Goodwill Announces 15th Annual Employee of Distinction Luncheon

EDLwAKRON, Ohio — May 26, 2016 — Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties invites area employers to nominate their outstanding employees for its 15th Annual Employee of Distinction Award Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. 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 Ken Babby, owner and CEO, Akron RubberDucks.

“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 Theatre.

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 10 tickets to the Akron RubberDucks game on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016.

Event Details
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016
Time:  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Guy’s Party Centre, 500 E. Waterloo Road, Akron
Cost: $30
Event Chairs: Todd Caruthers, vice president, sales & marketing, and Tom Doll, president/owner, both with Superior Staffing and Superior Search Group


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


Event Sponsors To Date
Thank you to the event sponsors – Silver: Eric & Nan McClenaghan; Bronze: Amer Insurance, BDO, Bober Markey Fedorovich, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Bruner Cox LLP, Fifth Third Bank, FirstMerit Bank, The Lefton Group, LLC, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, Roetzel & Andress, Kim & Chas Schreckenberger, Marc Servodio and SS&G Wealth; Program Partner Bronze: Akron Bar Association and Mary Anne & C. Allen Nichols; Media: Akronlife and WAKR/WONE/WQMX/WNWV; In-Kind: Akron Civic Theatre and Shulan’s Jewelers.


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
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