Goodwill Announces 14th Annual Employee of Distinction Award Luncheon

EDLLogoAKRON, Ohio — June 11, 2015 — Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties invites area employers to nominate their outstanding employees for its 14th Annual Employee of Distinction Award Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015.  At no cost, area businesses can nominate employees they would like to publicly recognize for their efforts. The keynote speaker at this year’s event is Dan Flowers, president & CEO, Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.

“It is our pleasure to host the Employee of Distinction Awards Luncheon as a service to publicly praise outstanding employees in the area,” said Nancy Ellis McClenaghan, president & CEO, Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties. “It is truly a feel-good event where everyone will leave inspired by each honoree’s story as well as from the information shared from our keynote speaker. We know that recognition is a key part in sustaining employment and it is our hope that more organizations will participate by recognizing their shining stars.”

How To Nominate
All honorees are acknowledged at the event, listed in the commemorative program, and in the running to be named one of the top five Employees of Distinction (chosen by a panel of independent judges). In addition, all honorees will receive two free tickets to a performance at Akron’s historic Civic Theater.

Employers can download the nomination form at Submit a nomination by July 15, and receive a free business card sized ad in the commemorative program and be entered into a drawing to win a membership to the Greater Akron Chamber (current members are not eligible).

Event Details
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Guy’s Party Centre, 500 E. Waterloo Road, Akron
Cost: $30

Sponsorship Opportunities
Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available. More information is available at

Event Sponsors To Date
Thank you to the event sponsors – Gold: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations; Silver: Akron METRO RTA, Eric & Nan McClenaghan and Superior Staffing; Bronze: BCG & Company/BCG Systems, Bober Markey Fedorovich, Fifth Third Bank, FirstMerit Bank, Kim & Chas Schreckenberger, Maureen Van Duser, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, Roetzel & Andress and The Lefton Group, LLC; Program Partner Gold: Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority and Summit County Department of Job & Family Services; Program Partner Silver: Akron Public Schools, Child Guidance & Family Solutions, Community Support Services, Inc., Summit County Executive Russ Pry and Volunteer Guardian Program in collaboration with Jewish Family Service; Program Partner Bronze: Akron Bar Association, Better Business Bureau of Akron, J.O.G. Our Way and ReWorks; Media: Akron Life Magazine and Rubber City Radio Group; In-Kind: Akron Civic Theater, Greater Akron Chamber and Shulan’s Jewelers of Fairlawn.

About Goodwill Industries Serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland & Richland Counties
The Goodwill Industries of Akron, Ohio, Inc., is a not-for-profit corporation that helps individuals prepare for, find and retain employment. Operating in the five-county region of Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland & Richland, the agency was established in 1927. It is a private, independent organization, operating as an affiliate member of Goodwill Industries International. Goodwill helps to directly strengthen the region’s workforce through its employment programs and indirectly through the net proceeds from its retail outlets and industrial services division. For more information about GIA, visit or call 800-989-8428.


Jennifer Bako
(330) 786-2519