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BUSINESS UPDATES | Pecchia Communications promotes Hulea to project director

Among today's business updates: Burgan Friedkin Commercial Group; BRITE Energy Innovators; MCCTC Adult Career Center; and AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

CANFIELD — Pecchia Communications has promoted Kelli Hulea to project director. 

Hulea had been a project manager since joining the public relations firm in 2017. She will continue to direct and execute content marketing, writing, editing, media relations, website development, social media and communications planning activities for a wide range of clients and the firm itself.

“Kelli’s ability to manage many responsibilities together has brought depth and strength to our client relationships,” Dan Pecchia, founder and president, said in a news release. “Her growing capabilities in both execution and leadership give Pecchia Communications greater opportunities for continued success.” 

Before joining Pecchia Communications in mid-2017, Hulea worked in recruitment and research roles with Quicken Loans in Cleveland and the Youngstown Business Incubator. 

She graduated summa cum laude from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies and has a Master of Arts in communication studies from Kent State University.

Hulea serves as district chairperson for Rotary International’s Short-Term Youth Exchange program. She spent 10 months in Brazil in 2011-12 as a Youth Exchange participant and lived in Italy for two months while studying in 2016.

Johnny Dubic joins
Burgan Friedkin team

CANFIELD — Burgan Friedkin Commercial Group has added Johnny Dubic to its commercial real estate team. 

Dubic, a sales and commercial leasing professional, officially transitioned to commercial real estate as of Monday.

“The revitalization of the Mahoning Valley is something that will happen on the backs of the business owners and companies who love this area as much as I do,” Dubic said in a news release. “Joining the team at Burgan Friedkin allows me to make an impact in our community by utilizing skills and knowledge I’ve gained in the commercial real estate industry.”

Dubic graduated from Youngstown State University in 2010. He began his commercial real estate career in 2014 and oversaw business development operations of several local companies, including The Palm Café and Boardman Coin and Jewelry, as well as Apex Diamonds Inc. in Pittsburgh and Provenance Gems in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. In 2016, he joined the Cafaro Co., where his responsibilities included leasing multiple properties in lifestyle centers and regional shopping malls in Ohio, Michigan and Virginia.

“It is rare to find a young talent with the experience and track record like Johnny’s in this industry,” Patrick Burgan, co-owner of Burgan Friedkin, said in the release. “Adding Johnny to our growing team delivers an understanding of the industry, as well as an innate ability to cultivate and grow relationships with companies who plan to be a part of the growth that we are helping deliver to the Mahoning Valley.”

BRITE startups selected
for accelerator program

WARREN — BRITE Energy Innovators announced Tuesday that two of its portfolio companies were selected to be part of the central U.S. division of Cleantech Open, the top early-stage accelerator in the nation. 

The opportunity is valued for a startup as it provides help to quickly grow its business and often improves its chances of attracting a top venture capital firm to invest in the business, according to a news release.

The BRITE companies, Columbus-based Power to Hydrogen and Jordan Energy Alternative of Marion joined seven other leading Cleantech startup ventures and innovators from around the Midwest for the 20-week boot camp-style program to accelerate innovation and aid in the success of up and coming companies. The focus of the program will be product marketing and validation that involves introducing the companies to key potential customers.

"It is very cool that our companies are being selected to participate in this highly competitive international program," BRITE CEO Rick Stockburger said in the release. “It just goes to show that with hard work and home-grown talent, we can be players on the world energy stage.”

MCCTC Adult Career Center
student receives scholarship check

CANFIELD — Arthur Williams, a student at Mahoning County Career & Technical Center’s Adult Career Center, 7300 N. Palmyra Road, was awarded a scholarship check from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers' Association. 

Williams is enrolled in the Automotive Technology program at MCCTC Adult Career Center and is employed at Boardman Nissan. 

Adult Automotive Technology students work toward earning four Automotive Service Excellence credentials throughout their 14-month training program.

Gasoline prices down
3 cents in Northeast Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN — The average price for gasoline across Northeast Ohio is 3 cents cheaper this week at $2.17 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

The average price for unleaded self-service gasoline in the Youngstown area is $2.18 per gallon.

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