County Chamber of Commerce BUSINESS BRIEFS

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County Chamber of Commerce BUSINESS BRIEFS MAY 6, 2016 225 W. Washington Row  Sandusky, OH 44870 PHONE: 419/625-6421  FAX: 419/625-7914 Website:  E-mail: [email protected] Like us on The Business Briefs will be a bi-weekly publication beginning the month of February. Advertising is available to our members at a reasonable fee. Please contact the Chamber office at 419-625-6421 to request a form that outlines the specs and pricing. Business Briefs goes out to over 900 people!

A message from Pamela Smith: OUR FIRST BUSINESS CONNECTION EXPO THAT WAS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC IS ON THE BOOKS! Over 300 attendees enjoyed a beautiful venue and wonderful food, compliments of Lyman Harbor; exciting exhibits displayed by our Chamber members; and informative seminars hosted by member experts in their fields! It was a great success. There’s a saying that a picture is worth 1,000 words…Enjoy!

We really appreciate all of the support from all of our Chamber members who sponsor and attend our events!



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Please pay close attention to the dates. There were a few changes to the calendar. If you don’t see a Business After Hours listed that was previously on the calendar, it was changed to a later date. Thanks! Please don’t forget to RSVP to all of the events listed.

GALLERY OF ACHIEVERS 1 / 1 Seated Albert J. Fresch Standing L to R Melanae and George Gast, Diane Ernst, Joe Pulizzi and Thomas Darden

This year’s five inductees into the Erie County Chamber of Commerce Gallery of Achievers are a diverse group, but not so different. “Though separated by years and career choices, they have much in common. Each has a willing heart. Each embraced life with courage, integrity and character. Each had the determination to follow their dreams. Each took hold of life's opportunities and succeeded in their chosen field of endeavor. And each has contributed their verse to this powerful play we call life,” Chamber president Pam Smith said during the induction ceremony. There are 114 local residents in the Gallery of Achievers, which was

established in 2001.

