The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has named chairmen of three key committees: Joe Halter, Steering Committee; Barbara Hammontree Bennett, General Chairman Alumni Association; and Ron Dougherty, Safety Management Committee.
Halter, founding partner, chairman and CEO of Canton-based Solmet Technologies, Inc., most recently served as the 2012 general chairman of the Chamber’s Enshrinement Festival committees. The function of the Steering Committee is to assist and facilitate as needed to successfully accomplish the Enshrinement Festival mission statement and goals. This committee’s approval is required for crucial Enshrinement Festival issues, such as annual budget, ticket pricing changes and policy issues.
He brings first-hand experience to the position as a result of his years of service on the Board of Directors of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, serving as chairman in 2006. His passion for the Enshrinement Festival runs deep, and his current service as a member of the board of directors of the Pro Football Hall of Fame allows him to bring a unique and energizing perspective to the joint planning efforts between the Chamber and the Hall. He has a strong dedication to the arts, service organizations and business community, and is currently active in Rotary Club of Canton, Stark Development Board, and Aultman Health Foundation board of directors. He and his wife Nancy reside in Canton and have two grown children.
Bennett was the 2009 general chairman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. This is her first year as chairman of the Alumni Association, a committee comprised of past general chairmen, many of whom will offer assistance to the Enshrinement Festival in the areas of sponsor recognition, promoting community awareness and support in planning and producing Enshrinement Festival events.
Partner and secretary/treasurer of Hammontree & Associates, Limited, she is a native of Stark County and a graduate of Canton Central Catholic High and the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Just a few short years after college, she returned to her roots in Canton where she joined the family civil engineering and surveying business of Hammontree & Associates, Limited. She is a registered engineer in Ohio and five other states, and is a registered surveyor in the State of Ohio, is a member of the Canton Regional, Ohio and National Societies of Professional Engineers, as well as the American Society of Civil Engineers. Named Associate of the Year by the Stark County Building Industrial Association in 1997 and 2003, she has also chaired several of the association’s committees. A 1990 graduate of Leadership Stark County, she served as 2004 chairman of the board of trustees of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and currently serves on the Walsh University board of advisors, Aultman Health Foundation board and executive committee and developer’s council chair of the Ohio Homebuilder’s Association. In addition, she serves as an appointee of the Governor on the Ohio Rail Development Commission. Bennett resides in North Canton with her two children and husband Keith.
Dougherty, of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty law firm, is serving his 19th term as chairman of the Safety Management committee. He also serves as chairman of the Joint Coordinating Committee that serves as liaison between the Enshrinement Festival department of the Chamber and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
A Canton native, Dougherty graduated from Canton Lincoln High and was honored in 2000 as a Distinguished Alumnus. He graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia Law School, and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954-1957 as a lieutenant and captain. He served as chairman of the Stark County Public Defender Commission for 26 years and as Canton Assistant City Solicitor. He is the only Stark County lawyer to hold the office of president of the Ohio State Bar Foundation, and the only Stark County lawyer or judge to ever receive the Foundation’s Ritter Award in 2012, its highest award given to one lawyer or judge each year. Active in and chairman of various Enshrinement Festival activities since its beginning in 1963, Dougherty was the founder of the Enshrinement Festival General Chairman Alumni Association as well as its Individual Award of Merit recipient in 2009, and was the 2002 Award of Merit recipient from Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he was The Wilderness Center 2004 honoree and is a member of the board and executive committee of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, where he also served as Interim Executive Director and Chairman of the Board. He has one daughter, one son, and three grandsons.
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