CANTON, OH (November 18, 2009) - The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Pro Football Hall of Fame have named two long-time community volunteers to leadership positions for the 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival.
Robert R. Timken, managing director of Cormony Development, LLC, and partner in TK Properties, 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. Jim Bednar, commercial/industrial realtor with Putman Properties Inc., will serve as general vice-chairman of the Enshrinement Festival activities planned by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[gallery link="file" columns="2"]
Timken is actively involved in civic life in Canton, Ohio, where he currently serves on several boards, including the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Downtown Canton Land Bank, Canton Tomorrow, Inc., Mercy Medical Center, Canton Country Day School and ArtsinStark, the County Arts Council, where he has also served as the chairman of the Fund for ArtsinStark, the annual arts fund drive. He is a member of the advisory council for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. His civic involvement has also included participation on the Canton convention center feasibility committee, the entity created to secure land for future development opportunities in Canton, and the committee engaged in analyzing the local environment for attraction and retention of young professionals.
He 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 have three daughters.
Bednar was born in Canton, graduated from Perry High School, and continued his education at Stark Technical College and The University of Akron in the area of business administration. He enjoyed a long career with The Hoover Company, retiring as vice president, and an officer of the Maytag Corporation. He was a member of the executive board of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and is past-president of Junior Achievement, Stark Technical College President's Board, and the North Canton Chamber of Commerce executive board and economic development committee. He is a member of Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) and North Canton Talk About Potential (TAP).
Bednar was honored with the North Canton Outstanding Leadership Award. He has been an avid Hall of Fame volunteer, serving as committee assistant-chairman for many years. He and his wife Chris reside in North Canton and have two grown sons and four grandchildren.
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 2010 Enshrinement Festival, tentatively slated for July 30 through Aug. 8, 2010. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival features a total of 19 unique and diverse events over a ten-day period, expected to be enjoyed by nearly 700,000 people.
The central focus and highlight of the festivities will be the Aug. 7 induction ceremony for the 2010 Class of Enshrinees, who will be announced on Feb. 6 during Super Bowl weekend activities.
Visit both the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival and the Pro Football Hall of Fame websites for the latest information regarding the 2010 schedule of events: www.profootballhofef.com or www.profootballhof.com.