CHAMBER EVENT THURSDAY: The Youngstown / Warren Regional Chamber will host Good Morning, Trumbull! 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday at the The Grand Pavilion, 9519 E. Market St., Warren.

The cost is $25 per member and $35 per nonmember.

The keynote speaker is Patti Zullo, senior director, Smart City Solutions for Spectrum and Charter Communications. Also planned to speak are Rick Rajaie, vice president of operations for Foxconn North America, and Trumbull County Commissioner Frank Fuda.

YSU RECOGNIZES ALUMNI: The Warren P. Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University will present its 2022 Outstanding Alumni Awards at a reception Oct. 14 at Williamson Hall on campus.

Awardees are Sue Stricklin, senior vice president of marketing at Simon Roofing; Henry Gomez, senior politics reporter at NBC News; Eric Pittman, program division director at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; and Corey Patrick, director of the Entrepreneurial Services Program at the Youngstown Business Incubator.

The reception begins at 6 p.m. with the presentation of awards at 7 p.m. To attend, make reservations online by Sept. 30 at

nireservation. Cost is $50. More information at 330-941-3064.

FIRM NAMED AMONG BEST: Cohen & Company, which has an office in Youngstown, has been named one of the 50 best accounting firms in the U.S. by INSIDE Public Accounting for 2022.

Chosen from nearly 600 firms across the U.S. and Canada that participated in IPA’s 32nd Annual Survey and Analysis of Firms, each winner was ranked on more than 50 metrics. Key areas included producing superior results while planning for long-term sustainability and growth, and offering both clients and staff alike a successful future.

VEC AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS: VEC Inc. in Girard, an electrical and general contracting provider, has announced its 2022 scholarship winners, all local students: Evan Davies, Lauren Meadows and Haley Protiva. Each will receive a $500 scholarship.

Davies is attending Ohio University with an anticipated major in finance. Meadows plans to attend Ohio State University to major in choral music education and Protiva’s plans include attending the University of Tampa with an anticipated major in nursing.

HD DAVIS CPAs NO. 3 ON LIST: For the second year in a row, HD Davis CPAs in Liberty has been named a Best Firm to Work For by Accounting Today. This year it received placement as the No. 3 small firm to work for in the nation.

Accounting Today is a national publication recognized as one of the top accounting publications. Each year, it hosts a survey sent out to firms across the nation and reviews information like company policies, procedures and diversity. They also collect employee satisfaction regarding benefits and workplace culture. With this information, Accounting Today then recognizes the top firms to fill out the survey.

COMPANY UNVEILS NEW LOOK: Girard-based Altronic LLC has rebranded itself with a new logo and color palette to showcase the company’s modern and innovative technical capabilities. The logo A with a lightning bolt also honors Altronic’s original logo.

Altronic works in ignition, instrumentation and control systems for natural gas engines, compressors and generators. It was founded

in 1953.

AMERICA MAKES NAMES NEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS: With America Makes entering its 10th year, the executive committee will help lead the transition into the next phase of the America Makes program. Serving as the core strategic advisory committee, they will ensure that the appropriate strategy, policy and advocacy are in place for America Makes to achieve its mission.

The 2022-23 executive committee is Rachel Andrulonis, director, advanced materials research, National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University; Edward D. Herderick, director, additive manufacturing at The Ohio State University Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence; Stephanie Gaffney, director, advanced manufacturing programs, Youngstown Business Incubator; Brian Meincke, vice president, global business development and innovation strategy, ASTM International; Melanie Lang, CEO, FormAlloy; Nicholas Mule, director, additive manufacturing, Boeing; Brian Rosenberger, senior technical fellow, Lockheed Martin; and Zach Simkin, president, Senvol.

Government representatives are Shawn Moylan, mechanical engineer and project leader, National Institute of Standards and Technology; Beth Ripley, deputy chief, Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; and Rick Russell, NESC technical fellow for materials, NASA.

New businesses

RIBBON CUTTING SET: QUICKmed Urgent Care will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony noon Wednesday for its new location at 402 S. Chestnut St., Ravenna. Last week, the locally owned medical clinic opened its doors to provide Ravenna residents with its nonlife-threatening health services.

Free physicals for school-aged children are available until Oct. 31.

QUICKmed was founded in 2018, with its first location in Liberty. Ravenna is its ninth location.

MERIDIAN OPENS NEW OFFICE: Meridian HealthCare is opening a new chiropractic office in Poland at 2894 Center Road.

The location, formerly Dr. Christopher Clautti’s practice known as Back to Health Chiropractic and Massage Therapy,will provide chiropractic and acupuncture services. Clautti will stay on at the office.

Chiropractic treatment and acupuncture services can be used to manage chronic pain, increase mobility / range of motion and improve overall wellness.

Meridian also has chiropractic offices in Howland and two in Youngstown.

NEW RESTAURANT OPENS AT EWM: A new addition to the culinary lineup at the Eastwood Mall Complex, King Cajun Seafood & Bar, celebrated its opening Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The restaurant is situated in a standalone location on the east side of the mall complex, next to Steak ‘n Shake. The nearly 10,000-square-foot building was previously home to another restaurant.

The space was completely renovated, creating new dining rooms and a full bar. Dishes inspired by the cuisine of Louisiana and the Low Country are prominent on the menu.

People on the move

717 PROMOTES: Keri Davis has been named assistant consumer lending manager and has been with 717 for six years. In her new position, Davis will work with the consumer lending manager to direct the daily operations of the lending production staff.

FACTOR JOINS POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT: Potential Development has brought on Lori A. Factor to the newly created position of director of communications.

Factor brings 30 years of communications, public relations and marketing experience to the organization. She most recently was director of community engagement and events for Youngstown State University’s Cliffe College and director of the YSU Summer Festival of the Arts.

She is a Youngstown native and a 1985 graduate of YSU with a degree in advertising and public relations, and has held positions at Farmers National Bank, the former Youngstown Area Chamber of Commerce and the YSU Alumni Association.

iSYNERGY PROMOTES FROM WITHIN: Digital marketing agency iSynergy has promoted Jessica Ashcroft to vice president of content. With the addition of the role, Ashcroft will work to expand the department while continuing to help clients gain a better understanding of the digital marketing landscape.

She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and has worked in the industry for nearly seven years. She has been with iSynergy for more than three years. Previously, Ashcroft was a marketing coordinator in Pittsburgh, where she facilitated presentations, designed marketing materials, generated reports and researched prospect lists for sales.

WEARSCH JOINS FARMERS TRUST: Farmers Trust Company has expanded its team with the addition of attorney Meredith A. Wearsch as assistant vice president, trust administration for the company’s operations in Boardman.

Wearsch brings with her experience focused on estate planning, estate and gift tax planning, and entity formation and income tax planning. Before joining Farmers, she practiced law in Los Angeles, and is a licensed attorney in California and Florida.

COLEMAN HEALTH ADDS VP: Nicole Martin, a behavioral health clinician in northeast Ohio, has joined Coleman Health Services as its vice president of clinical strategy and innovation. She began work Sept. 6.

Martin of Aurora, most recently served as executive director of Silver Maple Recovery in Lorain. Before becoming executive director, Martin was the director of external relations.

Her experience includes facilitating all of the activities to acquire state licensure, Medicaid enrollment and Joint Commission accreditation.

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