Timken and McFarlane named to leadership roles for 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival
CANTON, OH (November 15, 2010) – The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Pro Football Hall of Fame have named two long-time community volunteers to leadership positions for the 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. The world-renowned festival will celebrate the annual enshrinement of football players, coaches, and contributors into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, “America’s Premier Sports Museum and Showplace!” Robert R. Timken, managing director of Cormony Development, LLC, will serve as general chairman of the Enshrinement Festival activities planned by the Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. Robert J. McFarlane, national sales director of outdoors products division for Bruce Foods Corporation of New Iberia, La., will serve as general chairman of the Enshrinement Festival activities planned by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. [gallery link="file" columns="2"] With the 2010 Enshrinement Festival just a few months behind them, strategic planning for the 2011 Enshrinement Festival is already well underway. The collaborative efforts of this leadership team, combined with the professional staffs at the Canton Regional Chamber and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the dedicated team of more than 4,200 extraordinary community volunteers, will ensure the success of 18 unique and diverse events over an 11-day period, tentatively scheduled for July 28 through Aug. 9, 2011. A tentative schedule of events is available online at www.profootballhofef.com. The Enshrinement Festival activities, attended by nearly 700,000 people, are expected to produce an economic impact of over $30 million for the Canton/Stark County area and nearly $55 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. With a record of success for the past 47 years, the Enshrinement Festival has earned its reputation as “A One of a Kind Celebration!” Timken will lead the chairmen of 26 Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce committees, who hold in excess of 350 meetings throughout the year, to attend to the massive details of planning and staging several Enshrinement Festival events. He comes to this position after serving last year as general vice chairman, coupled with extensive involvement in civic life in Canton, Ohio, where he previously served on the board of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Canton Country Day School, and Canton Tomorrow, Inc., and as chairman of the Fund for the Arts, ArtsinStark’s annual fund drive. His civic involvement has also included participation on the committee engaged in analyzing the local environment for attraction and retention of young professionals, now functioning as ystark! His current activities include service on several boards, including The Downtown Canton Land Bank, Mercy Medical Center and ArtsinStark, the County Arts Council. He is a member of the advisory council for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Timken graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from The College of Wooster and previously served as congressional aide to U.S. Representative David Hobson (OH) and as director of federal government affairs at McGough & Associates, Inc. He and his wife Sara reside in Canton with their three daughters. McFarlane will lead the chairmen of 10 Pro Football Hall of Fame committees in planning and implementing other Enshrinement Festival events, including the central focus of the entire festival, the Enshrinement Ceremony itself, as well as the NFL Hall of Fame Game and the First Play event. McFarlane also will lead the support committees that assist the Pro Football Hall of Fame in providing hospitality to the 2011 Enshrinees, returning Hall of Famers and their families. He is a 20-year veteran of the Hall of Fame Hospitality Committee and served as its chairman for the 11th year in 2010. In addition to his volunteer work with the Hall of Fame committee, McFarlane is past-chairman of the Enshrinement Festival Balloon Classic Invitational Committee, past-president of Wishes Can Happen, Inc., co-founder and past-president of Jackson Township Jaycees and JCI Senator and Ambassador, and was included in “Outstanding Young Men of America.” A retired football official after 26 years, McFarlane has been very involved in Jackson Township, where he resides, and has served as a volunteer fireman and was involved in the formation of the Jackson Township Police Department. He is a graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in management. He and wife Sharon are proud of daughter Kelly and son-in-law Scott. While nearly 21,000 men have played in at least one National Football League game, there are only 260 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame; this number will be increased by not more than seven and not fewer than four when the 2011 Class is announced Feb. 5 during Super Bowl weekend. The central focus and highlight of the festivities will be the induction ceremony for the 2011 Class of Enshrinees, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 6 at Fawcett Stadium. Check the Web sites periodically for the latest information: www.profootballhofef.com or www.profootballhof.com.