CANTON, OH (December 3, 2012) – Canton/Stark County faces another extraordinary year ahead, as oil and gas exploration in the region’s Utica Shale deposits continue to affect every aspect of business in Canton. During the AultCare Fast Break Breakfast on Friday, Dec. 14, guests will be treated to an energetic panel discussion, moderated by David Kaminski, director of energy and public affairs for the Canton Regional Chamber. Panelists at this month’s unique AultCare Fast Break Breakfast include Rick Hull, president & CEO of Premier Bank & Trust, Dr. Para Jones, president, Stark State College and Steve Paquette, president & CEO, Stark Development Board. The group will discuss the current oil and gas situation in Stark County and the surrounding region, with industry-specific insight about the “state of the shale,” what it means for this community and for your business. The December AultCare Fast Break Breakfast, presented by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, is happening on Friday, Dec. 14. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with the program and breakfast following at 7:30 a.m. The Canton Regional Chamber's AultCare Fast Break Breakfasts are held at the Courtyard by Marriott, located at 4375 Metro Circle in North Canton. Tickets are $18 for Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce members, $21 for member tickets purchased less than 48 hours in advance and $25 for non-members. Tickets are available online at, or by calling (330) 458-2070. Season Passes are on sale now and are a great value at $180 per year. Beyond this important segment of the program, Fast Break attendees have the opportunity to obtain business leads through enjoyable networking activities at an event that has built a reputation as one of the most energetic lead-producing sessions around. Bring a door prize valued at $15 or more and receive 30 seconds at the microphone to promote your business.


Rick L. Hull is president and CEO of Premier Bank & Trust. Hull was an attorney for 15 years with a successful law firm/title agency in Columbiana County. He began his career as outside counsel for the Citizens Banking Company in 1982, which later became Sky Bank. During this period, he played an integral part in over twenty mergers and acquisitions. He became president of Sky Bank’s Ohio Valley Region in April of 1999. In 2006, he served as president of Sky Bank’s Akron/Canton Region and in 2007 became president of Huntington Bank’s Akron/Canton region until leaving the bank in August of 2009. In later 2009, he was a principal with a private equity group that subsequently raised $17.5 million and acquired a controlling interest in Ohio Legacy Corporation and Ohio Legacy Bank. Since February of 2010, Hull has served as president and CEO of Premier Bank & Trust and Ohio Legacy Corp. Hull is active in the community; he is a member of Brookside Country Club, a member of the Community Services of Stark County, Inc. board of directors, a Mobile Meals, Inc. board member, and an Ohio Bankers League board member. Hull served four years in the United States Air Force and received his Juris Doctorate from the College of William and Mary-Marshall Wythe School of Law, after earning his Bachelor of Arts from Kent State University. Dr. Para M. Jones took the helm of Stark State College on Feb. 1, 2012 as its fourth president in 51 years, continuing her long and productive relationship with the College. Dr. Jones spent 22 years at Stark State prior to her decision two years ago to gain presidential experience at Spartanburg Community College. At Stark State, she was vice president for advancement, planning, college and community relations; executive director of the Stark State College Foundation; vice president for advancement and student services, executive assistant to the president and director of marketing and communications. With her deep knowledge of Stark State, the community and local business, Dr. Jones emphasizes the importance of partnerships with local companies, knowing they rely on their local community college to provide skilled graduates. She ­­also is committed to programs in new technology and alternative energy. She holds a PhD in higher education leadership from the University of Nebraska, an MBA from Ashland University and a bachelor’s degree from Mount Union College. Stephen L. Paquette is president & CEO of the Stark Development Board. A graduate of the University of Arizona and the Industrial Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma, he holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in area development. Paquette has been employed in the field of economic development for 39 years. He is a member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). He also serves on the board of directors of Team Northeast Ohio (Team NEO); the Manufacturing Advocacy Growth Network (MAGNET); the Northeast Ohio Trade & Economic Consortium (NEOTEC); is a member of the advisory board of the Stark-Tuscarawas Workforce Employment Board and on the board of trustees of the Chapel in North Canton, Ohio.