his extensive volunteer work, Todd exemplifies a community leader with his winning attitude. Always looking for new ideas to improve his self, his business, the industry and the community, Todd openly seeks and shares information with other people through business articles and seminars. With Todd, the energy level is always at 100% and anything is possible.

Joseph D. Schauer, 27
SCHAUER INSURANCE

He was very instrumental in helping the ystark! program reach the point it’s at today. Joe is a natural leader who instills confidence in others and leads through example. He never hesitates to say yes when asked to take on a project or conduct an activity. His early involvement with ystark!, followed by his chairmanship, have directly lead to the expansion of the original ystark! committee, active programming, and ultimately securing funding to enable us to hire a director. Joe never hesitates to take a leadership role, but also does the necessary work behind the scenes required to gain consensus, set direction, and execute programs.

Todd Snitchler, 38
SNITCHLER LAW FIRM, LLC – OHIO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

He has a love for others and a constant passion to be actively engaged in his community. He’s working for the revitalization of Stark County and Ohio, bringing them back to a prominent role. He has a strong desire to be part of the solution in making Stark County a greater place for others. Todd works to be an agent of change for Stark County, working to alter the perception and outlook of our future. This work makes him a priceless and immeasurable asset and a valuable resource moving forward. He is one of Stark County’s sharpest, most driven young leaders who actively impact how we live, work and play!

Lori Stokes, 36
CITY OF CANTON

She is an exceptional, selfless and giving role model for young people and an inspiration to all of the lives she touches. Lori is an unwavering volunteer, both at home and for the community. She volunteers for and spearheads innumerable groups and organizations. She earned three degrees while working and raising five children, and though her incredible educational background could take her elsewhere, she’s dedicated to making a difference here at home in Stark County!

Lydia Strauss, 38
She is able to work patiently and tirelessly, lending an ear to children who sometimes feel as if they are not heard. Lydia is a very caring, loyal and dedicated volunteer and organizer within the community. She is energetic about the programs and agencies she works with, giving endlessly, fueled by the desire to reach out and give community members the opportunity to better their selves. Lydia’s work has found her supporting a wide range of individuals, from children to crisis victims, she is always available to comfort, support and assist those in need.

Mark Wright, 38
AULTMAN HOSPITAL

He is not afraid to get out ahead of a project and accomplish goals through sheer will and determination. Mark has been very involved in the local community, making a positive difference for many organizations and causes. He has the drive and the character to not only lead, but to inspire others to reach their potential as well. His professionalism and commitment are unparalleled – he is exactly what Stark County needs as we continue to grow and expand.

Scott M. Zurakowski, 37
KRUGLIAK, WILKINS, GRIFFITHS & DOUGHERTY CO. L.P.A.

When one thinks of community stewardship, responsibility and compassion, Scott Zurakowski leaps to mind. Scott has a genuine desire to see his fellow neighbor be as successful as possible. He has a strong conviction that no matter what walk of life a person comes from, every person should be treated with dignity and compassion. He is a dedicated father, husband and community servant, with a passion for philanthropy rivaled only by his enthusiasm for life. Scott is bright, humorous and dedicated—timeless qualities of a role model for those young and old.

2008 Twenty under 40! Winners

 

Keith Arner, 38
HALL, KISTLER & CO.

Keith’s involvement goes beyond that of just attending meetings. He is in the trenches building, hiring, supervising, teaching and donating. He is the complete volunteer package.

Trina Bennington, 26
TIMKEN CO.

Trina is focused on being the best employee, the best volunteer and the best friend that anyone could ask for. She is always looking for the next challenge while providing excellent service on current projects.

Mark Butterworth, 36
HERBERT W. HOOVER FOUNDATION

His commitment and passion for Stark County is a constant inspiration. Whether it’s helping to continue the legacy of the Hoover family or his ongoing involvement in raising money for various charities, he exemplifies what this award is all about.

Anna Capaldi, 37
BRUNER COX LLP

Anna gives tirelessly to this community. She has made a conscious decision to participate – making a significant difference and inspiring others to get involved to build and maintain a strong community.

Joseph Cole, 34
PROJECT REBUILD HIGH SCHOOL

Joe’s sincerity is the attribute that is most obvious. He is a passionate person about his faith, his career and his community; his commitment to the community is evident in the eyes of each of his students. Given Joe’s credentials, he could have easily been hired to work in another community, making more money. Instead, he has chosen to work with an at-risk population and one that truly needs a role model like Joe.

Doug Hampton, 34
HAMPTON CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

Doug has the unique ability to match people, resources and ideas to make great things happen with everyone he works with and for. His nominators stated that he “does not simply join a committee, he is a leader.”

