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Achievements & Awards

Richard Lewis, executive director of the Ohio School Boards Association, has received the 2013 Thomas A. Shannon Award for excellence from the National School Boards Association. The award is given annually to recognize extraordinary efforts performed on behalf of NSBA, local school board constituencies and school communities.

The Ohio Development Services Agency’s office of energy has received the 2013 Inspiring Efficiency Innovation Award for its energy efficiency program for manufacturers from the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.

Steve Fritsch, director of regional business development for Team NEO, has been selected as a winner in the economic development profession’s “40 Under 40” awards. A five- member selection committee chose the winners from a pool of more than 150 candidates based on their contributions to the industry. The award’s program was managed by Development Counsellors International, a New York-based firm.

health care

Richard Miller, a veteran executive director, has been chosen to lead Lake Vista of Cortland. Lake Vista is one of 11 retirement communities owned and operated by the Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services. Before Lake Vista, Miller served as executive director of RoseCrest, part of Lutheran Homes of South Carolina. He also served as the administrator of skilled nursing for the Chester Regional Medical Center in Chester, S.C.

Business services

The Better Business Bureau, serving the Mahoning Valley, has announced that Carol H. Potter will serve as president and chief executive. Potter will work to support the bureau’s mission of upholding high standards for ethical marketplace behavior. Most recently, Potter served as the financial development and marketing director for the YMCA of Youngstown. During her tenure there, she led a successful 2012 campaign that raised a record-breaking $501,000. Potter has a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University. She lives in Canfield with her husband, John.

The National Federation of Independent Business has announced the election of Claudia Kovach to its Ohio chapter’s leadership council. Kovach is the owner of City Machine Technologies in Youngstown and has been a longtime member of the NFIB.


The law firm Friedman & Rummell Co., which has offices in Youngstown and Canfield, has announced that Christopher J. Schiavone has been named as a principal in the firm. Schiavone has been with Friedman & Rummell since 2000 and focuses his practice in probate, estate planning and general business law. He received his law degree from the Claude W. Petit College of Law at Ohio Northern University and a bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University.

The law firm Day Ketterer has announced the election of Steven D. Shandor and John S. Kaminski to the firm’s membership. Shandor represents business owners, corporations and banks in the area of commercial and civil litigation disputes. Kaminski is a member of the firm’s estate planning and probate practice group and focuses on wills, living trusts and retirement plans. Day Ketterer has offices in Canton, Cleveland and Hudson.

Renewable energy

The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation has hired Dave Karpinski as vice president of operations. Karpinski will help the organization take critical steps to build the nation’s first freshwater offshore wind project. He will join LEEDCo’s staff after serving as chair of its board of directors for two years. He will be replaced in that position by Ronald B. Richard, president and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation. Karpinski has worked closely with LEEDCo since its inception in 2009 as the former vice president and director of NorTech’s Energy Enterprise initiative.

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