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LOCAL CHAMBER SUPPORTS THE ARTS: The Warren Area Chamber of Commerce Education, Civic & Cultural Foundation recently awarded $ 25,000 in grants to two organizations to support the arts.

They donated $ 20,000 to the Warren Community Amphitheater Foundation to support River Rock during the Amp 2021 concert season and $ 5,000 to the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra for the Strings of Joy program.

The foundation, established in 1991 and managed by the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber, exclusively funds projects in Trumbull County.

River Rock at the Amp, a summer concert series in downtown Warren, is in its 11th season.

The Strings of Joy program offers stringed instruments to students in grades 3 through 8 in Trumbull County. The orchestra provides free violins and cellos, as well as qualified instructors who are members of the orchestra, to give lessons once a week.

Since 1991, the Foundation for Education, Citizenship and Culture has donated more than $ 1.7 million to organizations.

LOTTERY DIRECTOR SPEAKS: Ohio Lottery Director Pat McDonald will speak on Tuesday at the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber’s Lattes & Legislators event in Hollywood Gaming at the Mahoning Valley Race Course in Austintown.

Entrance to the event costs $ 10 per person. It is 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

McDonald was appointed a director by Gov. Mike DeWine in February 2019. Prior to his appointment, McDonald had been a member of the Ohio Lottery Commission since 2007 and served as its chair for the past eight years.

He oversees a $ 4 billion transaction through the sale of traditional lottery games at nearly 10,000 licensed retailers and the regulation of video lottery terminals at Ohio’s seven racetracks.

BANKING CORPORATE CEO RETIREMENT: Thomas G. Caldwell, President / CEO of Middlefield Banc Corp., expects to retire on March 31, 2022. He has been in this position for 26 years.

As part of the company‘s existing succession plan, internal and external research is underway. A successor is expected to be named in the coming months, ensuring a smooth transition.

The company grew from three offices in Northeast Ohio to 16 offices and a loan production office in Northeast and Central Ohio, completed three successful acquisitions and led three fundraisers very successful over the past decade under Caldwell’s leadership.

Middlefield Banc Corp., headquartered in Middlefield, is the banking holding company for The Middlefield Banking Company, with total assets of $ 1.39 billion at the end of March.

MAIN EVENT CEO: Barry Zekelman, Executive Chairman and CEO of Zekelman Industries, which includes Sharon Tube and Wheatland Tube in the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys, is scheduled to speak at Youngstown Warren’s annual Salute to Business event Regional Chamber on September 2.

Zekelman Industries is the largest independent steel pipe manufacturer in North America, producing over 2.5 million tonnes of steel products annually, primarily pipe, large structural steel members, and electrical conduit used in construction.

The cost of participation is $ 40 for members and $ 50 for potential members. The event from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Eastwood Event Center, 5577 Youngstown Warren Road. Register on the chamber’s website. Advance reservations must be received by August 29.

People on the move

BRITE EXPANDS AND REFOCUSES TEAM: Ohio energy technology business incubator, BRITE Energy Innovators in downtown Warren, is expanding its team.

To oversee day-to-day operations, business processes and manage staff, BRITE hired Crystal Tiggett as the operations manager. Joe Paloski, who had held the position since January, will now be BRITE’s first program manager.

Tiggett, of Warren, will oversee staff and project management for the incubator, monitor business process performance metrics, manage tenant relationships and the co-working space. It will also strengthen the organization’s community engagement efforts.

Paloski, of Canfield, will help the incubator establish and maintain new programs, in addition to its entrepreneurial services, as BRITE seeks to expand its presence in the Mahoning Valley. Paloski’s new role will include overseeing incoming grants and incubation programs for entrepreneurs, workforce development and education outreach.

COLEMAN ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT / CEO: The Coleman Professional Services Board of Directors recently named Hattie Tracy new President and CEO.

Tracy, the agency’s senior vice president of clinical operations, will succeed Nelson Burns, who is retiring after nearly 36 years in the role. Tracy’s start date will be August 7th.

Tracy has nearly 20 years of experience in behavioral health and social services, including over 10 years in leadership team roles. She holds a master’s degree in public policy and administration from Kent State University and a master’s degree in social work from Ohio State University. She is a licensed social worker in Ohio.

She was selected from over 100 applicants in a national search.

Founded in 1978, the organization provides behavioral health, residential, employment and support services. It provides service in several counties including Trumbull and Mahoning.

RETIRED EXECUTIVE FARMERS; STAFF CHANGES ANNOUNCED: Farmers National Banc Corp, the holding company of Farmers National Bank, has made changes to its accounting and finance management group.

The changes are prompted by Carl D. Culp’s decision to retire on August 15 as chief financial officer and executive vice president of the bank, a position he has held for 25 years. He leaves with 36 years in the accounting and financial services industry, including 32 years at Farmers National Bank.

Farmers has appointed Troy Adair as executive vice president of finance. Adair, most recently at Premier Bank as Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary, holds an MBA in Finance and Accounting and has 33 years of experience in the banking industry.

Additionally, Farmers promoted Joseph Sabat, CPA, to Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer. Sabat, who has been with Farmers since 2006, held the position of Vice President and Controller at Farmers. He has 25 years of experience in accounting, finance and auditing.

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