Scott Haws, 31
DIEBOLD

Scott is an extremely charitable, hardworking and responsible person. A fellow employee said of Scott, “His ability to be an agent of change makes him an asset to his workplace and his community, which will continue to make him a valuable resource in the future.”

Elizabeth Burton-Jones, 18
CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

She may be the youngest of the class, but she already holds a long list of accomplishments. She has volunteered at countless events and with many organizations. A recent graduate of Central Catholic High School, Elizabeth plans to attend John Carroll in the fall of 2008.

Terrance Jones, 32
CANTON NEGRO OLD TIMERS ACTIVITY CENTER

One colleague had this to say of Terrance, “Over the years, I have been continually impressed by his staunch commitment to the city of Canton and his fierce determination to see the underprivileged youth in our area succeed through the attainment of education.” Ebony Magazine has also named Terrance as one of America’s 30 and Under Future Leaders.

Geoff Karcher, 33
THE KARCHER GROUP

In addition to providing low-to-no cost services to nonprofit agencies and groups, he also volunteers for many organizations. A business associate noted that, “while Geofff’s client roster spans the globe, he is primarily committed to strengthening the web presence of business right her in our area.”

Susan Koosh, 36
AFFINITY MEDICAL CENTER

Her volunteer career has included working with Stark County American Heart Association, Massillon Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity, Harvest for Hunger, and many others. As her husband and nominator put it, “She is an exceptionally caring, loyal, and energetic person. She rarely takes time fro herself because she is always taking care of others. She is dedicated to her family, her work and her community.

Mari Moss, 29
PEACE TV

As the volunteer producer and director of PEACE TV, her goal is to be an inspiration to young people by encouraging them to make positive changes in their lives. She has won multiple national awards including the Martin Luther King Peace Award, and she was recently featured in the 2007 book of Millennial Leaders.

Christopher Remark, 38
AULTMAN HEALTH FOUNDATION

Christopher’s nominator had this to say about him, “Superman has nothing on Chris. He has a faster pace than a speeding bullet; he is more driven than a locomotive and can even leap tall buildings, especially if it is for the common good of the patients, employees and physicians at Aultman.”

Julia Sampson, 38
MALONE UNIVERSITY

She is very committed to the growth of our region, evidenced in her Sabbatical Project, in which she chose to focus on the city of Canton’s community and economic development. A colleague of Julia stated that, “Not only does she constantly communicate her love for the area, she puts her words in action through the many activities she’s involved in.”

Christina Shiltz, 27
PLAIN LOCAL SCHOOLS

Christina has a sweet, humble nature, a great sense of humor, and an unmatched commitment to her community. She gives endlessly of herself without expecting anything in return. For years she has volunteered her time to better the lives of others. Astoundingly, she never takes credit for the great things she does – she’d rather recognize those around her.

Christine Shearer, 37
MASSILLON MUSEUM

She is a major proponent of collaboration among the region’s arts and businesses organizations and participates with many groups such as the Rotary and the Boy’s and Girl’s Cubs. Her nominator noted that she “has a unique way of inspiring others with her determination, her talents, her creativity and her love for what she does. It is contagious and admirable.”

Cassandra Thomas, 37
AULTCARE

As a board member to a diverse group of Stark County organizations, including Pathway Caring for Children, Domestic Violence and the Canton Ballet, she has given her time and talents to bettering this community. However, unlike many individuals whose volunteerism stops at the edge of the board meeting room, Cassandra can be just as likely found walking along a track supporting Relay for Life, the Heart Walk or Diabetes research, or grabbing a hammer and jumping in on a project for Hammer & Nails or Habitat for Humanity, you may even find her on the road delivering meals to the needy.

Tim Timken, 40
THE TIMKEN CO.

A community leader eloquently stated, “Tim holds a position that is unparalleled in the importance of Canton’s and the region’s economy. He follows in the footsteps of a family that, for more than a century, has committed itself to business growth and community development.”

Stephanie Werren, 38
LEADERSHIP STARK COUNTY

This Stark native chose to return home to raise her family and give her time and energy to this community. As the development director for Leadership Stark County, she is charged with perhaps one of the most difficult challenges of any organization - “finding the funding” to support your mission. She willingly faces these challenges as a community leader.

Derrek Wyman, 23
SMOKERISE INTERNATIONAL GROUP

As a very young leader, Derrek recently cofounded Smokerise International Group where he presides as vice chairman and chief operating officer. His nominator stated that, “He is a strong role model for other young career professionals in his commitment to our community.”

The recognition of these deserving young professionals is made possible through ystark! and The Repository, in conjunction with AultmanKrugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.Robert J. – Events & Catering; and The Timken Company.

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