Business briefs

EWM WELCOMES BOOKSELLER: Leana’s Books & More recently opened at the Eastwood Mall. It is located in the Boscov’s concourse, between Everything Buckeyes and Yankee Candle.

Since its beginnings at Four Seasons Flea Market in Youngstown, Leana’s has grown into the only full-service, independently owned bookstore in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

The owners, Vince and Leana Hillard, recently closed their store in the now-shuttered Shenango Valley Mall. They have two other locations in Grove City, Pa., and Austintown.

The stores offer used books, as well as affordably priced materials for schoolchildren.

CREDIT SCORE WORKSHOP AVAILABLE: Credit Union of Ohio will hold a free virtual workshop on credit scores noon Tuesday.

Attendees will learn what makes up a credit score, tips to improve a credit score and how building and maintaining a healthy credit score will positively impact an individual’s financial future.

Register at cuofohio.org.

AIM RECOGNIZED: For the second year in a row, Aim Transportation Solutions has been certified as a Most Loved Workplace through the Best Practice Institute.

The prestigious certification provides the most comprehensive look at workplace sentiment for organizations today, spotlighting companies where employees are happiest and most satisfied at work.

Based on employee responses and feedback, the certification is founded on criteria that include employee satisfaction, collaboration and overall workplace culture.

Jessica Deane, Aim’s vice president of marketing, and Patty Durkin, recently retired chief human resources officer, led the certification effort the past two years.

MERCY HEALTH EARNS EXCELLENCE AWARDS: For the third year in a row, Mercy Health has been recognized for its commitment to developing a sustainable culture that will protect the environment and its communities’ health.

Practice Greenhealth, a sustainability member organization for hospital networks, has recognized St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital and St. Joseph Warren Hospital with Partner for Change Awards. The recognition spotlights hospitals for superior performance in sustainability through a range of different programs and activities.

YSU BUSINESS STUDENTS PART OF PROGRAM: Seventeen business students at Youngstown State University have been selected to participate in the second year of the Ohio Procurement Internship Program at the Williamson College of Business Administration.

Students selected for the competitive program completed specialized coursework in government contracting in the spring semester and were matched with an Ohio company for a full-time, paid summer internship. Internship projects include procurement compliance, market research, market expansion and government sales strategy plans.

The program, created by the Ohio Department of Development, is offered at YSU as a pilot initiative.

This year, 14 of the students involved in the course have accepted internships with Ohio businesses. Of the three not pursuing an internship directly, two are considering opportunities in small business development and one is focusing on their own chosen career path.

The students are Russell Adair, Tanishka Agnihotri, Carlee Bacon, Marissa Geiss, Christopher Gordon, Mason Granger, Nathan Heinly, Nathaniel Huynh, Vyshnavi Lakshmisetty, Roger Linker, Nicolino Mascarella, Yair Morales Rivera, Melina Mottiqua, Aaron Myers, Ryan Pribulsky, Madeline Saari and Jacob Sullivan.

FIRM ADDS CLIENT: iSynergy, the digital marketing agency based in Canfield, has added a nationally recognized client to its list — Culture for Good, an all-natural supplement brand based in Phoenix.

The company, founded by Sean and Tylene Loomer, is working with iSynergy for a comprehensive marketing overhaul.

New businesses

RIBBON CUTTING SCHEDULED: A ribbon cutting for Silver Paw, LLC, which offers pet cremation, is scheduled for noon Monday at the business, 16 Walnut St., Leetonia.

The service uses water cremation, a more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional cremation that doesn’t use fossil fuels or produce emissions, and uses less energy. It’s also a slower, gentler process that more closely resembles natural decomposition than traditional cremation.

The business is owned by Margee O’Donnell-Foust, who also operates BARK Veterinary Clinic in Leetonia.

People on the move

ACCOUNTING FIRM GROWS: HD Growth Partners has hired Donald Trummer, a certified public accountant, as the company’s new director of tax advisory services. He joins the firm from HBK, bringing more than 12 years of experience in tax compliance and planning for family businesses.

In the role, Trummer will lead the tax team alongside Erin Sturrus, certified public accountant, to provide tax advisory services to clients.

Trummer, who has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kent State University, serves on the Junior Achievement of Eastern Ohio board.

FARMERS EXPANDS PRIVATE BANKING: Canfield-based Farmers National Bank has expanded its private banking team in Pennsylvania with the hire of Rhianna Reichard as assistant vice president, private banking relationship manager.

Reichard has 15 years of experience in banking and retail sales. She started her career as a part-time teller and has moved up the ladder over the years. She’ll now be working with Farmers out of the Emlenton office.

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AIM NEEDS HELP: Aim Transportation Solutions has been nominated as a “Top Company for Women to Work in Transportation,” and is asking the local community to show its support by voting for the Girard-based company for the recognition.

Vote at www.womenintruck


Voting ends June 28.

PARTNERSHIP FOR A CAUSE: Girard-based Sweet Memories Vintage Tees, which licenses and sells retro apparel, has partnered with Conagra Brands, one of North America’s leading branded food companies, to launch a line of vintage-inspired T-shirts celebrating classic brands.

With every purchase, Sweet Memories Vintage Tees will donate 20% to Meals on Wheels of Mahoning County and Trumbull Mobile Meals, two organizations dedicated to delivering nutritious meals to seniors in need in Ohio.

The new collection will showcase designs inspired by brands such as Jiffy Pop, Vlasic Pickles and DAVID Seeds.

