GlenOak Senior Receives Business Excellence Award Scholarship

Day Ketterer and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce that Colin Svatos was recently awarded the 2015 Business Excellence Scholarship Award of $2,000. The scholarship was presented at the Chamber’s Business Excellence Awards ceremony on May 5 at The Conference Center, Kent State University at Stark.


Svatos, a 2015 graduate of GlenOak High School, and son of Melinda Svatos and Bill Svatos, submitted the winning essay titled, “The Historical Role of Private Business in Promoting Democracy Throughout the World.”  Submissions were open to all Stark County High School seniors and those currently enrolled at a Stark County University or College.

Following is an excerpt from his essay, “In World War II, the full force of American industrialism had to take action to stop the spread of fascism. The entire capitalistic infrastructure had to focus on the war effort. Privately held companies across the United States began producing war time necessities. This extreme production allowed America to defeat the Axis Powers.”

Svatos will attend Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he has been accepted to the Farmer School of Business and the University Honors Program. He is involved in numerous activities at GlenOak including cross country, track, the National Honor Society, and Academic Challenge. Additionally, Colin received an Academic Letter based on his academic performance and community service all four years of high school. He also volunteers his free time at several community organizations including Holy Cross Church, Monument Park Hummingbird Garden, and has served as a Young Life Leader for the past two years.

This is the fourth year that Day Ketterer has presented this scholarship at the Chamber’s Business Excellence Awards.

Speakers Announced for Utica Midstream Event on June 10

Midstream, in the oil and gas business, involves the construction of pipelines and processing plants to deliver Utica energy to its customers. Despite the decline in Utica exploration due to low oil and gas prices, midstream remains strong. There are pipelines to build and business needs to be met.

Utica Midstream, a business development seminar co-produced by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and, and presented by Dawood Engineering, will be June 10, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Barrette Center at Walsh University.

Attendees will benefit from the knowledge of industry-leading speakers who will share the latest in Midstream key issues and development.

Speakers include:

Nick P. Homan, commercial development manager at Marathon Pipe Line LLC, a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum. Marathon Pipe Line will be building the 50-mile Cornerstone pipeline from Harrison County to the Marathon refinery in Canton.

Kris Evanto, manager of development in the Utica for Williams, which recently acquired Access Midstream and its Utica operations office in North Canton.

Anne Moore, director of business development at Spectra Energy, which proposes to build the Nexus gas transmission pipeline.

Kelly Tipton, senior commercial representative for the Ohio River Valley at EnLink, a midstream company active in the Utica.

Brent Breon, vice president of business development for Caiman Energy II and Blue Racer Midstream.

Frank Nieto, senior editor at Midstream Business, a Hart Energy publication.

Additional sponsors to date are: AultCare-AultWorks, Beaver Excavating, Furbay Electric Supply and the International Union of Operating Engineers.

Reservations can be made at

For sponsorship information, contact:

David Kaminski
Vice President for Public Policy and Energy
Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce
(330) 458-2059

Sofia Pileggi Reigns as 2015 Enshrinement Festival Queen; Court Members Announced

Queen and Court Lightened(L-R) Emily Quinn, Janessa Scott, queen Sofia Pileggi, Felisa Markoski, Annie Chessler and Brooklyn McDaniels

Sofia Pileggi, 22, of Canton, Ohio, was crowned the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen from a field of 45 contestants. The 2015 Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant was held Thursday, May 7, at the Canton Palace Theatre in downtown Canton. Contestants were judged on the basis of personality, poise, beauty, communication skills, academic achievement and service to community.

Sofia is the daughter of Lucia and Joe Pileggi, graduated from GlenOak High School and Baldwin Wallace University, and currently teaches in the Plain Local School system. Five Court members also were selected:

  • Annie Chessler, 18, of Canton. Daughter of Linda and Craig Chessler. Attending Central Catholic High School.
  • Brooklyn McDaniels, 18, of Canton. Daughter of Jeaneen and Jeffrey McDaniels. Graduate of GlenOak High School and currently attending The Ohio State University.
  • Felisa Markoski, 19, of East Canton. Daughter Marie and Charlie Markoski. Graduate of East Canton High School, associate degree from Stark State, and currently attending Kent State University.
  • Emily Quinn, 18, of Canton. Daughter of Jennifer Giavasis and James Quinn. Graduate of GlenOak High School and currently attending Ashland University.
  • Janessa Scott, 20, of Massillon. Daughter of Linda Parr and Devon Scott. Graduate of Central Catholic High School and currently attending Heidelberg University.

Kayleigh Kriss, mid-day personality and FM music director of WHBC Mix 94.1, and Ron Ponder, host of The Ron Ponder Show on News-Talk 1480 WHBC, were masters of ceremonies, and Nicole Wohlheter was choreographer. George Lemon, 2015 general chairman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival’s Canton Regional Chamber committees, assisted with crowning the new queen and five Court members.  Bob Hill Quartet provided music and entertainment was provided throughout the pageant by Madison and Juliana Heichel, Genevieve Hornyak, and Perry High School varsity cheerleaders.

