Our Team

Driving Economic Growth & Prosperity | Supporting the Success of the Business Community Convening Stakeholders on Key Issues Facing the Region.

Our Team

Driving Economic Growth & Prosperity | Supporting the Success of the Business Community | Convening Stakeholders on Key Issues Facing the Region.

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Brian Anderson

Vice President, Research

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Brian Anderson

Vice President, Research

Brian Anderson is the Vice President of Research for the Greater Akron Chamber. Brian leads the Polymer Industry Cluster Initiative of Northeast Ohio, as well as the data and regional economic analysis functions of the organization. Prior to the Chamber, Brian worked at a wearable technology start-up and a Fortune 500 company. He decided to make a move because he wanted to contribute to an organization that he felt could improve the region and the lives of its residents.


Brian received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Emmanuel College in Boston where he was also a three-sport collegiate athlete. From there, he attended The University of Akron for his MBA, and University of Texas – San Antonio for his master’s degree in finance.


Brian and his wife Casey like to travel, cook, and are dedicated fans and season ticket holders of the University of Akron men’s soccer team.

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Enrique Antonio

Coordinator, Marketing and Content

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Enrique Antonio

Coordinator, Marketing and Content

Enrique Antonio is the Marketing and Content Coordinator for the Greater Akron Chamber. In this role he will work to enhance communication about events, initiatives and goals of the chamber creating a two-way dialogue between the organization and its members. Enrique began working with the Greater Akron Chamber to make a difference in the real way around the Akron community.

Enrique received his bachelor's degree from The University of Akron in Public Relations. At UAkron, Enrique was involved in community engagement research where he focused on understanding the needs of the greater Akron area.

Enrique loves cats and cooking. If he could be any plant, it would be a vine so he could wrap around other trees and get to see what the view is like from up there. Enrique is such an Ohioan you can see it in his eyes… his buckeyes! No seriously, he makes great buckeyes.

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Alyssa Carpenter

Director, Economic Development

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Alyssa Carpenter

Director of Economic Development

Alyssa Carpenter has a unique role, serving in a dual capacity as the Director of Economic Development for the Greater Akron Chamber and the Director of Business Development for Team NEO, focusing on the rubber, plastic and polymer industries serving Stark and Summit Counties. Alyssa views the work of economic development much like a puzzle with intersections of building relationships, problem solving, and pulling the partners in the public and private sectors together in order help our companies and communities grow and prosper.

 

For her work professionally, Alyssa earned the Ohio Economic Development, Ohio Certified Economic Developer certification. She also frequently presents as a guest speaker as part of the Ohio Economic Development (OEDA) programing on topics of economic and professional development, as well as more locally, via Team NEO’s NODE program.

 

Most of her time outside of work involves her kids, Caroline and Grant, and their school activities. Alyssa also enjoys entertaining and being outdoors.

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Gregg P. Cramer

Vice President, Economic Development

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Gregg Cramer

Vice President of Economic Development

Gregg Cramer is the Vice President of Economic Development for the Greater Akron Chamber. In this role he manages the day-to-day economic development operations, including Attraction and Business Retention & Expansion. Gregg also works with our Elevate Greater Akron partners to oversee the collective effort to meet with 300+ companies on an annual basis. Along with the County of Summit and City of Akron, he also co-chairs the “Akron, USA” domestic/international marketing initiative.

 

Gregg is inspired by the fact that his father worked at B.F. Goodrich for 25 years in the same office complex currently occupied by the Chamber; he literally looks out the window at his father’s office every day. Gregg truly believes we are a unique community with a rich history and have a great story to tell.

 

Professionally, Gregg received his Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from the National Development Council. He also honed his public speaking skills during his run for public office. For the record, his family prayed he would lose the race; he lost the race.

 

Without question, the defining characteristic of his life has been raising a child with Special Needs; in countless ways - personally and professionally - it has made him a more appreciative, better, and focused person. Other than chocolate, Gregg’s only vice is American muscle cars. 

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Natalie Diekman

Coordinator of Membership Services

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Natalie Diekman

Coordinator of Membership Services

Natalie is the Coordinator of Member Services for the Greater Akron Chamber. In this role, Natalie serves the day to day needs of our members and prospective members and works maintain accurate information in our membership database. Natalie has always had a lot of pride in Greater Akron so she is happy to be working at an organization where she can contribute to the betterment of the region.

Natalie graduated from the University of Akron with her bachelor’s degree in the Spring of 2022.

Natalie loves living in Akron. She regularly visits the gorgeous parks we have scattered throughout the area, whether it’s to go for a run or to photograph nature. Also, when she has the time, she loves cooking and playing the piano.

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Sarah Eaton

Sr. Manager, Executive Administration

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Sarah Eaton

Sr. Manager, Executive Administration

Sarah Eaton is the Senior Manager of Executive Administration. In this role she works to support the schedule of our President & CEO, meeting and event prep, and support of our members by connecting them to resources, events, and other opportunities. She chose to work at the Chamber because she was impressed by the work she saw the being done in the region. She felt that joining the team would allow her to be a part of something working for the betterment of Greater Akron.

Sarah brings 14 years of educational experience with her, having been a high school teacher in Portage County before making a career change to join us. She has also grown an impressive 25k followers on TikTok through content creation focused on education, advocacy, community building, and personal experience sharing. She is both professionally and personally inspired by people and being able to impact their growth, learning, and evolution through her work.

Professionally, Sarah is proud of having been selected for the Teachers for Global Classrooms global education fellowship through Fulbright which allowed her to connect and collaborate with teachers from both the U.S. and developing countries, as well as complete field experience in India. She also serves in leadership and mentor roles as an Advisory Board Member for the Kent State University chapter of Chi Omega Fraternity.

Sarah lives in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland with her husband. In her free time, she likes to cook, travel, collect houseplants, and experience the culture, music, and art of the greater Cleveland and Akron area.

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Heather Flohr

Manager, Business Operations

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Heather Flohr

Manager, Business Operations

Heather is the Manager of Business Operations at the Greater Akron Chamber. In this role she handles many responsibilities ranging from bookkeeping for the organization, human resource support for staff, as well as general office management. A couple years ago Heather chose to make a change in careers and join the Chamber after seeing the positive impact being made by the team in this region. She wanted to be a part of the change the Chamber was making in the community.

Heather is a proud Veteran of the United State Marine Corps, having served for eight years from 2004 – 2012, during that time she received various Medals and Letters of Commendations. Heather has a bachelor’s degree in social psychology from Park University and is a Certified Notary Public for the State of Ohio. She is also a graduate of Torchbearers Class of 2019 and served as the Co-Chair for Membership in 2020.

Outside of work her favorite things to do include hiking and reading.  In 2020 she read over 140 books!  She also likes to find volunteer opportunities she can share with her kids to get them immersed in their community. Heather lives in Copley with her husband, their three children, and their dog.

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Paige Freel

Senior Manager, Projects and Initiatives

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Paige Freel

Senior Manager, Projects and Initiatives

Paige is the Senior Manager of Projects and Initiatives at the Greater Akron Chamber. In this role she works to advance the organization’s key projects with a focus on the Chamber’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Paige started working at the Chamber as an intern out of college and fell in love with the mission, the culture, and the people. She loves being part of an organization and a community that focuses on collaboration for the betterment of Greater Akron.

Paige received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Mount Union where she was also played collegiate soccer. She recently received her MBA from the University of Akron.

Outside of work Paige’s favorite thing to do is spend time with family and friends. Being an Ohio native, her hobbies change with the seasons ranging from skiing to camping and always traveling when possible.

