Business briefs

LOCAL AGENT RECEIVES AWARD: Realtor Deborah Barber of Youngstown was recently honored as the Ohio Realtors 2021 Realtor of the Year.

The announcement of Barber’s selection was made at the organization’s 111th annual Convention and EXPO last month in Columbus.

Barber was nominated by the Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors and is affiliated with Altobelli Real Estate. She has been a Realtor since 1986.

Judging of the Realtor of the Year award is based on professional achievements, local Realtor board / association activities, service in the Ohio and National Association of Realtors, as well as business and education experience and civic activities.

At the local level, Barber has served on and chaired a variety of board committees, including legislative, RPAC and professional standards. She also has a regular presence at all events and programs held by the local board.

Barber on the state level has been an active participant in Ohio Realtors governance meetings as a director, as well as serving as a member and chairing a host of committees, including professional standards, issues mobilization, legal issues forum, government forum, legislative and RPAC fundraising.

She has served as the National Association of Realtors federal political coordinator for U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Howland, since 2013.

SOUTHWOODS, HUMANA HAVE AGREEMENT: Southwoods Health signed an agreement to expand local access to in-network, quality health care for Humana members.

The agreement, effective Oct. 1, is for Humana’s Commercial, Medicare Advantage (HMO, PPO, PFFS) and Ohio Medicaid health plans.

With the agreement, Humana members can access Southwoods’ network of physicians to The Surgical Hospital at Southwoods and services, including Southwoods Imaging, Southwoods Pain & Spine Center, Southwoods Sleep Centers and Southwoods Express Care.

The relationship helps ensure in-network benefits apply to the professional and technical services provided by Southwoods Health. Services at The Surgical Hospital at Southwoods include inpatient, outpatient and robotic-assisted surgery, as well as endoscopy services.

AGENTS WIN AWARDS: For the fourth consecutive year, Burgan Real Estate led all real estate agencies affiliated with the Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors (YCAR) by having the most agents, 23, who earned the distinguished President’s Sales Club Award for 2021.

The award is given by the Ohio Realtors to agents in the state who generated at least $1 million in home sales for the year.

Winners of the Award of Excellence, representing at least $5 million in sales, were Dennis Gonatas and Tibitha Matheney.

Winners of the Award of Distinction, representing at least $2.5 million in sales, were Valerie Park, Karen Ament, John Burgan, Julie Mills and Jill Herock.

Winners of the Award of Achievement, representing at least $1 million in sales, were TC and Julie Bunevich as Team Bunevich, Rhonda Rance, Traci Hardy, Zach Struharik, Amanda Hamilton, Liz Salcedo, Steve Rogers, Kim Sauerwein, Joani Zarlenga, Kathy Battisti, Maggie Garland, Mandie Dillon, Stacie Maston, Lisa Goclano and Christine Gallaugher.

GOODWILL AUSTINTOWN OPENING: The Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries is inviting the public to attend a ribbon cutting to celebrate the grand opening Tuesday of its newest retail location at 6009 Mahoning Ave., Austintown.

The Junior Group, Goodwill’s volunteer organization, will host a sidewalk jewelry sale 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day, offering a selection of handpicked, donated jewelry that customers can purchase. The group has assisted Goodwill for nearly 30 years through its fundraising and community efforts, and, like Goodwill’s store sales, all proceeds will stay local and directly support the nonprofit’s mission.

Youngstown Goodwill announced its plans to relocate its Austintown in the spring. The new store at 24,000 square feet is nearly twice that of the former location and one of the largest in the network.

People on the move

AIM FILLS ACCOUNTING ROLES: Aim Transportation Solutions, the largest privately held truck leasing company in the U.S. filled the positions of assistant controller and credit manager.

Justin Battisti of Struthers, is Aim’s new assistant controller. He graduated from Youngstown State University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and obtained his CPA license and began work with a Cleveland-based multiwealth management firm in 2015.

Newly appointed credit manager, Aaron Baker, is from Newton Falls. A 1992 graduate of Ohio University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in communication, he began his career in 1993 as a manager at a consumer lending agency and later worked for Wells Fargo, Hoover / Dirt-Devil and most recently, Olympic Steel.

SWEENEY JOINS HOSPITAL: Dr. Aaron Sweeney recently joined Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics at the Boardman office.

The practice at 6505 Market St., Building A provides pediatric primary care for infants, children and teens.

Sweeney earned his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Youngstown State University. He completed his residency in pediatrics and his sports medicine fellowship at Akron Children’s Hospital.

AGENCY EXPANDS: Coldwell Banker EvenBay Real Estate has add Jill Mayfield as office administrator and recruiter.

Mayfield will handle the day-to-day operations of the office, as well as play a crucial role in the company’s recruiting efforts.

Most recently, Mayfield was a career counselor at Mahoning County Educational Service Center, and a gift processing coordinator for the Youngstown State University Foundation. Before that, she worked more than 34 years at First Place Bank, where she was assistant vice president as well as corporate recruiting officer.

HOSPITAL WELCOMES PEDIATRIC OPTOMETRIST: Sarah Guillette, O.D., recently joined Akron Children’s Hospital’s Vision Center as a pediatric optometrist.

She will oversee a new clinic that specializes in fitting scleral contact lenses, specially fitted lenses that cover the sclera and cornea. The clinic will serve patients who do not tolerate soft contact lenses well, have inadequate vision with soft lenses or have ocular conditions that necessitate the need for scleral lenses.

The Vision Center specializes in the comprehensive evaluation, coordinated care and treatment of eye disease and visual system disorders in infants, children, teens and adults who have remaining vision disorders due to childhood eye diseases.

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