19 Nov Congratulations 2020 Newly Elected Board Members
Congratulations – 2020 Newly Elected Board Members
The 2020 nominated Board Member candidates for the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce Board were presented to the membership for a final vote at the November 19, 2019 at the Speaker Series Luncheon / Annual Meeting at the Natatorium.
There were 9 Board Member candidates for 6 open seats on the Chamber Board to be filled by election from the general membership votes.
Nominations for 2020 Board of Directors Candidates were accepted until September 20, 2019 – 12 noon at the Chamber Office. And each nominated candidate was contacted and asked to submit a mini-bio/photo.
The following 6 Chamber Members were elected (for 3-year terms beginning in 2020) by the general membership to serve on the Chamber Board. They will be officially sworn in on January 28, 2020 at the January Speakers Series Luncheon by Mayor Don Walters.
Thank you to our 2020 Nominations Committee:
Toni Fry, Primerica – 2020 Nominations Chair
Brent VanFossen, Metropolis Popcorn
Nate Winston, ECP Auto Repair and Service
Darlene Pinter, Key Realty, The Pinter Team
Re-Elected Board Members – 3-year term/2020 – 2022
Marie Cutlip – Better Financial Solutions, CPA – Certified Public Accountant and founder of the CPA firm Better Financial Solutions, LLC.
Marie is an active member of the Chamber serving on Board Committees, Secretary and currently as Treasurer. She is in regular attendance at Goldmine. In her firm, she is a strong advocate of making a positive impact to the financial performance of the clients she works with. The only way to accomplish a positive impact is to listen and learn what the needs are. That is the reason she joined the Chamber: To build relationships and to listen, learn, and assist. She believes being a part of the Chamber is both exciting and important. Marie is active in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), FoolProof (Financial Literacy out of Holland), and One Earth New Horizons in conjunction with NASA. She is married and has two daughters and two granddaughters. Leisure activities include family time, swimming, biking, reading, gardening, and travel.
Newly Elected Board Members – 3-year term/ 2020 – 2022
Ann Durr, M.B.A., Portage Community Bank
For over 25 years Ann worked in the banking industry rising to become President and C.O.O. of Valley Savings Bank. Valley Savings Bank merged with Westfield Bank in August of 2014, Ann stayed on with the newly created bank as a member of their Executive team until 2016 when she retired. In 2018, she became a member of the Executive team of Portage Community Bank. Ms. Durr is Market President for PCB in Cuyahoga Falls and helped them secure their first office in Summit County at the gateway of the ever-evolving downtown Cuyahoga Falls on the corner of Portage Trail and 2nd Street. Ann is a golfing member of Silver Lake Country Club, an active member of the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce, a Trustee for Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, a board member for The Well CDC in Akron and a voting member of The Ritchie Foundation. Ann has been married to her husband Jim for over 30 years and has two grown children Katie and Joe. She enjoys all types of activities including: weight training, hiking, running and golfing.
Brian Kosarko, Founder and President of Focused Technologies
Brian has been an active member of the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber since 2012. A graduate of the University of Akron, with a BS, Brian enjoys sharing his more than 20-years of IT experience in all aspects of business from hardware and software to sales, marketing and general management. In addition to the chamber, Brian is active with the Rotary Club of Akron and supports the Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs.
Brian is an active participant in a Goldmine group and has participated in a number of planning committees as well as being a long-standing member of the Technology Committee and is participating in the inaugural Leadership Falls class. Brian lives in Stow with his wife Angela and 3-year old daughter Madeline. Focused Technologies is headquartered in Cuyahoga Falls and Brian feels strongly about his commitment to working with other local businesses and is excited about the opportunity to be a board member bring even more value to the community.
Adam LaFaber, Digital Sandwich
Adam founded Digital Sandwich a digital marketing firm that helps businesses increase their digital leads. Adam’s great passion is creating cohesive marketing plans that bridge the gap between online and offline sales strategies. Adam understands that no single approach is the right one for every business, and so he has been well-trained in a range of technical and creative digital marketing approaches. Adam’s background includes over 8 years of sales, where he enjoyed great success. Many of Adam’s coworkers attribute that success to his innate ability to create relationships with individuals over more than sales numbers and revenue. He is truly someone that values relationships and believes that success is only truly realized when a client is happy. After excelling in his field, he realized the digital marketing field was a perfect match for him, as it married his favorite passions: people, technology and sales. In addition to devoting his work full time to Digital Sandwich, Adam is also an active member of the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce, a board member of Collide, as well as a handful of local charitable organizations. Despite having a number of impressive accomplishments under his belt, Adam is modest about his successes.
Cheryl Myatt – CC Realty and Property Management
I would be honored to be a working business owner’s voice on the CF Chamber Board. I have been an active selling Broker and Salesperson for over 15 years. There have been many improvements to the workings of our Chamber and allowing me to be a voice for the local, active business owner would allow us to make great decisions for our community’s future. Professional experience: Licensed Realtor since 2004, Licensed Broker since 2007, Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Azusa Pacific University – 1994, Master’s Degree in Music Education from Akron University – 1999, President’s Sales Club – 2007, Member of Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce; Serve on the Membership Committee; Expo Committee; Scholarship Committee, Member of Cuyahoga Falls Church of the Nazarene. I am a native of Cuyahoga Falls and a 1987 graduate of CFHS. I have raised two successful children in this community and enjoy traveling, kayaking, hiking and Disney World!
Brian Roach, Alexander
Body & Fender
Brian’s business career began in 1989 after graduating from Marietta College with degrees in Management and Marketing. His entrepreneurial career began soon after in 1995 when he founded his first business. Through the years he has built and sold multiple businesses before uniting with his cousin Jon full-time at the family business… Alexander Body and Fender in October of 2015. Capitalizing on the brand recognition and tremendous respect Alexander Body and Fender has maintained throughout the 90+ years in business, Brian helped lead a resurgence of local legend. This culminated in April with a feature in the national industry magazine, Fender Bender. He is also still very involved with Ohio Restoration Solutions because of the common thread. Brian’s greatest passion is to help to solve problems by bringing people and companies together. He takes great pride in being honest, fair, and open with his customers, prospects and all people involved in any project he takes on.
The Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1926 and actively promotes a partnership of business and community succeeding together.