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Sante Ghetti

Vice President, Investor Engagement

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Sante Ghetti

Vice President of Investor Engagement

Sante is the Vice President of Investor Engagement for the Greater Akron Chamber.  In this role he works to support our members goals, ensuring our members are connected, engaged, and supported in our shared work and mission. Sante chose the Greater Akron Chamber because he has a passion for supporting the business community and the region. His favorite part of his job is getting to know and working with people, he is always learning something new from everyone he meets. 

 

Professionally, Sante has a unique background having previously working in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. He is particularly proud of his time working for The White House as well as raising money for pediatric cancer patients and survivors. A few awards he has received as recognition for his work have been 2014 COSE Staff Service Award, 2018 Catalyst of Leadership & Excellence (CLE) Award, and he was a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2020.

 

Sante has a wife and two daughters that inspire him daily.  While it’s his family that inspires him the most, he also enjoys golfing and traveling to anywhere that has a beach.

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Al Jones

Manager of Member Engagement

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Al Jones

Manager of Member Engagement

Al is the Manager of Member Engagement at the Greater Akron Chamber. He works to support current and potential members, acting as a connector between our members, our mission, and our resources. Al has long been involved in the small business community in Akron and wanted to continue pursuing his passion of business support through the Chamber.

Al has over 8 years of experience hosting networking events for businesses in Northeast Ohio. He has also participated on several boards and enjoys volunteering. One of his greatest professional achievements was receiving a proclamation from the City of Akron recognizing December 16th as “Al Jones Marketing Networking Day”.

Outside of work, Al loves spending time with his family. He is a father of 3 boys. In his spare time, he also enjoys reading and traveling.

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Steve Millard

President & CEO

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Steve Millard

PRESIDENT & CEO

Steve Millard is President and CEO of the Greater Akron Chamber. Steve was attracted to the Chamber in 2018 to become a part of an emerging new collaboration among economic development partners led by the County of Summit, the City of Akron, the GAR Foundation, and the Chamber’s Board leadership.  The promise of an enterprise approach across disparate ecosystem partners to increase jobs, investment and opportunity for the region was a bold idea for the region and the business community that he wanted to be involved in creating.

That bold idea became the unique collaboration that is working to advance economic development in Greater Akron called Elevate Greater Akron. The commitment by more than 20 ecosystem partners working together to do the right things to drive growth and success for the region has allowed for stronger collaboration and impact for the region.

Prior to joining the Chamber in 2018, Steve spent more than 20 years leading in various roles in economic development including as the President and Executive Director of the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) and the Executive Vice President of the Greater Cleveland Partnership.

Professionally, Steve is a Certified Chamber Executive and has been recognized in a variety of ways for community leadership, Board service and professional contributions. Steve holds a B.S. in Finance, a B.S. in Transportation and Distribution Management from Syracuse University, and an M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University.  Prior to his work in Economic Development, he spent time at both GE Medical Systems (now GE Health Care) and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in supply chain operations and strategy consulting roles.

Steve currently serves on several boards including Leadership AkronSummit Education InitiativeTeamNEOConxusNEOBusiness Volunteers UnlimitedDowntown Akron Partnership, Downtown Akron Development Corporation and Medical Service Company.

Steve and his wife, Lisa, are proud to have a daughter, Lexie, who is a high school English teacher and a son, Ben, currently attending Marietta College.  They live as the guests of three cats and two dogs who go out of their way to be perfectly good at doing absolutely nothing.  Steve has no impressive hobbies or world adventures to brag about, but does have some bad habits like good bourbon, great scotch, and an occasional cigar that he is happy to share.

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Brynn Popa

SVP, Strategic Initiatives & Engagement

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Brynn Popa

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENTOF STRATEGIC INITIATIVES AND ENGAGEMENT

Brynn is the Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Engagement for the Greater Akron Chamber. For the last 15 years, Brynn has been immersed in economic development work, where she has advanced public policy efforts impacting business, played leadership roles in the coordination of collaborative economic development partnerships and worked to enhance the climate for business success in Northeast Ohio. In her current role, Brynn oversees the many operational efforts as well as key strategic initiatives of the Greater Akron Chamber, including the Chamber’s work as the convener and collaborator for Elevate Greater Akron. Among all of her roles, perhaps one of her most prized is the one she plays as a leader of teams – identifying unique talent, helping people to harness their skills and advance the organization’s work in impactful ways. Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Brynn is proud and humbled to have the opportunity to impact change in her hometown and is inspired by the collaborative spirit in the region, illustrated by the strong public private partnerships that make all his work a possibility.

Advancing the region’s potential is something Brynn strives to do both professionally and personally. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Akron Civic Theater as well as the United Way Summit Medina. In 2011, Brynn was recognized for her work and leadership as a recipient of the Crain’s Cleveland 40 Under 40 Award. Brynn received her undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Sociology from John Carroll University and her Masters of Public Administration from Cleveland State University.

When she has the time, Brynn enjoys traveling, running, cooking and binge-watching Netflix series. She lives in Copley with her husband, Greg and two daughters.

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Anna Richards

Manager, Programs and Events

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Anna Richards

Manager of Programs and Events

Anna is the Manager of Programs and Events at the Greater Akron Chamber. In this role she creates opportunities for our members to come together, make connections, and stay informed. Anna has always enjoyed bringing people together and helping others, so she chose the Chamber to be a part of an organization that connects people and businesses in the region.   

 

Anna dedicates time to volunteering, especially with the University of Dayton Cleveland Alumni Community actively serving in the Akron Chair and Service Chair roles.

 

Outside of work, Anna loves to spend time with her husband and two boys. They enjoy crafting, traveling, kayaking, and baking.

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John Rizzo

Vice President, Government Affairs

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John Rizzo

Vice President, Government Affairs

John Rizzo is the Vice President of Government Affairs for the Chamber. In this role, he works to connect chamber members to key information on relevant political activities, convene regional stakeholders on pressing issues facing the business community, and advocate for identified solutions. Coming from a family of small business owners, John really enjoys working with companies to understand and pursue the various policies and opportunities they stand to benefit from. Although not every effort results in a “win”, he finds it rewarding to facilitate conversations that identify real issues and solutions and work to achieve tangible results on behalf of small businesses.

John Rizzo received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Akron from which he is a proud alumnus. He also serves on several nonprofit committees and advisory boards within the region and participates on various panel discussions during advocacy-related events.

Coming from a large multicultural family, there is nothing John enjoys more than spending time with family, friends, and his dog, Bella. And, when Ohio’s weather permits it, he really enjoys cycling through Summit Metro Parks, golfing, and playing intramural sports.

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Sheri Shields

Senior Business Relationship Manager

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Sheri Shields

Senior Business Relationship Manager

Sheri is the Senior Business Relationship Manager at the Greater Akron Chamber, working with the Economic Development team. In this role, Sheri works closely with small businesses with a focus on woman and minority owned companies. Prior to joining the Chamber team, she was a Chamber member and benefit provider. As a member, her experiences with the Chamber were great and when she was asked to join the team, she said yes! That was 25 years ago.

 

Sheri’s favorite thing about her job is getting to work with and help people. She enjoys developing relationships, making introductions, and providing memorable experiences. Sheri is a proud Alumni of the University of Akron and stays engaged with the university.

 

Sheri has a husband, two sons, and a very opinionated dachshund as a granddog. Outside of work, Sheri loves spending time with her family, traveling, going to parks, and enjoying music and theater.

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Mackenzie Syska

Grant Administration Coordinator

We have identified the Board members that also participate on our Executive Committee with a * by their name.

