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BUSINESS UPDATES | Kiraly selected for director position at Vallourec

The Ohio director of health will speak at this year’s ATHENA Award Program.
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Patrick Kiraly, left, who joined Vallourec USA Corporation’s subsidiary Vallourec Star in 2010, has been named North America director of Automation and Data. Amy Acton, right, director of health for the Ohio Department of Health, will be the keynote speaker at the 28th annual ATHENA Award Program. (Contributed photos)

YOUNGSTOWN — Vallourec USA Corporation has named Patrick Kiraly the North America director of Automation and Data.  

In this new role, Kiraly is responsible for the development of the company’s Industry 4.0 strategy regarding the use of technological resources and best practices for innovation in industrial processes based on automation, data management, additive manufacturing and artificial intelligence to manage the improvement and support of the region’s industrial performance, according to a news release.

Kiraly joined Vallourec’s subsidiary Vallourec Star in 2010. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Youngstown State University and a master of science degree in management of technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Before joining Vallourec, Kiraly worked for Delphi Corporation where he was awarded two U.S. patents, was the recipient of the Boss Kettering Award — General Motors' highest award for technical innovation — and was inducted into Delphi's Innovation Hall of Fame.

Ohio director of health to speak
at ATHENA Award Program

CANFIELD — The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and The Vindicator will present the 28th annual ATHENA Award Program on May 14 at Waypoint 4180.

The ATHENA Award Program celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding professional women in the Mahoning Valley. The event will include a VIP reception for the sponsors, nominees and nominators, followed by a public reception, dinner and recognition of all nominees and the announcement of this year's award recipient.

Keynote speaker will be Youngstown native Amy Acton, director of health for the Ohio Department of Health. Acton is a licensed physician in preventative medicine with a master's degree in public health from Northeastern Ohio University. She has more than 30 years of experience in medical practice, government and community service, health care policy and advocacy, academic and nonprofit administration, consulting, teaching and data analysis.

Nominations can be made online here. For more information or a hard copy nomination form, call Kim Calvert, Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber vice president of marketing and member services, at 330-744-2131, ext. 1235.

The deadline for nominations and sponsorships is March 2.

The Walnut Grove names
new board members, president

CANFIELD — The Walnut Grove, an accessible and inclusive playground, recently announced new board members:

  • Karen Conkey, Champion Middle School
  • Greg Boerio, The Rich Center for Autism
  • Sharlynn Fabiilli
  • Lorene Pfahler
  • Dan Procopio, Millwood Logistics Services Inc.
  • Cody Stoll, OH WOW! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children's Center for Science and Technology

The Walnut Grove, 8800 Columbiana-Canfield Road, also named Corey Patrick board president for 2020. Patrick, who works as the director of marketing and communications for the Youngstown Business Incubator, will take over for outgoing president Amanda Watanakunakorn. 

"I am really looking forward to the progress we will make as an organization in 2020, Patrick said in a news release. “We've made incredible strides over the last two years, so it's very important to me that we maintain that momentum." 

Patrick said one of his goals is to build and create partnerships and relationships with community leaders to develop programming at the playground. 

"As we build out our facility, we need to develop ways to become sustainable. The facility is growing, which means our operating budget is growing, so we need to be cognizant of that." Patrick said.

The Walnut Grove will have its fourth annual Swing, Wine, & Dine fundraiser, sponsored by Huntington Bank, on Feb. 1 at the Maronite Center in Youngstown. Tickets are $50 per ticket or $500 for a reserved table of eight. Sponsorship levels are available.

For tickets, tables or sponsorships, call 234-414-0224, email or click here.

Greenwood dealerships
receive Green Dealer recognition

AUSTINTOWN — Greenwood Chevrolet is being recognized by Green Dealer Support for meeting the requirements of the 2019 Green Dealer program. 

This is the third year the dealerships at 4695 Mahoning Ave., Austintown, and 2635 N. Main Street, Hubbard, have earned the Green Dealer recognition for their efforts to reduce their environmental footprint and create a more sustainable environment.

Greenwood Chevrolet is one of only 275 GM dealerships eligible to be recertified for the Green Dealer program, according to a news release. To attain this recognition, Greenwood Chevrolet made multiple upgrades, including changing parking lot lights to LED, having Energy Star-certified appliances, offering free snacks in lieu of vending machines, switching to high-efficiency on-demand water heaters and updating HVAC systems to high-efficiency with programmable thermostats. In addition, Greenwood Chevrolet purchased a cardboard baler for cardboard recycling. The dealership also no longer prints vehicle catalogs, opting instead to upload catalogs onto iPads in the showroom and waiting areas for guests to use.

“We are so honored and proud to receive this recognition,” said Greg Greenwood, Greenwood Chevrolet owner/operator. “We’ve taken multiple measures to improve our environmental footprint as well as making sure the opportunity to recycle is there for everyone while they’re in the dealership.”

Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
consultant to speak at chamber event

YOUNGSTOWN — Brian Zachetti, Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation consultant, will discuss OSHA electronic filing requirements, recordkeeping forms, general recording criteria and OSHA illness and injury documents at a Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber event from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 15 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 343 Via Mt. Carmel Ave.

Cost is $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers.

To register, click here.

Warren Anderson to be honored
at 9th annual Bootstrap Bash

LORDSTOWN — The ninth annual Bootstrap Bash, presented by LaunchHouse and the Cleveland Jewish News, will honor Warren Anderson, president and CEO of The Anderson-DuBose Company, 5300 Tod Ave SW.

Anderson will receive the Lexus Visionary Entrepreneur Award at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Red Space, 2400 Superior Ave., Cleveland.

The Anderson-DuBose Company is a leader in the food service industry.

“It is a privilege to honor Warren Anderson, who has had such an impact both as a successful entrepreneur and as an influential figure in the community,” Todd Goldstein, founder and CEO of LaunchHouse, said in a news release.

Tickets for the event are $125 per person and can be purchased at

Crestview graduate named
OAA bid calling champion

COLUMBUS — Auctioneer and realtor Brad McGovern, a Crestview High School graduate, was named the 2020 Ohio Auctioneers Association Junior Division bid calling champion Jan. 4 and was elected to the OAA’s board of directors. 

After graduating Crestview High School in 2016, McGovern attended Reppert Auction School in Indianapolis. After attaining his Ohio apprentice license, he apprenticed under 2017 OAA bid calling champion Wade Baer. McGovern later attended Hondros College of Business in Akron and received his Ohio auction and real estate licenses. 

McGovern works at Baer Auctioneers-Realty LLC and Rogers Community Auction, both in Rogers. He also works as a contract auctioneer with various auction companies.

McGovern specializes in real estate, farm equipment, vehicles, firearms, antiques, contract auctioneering and benefits auctions. He also helps with settling estates and guardianships.

Gasoline prices drop in Northeast Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN — The average price for gasoline across Northeast Ohio was 10 cents cheaper this week at $2.52 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

The average price of unleaded self-service gasoline in the Youngstown area was $2.50 this week.

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