Geauga Growth Partnership’s (GGP) Annual Business Meeting took place virtually on Wednesday, May 19 at 8:00 am. Joined by over 150 local business owners, government officials, and community partners, GGP’s Board Chairman, John Epprecht, led the organization’s 2021 Annual Meeting via Zoom. Mr. Epprecht, Co-Owner of & Retired from Great Lakes Cheese, informed attendees of organizational updates and specifically addressed the events of 2020 and how they have shaped GGP initiatives into the future.
Epprecht announced the re-election of the following board members for a three-year term: Richard J. Frenchie, At-large; Matthew Nipper, KeyBank N.A.; Stephanie Ronyak, The Arms Trucking Co.; Charles White, White Management; and John Solich, The Middlefield Banking Company. In addition, Jason Glowczewski, UH Geauga Medical Center was also elected as a new board member to a three-year term. Glowczewski currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for University Hospitals Conneaut, Geauga and Geneva Medical Centers.
GGP President & CEO, Kimm Leininger presented the Frank Samuel Distinguished Service Award to Tracy Jemison, former President and Founding Member of GGP. This award was developed to recognize prolonged service and outstanding achievement by a GGP member or company, who through relentless determination, diligence, and dedication, has made significant contributions to enhance the value, quality, effectiveness, and stature of the Geauga Growth Partnership.
Leininger also presented the inaugural Excellence in Manufacturing Award, in partnership with MAGNET. Solon Manufacturing was recognized for their innovation, resilience, workforce excellence, product design, quality, core competencies, and lean manufacturing during particularly challenging times.
Finally, keynote Speaker, Mr. William H. Fruth, President of Policom Corporation, an independent economics research firm, presented his discovery of the Geauga County economy, whether it is growing or declining, what is causing this to happen, and what we need to do to enhance and improve the “economic quality of life” for our residents. For the past twenty-five years, William H. Fruth has served as an economic development consultant for communities throughout the United States. Fruth has personally evaluated the data for more than 800 local economies in the United States, created more than 200 economic and community studies, and has provided presentations and workshops for state and national associations and community forums in 40 states.
For video recording of the 2021 Annual Meeting click HERE.