Name Personal Title Related Organization
Dr. K.L. Allen, Ed.D.ChancellorWGU Ohio
Tyler AmosVP - Sr. Financial Consultant, Akron BranchCharles Schwab Corporate Services
Anne ArmaoVice President, Member Experience & Product DevelopmentSummaCare
Dunja AugustinVice President of OperationsEnergy Harbor
Ken BabbyOwner & Chief Executive OfficerAkron Rubber Ducks
Elizabeth BartzPresident and CEOState and Federal Communications, Inc.
Sam BelcherSenior Vice President & PresidentFirstEnergy Corp.
Julie BrandlePresidentMetis Construction Services LLC
Marie BrilmyerPartnerCohen & Company
Nick BrowningPresident, Mahoning Valley/Akron/Canton RegionHuntington
Traci BucknerExecutive DirectorAkron Children's Museum
Nick BuzzelliSenior Vice President, Regional Head of Commercial BankingFifth Third Bank
Ren CamachoPresident and CEOAkron-Canton Airport
Theresa CarterPresidentSynthomer Foundation
John CavanaughChief Financial Officer & Vice PresidentGOJO Industries, Inc.
Romona DavisVice President, National SBA BDOHuntington
Eric DellapinaMarket President - Eastern OhioKeyBank
Dr. Cliff Deveny, MDPresident /CEOSumma Health
Todd Diacon, Ph.D.PresidentKent State University
Dawn DistlerChief Executive OfficerMETRO RTA
Marc DivisPresidentAkron Energy Systems, LLC
Jason DodsonShareholderRoetzel & Andress
Laura DudaSenior Vice President & Chief Communications OfficerGoodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Luis EscuderoExecutive DirectorEl Patron Restaurant
Gino FacianaCo-CEOPleasant Valley Corporation - NAI Pleasant Valley
Craig FerriotPresidentFerriot
Christine Fowler-MackSuperintendentAkron City Schools
Richard FryAkron Partner in Charge & Taxation Practice Group LeaderBuckingham Doolittle & Burroughs LLC
Valerie GeigerExecutive Director, Commercial BankingJPMorgan Chase
Peter GeiseAkron Area PresidentFocusCFO
Chris GessnerPresident & CEOAkron Children's Hospital
Dwayne GrollPresidentEnvironmental Design Group, LLC
Dr. Brian Harte, MDPresidentCleveland Clinic Akron General
Craig HassingerCEO and PresidentSeibertKeck Insurance
John Higgins, Jr.Region Vice PresidentSpectrum
Ella HochstetlerDirector of Regulatory Affairs OhioDominion Energy
Honorable Daniel HorriganMayorCity of Akron
Dr. Para JonesPresidentStark State College
Halle Jones Capers, P.E.PresidentHalle's Engineering & Design
Ethan KarpPresident and CEOMAGNET
Danielle KimmellPrincipal, Assurance and Advisory ServicesApple Growth Partners
Bill KoehlerChief Executive OfficerTeam NEO
Mark KrohnFounder and Managing PartnerThe Law Offic of Mark E. Krohn
Dr. John Langell, M.D., Ph.D.PresidentNortheast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)
Amanda LefflerPartnerBrouse McDowell
Teresa LeGrairPresident & CEOAkron Urban League
Erin Leppo PalmerCFO & In-House Legal CounselLeppo Inc dba Leppo Equipment/Bobcat of Akron
Dr. Leia' LoveChief Executive OfficerLeia' Love Hair & Nail Salon
Joe LuckringRegional PresidentPNC Bank
Jeff WaltersManaging Director of Northeast Ohio OfficesCBIZ Mayer Hoffman McCann
Christine MayerPresidentGAR Foundation
Meghan MeekerPresidentTorchbearers (YP)
Marc Merklin, Esq.Managing PartnerBrouse McDowell
Jim MerklinOwnerBober Markey Fedorovich
Steve MillardPresident & CEOGreater Akron Chamber
Gary Miller, PhDPresidentThe University of Akron
Lakisha Miller-BarclayExecutive Director & CEORubber Division, ACS
Melissa MonacoVice President, Americas CommunicationGoodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Erika MoorePresidentYoung Professionals of Akron
Michelle MoranSenior Vice President of Sales, Product, and MarketingInvolta, LLC
Mike MorrisonSenior Director, Private MarketsGPD Group
Jim MullenPresident & CEOUnited Way of Summit and Medina
Chrissy MyersCEOAssociated Underwriters (AUI)
Jon ParkExecutive ChairmanWestfield Bank
B. PatelPrincipal & Co-FounderGHC Green Harvest Capital
Joe PaulExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial OfficerThe Davey Tree Expert Company
John Petures, Jr.President & CEOAkron Community Foundation
Kendra PhilonSenior Manager, Assurance ServicesMeadon & Moore
Parker PlattSVP Senior Strategy Manager in Sales Strategy & DistributionCitizens
Tia RamlowPresidentGreatWork! Employment Services
Christopher RichardsonChief Operating OfficerCHC Addiction Services
Terry RobinsonDean of Technical Learning & OutreachBridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC
Tiffany RoperChief Executive OfficerOh Snap! & Eat Speak Love
Jim Ruhlin, Jr.President & COOThe Ruhlin Company
Ike Sampson-AkpanPresident/OwnerSAF, Inc.
Dr. Jennifer Savitski, M.D.Chair, Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyCleveland Clinic Akron General
David SchipperPresident & CEOThe Schipper Group
Honorable Ilene ShapiroCounty ExecutiveCounty of Summit, Ohio
Brian SteereCo-PresidentSteere Enterprises
Andrew TwardzikPartner, Americas Deputy Risk Markets LeaderErnst & Young LLP
Don TaylorCEOWelty Building Company Ltd
Andre Thornton, Sr.President & CEOASW Global, LLC
Jason TumaPartnerSikich LLP
Neille VitaleChief Executive OfficerVMI Group/Tri Mor
Rich WallackRegional Vice President, Northeast Region of OhioMedical Mutual
Liz WatsonVP, Customer Engagement & MarketingCrum & Forster Pet Insurance Group
Bernett WilliamsChief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer; Vice President for Community InitiativesAkron Children's Hospital
Steve WiltSenior Vice President, Finacial AdvisorCAPTRUST
Christopher WycheDirector External AffairsAT&T
  • Dr. K.L. Allen, Ed.D.

    WGU Ohio
    Chancellor

  • Tyler Amos

    Charles Schwab Corporate Services
    VP - Sr. Financial Consultant, Akron Branch

  • Anne Armao

    SummaCare
    Vice President, Member Experience & Product Development

  • Dunja Augustin

    Energy Harbor
    Vice President, Operations

  • Ken Babby

    Akron RubberDucks
    Owner & Chief Executive Officer

  • Elizabeth Z. Bartz*

    State and Federal Communications
    President and CEO

  • Sam Belcher

    FirstEnergy Corp.
    Senior Vice President & President

  • Julie Brandle*

    Metis Construction Services LLC
    President

  • Marie Brilmyer

    Cohen & Company
    Partner

  • Nick Browning

    Huntington Bank
    President, Mahoning Valley/Akron/Canton Region

  • Traci Buckner

    Childrens Museum
    Executive Director

  • Nick Buzzelli

    Fifth Third Bank
    Senior Vice President, Regional Head of Commercial Banking

  • Ren Camacho

    Akron-Canton Airport
    President & CEO

  • Theresa Carter

    Synthomer Foundation
    President

  • John Cavanuagh

    GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Chief Financial Officer & Vice President

