Thank you to those who attended Geauga Growth Partnership’s 12th official meeting of our membership, it was so wonderful to see you all in-person!

Geauga Growth Partnership’s (GGP) Annual Business Meeting took place on Tuesday, May 17 at 7:30 am. Joined by nearly 200 local business owners, government officials, and community partners, the meeting was a great success; the conversation with Cleveland Guardian’s Chairman & CEO, Paul J. Dolan was fascinating and the breakfast, catered by Mary Yoder’s, was delicious!

GGP’s Board Chairman, John Epprecht, led the organization’s 2022 Annual Meeting, which took place at Berkshire School’s brand new PK-12 Campus on Claridon-Troy Road in Burton adjacent to Kent State University – Geauga. Mr. Epprecht, Co-Owner of & Retired from Great Lakes Cheese, informed attendees of organizational updates and specifically addressed the events of 2021 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: Beth Bunton, Troy Chemical Industries; John Epprecht, Great Lakes Cheese; Jay Giles, At Large; Jason Glowczewski, University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center; Paul Miller, Honest Scales Recycling; John Steigerwald, At Large; and Bonnie Troyer, HR Strategies & Solutions.

In addition, Mr. Epprecht presented the Frank Samuel Distinguished Service Award to Mr. Pete Miller for his exceptional character and leadership in the community. Pete Miller, started Sheoga Hardwoods Flooring and Paneling and grew the company to a multimillion-dollar operation and supported programs such as the DDC Clinic, served on the UH Geauga Medical Center Board, as well as with various trade organizations. In addition, Pete was a founding board member of Geauga Growth Partnership, and we deeply appreciate the time and dedication he has provided to our organization, building the strong foundation that the organization sits on today.

Epprecht also introduced Darlyn McDermott, Market Leader and Southern Region Director of MAGNET, who presented the Excellence in Manufacturing Award to National Polymer. National Polymer, located in Bainbridge and specializing in adhesives, sealants, coatings, & engineered laminates, was recognized for significant successes in smart manufacturing processes and workforce development activities.

The meeting included a conversation with Paul J. Dolan, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Guardians who shared his family’s long history in Geauga County, 23-year ownership of the Cleveland Indians, now named the Guardians, and the impacts of recent events on the baseball landscape and outlook for the team. He took questions from the crowd and engaged them in a lively conversation.

Kimm Leininger, President and CEO of Geauga Growth Partnership concluded the meeting with a look toward the future, presenting the organizations plans for 2022 and beyond as GGP continues to fulfill the mission to enhance the economic climate in Geauga County by attracting new business, supporting existing businesses, and preparing the workforce of the future.

We want to thank our membership and the community for an outstanding 2021 and we invite you to continue to grow with us by sponsoring and/or attending HomeGrown Geauga on August 4, 2022, becoming a member (if you are not already), encourage someone you know to become a member, or bring a colleague to a GGP Event.  

Please help us to make 2022 the best year yet!

Thank You Sponsors! 

To view the 2021 Annual Report click HERE.
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SEE BELOW FOR A RECAP OF THE 2021 ANNUAL MEETINGThe Geauga Growth Partnership Annual Meeting, our flagship business event,  was held virtually on May 19, 2021, at 8:00 am. 

 
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.
To view the 2020 Annual Report click HERE. To view the Annual Business Survey Results click HERE.

 

 

The Geauga Growth Partnership Annual Meeting, our flagship business event,
was held virtually on May 19, 2021, at 8:00 am. 
 
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.
To view the 2020 Annual Report click HERE. To view the Annual Business Survey Results click HERE.