Judges for the event included Chip Conde, 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival General Vice Chairman; Agatha Johnson, Community Sanctions Officer, Canton Municipal Court; Dora Silvis, Executive Vice President/COO, Alliance Petroleum Corporation; and Ray Zinicola, Administrator, OMNI Orthopaedics.

Brenda Stevens, 2015 Queen Pageant chairman, and the members of the Queen Committee will work with Enshrinement Festival staff to coordinate all activities relating to the Queen and Court during their service as goodwill ambassadors and positive role models throughout the summer via participation in a wide range of community service projects. Further, the Queen and Court will represent the community at all Enshrinement Festival activities, happening from July 26 through Monday, August 9, and continuing Sept. 10 through 13.

Eighth Annual ystark! Twenty Under 40! Winners Announced

Twenty Under 40 logoystark!, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and The Repository will recognize 20 incredible leaders at the eighth annual Twenty under 40! event, to be held in June.

This year’s class of Twenty under 40! are:

Steven Ayers; 34; CCS Business Solutions, Inc.; CEO

Kelly Blandford Bah; 35; YWCA Canton; CEO

Eugene Cazantzes; 38; Pitinii, Davies and Cazantzes, LLC; Attorney

Miguel Chavez; 33; Walsh University; Director of Campus Ministry

Christina Furney; 35; Doylestown Communications, Inc.; Customer Service Manager

Elizabeth Good; 36; Aultman; RN Nurse Manager of Education and Development

Adam Harding; 34; Premier, Inc.; Contract Analyst

Lora Harley; 40; Eaglowski & Co.; Certified Public Accountant

Joel Daniel Harris; 33; TomTod Ideas; Executive Dreamer

Danielle Higgins; 31; Day Ketterer, Ltd.; Attorney

Dr. Philip Kim; 37; Walsh University; Assistant Professor of Business

Ryan Kuchmaner; 30; Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh; Attorney

Susan Lenigar; 35; Stark County Job and Family Services; Deputy Director, Human Services

Michael Nasvadi; 39; Buzzbin Art & Music Shop; Owner

Nicholas Perini; 34; Beese Fulmer Private Wealth Management; Vice President

Maranda Saling; 26; Bellflower Communications; Owner

Kim Stanley; 34; Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter; Executive Director

Rob Steinberg; 37; Plain Township; Parks Director

Dennis Thomas; 36; Brechbuhler Scales; President

Rachel Waddell; 27; Canton Symphony Orchestra; Assistant Conductor

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; Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.; Robert J. – Events & Catering; Schauer Group; and The Timken Company.

Awards gala information will be available soon at

Stephanie Snow Werren Named Director of Leadership Stark County

Stephanie 2014The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has promoted Stephanie Snow Werren to director of Leadership Stark County (Leadership). Werren joined Leadership in 2005, and has served as assistant director for the past two years. She follows Fran Wells, who announced her departure in February.

As director, Werren will be responsible for annual fund raising, the sponsorship campaign, and the Signature program for experienced and emerging leaders, along with facilitating custom programs especially in the area of Strengths and Board Development.

“Stephanie has been essential to the success of Leadership Stark County, and she assumes the position of director at an important time for our organization,” said Denny Saunier, president and CEO of the Canton Regional Chamber. “She brings both a vision and experience that will not only benefit the Chamber as we implement our strategic plan, but help develop a core of motivated leaders in Stark County with a lifelong commitment to community trusteeship.”

“On behalf of the entire board of directors, I congratulate Stephanie on her appointment as Leadership’s next director,” said Darren Faye, vice president, Leonard Insurance Services, and current Leadership Chairman. “As Stephanie takes the reins as director, we are certain that she will continue to propel the Leadership name in our community, as well as help expand our programming.”

A Canton native, Werren holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Malone College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science/international studies from Miami University. She resides in Canton with her husband Curt, a Canton Municipal Judge and Community Steward, and their 16-year-old triplets Jack, Hannah, and Grace who are sophomores at Glen Oak High School.

Werren is a 2008 ystark! Twenty under 40! recipient and was named the Malone University Graduate School Alumna of the Year in 2009. Her current community involvement includes North Canton Council Ward 3 Councilwoman, Plain Local Schools Foundation, Monticello Homeowners Association Committee Chair, Camp Wakonda Auction Committee Member, YWCA Holiday Breakfast Chairman, Plain Local Ski Club advisor, Soccer Booster Club At-large Member and a volunteer for the Glen Oak Booster Club.

2015 Canton Blues Festival Headliners Announced

The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the headliners for the 2015 Canton Blues Festival. This free outdoor blues festival, now in its 14th year, will take place on Market Square (301 Market Ave. N) in downtown Canton on Friday, June 12, and Saturday, June 13, with headliners taking the stage nightly at 8:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, JUNE 12: Tommy Castro and the Painkillers  
SATURDAY, JUNE 13: Albert Castiglia  

Opening acts Jimmy Thackery and Biscuit Miller will perform at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The jam-packed lineup features 17 unique blues acts, with live music running daily from noon to 10:30 p.m.

Visit for a full list of festival performers.