  • Romona Davis

    Huntington Bank
    Vice President, National SBA BDO

  • Eric Dellapina

    KeyBank
    Market President - Eastern Ohio

  • Dr. Cliff Deveny, MD

    Summa Health
    President & CEO

  • Todd Diacon, PhD

    Kent State University
    President

  • Dawn Distler

    METRO RTA
    Chief Executive Officer

  • Marc Divis

    Akron Energy Systems, LLC
    President

  • Jason Dodson

    Roetzel & Andress
    Shareholder

  • Laura Duda

    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer

  • Luis Escudero

    El Patron Restaurant
    Executive Director

  • Gino Faciana

    Pleasant Valley Corporation - NAI Pleasant Valley
    co-CEO

  • Craig Ferriot

    Ferriot
    President

  • Christine Fowler-Mack

    Akron Public Schools
    Superintendent

  • Richard Fry

    Buckingham Doolittle & Burrough
    Akron Partner in Charge & Taxation Practice Group Leader

  • Valerie Geiger

    JPMorgan Chase
    Executive Director, Commercial Banking

  • Peter Geise

    Focus CFO
    Akron Area President

  • Chris Gessner

    Akron Children's Hospital
    President & CEO

  • Dwayne Groll

    Environmental Design Group
    President

  • Dr. Brian Harte, MD

    Cleveland Clinic Akron General
    President

  • Craig Hassinger

    SeibertKeck Insurance
    President & CEO

  • John Higgins, Jr.

    Spectrum
    Regional Vice President

  • Ella Hochstetler*

    Dominion Energy
    Director of Regulatory Affairs Ohio

  • Honorable Daniel Horrigan

    City of Akron
    Mayor

  • Dr. Para Jones*

    Stark State College
    President

  • Halle Jones Capers, P.E.

    Halle's Engineering and Design
    President

  • Ethan Karp

    MAGNET
    President & CEO

  • Danielle Kimmell

    Apple Growth Partners
    Principal, Assurance and Advisory Services

  • Bill Koehler

    TeamNEO
    Chief Executive Officer

  • Mark Krohn

    The Law Office of Mark E. Krohn
    Founder and Managing Partner

  • Dr. John Langell, M.D., Ph.D.*

    Northeast Ohio Medical University
    President

  • Amanda Leffler

    Brouse McDowell
    Partner

  • Teresa LeGrair*

    Akron Urban League
    President & CEO

  • Erin Leppo Palmer

    Leppo Equipment
    CFO & In-House Legal Counsel

  • Dr. Leia' Love

    Leia Love Hair, Nail and Eyelash
    Chief Executive Officer

  • Joe Luckring

    PNC Bank
    Regional President

  • Christine Mayer

    GAR Foundation
    President

  • Meghan Meeker

    Torchbearers/YP
    President

  • Marc Merklin, Esq.*

    Brouse McDowell
    Managing Partner

  • Jim Merklin

    Bober Markey Fedorovich
    Owner

  • Steve Millard*

    Greater Akron Chamber
    President & CEO

  • Gary Miller, PhD

    University of Akron
    President

  • Lakisha Miller-Barclay

    Rubber Division, American Chemical Society
    Executive Director & CEO

  • Melissa Monaco

    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Vice President, Americas Communication

  • Erika Moore

    Young Professionals of Akron
    President

  • Michelle Moran

    Involta
    Senior Vice President of Sales, Product, and Marketing

  • Mike Morrison

    GPD Group
    Senior Director, Private Markets

  • Jim Mullen

    United Way of Summit and Medina Counties
    President & Chief Executive Officer

  • Erika Moore

    (YP/Young Professionals of Akron) Marcum LLP
    Senior Manager

  • Chrissy Myers

    Associated Underwriters Insurance (AUI)
    CEO

  • Jon Park*

    Westfield Bank
    Executive Chairman

  • Bhavin Patel

    Green Harvest Capital
    Principal & Co-Founder

  • Joe Paul

    The Davey Tree Expert Company
    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

  • John Petures, Jr.*

    Akron Community Foundation
    President & CEO

  • Kendra Philon

    Meadon & Moore
    Senior Manager, Assurance Services

  • Parker Platt

    Citizens Bank
    SVP Senior Strategy Manager in Sales Strategy & Distribution

  • Tia Ramlow*

    GreatWork! Employment Services
    President

  • Christopher Richardson

    CHC Addiction Services
    Chief Operating Officer

  • Terry Robinson

    Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC
    Dean of Technical Learning & Outreach

  • Tiffany Roper

    Oh Snap! & Eat Speak Love
    Chief Executive Officer

  • Jim Ruhlin, Jr.

    The Ruhlin Company
    President & COO

  • Ike Sampson-Akpan

    SAF, Inc.
    President/Owner

  • Dr. Jennifer Savitski, MD*

    Cleveland Clinic Akron General
    Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • David Schipper

    The Schipper Group
    President & CEO

  • Honorable Ilene Shapiro

    County of Summit
    County Executive

  • Brian Steere

    Steere Enterprises
    Co-President

  • Andrew Twardzik

    Ernst & Young LLP
    Partner, Americas Deputy Risk Markets Leader

  • Don Taylor

    Welty Building Company, Ltd.
    President & CEO

  • Andre Thornton, Sr.

    ASW Global
    President & CEO

  • Jason Tuma

    Sikich LLP
    Partner

  • Neille Vitale

    VMI Group/Tri Mor
    Chief Executive Officer

  • Rich Wallack

    Medical Mutual
    Regional Vice President, Northeast Region of Ohio

  • Jeff Walters

    CBIZ Mayer Hoffman McCann
    Managing Director of Northeast Ohio Offices

  • Liz Watson

    Crum & Forster Pet Insurance
    VP, Customer Engagement & Marketing

  • Bernett Williams

    Akron Children's Hospital
    Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer; Vice President for Community Initiatives

  • Steve Wilt

    CAPTRUST
    Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor

  • Christopher Wyche

    AT&T
    Director External Affairs

Women’s Network Leadership Institute Advisory Council

In October of 2019, Women’s Network and the Greater Akron Chamber memorialized an official Affiliation Agreement for the purpose of creating women’s programming within the Greater Akron Chamber. The Women’s Network Leadership Institute Advisory Council oversees the mission of the Women’s Network to Connect, Empower and Inspire through Best-in-Class Curriculum offerings, Research and Thought Leadership.

Business Owners Council

The business owner’s council is designed to ensure that the Chamber is appropriately focused on issues and programs specifically tailored to business owners in Greater Akron. This council is comprised of business owners and members from the Greater Akron region.

Diversity Professional Roundtable

Driving inclusive economic growth cannot be done without harnessing the knowledge and experience of our region’s diversity professionals. The Diversity Professional Roundtable is a group of DEI leaders with a regular opportunity to brainstorm, problem-solve and connect as they work to advance their company’s and the regions diversity, equity, and inclusions efforts.

Equity and Inclusion Committee

As the representative and convener of the business community in Greater Akron, the Chamber is focused on providing businesses with the tools, resources, and information necessary to become more inclusive, to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within their companies, and to support the growth of minority-owned companies. The Economic Inclusion Committee is focused on ensuring that the Chamber is meeting the needs of the business community in this space and working to advance inclusive growth in the region.

Government Affairs Committee

The GAC’s ability to effectively advocate on these issues is largely due to ongoing support and input from its Government Affairs Committee. This group is comprised of leaders from within business, nonprofit, higher education, and community-based organizations. This committee is, at its core, a tool that enables the GAC to understand members’ perspectives on relevant issues and collaboratively explore solutions. Doing this work is critical to the GAC’s ability to effectively advocate on our members’ behalf and provides us with a platform to collectively engage elected officials.

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Our Chair's Circle represents our most significant investors and the drivers of our work.

