Meet ystark! YP: Sam Beall

Name

Sam Beall

Occupation/Title/Place of work

BCE Change Agent & CRM Lead North America at Bekaert Corp.

Age

37

Why are you interested in Stark County’s Young Professionals initiative?

I would like to meet other people like me with similar interest.

What would you share to encourage other people to join?

I would express my passion for community and social networking while sharing success stories.

Did you grow up in Stark? If so, where? If not, where did you move from and why?

Yes. Massillon, Ohio - Graduated from Massillon Washington in 2000

Why do you stay in Stark County, from both a personal and professional point of view?

Stark County will always be home for me. After spending 8 years in the military, 4 years at The University of Akron and several years living in Columbus my heart never left. The growth in the last 15 years of surrounding areas has been impressive and I am starting to see a lot of similarities to the expansion of culture that was in Columbus. Breweries, small businesses, arts districts and other social initiatives have shown that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well right here in the heartland.

What do you like MOST about Stark County?

The culture. People from Stark County have the right mentality of work hard/play hard. We take pride in our families and our roots and that shows from Friday Night Football Games all the way through how we treat others.

What would you change about Stark County if you could?

The continued focus on bringing in more opportunities geared towards the YP crowd. Incentive Tech jobs, major cooperate entities and actively recruit business to call Stark County their home. In return we also need to do a much better job of accommodating the YP individual with affordable housing and and family friendly areas for success. On the play hard side, we see more growth in recreational activities that promote safe social interaction, camaraderie and healthy/active lifestyles. Work Life balance has become a hot button topic and unless it becomes a focus in the work place it will continue to be an underlying reason that employees seek greener pastures outside of their current employee or community.

What do you see as valuable opportunities for YPs in Stark County when it comes to career opportunities, cultural access, leadership or community involvement opportunities?

While just scratching the surface, this is one question that seems unclear. I feel there needs to be more communication on all of the above. Many people want to be involved but do not know where to start.

What would attract more YPs to Stark County?

I think I have already touched on most of the topics but will reiterate that access to affordable living space, pursuit of social interest/interaction and safe environment to grow personally and professionally.

What do you do in the evenings or on the weekends for fun in Stark County or NE Ohio?

Family activities are key. The parks systems in Stark County are great and there are more opportunities for families to enjoy places like the McKinley Museum or catch a movie. On date nights there are some great places to grab a drink/bite to eat but many are spread out. The revitalization of the arts district in Canton should inspire other communities to provide the same big city feel in their respective communities. Being able to have events like First Friday bond a community and attract others to showcase eateries and local businesses.

Could you see yourself spending your lifetime in Stark County and if not, what would cause you to leave?

Yes and No - We moved back home once we had my first daughter. It was far too hard to pack up and drive back every weekend. I wanted my children to have access to the same things I had when I was growing up here in Stark County. Looking to grow in my career could possibly move me from the area but it would not be an easy choice and Stark County will always be my home.