Goodwill Announces 18th Annual Employee of Distinction Award Luncheon

AKRON, Ohio — May 14, 2019 — Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties invites area employers to nominate their outstanding employees for its 18th Annual Employee of Distinction Award Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. 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 County of Summit Executive Ilene Shapiro.

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

Employers can submit a nomination online at  Submit a nomination by July 12 and be entered into a special prize drawing.

Event Details
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019
Time:  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Location: Guy’s Party Center, 500 E. Waterloo Road, Akron       
Cost: $30

Event Chairs: Chris Canova, executive director, Tri-County Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates; Todd Caruthers, vice president, sales & marketing, with Superior Staffing and Superior Search Group; Kara Hanzie, executive director, Ohio Living Rockynol; Chrissy Myers, director & CEO, Associated Underwriters Insurance; and Dana Wherley, director of human resources, Ohio Living Rockynol.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available and can be found at

Event Sponsors To Date

Thank you to the event sponsors to date – Platinum: OMNOVA Solutions Foundation; Silver: Britton Gallagher; Eric & Nan McClenaghan; PNC Financial Services Group; and W3 Wealth Management; Bronze: Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.; Bober Markey Fedorovich; Campbell Construction Inc.; Fifth Third Bank; Navigator Management Partners; and Roetzel & Andress; Copper: Crain, Langner & Co.; S.A. Comunale Co., Inc.; and Marc Servodio, SS&G Wealth Management; Diamond Patron: Jennifer & Justin Bako; David & Kathleen Bucci; Bill & Mary Glaeser; Danielle J. Kimmell, CPA; and Kimberly & Greg Morton; Gold Patron: Chip Clupper; Patron: Brad Gilbo; Dr. Mary Beth Kluge; The Lefton Group, LLC; Lynn & Bambi Miller; Mary Anne & C. Allen Nichols; and Bob Pacanovsky – Black Tie Experience; Media: akronlife and WAKR/WONE/WQMX/WNWV.

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.    


Contact:    Jennifer Bako
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