2019 Annual Report
The mission of the Greater Akron Chamber is to drive economic growth and prosperity for Greater Akron by supporting the success of the business community and acting as a convener of stakeholders on key issues facing the region.
Greater Akron Chamber: Our Blueprint
Four Strategies to Lead Greater!
Support Company Growth; Jobs and Investment
Grow company revenue, capital investment and jobs in Greater Akron by leading targeted business attraction, retention and expansion efforts for high potential opportunities.
Support Small and Mid Sized Businesses
Create advantage for the region’s small and middle market businesses by connecting them to customers, capital, content and ecosystem support resources.
Drive Economic Inclusion
Advance economic opportunity through diversity and inclusion to accelerate the growth and success of Greater Akron’s companies.
Facilitate Employer Workforce solutions
Drive employer focused solutions to critical skill gaps by increasing job access and employer engagement with the talent development system.
Four Competencies of the Chamber to help us Lead Greater!
Catalytic Research and Advocacy
Drive ideas and decision-making on action to further Greater Akron’s economic success from the perspective of the business and employer community.
Bring visibility to the region’s assets, companies, needs and opportunities with a focus on driving value for the business community, its employers and their workforce.
Convener and Facilitator
Bring companies, organizations and key stakeholders together to dialogue and connect around opportunities for mutual economic success in Greater Akron.
Distinctive Products, Services and Resources to Support Members
In places where gaps exist and the mutual needs of our members can be supported, the Chamber will invent and/or invest in capacity to fill the need and support their success.
Officers & Board
Greater Akron Chamber 2019 Executive Committee
Marc B. Merklin
Managing Partner Brouse McDowell
President, Akron Children’s Hospital
Donzell S. Taylor
President & CEO Welty Building Company, Ltd.
Vice Chair, Chamber Services Council
President & CEO Harwick Standard Distribution Corp
André Thornton Sr.
Vice Chair, Economic Inclusion
President & CEO ASW Global, LLC
Tia M. Ramlow
Vice Chair, Finance
President GreatWork! Employment Services
Elizabeth Z. Bartz
Co-Vice Chair, Government Affairs
President and CEO State and Federal Communications
Para M. Jones, PhD
Vice Chair, Talent and Workforce
President Stark State College
Vice Chair, Business Owners Council
Shon Christy, Founder and President Shon Christy Social Media
Timothy M. Burke
President, Eastern Ohio Market KeyBank
Akron Office, Managing Partner Ernst & Young, LLP
Laura B. Culp
Partner/TaxServices Sikich, LLP
Ella R. Hochstetler
Director, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships
John T. Petures Jr.
President & CEO Akron Community Foundation
Jennifer Savitski, MD, FACOG
Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Steven E. Strah
SVP & CFO FirstEnergy Corp.