Skip to content

BUSINESS UPDATES | Paul Olivier named vice president of Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley

Among today's business updates: Kravitz Delicatessen; Gallery 18; 898 Marketing; Phoenix Physical Therapy; Brouse McDowell; and AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

AKRON — Akron Children’s Hospital has named Paul N. Olivier vice president of Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.

Olivier, of Boardman, began his new role Monday. He is the second Akron Children’s vice president in the Valley, succeeding Sharon Hrina, who retired in October.

In this role, Olivier will oversee all aspects of Akron Children’s operations in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, which includes pediatric and specialty care and the Beeghly campus in Boardman.

Olivier comes to Akron Children’s Hospital with more than 25 years of experience in health care management and leadership. He most recently was the chief network integration officer for the Great Lakes Group of Bon Secours Mercy Health. With Bon Secours Mercy Health Youngstown, he held roles including senior vice president of physician enterprises and business development, chief network integration officer and chief quality officer. Since 2008, he also led government relations efforts to advance the health care system’s goals with local, state and federal officials.

“Paul’s extensive health care expertise and commitment to the region stood out to us,” Lisa Aurilio, chief operating officer of Akron Children’s Hospital, said in a news release. “His varied experience leading health care organizations in quality, business development and government relations will be an asset as we continue to grow and provide care to more children in the Youngstown area.

Kravitz Deli to celebrate
founder's birthday, legacy

YOUNGSTOWN — Kravitz Delicatessen, 3135 Belmont Ave., will host the sixth annual Jewish Food Fest from Jan. 25 to Jan. 31 to celebrate the birthday and legacy of founder Rose Kravitz, who opened the deli in 1939. 

Festivities will include:

  • Rose K XL sandwiches will be on sale for $12;
  • The Tongue Challenge — are you brave enough to try pickled beef tongue?
  • A birthday breakfast with cake on Jan. 31.

“My mom taught us the most important parts of running a family business, and we wouldn’t be here without her,” Jack Kravitz, president of Kravitz Delicatessen and youngest child of the founder, said in a news release. “I love that some of our employees are second-generation family members of her employees. Makes me feel like we have her here with us every day.”

Rose’s dishes have an Eastern European-Yiddish flair. Some of her favorites that will be back for the week include the traditional Kravitz Boiled Egg Bagel and Chicken Mish Mosh Soup. Other Old World favorites on the menu include beef brisket, beef tongue, chopped chicken livers, knishes and sweet noodle kugel, with stuffed peppers and stuffed cabbage rotated in throughout the week. There also will be an expanded variety of Rose’s signature pastry, the kipfel.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony set
for Gallery 18’s new location

YOUNGSTOWN — A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. Friday (Jan. 22) for Gallery 18, 755 Mahoning Ave., second floor.

Gallery 18 is an art company founded by artist Monica Vega in 2017. It is celebrating the opening of its new location.

Vega uses her professional experience to exhibit and create markets to promote her own artwork and consign area artists’ work.

Gallery 18 specializes in fine art and design, mural and furniture design, restorative services and art consultation.

For preview gallery hours, art workshops and class schedules, call 330-623-3923 or click here.

Gianna Cifalde joins
898 Marketing team

CANFIELD — 898 Marketing, 5721 Shields Road, Suite A, has added Gianna Cifalde to its team as social media coordinator.

Cifalde is helping to expand the agency’s social media presence and capabilities by focusing on driving consumer engagement through relevant content. She is currently working with clients including CORE Home Fitness, Tommy’s Jerky on the Road, Wok It Out and Yanni’s Custom Furniture.

“We are committed to our community and serving the clients who entrust us to tell their stories,” Jeff Ryznar, president of 898 Marketing, said in a news release. “Part of that commitment is giving talented individuals an opportunity to use their talents here in the area instead of going to larger cities like New York City, Cleveland or Chicago. To have Gianna join our team not only enhances our social media capabilities and solutions for our clients, but further aids in the growth of our Valley by creating opportunities for young, talented professionals to stay, grow and succeed.”

Cifalde earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a specialization in marketing management from Youngstown State University in 2019. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in digital marketing and leadership at YSU. 

“898 Marketing has given me an opportunity to start my professional career in an amazing environment with creative, motivated and intelligent individuals,” Cifalde said. “This company is very unique to the area, and I’m honored to join the team. I’m eager and excited to learn more about social media marketing techniques and client communication, as well as expanding into different areas of marketing and digital approaches.”

Ribbon-cutting ceremony set for
new Phoenix Physical Therapy clinic

WARREN — Phoenix Physical Therapy is having a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. today for its new clinic at 2000 North Road NE.

The clinic will provide personalized physical therapy to treat orthopedic conditions, pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation and work injuries. The new clinic also has a lymphedema suite. It has three private treatment rooms for lymphedema patients with a separate bariatric exercise area.

“We are excited to open this new clinic for the residents of Niles, Howland and Warren,” Melissa Sanor-Lucas, director of clinic operations, said in a news release.

Phoenix Physical Therapy operates more than 140 clinics in 11 states and acquired Ohio-based Tudor Physical Therapy Centers in 2020. Tudor’s 11 clinics in the Eastern Ohio area have been integrated into Phoenix, and a brand transition is in progress. For more information or to make an appointment at the Phoenix Warren-Niles clinic, call 330-367-5126 or click here.

Catherine Stone joins
Brouse McDowell office

CANFIELD — Attorney Catherine Stone of Canfield is joining the Brouse McDowell office at 6550 Seville Drive, Suite B, in an “of counsel” capacity.

Stone has more than 16 years of law firm experience. She counsels clients on the creation of estate plans for each client’s individual needs and drafts all types of estate planning documents, from simple wills to complex trust agreements. Her business law experience focuses on transactional work, primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, contract drafting and negotiation and general corporate law.

Stone earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree in government and international studies from the University of Notre Dame.

Gasoline prices increase
9 cents in Northeast Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN — The average price for gasoline across Northeast Ohio is 9 cents higher this week at $2.28 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

The average price for unleaded self-service gasoline in the Youngstown area is $2.25 per gallon.

— Do you have a business announcement you'd like to share? Email news@mahoningmatters.com.