Goodwill Announces 16th Annual Employee of Distinction Award Luncheon

AKRON, Ohio — May 26, 2017 — Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties invites area employers to nominate their outstanding employees for its 16th Annual Employee of Distinction Award Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. 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 Pete Fierle, chief of staff & vice president of communications, Pro Football Hall of Fame.


“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,” said Nancy Ellis McClenaghan, president & CEO, Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties.  “It is our pleasure to host the Employee of Distinction Awards Luncheon as a service to publicly praise outstanding employees in the area.”

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 Employees of Distinction (chosen by a panel of independent judges).  In addition, all honorees will receive a commemorative gift.

Employers can download the nomination form at Submit a nomination by July 14, and receive a free business card sized ad in the commemorative program and be entered into a special prize drawing.

Event Details
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017
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, with Superior Staffing and Superior Search Group, and Kara Hanzie, executive director, Ohio Living Rockynol.

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

Event Sponsors To Date
Thank you to the event sponsors – Silver: Britton Gallagher and Eric & Nan McClenaghan; Bronze: Amer Insurance; Bober Markey Fedorovich; Fifth Third Bank; OMNOVA Solutions Foundation; Roetzel & Andress; Kim & Chas Schreckenberger; Springside Partners, LLC; and SS&G Wealth; Patron: Mary Anne & C. Allen Nichols; Gold Program Partner: Ohio Living Rockynol; Media: Akronlife and WAKR/WONE/WQMX/WNWV; In-Kind: Akron Civic Theatre; Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce; 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
(330) 786-2519