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Brian Anderson

Vice President, Research

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Brian Anderson

Vice President, Research

Brian Anderson is the Vice President of Research for the Greater Akron Chamber. Brian leads the Polymer Industry Cluster Initiative of Northeast Ohio, as well as the data and regional economic analysis functions of the organization. Prior to the Chamber, Brian worked at a wearable technology start-up and a Fortune 500 company. He decided to make a move because he wanted to contribute to an organization that he felt could improve the region and the lives of its residents.


Brian received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Emmanuel College in Boston where he was also a three-sport collegiate athlete. From there, he attended The University of Akron for his MBA, and University of Texas – San Antonio for his master’s degree in finance.


Brian and his wife Casey like to travel, cook, and are dedicated fans and season ticket holders of the University of Akron men’s soccer team.

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Enrique Antonio

Coordinator, Marketing and Content

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Enrique Antonio

Coordinator, Marketing and Content

Enrique Antonio is the Marketing and Content Coordinator for the Greater Akron Chamber. In this role he will work to enhance communication about events, initiatives and goals of the chamber creating a two-way dialogue between the organization and its members. Enrique began working with the Greater Akron Chamber to make a difference in the real way around the Akron community.

Enrique received his bachelor's degree from The University of Akron in Public Relations. At UAkron, Enrique was involved in community engagement research where he focused on understanding the needs of the greater Akron area.

Enrique loves cats and cooking. If he could be any plant, it would be a vine so he could wrap around other trees and get to see what the view is like from up there. Enrique is such an Ohioan you can see it in his eyes… his buckeyes! No seriously, he makes great buckeyes.

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Alyssa Carpenter

Director, Economic Development

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Alyssa Carpenter

Director of Economic Development

Alyssa Carpenter has a unique role, serving in a dual capacity as the Director of Economic Development for the Greater Akron Chamber and the Director of Business Development for Team NEO, focusing on the rubber, plastic and polymer industries serving Stark and Summit Counties. Alyssa views the work of economic development much like a puzzle with intersections of building relationships, problem solving, and pulling the partners in the public and private sectors together in order help our companies and communities grow and prosper.

 

For her work professionally, Alyssa earned the Ohio Economic Development, Ohio Certified Economic Developer certification. She also frequently presents as a guest speaker as part of the Ohio Economic Development (OEDA) programing on topics of economic and professional development, as well as more locally, via Team NEO’s NODE program.

 

Most of her time outside of work involves her kids, Caroline and Grant, and their school activities. Alyssa also enjoys entertaining and being outdoors.

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Gregg P. Cramer

Vice President, Economic Development

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Gregg Cramer

Vice President of Economic Development

Gregg Cramer is the Vice President of Economic Development for the Greater Akron Chamber. In this role he manages the day-to-day economic development operations, including Attraction and Business Retention & Expansion. Gregg also works with our Elevate Greater Akron partners to oversee the collective effort to meet with 300+ companies on an annual basis. Along with the County of Summit and City of Akron, he also co-chairs the “Akron, USA” domestic/international marketing initiative.

 

Gregg is inspired by the fact that his father worked at B.F. Goodrich for 25 years in the same office complex currently occupied by the Chamber; he literally looks out the window at his father’s office every day. Gregg truly believes we are a unique community with a rich history and have a great story to tell.

 

Professionally, Gregg received his Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from the National Development Council. He also honed his public speaking skills during his run for public office. For the record, his family prayed he would lose the race; he lost the race.

 

Without question, the defining characteristic of his life has been raising a child with Special Needs; in countless ways - personally and professionally - it has made him a more appreciative, better, and focused person. Other than chocolate, Gregg’s only vice is American muscle cars. 

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Natalie Diekman

Coordinator of Membership Services

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Natalie Diekman

Coordinator of Membership Services

Natalie is the Coordinator of Member Services for the Greater Akron Chamber. In this role, Natalie serves the day to day needs of our members and prospective members and works maintain accurate information in our membership database. Natalie has always had a lot of pride in Greater Akron so she is happy to be working at an organization where she can contribute to the betterment of the region.

Natalie graduated from the University of Akron with her bachelor’s degree in the Spring of 2022.

Natalie loves living in Akron. She regularly visits the gorgeous parks we have scattered throughout the area, whether it’s to go for a run or to photograph nature. Also, when she has the time, she loves cooking and playing the piano.

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Sarah Eaton

Sr. Manager, Executive Administration

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Sarah Eaton

Sr. Manager, Executive Administration

Sarah Eaton is the Senior Manager of Executive Administration. In this role she works to support the schedule of our President & CEO, meeting and event prep, and support of our members by connecting them to resources, events, and other opportunities. She chose to work at the Chamber because she was impressed by the work she saw the being done in the region. She felt that joining the team would allow her to be a part of something working for the betterment of Greater Akron.

Sarah brings 14 years of educational experience with her, having been a high school teacher in Portage County before making a career change to join us. She has also grown an impressive 25k followers on TikTok through content creation focused on education, advocacy, community building, and personal experience sharing. She is both professionally and personally inspired by people and being able to impact their growth, learning, and evolution through her work.

Professionally, Sarah is proud of having been selected for the Teachers for Global Classrooms global education fellowship through Fulbright which allowed her to connect and collaborate with teachers from both the U.S. and developing countries, as well as complete field experience in India. She also serves in leadership and mentor roles as an Advisory Board Member for the Kent State University chapter of Chi Omega Fraternity.

Sarah lives in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland with her husband. In her free time, she likes to cook, travel, collect houseplants, and experience the culture, music, and art of the greater Cleveland and Akron area.

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Heather Flohr

Executive Assistant & Office Manager

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Heather Flohr

Manager, Business Operations

Heather is the Manager of Business Operations at the Greater Akron Chamber. In this role she handles many responsibilities ranging from bookkeeping for the organization, human resource support for staff, as well as general office management. A couple years ago Heather chose to make a change in careers and join the Chamber after seeing the positive impact being made by the team in this region. She wanted to be a part of the change the Chamber was making in the community.

Heather is a proud Veteran of the United State Marine Corps, having served for eight years from 2004 – 2012, during that time she received various Medals and Letters of Commendations. Heather has a bachelor’s degree in social psychology from Park University and is a Certified Notary Public for the State of Ohio. She is also a graduate of Torchbearers Class of 2019 and served as the Co-Chair for Membership in 2020.

Outside of work her favorite things to do include hiking and reading.  In 2020 she read over 140 books!  She also likes to find volunteer opportunities she can share with her kids to get them immersed in their community. Heather lives in Copley with her husband, their three children, and their dog.

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Paige Freel

Manager, Projects and Initiatives

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Paige Freel

Senior Manager, Projects and Initiatives

Paige is the Senior Manager of Projects and Initiatives at the Greater Akron Chamber. In this role she works to advance the organization’s key projects with a focus on the Chamber’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Paige started working at the Chamber as an intern out of college and fell in love with the mission, the culture, and the people. She loves being part of an organization and a community that focuses on collaboration for the betterment of Greater Akron.

Paige received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Mount Union where she was also played collegiate soccer. She recently received her MBA from the University of Akron.

Outside of work Paige’s favorite thing to do is spend time with family and friends. Being an Ohio native, her hobbies change with the seasons ranging from skiing to camping and always traveling when possible.

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Sante Ghetti

Vice President, Investor Engagement

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Sante Ghetti

Vice President of Investor Engagement

Sante is the Vice President of Investor Engagement for the Greater Akron Chamber.  In this role he works to support our members goals, ensuring our members are connected, engaged, and supported in our shared work and mission. Sante chose the Greater Akron Chamber because he has a passion for supporting the business community and the region. His favorite part of his job is getting to know and working with people, he is always learning something new from everyone he meets. 

