Regional Chamber’s Salute to Business to Honor 8 Individuals

NILES, Ohio – The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber’s annual Salute To Business will honor eight individuals with six awards.

The event will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Aug. 31 at the Eastwood Event Centre.

In addition to the honorees, there will be a keynote presentation from a group of panelists on repopulation efforts. Last year, the Regional Chamber and its partners announced a repopulation effort to meet the demands of the Mahoning Valley’s employers and fill thousands of available positions. 

The new job creation is projected to be at a sustained level that is greater than previous annual growth, creating a greater need for a growing population. 

The discussion will focus on philosophies, successes, needs and hurdles of the Valley’s efforts to grow the population.

Experts who will participate in that discussion include Lee Williams, chief program officer with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, and Brian Corbin, executive vice president of Catholic Charities. Additional panelists will be announced.

In addition to the panel presentation, the Regional Chamber will honor five business leaders with its annual Salute Awards. 

Special recognition will be given to Warren native John Zabrucky. He is a renowned prop designer and founder of Modern Props Inc. Through his prop design and rental company, Zabrucky has created props for many science fiction movies, including “Ghostbusters II,” “RoboCop,” “X-Men” and “Back to the Future II.” A collection of his props were donated to the Trumbull County Historical Society to one day be displayed in a new museum.

As is tradition, the Regional Chamber will also welcome Youngstown State University head football coach Doug Phillips to preview the upcoming season, which starts that evening. The Penguins will play at home against the Valparaiso Crusaders. 

The Canfield Fair Board will also talk about the 177th Canfield Fair, which opens Aug. 30. 

The cost for the event is $40 for chamber members and $50 for nonmembers. Register HERE.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.