Goodwill Announces 22nd Annual Employee of Distinction Luncheon

AKRON, Ohio — June 21, 2023 — Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties invites area employers to nominate their outstanding employees for its 22nd Annual Employee of Distinction Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023. As always, at no cost, area organizations can nominate employees they would like to publicly recognize for their efforts. The keynote speaker at this year’s event is John Groce, Men’s Basketball Head Coach, University of Akron.

“We are delighted to host this event so area organizations can publicly praise outstanding employees at the 22nd Annual Employee of Distinction awards program,” said Nancy Ellis McClenaghan, president & CEO, Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties. “We hope area employers capitalize on the opportunity to bring their team together and celebrate the extraordinary work being done in our community. We strive to create an uplifting event where every honoree is recognized for their efforts in going above and beyond for their organization. It’s our hope that many organizations will participate by sharing the stories of their shining stars.”

How To Nominate
All honorees are acknowledged during 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 now through Aug. 4.

Event Details
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023
Time:  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Guy’s Party Center, 500 E. Waterloo Road in Akron
Cost: $35 per ticket

Event Chairs: Pamela Crombie, Director of Programming, Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates; and Chrissy Myers, CEO, AUI & Clarity HR.

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in learning more on sponsorship opportunities, please contact JoLene Gordon at or 330-786-2519.

Event Sponsors To Date

Thank you to the event sponsors to date – Platinum: Synthomer Foundation; Gold: Fifth Third Bank; Sonya & Tom Presper; Silver: Britton Gallagher; Eric & Nan McClenaghan; PNC Financial Services Group; W3 Financial Group; Bronze:

Bober Markey Fedorovich; Brennan, Manna & Diamond; Marc Servodio, CFP®, AIF® – Vita Advisors, LLC; Diamond Patron: David & Kathleen Bucci; Dr. Pleas R. Chambers III; Chuck & Debbie Ducey; Bill & Mary Glaeser; William & Susan Hanlon; and Danielle Kimmell; Charles & Leslie Zonfa; Gold Patron: Parker Berry II; Chip Clupper; Laura Judge; and Diane & Derek Smith; Patron: Mekal Banyasz; Gold Program Partner: The Blick Center; 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 Business Services division. For more information about GIA, visit or call 800-989-8428.


Contact:   JoLene Gordon
(330) 786-2519