CANTON, OH (March 24, 2009) – ystark!, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, will recognize 20 incredible leaders at the MONUMENTal second annual Twenty under 40! Event, held Wednesday, June 10, atop the McKinley Monument from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.



This year’s Twenty under 40! are:


Michael Abbott, 37, Abbott Electric

Eric Belden, 32, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

LaShonda Card, 35, Time Warner Cable

Matt Ellis, 33, GrassMaster

Joseph French, 40, Early Childhood Education Alliance

Daniel Griffith, 32, Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh

Alan Harold, 32, Huntington National Bank

Lisa Capocci Hicklin, 34, Canton City Schools

Jeff Joliat, 34, The SEAL Group

Michael Lemon, 40, AultCare

Corey Minor Smith, 35, City of Canton

Monique Moore, 35, Stark County Board of Elections

Kendra Preer, 38, Stark State College of Technology

Todd Pugh, 37, Enviroscapes

Joseph Schauer, 27, Schauer Insurance Representative

Todd Snitchler, 38, Snitchler Law Firm, LLC and Ohio House of Representatives

Lori Stokes, 36, City of Canton

Lydia Strauss, 38, Goodwill Industries and VOCA

Mark Wright, 38, Aultman Health Foundation

 Scott Zurakowski, 37, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty


 “We were excited that the response to these awards was even stronger the second year,” said Mark Butterworth, chairman of this year’s event and inaugural year award-recipient. “We received more than 100 nominations – our selection committee had a difficult time choosing only 20!”


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 Health Foundation, Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh, LPA, Diebold, Inc., Huntington National Bank and The Timken Company.