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Morning Buzz

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Hilton Garden Inn
1307 East Market Street, Akron

The Morning Buzz, sponsored by SummaCare, Roetzel and Spectrum Reach, is a monthly speaker breakfast series which aims to connect small and medium size businesses by facilitating the exchange of ideas and strategies for business growth and success. 
Join us to hear Mark Birtha, President of the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, present “Success and Challenges: Hard Rock Rocksino”.

An executive with the iconic brand, Birtha is responsible for operations of Northeast Ohio’s premier gaming, dining, and entertainment destination and its team members.
A highly regarded gaming and hospitality executive with over 23 years of experience, Birtha’s career has spanned both operations and development at the leading casino and hotel companies including Mirage Resorts, Las Vegas Sands, Marriott International and Starwood.Birtha graduated from The Hotel School at Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science Degree and as a Merrill Presidential Scholar.
In 2006, he was recognized as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” business executives in Las Vegas by In Business Las Vegas Magazine.He is a Cornell University Council member and he sits on the advisory boards of The Cornell Hotel School, G2E, Global Gaming Business Magazine, and more.
More recently, Birtha was recognized as one of the “Faces of Cleveland 2016”.Birtha has overseen the Rocksino’s multiple expansions and operations successes, which includes being heralded as a Silver Spoon Dining Award Recipient and Best Regional Gaming Property, and the first and only entertainment gaming company recognized three times as a TOP 100 WORK PLACE by The Cleveland Plain Dealer in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
Under his leadership, the Rocksino was honored with several prestigious Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR) several prestigious awards, for exemplary corporate support to veterans, reservists, and the community through projects and programs that provide extraordinary assistance to military personnel and their families and the community. 
Since opening in December 2013, the Rocksino has supported the local community with over 3 million in charitable donations.PINKTOBER is the highlight of the year, as both Birtha and the Rocksino focus on supporting breast cancer prevention and have partnered with Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio to achieve this noble pursuit.Over the past three years, the Rocksino’s commitment and efforts resulted in a donation to Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio of $250,000 to support their research and awareness efforts.In 2017, Birtha joined the board of Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio.In 2018, Birtha received the Akron Urban League’s “President’s Award for Community Leadership.”
Mark is married with two children and enjoys live entertainment, dining, wines, golf and skiing. 

Morning Buzz Schedule
7:30 a.m. - Business Connections/Registration/Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - Welcome/Presentation
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* At this time, we are only taking credit card payments online.  If you are a Greater Akron Chamber member and would like to register by check or VIP Pass, please call 330-376-5550.

*Registration will CLOSE at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, September 12.

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Morning Buzz