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Famous duo with Valley ties return for Chamber economic summit

Top adviser to President Trump’s reelection campaign to square off with former Marvel chief Nov. 13.


Bob Paduchik, senior adviser to President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, and Rick Ungar, progressive radio host of "The Rick Ungar Show," will give their perspectives on the 2020 presidential election at the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber’s Economic Forecast breakfast Nov. 13.

Paduchik and Ungar both have ties to the Mahoning Valley. Ungar is a Liberty High School graduate and will spend time with students in that district during his visit. Paduchik's parents are both Valley natives, and he spent much of his childhood with relatives here.

The men promise an interesting — and humorous — debate.

“This is going to be one of the most entertaining and informative signatures events we’ve hosted,” said Regional Chamber Foundation President Guy Coviello.

The event, sponsored by First National Bank, will be from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman. Cost is $30 for members, $40 for non-members. Register at

Ungar and Paduchik are nationally acclaimed in government and politics. Ungar is a frequent political analyst on FOX News, where he’s known as “The lefty on Fox.” A former president of Marvel Entertainment, New World Entertainment, he worked with the legendary Stan Lee to bring Spider-man to the big screen and also created celebrity/entertainment TV show "Access Hollywood."

Paduchik is a political strategist with 33 years of experience in campaigns in Ohio. Founder of Agincourt Consultants, he served under two Ohio governors and in the Bush-Cheney White House, where he championed the Yucca Mountain nuclear project. He recently stepped down as co-chair of the Republican National Committee to serve on the Trump's campaign. 

“I always look forward to coming back to see friends and family in the Mahoning Valley,” Paduchik said in a news release. 

“This visit will be especially nice, visiting my alma mater that continues to produce high-caliber students and working with the Regional Chamber that continues to improve the quality of life in my hometown," Ungar said.

In addition to the keynote speakers, attendees will hear from Chris Cwiklinski, CFA, senior vice president and director of portfolio management for First National Bank Wealth Management's Cleveland Region, who will discuss the economic outlook on local, regional and national levels. The chamber and partner MAGNET will also present its third annual Excellence in Manufacturing Award.