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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 Dr. Para Jones, President of Stark State College, present “Stark State College, College that Works”.
Para M. Jones, Ph.D. has been President of Stark State College since 2012. She is deeply committed to Stark State College and the community, as evidenced by her 30 years of service to students, businesses and the community. Dr. Jones’s first presidency was at Spartanburg Community College in South Carolina.
Prior to academe, she worked in corporate marketing and communications for Roadway Express and as a technical editor for Goodyear Aerospace.
Dr. Jones’s passion for the community college mission is driven by her belief that students are best served by affordable, quality education that leads to rewarding careers in our community and region.
Dr. Jones holds a PhD from the University of Nebraska, an MBA with honors from Ashland University and a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from the University of Mount Union.
She currently serves or has served on the boards of many community and professional organizations, including: Executive Board of the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, Akron Urban League, Akron Growth Council, Cleveland Clinic/Akron General’s Community Advisory Council, ConxusNEO and MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network), Executive Committee of Stark Economic Development Board (SEDB), Strengthening Stark Governance Committee, Stark and Tuscarawas County Ohio Means Jobs (OMJ) Workforce Development Board, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Stark Education Partnership,.
She also is a member of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Education Council in Washington, DC and TeamNEO’s Business Development Council.
Dr. Jones and her husband Greg live in Jackson Township, where they raised their twin sons, Christopher, who practices law in Cincinnati; and Kyle, who works in investment banking in New York City. They are grandparents of twin girls.

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, April 10.

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Morning Buzz