 

Professionally, Sante has a unique background having previously working in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. He is particularly proud of his time working for The White House as well as raising money for pediatric cancer patients and survivors. A few awards he has received as recognition for his work have been 2014 COSE Staff Service Award, 2018 Catalyst of Leadership & Excellence (CLE) Award, and he was a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2020.

 

Sante has a wife and two daughters that inspire him daily.  While it’s his family that inspires him the most, he also enjoys golfing and traveling to anywhere that has a beach.

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Al Jones

Manager of Member Engagement

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Al Jones

Manager of Member Engagement

Al is the Manager of Member Engagement at the Greater Akron Chamber. He works to support current and potential members, acting as a connector between our members, our mission, and our resources. Al has long been involved in the small business community in Akron and wanted to continue pursuing his passion of business support through the Chamber.

Al has over 8 years of experience hosting networking events for businesses in Northeast Ohio. He has also participated on several boards and enjoys volunteering. One of his greatest professional achievements was receiving a proclamation from the City of Akron recognizing December 16th as “Al Jones Marketing Networking Day”.

Outside of work, Al loves spending time with his family. He is a father of 3 boys. In his spare time, he also enjoys reading and traveling.

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Steve Millard

President & CEO

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Steve Millard

PRESIDENT & CEO

Steve Millard is President and CEO of the Greater Akron Chamber. Steve was attracted to the Chamber in 2018 to become a part of an emerging new collaboration among economic development partners led by the County of Summit, the City of Akron, the GAR Foundation, and the Chamber’s Board leadership.  The promise of an enterprise approach across disparate ecosystem partners to increase jobs, investment and opportunity for the region was a bold idea for the region and the business community that he wanted to be involved in creating.

That bold idea became the unique collaboration that is working to advance economic development in Greater Akron called Elevate Greater Akron. The commitment by more than 20 ecosystem partners working together to do the right things to drive growth and success for the region has allowed for stronger collaboration and impact for the region.

Prior to joining the Chamber in 2018, Steve spent more than 20 years leading in various roles in economic development including as the President and Executive Director of the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) and the Executive Vice President of the Greater Cleveland Partnership.

Professionally, Steve is a Certified Chamber Executive and has been recognized in a variety of ways for community leadership, Board service and professional contributions. Steve holds a B.S. in Finance, a B.S. in Transportation and Distribution Management from Syracuse University, and an M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University.  Prior to his work in Economic Development, he spent time at both GE Medical Systems (now GE Health Care) and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in supply chain operations and strategy consulting roles.

Steve currently serves on several boards including Leadership AkronSummit Education InitiativeTeamNEOConxusNEOBusiness Volunteers UnlimitedDowntown Akron Partnership, Downtown Akron Development Corporation and Medical Service Company.

Steve and his wife, Lisa, are proud to have a daughter, Lexie, who is a high school English teacher and a son, Ben, currently attending Marietta College.  They live as the guests of three cats and two dogs who go out of their way to be perfectly good at doing absolutely nothing.  Steve has no impressive hobbies or world adventures to brag about, but does have some bad habits like good bourbon, great scotch, and an occasional cigar that he is happy to share.

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Brynn Popa

SVP, Strategic Initiatives & Engagement

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Brynn Popa

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENTOF STRATEGIC INITIATIVES AND ENGAGEMENT

Brynn is the Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Engagement for the Greater Akron Chamber. For the last 15 years, Brynn has been immersed in economic development work, where she has advanced public policy efforts impacting business, played leadership roles in the coordination of collaborative economic development partnerships and worked to enhance the climate for business success in Northeast Ohio. In her current role, Brynn oversees the many operational efforts as well as key strategic initiatives of the Greater Akron Chamber, including the Chamber’s work as the convener and collaborator for Elevate Greater Akron. Among all of her roles, perhaps one of her most prized is the one she plays as a leader of teams – identifying unique talent, helping people to harness their skills and advance the organization’s work in impactful ways. Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Brynn is proud and humbled to have the opportunity to impact change in her hometown and is inspired by the collaborative spirit in the region, illustrated by the strong public private partnerships that make all his work a possibility.

Advancing the region’s potential is something Brynn strives to do both professionally and personally. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Akron Civic Theater as well as the United Way Summit Medina. In 2011, Brynn was recognized for her work and leadership as a recipient of the Crain’s Cleveland 40 Under 40 Award. Brynn received her undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Sociology from John Carroll University and her Masters of Public Administration from Cleveland State University.

When she has the time, Brynn enjoys traveling, running, cooking and binge-watching Netflix series. She lives in Copley with her husband, Greg and two daughters.

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Anna Richards

Manager, Programs and Events

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Anna Richards

Manager of Programs and Events

Anna is the Manager of Programs and Events at the Greater Akron Chamber. In this role she creates opportunities for our members to come together, make connections, and stay informed. Anna has always enjoyed bringing people together and helping others, so she chose the Chamber to be a part of an organization that connects people and businesses in the region.   

 

Anna dedicates time to volunteering, especially with the University of Dayton Cleveland Alumni Community actively serving in the Akron Chair and Service Chair roles.

 

Outside of work, Anna loves to spend time with her husband and two boys. They enjoy crafting, traveling, kayaking, and baking.

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John Rizzo

Director, Government Affairs

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John Rizzo

Vice President, Government Affairs

John Rizzo is the Vice President of Government Affairs for the Chamber. In this role, he works to connect chamber members to key information on relevant political activities, convene regional stakeholders on pressing issues facing the business community, and advocate for identified solutions. Coming from a family of small business owners, John really enjoys working with companies to understand and pursue the various policies and opportunities they stand to benefit from. Although not every effort results in a “win”, he finds it rewarding to facilitate conversations that identify real issues and solutions and work to achieve tangible results on behalf of small businesses.

John Rizzo received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Akron from which he is a proud alumnus. He also serves on several nonprofit committees and advisory boards within the region and participates on various panel discussions during advocacy-related events.

Coming from a large multicultural family, there is nothing John enjoys more than spending time with family, friends, and his dog, Bella. And, when Ohio’s weather permits it, he really enjoys cycling through Summit Metro Parks, golfing, and playing intramural sports.

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Sheri Shields

Senior Business Relationship Manager

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Sheri Shields

Senior Business Relationship Manager

Sheri is the Senior Business Relationship Manager at the Greater Akron Chamber, working with the Economic Development team. In this role, Sheri works closely with small businesses with a focus on woman and minority owned companies. Prior to joining the Chamber team, she was a Chamber member and benefit provider. As a member, her experiences with the Chamber were great and when she was asked to join the team, she said yes! That was 25 years ago.

 

Sheri’s favorite thing about her job is getting to work with and help people. She enjoys developing relationships, making introductions, and providing memorable experiences. Sheri is a proud Alumni of the University of Akron and stays engaged with the university.

 

Sheri has a husband, two sons, and a very opinionated dachshund as a granddog. Outside of work, Sheri loves spending time with her family, traveling, going to parks, and enjoying music and theater.

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Mackenzie Syska

Grant Administration Coordinator

We have identified the Board members that also participate on our Executive Committee with a * by their name.