VIP Passes are available again this year, which include complimentary food and beverages in the evening (after 5 p.m.) and incredible views of the stage all day. Two-day VIP passes are available for $80; one-day passes are $50. Purchase online at or by calling 330.458.2070.

The 2015 Canton Blues Fest is made possible in part by Standard Plumbing and Heating Co. and Cormony Development, along with sponsors (to date) including Aultman, Phil and Nancy Sonner, Signature Design & Remodeling, The M. Conley Company, TimkenSteel Corporation, The Repository, The City of Canton, Mix 94.1 and News-Talk 1480 WHBC AM, Downtown Canton Special Improvement District, Old Carolina Barbeque, Smoke the Burger Joint, and Metro PCS.


About Tommy Castro and The Painkillers

Tommy Castro Solo Press Shot & LogoTommy Castro began playing guitar at the age of 10 and was influenced and inspired by electric blues, Chicago blues, West Coast blues, soul music, 1960s rock and roll and Southern rock. His style has always been a hybrid of all his favorite genres.

He began playing professionally in Bay Area cover-song bands in the 1970s. In the 1980s he joined the Warner Bros. Records’ band The Dynatones. In 2001 and 2002, B.B. King asked Castro to open his summer concert tours. Castro received an open invitation to join King on stage for the nightly finale. In May 2010, The Blues Foundation awarded Castro multiple Blues Music Award honors for Blues Male Artist of the Year, Contemporary Blues Album of the Year, B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, and with his band, Band of the Year.

In 2011, Castro stripped down his band to a four-piece unit called The Painkillers, including keyboards, bass and drums as well as his own guitar and vocals. His most recent album, 2013’s The Devil You Know, was recorded with this lineup plus guest appearances by Marcia Ball, Tab Benoit, Joe Bonamassa and The Holmes Brothers.

For more information, visit

About Albert Castiglia

albert_castiglia_solid_ground_zielinski-4Guitarist, singer and songwriter Albert Castiglia began taking guitar lessons as a 12-year-old. As a teenager, he realized the passions in his heart and thoughts in his mind were best expressed through his own music.  After making his professional debut in 1990, he was named ‘Best Blues Guitarist’ in Miami in 1997 by New Times magazine.

Unlike so many blues and rock ‘n’ roll musicians, Castiglia completed his four-year college education and then worked for four years as a social services investigator for the state of Florida. He continued to fine-tune his guitar playing, songwriting and singing chops at nights and on weekends in the Miami area.

Castiglia has shared stages and jammed with Aron Burton, Pinetop Perkins, Melvin Taylor, Sugar Blue, Phil Guy, Ronnie Earl, Billy Boy Arnold, Ronnie Baker Brooks, John Primer, Lurrie Bell, Jerry Portnoy, Larry McCray, Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater and Otis Clay, among others.

Given that he’s young by blues standards and has a depth and breadth of live, studio and life experience, it is possible Castiglia may yet become a major force behind another blues and blues-rock rebirth.

For more information, visit

Vintage Canton Moves to May 21

New date, same distinctive downtown event featuring wine, food & music!Vintage-Canton-Logo

The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Vintage Canton event on Thursday, May 21, from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. along Central Plaza North in downtown Canton. Tickets are available for purchase at

This is the first year that Vintage Canton, which has been a September event typically, will be held in May. The date change is largely a result of adjustments to the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival schedule, including the introduction of the Canton Kickoff Celebration, a three-day event in downtown Canton this September 10, 11, and 12, which will coincide with the first game of the NFL season on that Thursday. Taste of Canton, which is usually held in May, will be on hiatus this year.

Vintage Canton is a sophisticated downtown event, offering center city charm alongside live music, cuisine from local restaurants, and of course, quality wines and craft beers. This year’s Vintage Canton event will feature some of the finest quality wines from area wineries and abroad; hand-picked wine selections from distributors and retailers will also be available. The popular Beer Garden will return with a diverse offering of craft beers.

In addition to wine and craft beer, guests can enjoy small tasting plates for a nominal charge from downtown restaurants and Stark County favorites.

The evening will be set to the musical backdrop and rhythms of local favorite, Yankee Bravo.

Tickets for Vintage Canton are $30 if purchased prior to 5:00 p.m. on May 20, and $40 after that time and at the event. Special group-rate pricing is available for groups of 20 or more at $25 per ticket. The ticket price includes eight wine or craft beer tastings, collectable wine glass, and a variety of breads and cheeses. Non-tasting tickets (no wine or beer) are available for $10.

Tickets may be purchased online and at the Canton Regional Chamber offices (222 Market Ave. N in downtown Canton). The event is conveniently located at Central Plaza North, on Market Ave. between Tuscarawas St. and Third St. NW. The event will be held rain or shine.

This event is sponsored by Key Bank, along with About Magazine, Kenan Advantage Group, The M. Conley Company, TimkenSteel Corporation, Downtown Canton Special Improvement District, the City of Canton, News-Talk 1480 WHBC and Mix 94.1, Canton Chair Rental, and PPI Graphics.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit  or call 330.458.2070.