GGP Announces Distinguished Guest Speaker for Virtual Annual Meeting

Geauga Growth Partnership (GGP) is pleased to announce our Annual Business Meeting which will take virtually on Tuesday, June 23 at 8:00 am. At this event, GGP leadership will present organizational updates, as well as share future priorities which have been identified in the organization’s strategic plan. In addition, the Keynote Speaker, Mr. Christopher Mapes, President and CEO of Lincoln Electric, will speak about his views on the global economy and the 125th Anniversary of Lincoln Electric. The GGP Annual Meeting is free and open to membership and the community. Registration is now open at

Christopher Mapes, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer for Lincoln Electric 

(NASDAQ: LECO), joined the organization in 2010 and assumed his current role in 2013.  During his tenure, his focus on value-added solutions and continuous improvement has resulted in record financial performance and has distinguished Lincoln as the most innovative solutions provider in the industry.

Mr. Mapes was elected to the Lincoln Board in 2010 while serving as Executive Vice President of A.O. Smith Corporation (NYSE: AOS) and President of its Electrical Products unit.  Prior to A.O. Smith, he was President, Motor Sales and Marketing of Regal Beloit Corporation (NYSE: RBC) and had also served as president of the Global OEM Business Group of Superior Essex, Inc.  He currently serves on the board of directors of The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR), the Greater Cleveland Partnership, NAM (National Association of Manufacturers) and MAPI (Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation).  Mr. Mapes is the Board Chairman of the American Red Cross Greater Cleveland Chapter, serves on the leadership team for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s Harvest for Hunger campaign, and is active in a variety of other charitable endeavors.

Mr. Mapes holds a B.S. degree from Ball State University, a J.D. from the University of Toledo, and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. 

GGP would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting the Annual Business Meeting: 

GOLD: KeyBank, Team NEO, University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center

SILVER: Honest Scales Recycling, LLC, Kent State University – Geauga, Marsh Valley Forest Products, POV Solutions, Premier Power Solutions, LLC, Sheoga Hardwood Flooring & Paneling, The Wealthcare Group of Raymond James

BRONZE: Clearstead, Electrolock, Inc., The Frenchie Consulting Group, Geauga Credit Union, Growth Capital, Ronyak Paving 

Geauga Growth Partnership’s mission is to enhance the economic climate in Geauga County by attracting new business, supporting existing business and preparing the workforce of the future. For more information visit, contact or call 440-564-1060. 

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