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LOCAL MEN APPOINTED TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS: The Board of Directors of Team NEO, a private, non-profit economic development organization serving the Northeast Ohio region, has elected six new members, including three with ties to the Mahoning Valley.

The three are Robert Davis, president of Aqua Ohio’s water and sanitation business at Essential Utilities Inc.; James Gasior, senior executive vice president and corporate development officer, Farmers National Bank; and Charles T. George, Chief Executive Officer, Hapco Inc., Extruder and Triptech.

Davis oversees strategic, operational and administrative activities for Aqua Ohio’s 33 water and five wastewater treatment plants serving approximately 500,000 residents. He previously served as director of Warren’s water department.

Gasior was previously President of the Cortland Savings and Banking Company prior to its merger with Farmers National Bank in 2021. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber.

In 2007, George became Chief Executive and majority shareholder of Hapco Inc., the world’s largest independent supplier of industrial heating tools and extrusion suppliers. He is also Managing Director of Extruder, which makes extrusion heads for the additive manufacturing industry, and Managing Director of Triptech, which makes thermoplastic filaments and welding rods used in the oil and gas, textile, 3D printing and additive manufacturing industries. He also serves on the board of directors of Youngstown State University and on other boards of various community organizations.

EGCC PROGRAM FUNDED: Eastern Gateway Community College’s Youngstown and Steubenville campuses were funded through the Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills (RAPIDS) grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

The $224,000 scholarship is a partnership of the Youngstown campus with Youngstown State University, while the Steubenville campus partners with Belmont College, Washington State and Zane State to enhance local workforce efforts.

Both locations purchase equipment for healthcare programs that impact in-demand jobs in Ohio and the Mahoning Valleys. Training manikins are used for multiple programs such as EMT/EMS, Medical Assistance, Nursing, Practical Nursing, Radiology and Respiratory Therapy.

FINANCIAL WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE: The Credit Union of Ohio is offering several free virtual workshops this week.

On Wednesday lunchtime, a short workshop will help participants learn how credit cards work, including important information about different types of cards, minimum payments, financing fees and how to be aware of hidden fees.

On Wednesday at 6 p.m. there will be a workshop on the selection of individual health care and insurance.

On Thursday, one is offered on Medicare to explain various options and answer questions. It’s midday.

Registration is required to participate in each virtual workshop. Interested parties can view the Credit Union of Ohio’s full workshop schedule and register at

EGCC GRADES EARN PERFECT RESULTS: Eastern Gateway Community College Spring 2022 Youngstown and Steubenville Practical Nursing graduates passed their National Council Licensure Examination with a 100 percent pass rate.

The exam is a prerequisite for entry into practical nursing.

The one-year certificate program in practical nursing at EGCC prepares students to specialize in providing essential primary care to patients.

LPNs work in long-term care facilities, acute care, home health care, and physician offices.

LAW FIRMS COMING TO: Akron-based Brouse McDowell, which has an office in Youngstown, and Ekker, Kuster, McCall and Epstein have announced that attorneys for Ekker, Kuster, McCall and Epstein will join Brouse McDowell on January 1.

The combined firm will operate under the Brouse McDowell LPA name and add eight attorneys, giving it nearly 90 attorneys in six offices, including four in Ohio — Akron, Cleveland, Toledo and Youngstown — and Sharon, Pa., and Naples, Fla.

FOUNDATION COMMITS $50,000: The Mahoning Valley Community Foundation is bringing back its month-long Giving Tuesday campaign, which will match donations of up to $50,000 to its agency funds.

Beginning on Giving Tuesday, November 29, and through the end of the year, all donations made to any of the foundation’s agency funds will be matched dollar for dollar up to $2,000 per fund. At the end of the campaign, any remaining funds from the $50,000 allotment will be split between all nonprofits that received a donation, whether it was one donation or 100.

Last year’s Match campaign raised $76,048 in donations and $47,226 in Matching dollars to 15 agency funds, resulting in $123,274 being donated to Valley nonprofits.

Donations can be made online at or by sending a check to the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, 201 E. Commerce St., Suite 150, Youngstown, OH 44503 with the name of the agency fund on the note line becomes .

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NEW CEO CHOSEN: GBS Corp, a national information solutions provider with offices in Youngstown, recently announced that Michele Benson has been appointed as the company’s new CEO effective January 1st.

As Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of GBS, Benson has held a variety of roles and responsibilities in her 28 years with the organization.

Benson, who joined GBS in 1994 as an accountant, will serve as CEO overseeing the planning, development, implementation and direction of GBS’ operational and tax functions and services.

GBS CEO/President Eugene Calabria will continue in the role until his retirement on December 31.

JP Schippert was hired as chief financial officer in July to replace Benson.

ATTORNEY JOINS THE Firm: John Martynyszyn has joined Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell Ltd as Associate Attorney. He will support the firm in a number of roles at their Warren office.

Martynyszyn recently graduated from Capital University Law School in Columbus after earning his bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in Athens. He is a resident of Howland.

Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell Ltd. is a regional law firm with offices in Youngstown, Warren and Salem.

FARMERS FORTIFIES DIVISION: Farmers National Bank recently welcomed two new employees to its Treasury Management Division, Raymond Mahoney and Michael Mariano as Assistant Vice Presidents, Relationship Managers.

In these roles, Mahoney and Mariano are responsible for developing strategies that manage and grow client relationships in treasury management.

Mariano has been in banking for 15 years and has retail banking management experience. Before joining the Farmers team, he was a branch manager at a regional bank. He works at the bank’s Niles headquarters.

Mahoney has 11 years of banking experience, most recently holding positions as a payments advisor for Elan Advisory Services and branch manager at a national bank. He works in the bank’s Hudson office.

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