YBI TO KICKOFF SHARK TANK: The Youngstown Business Incubator plans to launch its fifth YBI Shark Tank fundraiser with a party 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the B&O Station banquet hall, 530 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown.

The launch party is a way to announce this year’s celebrity sharks, thank sponsors and donors, and announce the opening of pitch applications for companies to apply for a spot at this year’s main fundraising event Oct. 24.

PROGRAM RECEIVES TWO AWARDS: The Ohio Procurement Internship Program, designed to address the workforce needs of employees while also creating the next generation of procurement professionals, won two national awards at the National APEX Accelerator Spring Conference in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

The internship program is a project created through the Ohio APEX Accelerator Program and supported by the Ohio Department of Development in the field of government contracting.

Through the project, an internship program course was provided by Youngstown State University to teach undergraduate college students the fundamentals of government contracting. Students then participated in a 12-week internship to apply their classroom experiences while working for Ohio businesses which had prior successful government contracting past performance

Through the program, 14 students were introduced to government contracting, with one student hired following their classroom instruction and several others choosing to actively pursue a career in the field.

It received the “Outstanding Project Award,” which recognizes an accomplishment that stood out among each of the nation’s APEX organizations, and the “People’s Choice Award,” which recognized the program that best exemplified what it is to be an APEX Accelerator and / or counselor.

COMPANY MARKS FIFTH ANNIVERSARY: Yanni Custom Furniture & Design, a family-owned furniture showroom and custom design center, is marking its fifth year in business in 2024.

Established in 2019, the store at 1449 Boardman Canfield Road, offers handcrafted furniture as well as other furniture, lighting and decor.

“We’re incredibly grateful for the support of our community over the past five years,” Irene Kefalianos, executive coordinator and co-owner, said in a press release. “Since we opened, we’ve been committed to providing our customers with high-quality furniture and design services.

FUN CENTER IMPROVED: The Chuck E. Cheese at 521 Boardman Poland Road, Boardman, recently celebrated a grand reopening of its fun center.

New features include an arcade, sports and kid-focused games with varying skill levels for players of all ages, an interactive dance floor, a large format video wall and screens with audio connected throughout the fun center.

STATE OFFICIAL TO SIP COFFEE: Kimberly Murnieks, director of the state’s Office of Budget and Management, will join the Youngstown / Warren Regional Chamber for its Lattes With Legislators event 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. July 15 at America Makes, 236 W. Boardman St., Youngstown.

Register at the chamber’s website.

People on the move

AIM EMPLOYEE RETIRES: Patty Durkin, chief human resources officer at Aim Transportation Solutions, has retired after 18 years with the company.

Durkin, who has more than 40 years in human resources, was the first woman at Aim to earn a vice president title and, subsequently, the first female C-level executive

She was nominated for the local ATHENA Award in 2017 and in 2023,she was inducted into the Marquis Who’s Who and the Who’s Who Top Professional series. She also helped earn the company a spot on Newsweek’s distinguished list of Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces.

Carli Kuntze, who worked with Durkin for 16 years at Aim, has been selected to fill the role.

NEW PARTNER: Cohen & Company, a tax and accounting firm with 12 offices in seven states, including one in Youngstown, recently announced Kelly Anzevino as a tax partner at the Youngstown office.

Anzevino focuses on tax compliance and consulting for privately held businesses and their owners. She works with a variety of business structures that range from corporations to partnerships to single member limited liability companies, with an emphasis in the professional services, manufacturing, health care, wholesale and retail distribution industries.

She became a partner June 1.

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YSU BUSINESS STUDENT AWARDED: Lexie Gentry, a human resource management major in the Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University, is the 2024 recipient of the Raymond J. Shuster Award, which recognizes excellence in the study of Human Resource Management.

The award seeks out an individual who is dedicated to a career in human resources, as shown by completing human resource internships and taking steps to advance their knowledge in the profession, including human resource certifications.

Gentry has been an officer in the YSU Society for Human Resource Management, competed in competitions, including the Ohio Human Resource Games, Quest (2024 winning team) and the SHRM Case Competition.

She has had two internships, with the latter leading to a full-time job offer at Meijer, and has already completed her SHRM Certified Professional credential.

The scholarship was established in 1984 by YSU SHRM, after Shuster’s retirement, to honor his dedication to the professional development of human resource students. The award is given to students who are graduating this academic year, have at least a 3.4 GPA and are a human resource major.

TOWER CHALLENGE RETURNS: The second annual Tough Tower competition will be June 8-9 at 8900 Mahoning Ave., North Jackson. Event sponsors STG Communication Services and Tri-County Tower started the event in 2023 to draw attention to career opportunities in the telecommunications industry.

The event will feature eight teams of two tower technicians each from across the United States. All competitors are professionals in the telecommunications industry. Teams will compete in eight preliminary industry-related challenges from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 8 on the ground and on multiple training towers. Starting 9 a.m. June 9, the semifinal and final rounds will take place.

Challenges include rescue and installation to crane maneuverability.

FORMER RESIDENT RECOGNIZED: Phillip Genchur, formerly of Newton Falls, was honored May 7 with a Federal Executive Board Award in Distinguished Diversity in Kansas City, Missouri, for his contributions and community drives for the homeless in Kansas City, and his celebration of diversity and inclusion at his local Social Security office in Kansas City.

Genchur, a claims specialist at the Kansas City South Field Office for the Social Security Administration, also is a published poet and has won several awards in the field, according to a news release.

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