Name Personal Title Related Organization
Dr. K.L. Allen, Ed.D.ChancellorWGU Ohio
Tyler AmosVP - Sr. Financial Consultant, Akron BranchCharles Schwab Corporate Services
Anne ArmaoVice President, Member Experience & Product DevelopmentSummaCare
Dunja AugustinVice President of OperationsEnergy Harbor
Ken BabbyOwner & Chief Executive OfficerAkron Rubber Ducks
Elizabeth BartzPresident and CEOState and Federal Communications, Inc.
Sam BelcherSenior Vice President & PresidentFirstEnergy Corp.
Julie BrandlePresidentMetis Construction Services LLC
Marie BrilmyerPartnerCohen & Company
Nick BrowningPresident, Mahoning Valley/Akron/Canton RegionHuntington
Traci BucknerExecutive DirectorAkron Children's Museum
Nick BuzzelliSenior Vice President, Regional Head of Commercial BankingFifth Third Bank
Ren CamachoPresident and CEOAkron-Canton Airport
Theresa CarterPresidentSynthomer Foundation
John CavanaughChief Financial Officer & Vice PresidentGOJO Industries, Inc.
Romona DavisVice President, National SBA BDOHuntington
Eric DellapinaMarket President - Eastern OhioKeyBank
Dr. Cliff Deveny, MDPresident /CEOSumma Health
Todd Diacon, Ph.D.PresidentKent State University
Dawn DistlerChief Executive OfficerMETRO RTA
Marc DivisPresidentAkron Energy Systems, LLC
Jason DodsonShareholderRoetzel & Andress
Laura DudaSenior Vice President & Chief Communications OfficerGoodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Luis EscuderoExecutive DirectorEl Patron Restaurant
Gino FacianaCo-CEOPleasant Valley Corporation - NAI Pleasant Valley
Craig FerriotPresidentFerriot
Christine Fowler-MackSuperintendentAkron City Schools
Richard FryAkron Partner in Charge & Taxation Practice Group LeaderBuckingham Doolittle & Burroughs LLC
Valerie GeigerExecutive Director, Commercial BankingJPMorgan Chase
Peter GeiseAkron Area PresidentFocusCFO
Chris GessnerPresident & CEOAkron Children's Hospital
Dwayne GrollPresidentEnvironmental Design Group, LLC
Dr. Brian Harte, MDPresidentCleveland Clinic Akron General
Craig HassingerCEO and PresidentSeibertKeck Insurance
John Higgins, Jr.Region Vice PresidentSpectrum
Ella HochstetlerDirector of Regulatory Affairs OhioDominion Energy
Honorable Daniel HorriganMayorCity of Akron
Dr. Para JonesPresidentStark State College
Halle Jones Capers, P.E.PresidentHalle's Engineering & Design
Ethan KarpPresident and CEOMAGNET
Danielle KimmellPrincipal, Assurance and Advisory ServicesApple Growth Partners
Bill KoehlerChief Executive OfficerTeam NEO
Mark KrohnFounder and Managing PartnerThe Law Offic of Mark E. Krohn
Dr. John Langell, M.D., Ph.D.PresidentNortheast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)
Amanda LefflerPartnerBrouse McDowell
Teresa LeGrairPresident & CEOAkron Urban League
Erin Leppo PalmerCFO & In-House Legal CounselLeppo Inc dba Leppo Equipment/Bobcat of Akron
Dr. Leia' LoveChief Executive OfficerLeia' Love Hair & Nail Salon
Joe LuckringRegional PresidentPNC Bank
Jeff WaltersManaging Director of Northeast Ohio OfficesCBIZ Mayer Hoffman McCann
Christine MayerPresidentGAR Foundation
Meghan MeekerPresidentTorchbearers (YP)
Marc Merklin, Esq.Managing PartnerBrouse McDowell
Jim MerklinOwnerBober Markey Fedorovich
Steve MillardPresident & CEOGreater Akron Chamber
Gary Miller, PhDPresidentThe University of Akron
Lakisha Miller-BarclayExecutive Director & CEORubber Division, ACS
Melissa MonacoVice President, Americas CommunicationGoodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Erika MoorePresidentYoung Professionals of Akron
Michelle MoranSenior Vice President of Sales, Product, and MarketingInvolta, LLC
Mike MorrisonSenior Director, Private MarketsGPD Group
Jim MullenPresident & CEOUnited Way of Summit and Medina
Chrissy MyersCEOAssociated Underwriters (AUI)
Jon ParkExecutive ChairmanWestfield Bank
B. PatelPrincipal & Co-FounderGHC Green Harvest Capital
Joe PaulExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial OfficerThe Davey Tree Expert Company
John Petures, Jr.President & CEOAkron Community Foundation
Kendra PhilonSenior Manager, Assurance ServicesMeadon & Moore
Parker PlattSVP Senior Strategy Manager in Sales Strategy & DistributionCitizens
Tia RamlowPresidentGreatWork! Employment Services
Christopher RichardsonChief Operating OfficerCHC Addiction Services
Terry RobinsonDean of Technical Learning & OutreachBridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC
Tiffany RoperChief Executive OfficerOh Snap! & Eat Speak Love
Jim Ruhlin, Jr.President & COOThe Ruhlin Company
Ike Sampson-AkpanPresident/OwnerSAF, Inc.
Dr. Jennifer Savitski, M.D.Chair, Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyCleveland Clinic Akron General
David SchipperPresident & CEOThe Schipper Group
Honorable Ilene ShapiroCounty ExecutiveCounty of Summit, Ohio
Brian SteereCo-PresidentSteere Enterprises
Andrew TwardzikPartner, Americas Deputy Risk Markets LeaderErnst & Young LLP
Don TaylorCEOWelty Building Company Ltd
Andre Thornton, Sr.President & CEOASW Global, LLC
Jason TumaPartnerSikich LLP
Neille VitaleChief Executive OfficerVMI Group/Tri Mor
Rich WallackRegional Vice President, Northeast Region of OhioMedical Mutual
Liz WatsonVP, Customer Engagement & MarketingCrum & Forster Pet Insurance Group
Bernett WilliamsChief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer; Vice President for Community InitiativesAkron Children's Hospital
Steve WiltSenior Vice President, Finacial AdvisorCAPTRUST
Christopher WycheDirector External AffairsAT&T
  • Dr. K.L. Allen, Ed.D.

    WGU Ohio
    Chancellor

  • Tyler Amos

    Charles Schwab Corporate Services
    VP - Sr. Financial Consultant, Akron Branch

  • Anne Armao

    SummaCare
    Vice President, Member Experience & Product Development

  • Dunja Augustin

    Energy Harbor
    Vice President, Operations

  • Ken Babby

    Akron RubberDucks
    Owner & Chief Executive Officer

  • Elizabeth Z. Bartz*

    State and Federal Communications
    President and CEO

  • Sam Belcher

    FirstEnergy Corp.
    Senior Vice President & President

  • Julie Brandle*

    Metis Construction Services LLC
    President

  • Marie Brilmyer

    Cohen & Company
    Partner

  • Nick Browning

    Huntington Bank
    President, Mahoning Valley/Akron/Canton Region

  • Traci Buckner

    Childrens Museum
    Executive Director

  • Nick Buzzelli

    Fifth Third Bank
    Senior Vice President, Regional Head of Commercial Banking

  • Ren Camacho

    Akron-Canton Airport
    President & CEO

  • Theresa Carter

    Synthomer Foundation
    President

  • John Cavanuagh

    GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Chief Financial Officer & Vice President

  • Romona Davis

    Huntington Bank
    Vice President, National SBA BDO

  • Eric Dellapina

    KeyBank
    Market President - Eastern Ohio

  • Dr. Cliff Deveny, MD

    Summa Health
    President & CEO

  • Todd Diacon, PhD

    Kent State University
    President

  • Dawn Distler

    METRO RTA
    Chief Executive Officer

  • Marc Divis

    Akron Energy Systems, LLC
    President

  • Jason Dodson

    Roetzel & Andress
    Shareholder

  • Laura Duda

    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer

  • Luis Escudero

    El Patron Restaurant
    Executive Director

  • Gino Faciana

    Pleasant Valley Corporation - NAI Pleasant Valley
    co-CEO

  • Craig Ferriot

    Ferriot
    President

  • Christine Fowler-Mack

    Akron Public Schools
    Superintendent

  • Richard Fry

    Buckingham Doolittle & Burrough
    Akron Partner in Charge & Taxation Practice Group Leader

  • Valerie Geiger

    JPMorgan Chase
    Executive Director, Commercial Banking

  • Peter Geise

    Focus CFO
    Akron Area President

  • Chris Gessner

    Akron Children's Hospital
    President & CEO

  • Dwayne Groll

    Environmental Design Group
    President

  • Dr. Brian Harte, MD

    Cleveland Clinic Akron General
    President

  • Craig Hassinger

    SeibertKeck Insurance
    President & CEO

  • John Higgins, Jr.