Accepted into the Gallery of Achievers this year: * Thomas Vincent Darden, a 1968 graduate of Sandusky High School, first round draft pick in February 1972 by Cleveland Browns. “What a wonderful honor you have bestowed on me,” Darden said. “When you get knocked down, you get back up. That lesson would be prevalent in my life. Challenge yourself to be the best you can be.” He began his sports career here, lettering in both football and basketball. Darden received conference and state recognition, as well as numerous scholarship offers from colleges and universities, including six Big Ten schools. One of those schools was Miami of Ohio with its coach, Glenn Edward “Bo” Schembechler. Darden choose the University of Michigan, in part because he and his parents liked head coach Chalmers “Bump” Elliott. Schembechler would soon replace Elliott. * Albert J. Fresch, a 1944 Sandusky High School graduate, is an established businessman running the family electrical business, Fresch Electric. He was involved in several real estate ventures that helped develop Sandusky and Erie County, including the Colonial Shopping Plaza, the Medical Center on Columbus Ave., Lake Wilmer Condos, the Medical Arts Center on Bogart Road and many boathouses and drive-thrus. “It is truly a great honor. I just celebrated my 90th birthday, being told about this award and reminiscing about my life's journey,” Fresch said. The journey included a stint in the Army during World War II. He was wounded twice in Germany, earning him a Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster. His unit earned two Bronze Battle Stars. * Scott G. Gast, a 2002 Margaretta High School graduate, was a local musician and fan favorite who played with the CocoBeano's and on Sunday with Shoebox. He also put together a Rolling Stones tribute band called Start Me Up and took it on tour. In Latin America, they played to 100,000 people, his father, George Gast said. Gast earned a business degree from Bowling Green State University and was in banking, joining the Cleveland branch of Key Bank and then Charter One, where he was a bank manager. Gast died Nov. 2, 2014, in an automobile crash. He was 30 years old. His Dad accepted the award. He shared that his son was intelligent and genuinely cared about people. When people needed his help, he was there for them, whether as a banker, or as a rocker sharing time and a guitar pick with a little boy who wanted to play guitar like him. “First I want to thank God for 30 years with Scott,” George said. “Thank you for this great award. Scott would be so pleased.” * Norbert A. Lange, a 1910 graduate of Sandusky High School, was a teacher and scientist. Lange earned his bachelor’s, master's and doctorate degree in seven years from the University of Michigan who offered him a teaching position. Lange eventually moved back to Ohio when he accepted a job offer at a newly established Case School of Technology. He authored a comprehensive chemistry manual called “Lange's Handbook of Chemistry” in 1931. He gained fame when colleges and universities worldwide used his book as either a text or reference book. Lange left Case to start Handbook Publishers, Inc., a company that specialized in publishing textbooks and reference manuals focusing on science, math, engineering and related fields of study. Lange and his wife had no children, so when they died their wealth was willed to the city of Sandusky and Erie County. The Lange Trust was to be used for the Sandusky Library. The Library Association remains steward of that gift. Diane Ernst of the Sandusky Library Association accepted the award. * Joe Pulizzi, a 1991 St. Mary's Central Catholic High School graduate, founder of Content Marketing Institute, an advisory firm for marketing agencies. Today his company's clients include a number of Fortune 100 brands, including Hewlett Packard, AT&T, Coca Cola, Chevrolet, Petco, LinkedIn, SAP and the Gates Foundation. “That was really nice but I am trying to figure out how I ended up here,” Pulizzi said as he accepted his award after being introduced. He said he was inspired by listening to everyone's advice to work harder. Pulizzi offered his own piece of advice. “Whatever you want to accomplish in life write it down on a real piece of paper, not a smartphone, and look at it every day,” the entrepreneur said. Pulizzi obtained a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University where he studied Interpersonal Communication before he obtained a master's degree in communications from Pennsylvania State University. Pulizzi worked many jobs from a radio station in Clyde to Groff Funeral Home. He entered marketing in 2000 working for Penton Media in Cleveland. Along his journey he earned many awards. In 2007, he took a huge risk — leaving his job to start his first company called Z Square Media, which Inc. Magazine identified as one of the fastest growing companies in America. Folio Magazine named Pulizzi one of the top innovators in media. His next project was then to start Content Marketing Institute.

CONGRATS, CIVISTA! Civista Bank named among Best Employers in Ohio Sandusky, Ohio (April 29, 2016) – Civista Bank was recently named as one of the 2016 Best Employers in Ohio. "We are honored

to be among 39 companies named to the 2016 Best Employers in Ohio List,” said Civista Bank’s CEO James O. Miller. “This is the sixth consecutive year that the Bank has been named to the Best Employers list," added Dennis Shaffer, Civista Bank President. The annual list of the Best Employers in Ohio program was created by the Ohio Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and Best Companies Group. The statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Ohio, benefiting the state's economy, its workforce and businesses. The two-part survey evaluates each company's workplace policies and practices as well as an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determine the top companies named to the Best Employers in Ohio annual list.



David L. Stringer, Brigadier General USAF (ret) Director of Plum Brook Station LOOK FOR THE FREE OPEN HOUSE TOURS OF NASA GLENN RESEARCH CENTER IN JUNE!

ERIE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION ANNUAL MEETING INVITATION! The Erie County Economic Development Corporation invites business and community leaders to attend its 2016 annual meeting on Monday, May 16th at 4:30 p.m at Kalahari Convention Center. This event serves as a celebration of the community’s progress and discussion of what’s ahead with area leaders – hear from Nicki Lloyd Whaley - Kilbourne Hotel, D.J. Swearingen - North Coast Young Professionals, Julie Barnes-Foster, Barnes Nursery, and Avallone Restaurant Group. Although there is no cost to attend, your registration is requested by Wednesday the 11th. Please click here to register or contact 419.627. 7791 or

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