01 Oct 2014 Board Member Candidates Presented – Please Vote!
Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce
2014 Board of Directors Slate of Nominated Candidates
as presented by the 2014 Chamber Nominating Committee.
Please cast your VOTE!
Chamber Annual Meeting/Luncheon Meeting
November 20, 2013 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Silver Lake Country Club
- Nominations for Board of Directors Candidates were accepted until September 27, 2013– 12 Noon at the CFCC Office.
- Each Nominated Candidate was contacted and asked to submit a mini-bio by October 1, 2013– 12 noon.
- 2014 Nominations Chairperson – Angela Colecchi, Neoshred, 2013 Board Secretary
We currently have 5 open Board seats.
Please vote for 5 Board Member candidates of your choice:
NOMINATED – CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS – BIOS
___Bob Gruber, Wellness & Wealth by Choice
I have lived or worked in Cuyahoga Falls for over 45 years. My wife Sue and I are Independent Wellness Consultants. Our business, Wellness and Wealth by Choice was formed in July of 2006. We are Independent Consultants with Nikken Inc. located in Irvine California. I was also employed by the Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education for 16 years as a Vocational Education Instructor. I am a member of the First United Methodist Church of Cuyahoga Falls. I enjoy golfing, fishing, deer hunting and vacationing. We joined the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber in 2008. I became a Board member by filling a seat that was vacated in 2009 and then elected to that seat. During my time as a Chamber member I have served on the Community Expo Committee (2008/2010), the Scholarship Committee (2009,2011,2012), volunteer at Rocking on the River, volunteer for the Night at The Races, Workshops Committee co-chair (2010) and Health Expo Committee chairman (2010) co-chair (2011, 2012, 2013) Fund Raising Committee co-chair (2013) . I was elected and served as Board of Directors President in 2012. I am also a member of the Superintendents Business Advisory Council for the Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education (2012, 2013).
___Russ Iona, American Mortgage Service Company
Past President of The Akron Boards of Trade, served on all the chairs. Past President of the North Akron Chamber of Commerce, served on all the chairs. Past President of The Italian American Professional and Businessmans Club, served on all the chairs. Current President of the Cuyahoga Falls Democratic Club, Current member of the FOPA, Stow Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce, IAC, and Current President of the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce
___Jim Pecchio, Probe Technologies
Jim Pecchio took on the role of co-owner of Probe Technologies, an Information Technology Management and Support firm based in Cuyahoga Falls, in 2006. That same year he graduated from Kent State with a Masters of Science in Information Architecture. Jim joined the Falls Chamber in 2010 and has remained an active member since, participating in committees and as a member of the Wednesday morning Goldmine group. Outside of work Jim is an active volunteer with various local not-for-profit organizations including WKSU, Believe In The Cure, MAPS Museum and the Metro Parks Serving Summit County.
NOMINATED – BOARD MEMBER CANDIDATES – BIOS
___Tami Neuberger, Pure Body Boutique
I lived in Akron since 2001. I am married to Chris, who is a maintenance manager for a local company. I have an Associate’s Degree in Business Mgt. from Harrisburg Area Community College and my background has been a licensed cosmetologist and a Paul Mitchell Educator for over 20 years. My husband Chris and I chose to join and get involved with the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber when we opened our shop because of the things they do for the businesses in the community along with the community itself. I volunteer as a chamber ambassador, a business mentor, and am on the holiday committee. Now as a board member I will be able to get more involved.
___David Fox, National Church Residences Bath Road
Hello my name is David Fox and I am the Director of Admissions and Marketing at National Church Residences Bath Road formerly Traditions. I have been involved in and with the Cuyahoga Falls Community over the past 9 years. I am a past Chamber Board member and have been an active member in the Chamber and Community. I currently reside in Montville Township with my wife who is employed by PNC and my 8 year old son who attends St Hilary’s Catholic School. I am a motivated individual that looks forward to serving your Chamber. Thank you for your vote.
___Ronald Hyre – Farmers Insurance – Hyre Insurance Agency
Cuyahoga Falls is my hometown, and has been for the majority of my life. Being born and raised here, and now residing in town since my wife and I got married. We love the Falls as a great community to raise our family and run our business. I did attend I.H.M. here in the Falls, and Hoban High School. In my spare time, which doesn’t seem to be much of anymore, I enjoy spending time with my daughter and wife the most. Time is so precious especially at her early years. Going to the drag strip with my Mustang is another hobby. Tweaking and tuning trying to get a little faster each time. And when not on the drag strip – drop the top for a nice ride through town. My career started in retail and I spent over 10 years in the retail industry. Starting as a salesperson and working my way up to store manage. After years in the industry decided it was time to be my own boss and truly reap the fruits of my labor. I now have been self-employed for almost 6 years. Currently I own and operate the Hyre Insurance agency. I opened my office here in the Falls in spring of 2013, with the plan of keeping my office here so that I can pass it down to my family. Being involved in my community is a big focus of my current and future plans. Anything I can do to help our community grow and to keep showing support. Being on the board would be an honor and privilege to support the chamber, and in turn support community events. I feel I will be able to utilize my years of retail management, sales, marketing, and business ownership to contribute to the chamber and serve my community. Thank You and God Bless.”
___Ralph J. Reese, Altercare of Cuyahoga Falls
Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. Married, wife Julie RN at Liberty School System. 3 Children, Erin who lives in Silver spring Maryland, Michael Lakewood, Ohio and Courtney Columbus, Ohio. Undergraduate Degree –Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio. Graduate Degree Webster University- Webster Grove Mo. Administrator at Altercare of Cuyahoga Falls- April 2013-Present. Administrator at Meadowview Care, Seville Ohio –October 2011-April 2013. Administrator at Clifton Care Center, Cincinnati Ohio July 2008-Jan 2011. Worked in various Administrative positions in the Healthcare Field 1979-2007.
___Kathy Romito, Summa Western Reserve Hospital
Kathy Romito is currently the Community Outreach Manager at Summa Western Reserve Hospital. Kathy is responsible for establishing and maintaining all community partnerships and facilitating all hospital charitable events. She works closely with business, schools, churches, government and more. She coordinates all health and wellness promotions, public speaking opportunities and employee volunteer events. Kathy earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in counseling from Kent State University, and her certificate in development from Case Western Reserve University. She is a graduate of Sandler Institute Sales Training and is a Member of the President’s Club. Kathy is the past Vice-President of Directors of Volunteers in Agencies, served on the Hudson Emergency Services and the Dynamics Community Theater board and is currently on the board of the Grief Care Place. Kathy has served on several Cuyahoga Falls Chambers committees including the Holiday Party, Health Expo and Golf Outing. In addition, she is a member of NOW and presented to the group on “Business Etiquette.”
___Steven Taylor, ITworks
I have been an I.T. consultant for over 10 years and enjoy being very active with the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce. Having assisted on several chamber committees including membership, golf outing, and technology as well as facilitated the Thursday Afternoon Goldmine in the past, I am very familiar with Chamber activities and feel that this would be a logical next step to continue helping chamber members have the very best experience they can. It would be an honor and a privilege to serve on the board.
Each Chamber Member company may submit only 1 ballot with votes and must be a member in good
standing with the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce to vote.
All ballots must be filled out completely and signed to be accepted.
DEADLINE TO VOTE: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013 – 1 PM
Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce
151 Portage Trail, Suite 1
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
PHONE 330-929-6756 FAX 330-929-4278