    Spectrum
    Regional Vice President

  • Ella Hochstetler*

    Dominion Energy
    Director of Regulatory Affairs Ohio

  • Honorable Daniel Horrigan

    City of Akron
    Mayor

  • Dr. Para Jones*

    Stark State College
    President

  • Halle Jones Capers, P.E.

    Halle's Engineering and Design
    President

  • Ethan Karp

    MAGNET
    President & CEO

  • Danielle Kimmell

    Apple Growth Partners
    Principal, Assurance and Advisory Services

  • Bill Koehler

    TeamNEO
    Chief Executive Officer

  • Mark Krohn

    The Law Office of Mark E. Krohn
    Founder and Managing Partner

  • Dr. John Langell, M.D., Ph.D.*

    Northeast Ohio Medical University
    President

  • Amanda Leffler

    Brouse McDowell
    Partner

  • Teresa LeGrair*

    Akron Urban League
    President & CEO

  • Erin Leppo Palmer

    Leppo Equipment
    CFO & In-House Legal Counsel

  • Dr. Leia' Love

    Leia Love Hair, Nail and Eyelash
    Chief Executive Officer

  • Joe Luckring

    PNC Bank
    Regional President

  • Christine Mayer

    GAR Foundation
    President

  • Meghan Meeker

    Torchbearers/YP
    President

  • Marc Merklin, Esq.*

    Brouse McDowell
    Managing Partner

  • Jim Merklin

    Bober Markey Fedorovich
    Owner

  • Steve Millard*

    Greater Akron Chamber
    President & CEO

  • Gary Miller, PhD

    University of Akron
    President

  • Lakisha Miller-Barclay

    Rubber Division, American Chemical Society
    Executive Director & CEO

  • Melissa Monaco

    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Vice President, Americas Communication

  • Erika Moore

    Young Professionals of Akron
    President

  • Michelle Moran

    Involta
    Senior Vice President of Sales, Product, and Marketing

  • Mike Morrison

    GPD Group
    Senior Director, Private Markets

  • Jim Mullen

    United Way of Summit and Medina Counties
    President & Chief Executive Officer

  • Erika Moore

    (YP/Young Professionals of Akron) Marcum LLP
    Senior Manager

  • Chrissy Myers

    Associated Underwriters Insurance (AUI)
    CEO

  • Jon Park*

    Westfield Bank
    Executive Chairman

  • Bhavin Patel

    Green Harvest Capital
    Principal & Co-Founder

  • Joe Paul

    The Davey Tree Expert Company
    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

  • John Petures, Jr.*

    Akron Community Foundation
    President & CEO

  • Kendra Philon

    Meadon & Moore
    Senior Manager, Assurance Services

  • Parker Platt

    Citizens Bank
    SVP Senior Strategy Manager in Sales Strategy & Distribution

  • Tia Ramlow*

    GreatWork! Employment Services
    President

  • Christopher Richardson

    CHC Addiction Services
    Chief Operating Officer

  • Terry Robinson

    Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC
    Dean of Technical Learning & Outreach

  • Tiffany Roper

    Oh Snap! & Eat Speak Love
    Chief Executive Officer

  • Jim Ruhlin, Jr.

    The Ruhlin Company
    President & COO

  • Ike Sampson-Akpan

    SAF, Inc.
    President/Owner

  • Dr. Jennifer Savitski, MD*

    Cleveland Clinic Akron General
    Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • David Schipper

    The Schipper Group
    President & CEO

  • Honorable Ilene Shapiro

    County of Summit
    County Executive

  • Brian Steere

    Steere Enterprises
    Co-President

  • Andrew Twardzik

    Ernst & Young LLP
    Partner, Americas Deputy Risk Markets Leader

  • Don Taylor

    Welty Building Company, Ltd.
    President & CEO

  • Andre Thornton, Sr.

    ASW Global
    President & CEO

  • Jason Tuma

    Sikich LLP
    Partner

  • Neille Vitale

    VMI Group/Tri Mor
    Chief Executive Officer

  • Rich Wallack

    Medical Mutual
    Regional Vice President, Northeast Region of Ohio

  • Jeff Walters

    CBIZ Mayer Hoffman McCann
    Managing Director of Northeast Ohio Offices

  • Liz Watson

    Crum & Forster Pet Insurance
    VP, Customer Engagement & Marketing

  • Bernett Williams

    Akron Children's Hospital
    Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer; Vice President for Community Initiatives

  • Steve Wilt

    CAPTRUST
    Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor

  • Christopher Wyche

    AT&T
    Director External Affairs

Women’s Network Leadership Institute Advisory Council

In October of 2019, Women’s Network and the Greater Akron Chamber memorialized an official Affiliation Agreement for the purpose of creating women’s programming within the Greater Akron Chamber. The Women’s Network Leadership Institute Advisory Council oversees the mission of the Women’s Network to Connect, Empower and Inspire through Best-in-Class Curriculum offerings, Research and Thought Leadership.

Business Owners Council

The business owner’s council is designed to ensure that the Chamber is appropriately focused on issues and programs specifically tailored to business owners in Greater Akron. This council is comprised of business owners and members from the Greater Akron region.

Diversity Professional Roundtable

Driving inclusive economic growth cannot be done without harnessing the knowledge and experience of our region’s diversity professionals. The Diversity Professional Roundtable is a group of DEI leaders with a regular opportunity to brainstorm, problem-solve and connect as they work to advance their company’s and the regions diversity, equity, and inclusions efforts.

Equity and Inclusion Committee

As the representative and convener of the business community in Greater Akron, the Chamber is focused on providing businesses with the tools, resources, and information necessary to become more inclusive, to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within their companies, and to support the growth of minority-owned companies. The Economic Inclusion Committee is focused on ensuring that the Chamber is meeting the needs of the business community in this space and working to advance inclusive growth in the region.

Government Affairs Committee

The GAC’s ability to effectively advocate on these issues is largely due to ongoing support and input from its Government Affairs Committee. This group is comprised of leaders from within business, nonprofit, higher education, and community-based organizations. This committee is, at its core, a tool that enables the GAC to understand members’ perspectives on relevant issues and collaboratively explore solutions. Doing this work is critical to the GAC’s ability to effectively advocate on our members’ behalf and provides us with a platform to collectively engage elected officials.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND GROWING GREATER AKRON

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the Chamber

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND
GROWING GREATER AKRON

One voice for business really can make a
difference – especially when that voice
represents thousands of businesses.
Join the Greater Akron Chamber and
become active in the Greater Akron Region’s
dynamic business community.

Membership in
the Chamber

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND GROWING GREATER AKRON

One voice for business really can make a difference – especially when that voice represents thousands of businesses. Join the Greater Akron Chamber and become active in the Greater Akron Region’s dynamic business community.

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