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BUSINESS UPDATES | Stockburger chosen for Forbes Technology Council

Also among today's business updates: Burgan Real Estate and OhanaLink Technologies.

WARREN — Rick Stockburger, chief executive officer of BRITE Energy Innovators, has been accepted into Forbes Technology Council, an invitation-only community for CIOs, CTOs and technology executives.

In a news release, the company says Stockburger was vetted and selected by a review committee based on the depth and diversity of his experience. Criteria for acceptance include a track record of successfully impacting business growth metrics, as well as personal and professional achievements and honors.

“We are honored to welcome Rick into the community,” Scott Gerber, founder of Forbes Councils, the collective that includes Forbes Technology Council, said in the release. “Our mission with Forbes Councils is to bring together proven leaders from every industry, creating a curated, social capital-driven network that helps every member grow professionally and make an even greater impact on the business world.”

Brite Energy hires Jared Shein

WARREN — BRITE Energy Innovators recently hired Jared Shein as its inaugural startup success specialist to work one-on-one with startups as they seek to grow their businesses.

“Jared has proven his knowledge and capabilities are invaluable not just while working with entrepreneurs, but especially as BRITE looks to expand and improve its offerings for startups,” Stockburger said. “As we continue to build out BRITE’s entrepreneur services and restructure our program, Jared will be right there with us to help increase the footprint of our impact.”

A Boston native, Shein joins BRITE Energy Innovators after relocating to Northeast Ohio as a member of the 2021 Venture for America cohort. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy. He previously worked at the Center for EcoTechnology, an environmental nonprofit in western Massachusetts with a focus on waste reduction, energy efficiency and high-performance building.

Burgan Real Estate introduces its new logo

BOARDMANBurgan Real Estate on Tuesday announced the launch of its new logo.

“Since taking over the company in 2017, Sue [Filipovich] and I had always wanted to update our brand and logo to pay homage to our illustrious past while updating it to be more relevant and current for future generations,” Patrick Burgan, co-owner of Burgan Real Estate, said in a news release. “As we begin to unveil our plans for our new world headquarters, we thought now was the perfect time to update our image with a new logo that will stand the test of time and go along with our new home here in the Mahoning Valley.”

The new logo continues to pay homage to the agency’s past with its brown color and pointed top of the lower-case “b.” The logo has a new font, and it was changed from its angled approach to a level orientation for easier usage across a variety of applications like signage, social media, digital and print, the release states.

“Our new logo gives our brand a more modern approach to match our culture while maintaining the history and familiar subtleties that has made us a trusted partner to help open doors to better living for our clients around the Mahoning Valley for 44 years,” co-owner Filipovich said.

OhanaLink Technologies introduces board members

HERMITAGE, Pa. — OhanaLink Technologies recently introduced its board of directors. 

The voluntary board is composed of individuals who represent shareholders, as well as leaders in their respective industries. The group will serve as advisors to the executive team. 

“We are gratified to have the level of expertise represented on our board,” Kara Wasser, founder and CEO of OhanaLink Technologies, said in a news release. “We will look to the members of our board to utilize their business expertise to provide counsel on our overall strategic vision as our company is poised to experience rapid growth across the country.” 

The board members are Karen Barrow, Laura Blaire, John Frangakis, Hugh Greene and Scott Runyan.

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