Pete Fierle, Chief of Staff & VP of Communications, Pro Football Hall of Fame to Deliver Keynote Address at Employee of Distinction Luncheon

 AKRON, Ohio — Aug. 11, 2017 — Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties is excited to announce Pete Fierle, chief of staff & vice president of communications, Pro Football Hall of Fame, will present the keynote address at its 16th Annual Employee of Distinction Award Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. The speech is titled, the “Hall’s Vision for the Most Inspiring Place on Earth.”  Tickets for the event are $30 each and reservations can be made at

Fierle joined the Pro Football Hall of Fame in April 1988 and is a current member of the company’s executive team.  He oversees the Hall of Fame’s public relations and communications efforts, including sharing the message of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s important mission to Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values & Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE.  In addition, Fierle is responsible for providing content for the Hall of Fame’s website and editorial materials such as the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Yearbook magazine and other publications. Under his direction, the reach of publicity for the Pro Football Hall of Fame has grown significantly.

In addition to overseeing external communications, Fierle coordinates internal communication and major company projects as directed by the Office of the President. Prior to his current capacity, he was the Hall of Fame’s Manager – Digital Media/Communications. In that role, his responsibilities included overseeing all aspects of the Hall’s dynamic website from programming, promotion, and development for the site in addition to serving as the editor and writer. He also was responsible for the day-to-day management of the Hall of Fame’s Ralph Wilson Jr. Pro Football Research and

Preservation Center, the world’s largest archive on pro football. In 2014, Fierle was bestowed the Ralph Hay Award by the Pro Football Researchers Association in recognition of “lifetime achievement in pro football research and historiography.

Prior to joining the Hall of Fame, he worked temporarily in the programming department at ESPN in Bristol, Conn. He also served internships at WIVB-TV in Buffalo, N.Y., and in the public relations department of the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y.  From 1981-1990, he worked as a statistician and spotter for NBC’s telecasts of Buffalo Bills games.

Fierle is a current member of the Stark Civic Leaders, a committee of business leaders shaping the vision for a growing city. He also serves on the Board for Leadership Stark County that offers various programs to fulfill its mission of developing motivated leaders. Fierle is a former longtime member and officer of the Board of Directors for the International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA).

A native of Buffalo, Fierle has a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Ithaca College. He and his wife Debbie, a school case manager for special services, are the proud parents of a daughter Hannah and son Jake.

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Employee of Distinction Luncheon
The Employee of Distinction Luncheon is Goodwill’s signature employee recognition event.  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.

 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: $30Event Chairs: Todd Caruthers, vice president, sales & marketing, with Superior Staffing and Superior Search Group, and Kara Hanzie, executive director, Ohio Living Rockynol

Event Sponsors
Thank you to the event sponsors – Silver: Britton Gallagher; Eric & Nan McClenaghan; and Superior Staffing; Bronze: Amer Insurance; BDO USA, LLP; Bober Markey Fedorovich; Bridgestone Americas; Fifth Third Bank; OMNOVA Solutions Foundation; PNC; Roetzel & Andress; S.A. Comunale Co., Inc.; Kim & Chas Schreckenberger; Springside Partners, LLC; SS&G Wealth; and Maureen Van Duser; Table: ACRT, Inc.; and City Scrap & Salvage; Patron: William Glaeser; Mary Anne & C. Allen Nichols; Gold Program Partner: Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority; Blick Center; Community Support Services; Ohio Living Rockynol; and Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro’s Department of Job and Family Services; Silver Program Partner: Akron Public Schools; Child Guidance & Family Solutions; County Executive Ilene Shapiro; County of Summit ADM Board; Summit County Children Services; Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board; and Volunteer Guardian Program in collaboration with Jewish Family Service; Bronze Program Partner: Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank; East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation; Easter Seals Northern Ohio; and Tri-County Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates (JOG); Media: Akronlife and WAKR/WONE/WQMX/WNWV; In-Kind: Akron Civic Theatre; Akron Zoo; Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce; Main Street Gourmet; and Miracle Custom Awards & Gifts.

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
(330) 786-2519