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PRESS CLUB ANNOUNCES HOF CLASS: The Youngstown Press Club has announced its First Hall of Fame Class and First Amendment winner.

Stan Boney and Ralph Zerbonia and the late Bob Black will be inducted. The Vindicator Printing Company also receives the first ever First Amendment award from the Youngstown Press Club.

The ceremony and dinner will take place on September 29 at 6 p.m. at the Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. Ticket information is available at

LUNCH & LEARN THIS WEEK: The approximately $ 250 million in US Rescue Plan (ARP) funding coming to the Mahoning Valley will be the subject of the Lunch & Learn program on Tuesday at Youngstown Country Club.

Lunch, presented by the Youngstown / Warren Regional Chamber and the Youngstown Foundation, is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and costs $ 10 per person.

Panelists include Terrence Slaybaugh, vice president, sites and infrastructure, JobsOhio; Carol Rimedio-Righetti, Mahoning County Commissioner; Warren City Councilor, Cheryl Saffold, Borough D-6; and Jim Kinnick, Executive Director, Eastgate Regional Council of Governments. Guy Coviello, president / CEO of the chamber, will moderate.

PLANNED BANQUET: The Warren P. Williamson Jr. College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University will host the 25th Annual WCBA Alumni Banquet on October 8 at Williamson Hall, YSU.

The recipients of the 2021 WCBA Outstanding Alumni Awards are Joseph Caruso, President / CEO, COMPASS Family and Community Services; Janice Jasinski, Director, Schroedel, Scullin & Bestic LLC; Jonathon Fauvie, Senior Community Affairs Specialist, Medical Mutual; and Lamar Salter, producer, CNN.

The reception begins at 5:45 p.m. with a dinner at 6:45 p.m., followed by college highlights and the awards ceremony. Reservations for the banquet can be made online before September 24.

HEALTH CARE SYSTEM RECEIVES HONORS: Akron Children’s Hospital has once again been honored by the ERC as one of the best places to work in Northeast Ohio. This year marks the 15th time Akron Children’s has won this regional award.

Presented by ERC and now in its 23rd year, NorthCoast 99 recognizes 99 great workplaces in the region for their efforts to attract, develop, retain and motivate their best employees.

All winners participated in an application process focused on organizational strategy, policies and benefits; attraction, acquisition and integration of talent; employee welfare; employee engagement and talent development; total rewards; and diversity, equity and inclusion.

GRANTS AWARDED: The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation awarded $ 237,500 in Critical Community Needs Grants to 52 Ohio nonprofits, including three in Youngstown.

The local groups that received the money were the Second Harvest Food Bank in Mahoning Valley, $ 10,000; Compass Family and Community Services, $ 5,000; and Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation, $ 2,500.

The money is used to help feed, house and care for those in need.

CASSIDY GLUNT REPRESENTATIVE: Canfield-based Cassidy Advertising & Consulting LLC has announced that Glunt Industries is its latest client.

Founded in 1966, Glunt, which has four factories in Warren and Niles, works with large industrial equipment and steel plants. They manufacture, repair, recondition, rebuild and improve the equipment of steel and aluminum products, including rollers, chocks and mandrels.

FUNDRAISING WORKSHOP AVAILABLE: The Mahoning-Shenango Fundraising Professionals Association will host a Philanthropy Trends Workshop on September 30 at Drakes Landing, 2177 Western Reserve Road, Poland.

The workshop, “Current trends in philanthropy and lessons learned”, will start with lunch at noon. The speaker is Paul McFadden, President of the Youngstown State University Foundation, who will share lessons learned from YSU’s $ 125 million “We see tomorrow” campaign.

The registration deadline is Friday. Registration is available through the education tab at shenangochapter or by sending an email to [email protected] The cost is $ 20 for AFP members and $ 30 for non-members.

New business

RESTAURANT OPENING: Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, a chain of quick and casual Mediterranean restaurants, has opened three new locations in the Youngstown area.

They are at 1993 Boardman Canfield Road, Boardman; 2389 Niles Cortland Road SE, Niles; and 2431 E. State St., Hermitage, Pennsylvania.

The Boardman and Niles locations mark the first Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh stores in Ohio. Restaurants offer customizable items such as stuffed pitas, laffas, traditional gyros, bowls, plates and salads.

People on the move

COMPANIES ADD STAFF: Fractional CFO Services, a Liberty-based division of CPA HD Davis, recently added Ken McBride, CPA, as Director of Fractional CFO Services.

HD Davis and White Glove Payroll CPAs recently hired Will Rauber as CFO.

Other additions include Lucy Mendez, client presentation specialist; Lori Butler, senior accountant; Megan Jones, Creative Assistant; Chrissy Jakubek, CFO staff; and Kelli Huck, senior accountant.

FIRST RECRUITS PLEASE: Premier Bank has recruited Robert H. Kempe as Senior Vice President, Director of Commercial Lending, for the Mahoning Valley.

Kempe, who has 33 years of experience in commercial lending, most recently worked as senior vice president, responsible for the commercial lending group, for a regional bank headquartered in Detroit.

In his new role, Kempe will work to guide and coach his team of commercial bankers in the Mahoning Valley market while focusing on the development and growth of the bank’s commercial loan portfolio.

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