LOCAL MEN APPOINTED TO BOARD: The board of directors of Team NEO, a private, nonprofit economic development organization for the Northeast Ohio region, elected six new members, including three with ties to the Mahoning Valley.

The three are Robert Davis, president, Aqua Ohio’s Water and Wastewater Utility at Essential Utilities Inc.; James Gasior, Senior Executive Vice President and Business Development Officer, Farmers National Bank; and Charles T. George, Managing Director, Hapco Inc., Strangpresse and Triptech.

Davis directs the strategic, operational and administrative activities of Aqua Ohio’s 33 water treatment facilities and five wastewater treatment facilities, which serve approximately 500,000 residents. He previously worked as director of the Warren Water Department.

Gasior was previously chairman of Cortland Savings and Banking Company before its merger with Farmers National Bank in 2021. He is also a member of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber Board of Directors.

In 2007, George became Managing Director and majority shareholder of Hapco Inc., the world’s largest independent supplier of industrial heat tools and extrusion supplier. He is also Managing Director of Strangpresse, which manufactures extrusion heads for the additive manufacturing industry, and Managing Director of Triptech, which produces thermoplastic filaments and welding rods used in the oil and gas industries, textiles, 3D printing and additive manufacturing. He also serves on the Youngstown State University Board of Trustees and various other community organization boards.

EGCC PROGRAM GETS FUNDING: Eastern Gateway Community College campuses in Youngstown and Steubenville have received funding through the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills (RAPIDS) grant .

The $224,000 grant partners the Youngstown campus with Youngstown State University while the Steubenville campus partners with Belmont College, Washington State, and Zane State to enhance workforce efforts- of local work.

Both campuses purchase equipment for healthcare programs that impact in-demand jobs in the Ohio and Mahoning Valleys. Educational manikins will be used for several programs such as EMT/EMS, Medical Assisting, Nursing, Practical Nursing, Radiology and Respiratory Therapy.

FINANCIAL WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE: Credit Union of Ohio will be offering several free virtual workshops this week.

At noon on Wednesday, a brief workshop will help attendees learn how credit cards work, including covering important information about different types of cards, minimum payments, finance charges, and how to be aware of hidden fees.

At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, a workshop on learning individual health care and insurance selection will take place.

Thursday, a will be offered on Medicare to explain the different options and answer questions. It’s at noon.

Registration is required to attend each virtual workshop. Interested individuals can view the full Credit Union of Ohio workshop schedule and register at cuofohio.org.

EGCC GRADUATES EARN PERFECT SCORE: Eastern Gateway Community College Spring 2022 Youngstown and Steubenville practical nursing graduates have passed their National Council licensing exam with a 100% pass rate.

The exam is required to enter the field of practical nursing.

The one-year Certificate Program in Practical Nursing at EGCC prepares students to specialize in the provision of basic essential patient care.

LPNs work in long-term care facilities, acute care, home care, and doctor’s offices.

JOIN LAW FIRMS: Akron-based Brouse McDowell, which has an office in Youngstown, and Ekker, Kuster, McCall and Epstein announced that attorneys for Ekker, Kuster, McCall and Epstein will join Brouse McDowell on January 1.

The combined firm will operate as Brouse McDowell LPA and add eight attorneys, giving it nearly 90 attorneys in six offices, including four in Ohio — Akron, Cleveland, Toledo, and Youngstown — and Sharon, Pa., and Naples. , Florida.

FOUNDATION COMMITS $50,000: The Mahoning Valley Community Foundation is relaunching its month-long Giving Tuesday campaign that will see donations to its agency funds matched up to $50,000.

Beginning on Giving Tuesday on November 29 and continuing through the end of the year, all donations made to any of the foundation’s agency funds will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $2,000 per funds. At the end of the campaign, any funds remaining in the $50,000 allotment will be divided among all nonprofits that received a donation, whether it’s 1 or 100.

Last year’s Matchmaking campaign brought in $76,048 in donations and $47,226 in matching dollars to 15 agency funds, giving $123,274 to nonprofits in the Valley.

Donations can be made online at CFMV.org/agency-funds or by sending a check to the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, 201 E. Commerce St., Suite 150, Youngstown, OH 44503 with the name of the agency fund. agency in the memo line. .

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NEW CEO CHOSEN: GBS Corp, a national information solutions provider with an office in Youngstown, recently announced that Michele Benson has been named to lead the company as its new CEO effective January 1.

As Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of GBS, Benson has held various roles and responsibilities throughout her 28 years with the organization.

Benson, who started at GBS in 1994 as a staff accountant, will lead the planning, development, implementation and direction of GBS’s operational and tax functions and performance as CEO.

GBS CEO/President Eugene Calabria will remain in the role until his retirement on December 31.

JP Schippert was recruited in July as chief financial officer to replace Benson.

LAWYER JOINS CABINET: John Martynyszyn has joined Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell Ltd. as an associate attorney. He will support the firm in several practice areas from his office in Warren.

Martynyszyn recently graduated from Capital University Law School in Columbus after completing his undergraduate degree at Ohio University in Athens. He is a resident of Howland.

Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell Ltd. is a regional law firm with offices in Youngstown, Warren and Salem.

FORTIFIED FARMERS DIVISION: The National Farmers’ Bank recently welcomed two new recruits to its cash management division, Raymond Mahoney and Michael Mariano, as assistant vice-presidents, in charge of relations.

In these roles, Mahoney and Mariano are responsible for developing strategies that manage and grow relationships with cash management clients.

Mariano is a banking professional for 15 years with experience in retail banking management. Before joining the Farmers team, he held the position of branch manager for a regional bank. He is based at the main Niles branch of the bank.

Mahoney has 11 years of experience in the banking industry and most recently held positions as Payments Advisor for Elan Advisory Services and Branch Manager at a national bank. He is based in the bank’s Hudson office.

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