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 www.ystark.org.

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 CantonBluesFest.com 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 CantonBluesFest.com 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 http://tommycastro.com/about/biography/

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 http://albertcastiglia.net

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 www.vintagecanton.org.

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 www.VintageCanton.org  or call 330.458.2070.

May 11: Canton Regional Chamber Golf Classic Presented by Southwest Airlines

Golf Logo ColorThe Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, along with its Leadership Stark County (LSC) and ystark! departments, are joining forces to produce one exceptional outing and opportunity to golf at Brookside Country Club on  May 11.

This is the first year that the Chamber, LSC and ystark! have combined efforts to merge what in the past has been three separate outings.

The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic Presented by Southwest Airlines will give golfers a fantastic opportunity to network with Chamber members, business and community leaders and young professionals, all while enjoying their choice of a morning or afternoon of golf on Brookside’s prestigious private course.

Golfers can select their start time: 8:00 AM or 1:30 PM. Both the AM and PM groups include 18 holes on a signature course, greens fees, cart, golf course refreshments, contests and prizes, delicious lunch, and a “wow” gift from Southwest Airlines – all for $125 per golfer. Coffee and pastries will be provided prior to morning play; hors d’oeuvres will be available at the conclusion of afternoon play. Both groups of golfers are welcome to enjoy the afternoon hors d’oeuvres reception.

This event also affords golfers a rare opportunity to enjoy: a signature course designed by the legendary Donald Ross; one of Golf Week Magazine’s Top 100 America’s Best Courses for 15 years in a row; Golf Digest’s “Best New Remodel” in 2006; and a course that has hosted the US Open Qualifiers, US Senior Open Qualifiers, Northern Ohio PGA Sectionals and more.

Interested golfers can register online at www.cantonchamber.org or by calling Monique Thompson at 330.458.2070. Sponsorship opportunities are also available; for more information, please contact Chris Gumpp at 330.458.2055.

American Petroleum Institute Executive to Speak at Utica Upstream

Rayola DougherRayola Dougher of the American Petroleum Institute, a popular presenter at Utica Summit in Canton last October, will return to Canton, the Utica Capital, for Utica Upstream on April 8 at Walsh University.

In this current energy price slump, she will talk about how we can turn present-day energy and economic challenges into future opportunities that will make our country stronger for generations to come.

Utica Upstream, a co-production of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Shaledirectories.com, will be 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 8 at the Barrette Center at Walsh University in North Canton.

Ms. Dougher is a senior economic advisor at the American Petroleum Institute and is a member of API’s Media Relations Department. She is one of API’s principal spokespersons and covers a wide range of issues affecting the oil and natural gas industry, including crude oil and gasoline prices, industry taxes and earnings, exploration and production, hydraulic fracturing, and refining and marketing topics.

She has been interviewed on all the national network TV shows, as well as on numerous radio news shows, extensively quoted in newspapers and has testified before federal and state legislators.

Prior to joining API, Ms. Dougher was at the Institute for Energy Analysis where her research focused on carbon dioxide related issues and international energy demand and supply forecasts. She holds a master’s degree in economic development and East Asian studies from the American University and a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the State University of New York at Brockport.

In addition to registering for Utica Upstream at www.uticacapital.com, interested businesses and organizations can become sponsors. Contact:

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