Goodwill Announces 19th Annual Employee of Distinction Award Program

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AKRON, Ohio — June 25, 2020 — Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties invites area employers to nominate their outstanding employees for its 19th Annual Employee of Distinction award program on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. This year the event is going virtual. As always, at no cost, area businesses can nominate employees they would like to publicly recognize for their efforts.

“We know during this challenging time that there are many people in our community going above and beyond to help others.  It is our pleasure to host the Employee of Distinction awards program as a service to publicly praise those outstanding employees,” said Nancy Ellis McClenaghan, president & CEO, Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties. “Even online it will continue to be a feel-good event where everyone will be inspired by each honoree’s story. Recognition is a key part in sustaining employment. It is our hope that many organizations will participate by recognizing their shining stars.”

How To Nominate
All honorees are acknowledged during the event, listed in the commemorative program, and in the running to be named one of the top Employees of Distinction (chosen by a panel of independent judges). In addition, all honorees will receive a commemorative gift.

Employers can submit a nomination online at now through Aug. 7.

Event Details
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020
Time:  11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (information for virtual event will be provided as details are finalized)

Event Chairs: Chris Canova, executive director, Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates; Todd Caruthers, vice president, sales & marketing, with Superior Staffing and Superior Search Group; Pamela Crombie, program manager, Jobs For Ohio’s Graduates; and Chrissy Myers, director & CEO, AUI.

Event Costs & Sponsorship Opportunities
If you are interested in learning more on costs to participate in the online celebration or on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jennifer Bako at or 330-786-2519.

Event Sponsors To Date
Thank you to the event sponsors to date – Platinum: AUI; and Synthomer Foundation; Silver: Britton Gallagher; Eric & Nan McClenaghan; PNC Financial Services Group; and W3 Wealth Management; Bronze: Avaap; Bober Markey Fedorovich; Brennan Manna Diamond; Campbell Construction Inc.; Fifth Third Bank; and Roetzel & Andress; Copper: S.A. Comunale Co., Inc.; Diamond Patron: Jennifer & Justin Bako; David & Kathleen Bucci; Chuck & Debbie Ducey; Bill & Mary Glaeser; and Kimberly & Greg Morton; Gold Patron: Chip Clupper; and Paul & Kim Jackson; Patron: Brad Gilbo; and Mary Anne & C. Allen Nichols; Media: akronlife and WAKR/WONE/WQMX/WNWV.

About Goodwill Industries Serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland & Richland Counties
The Goodwill Industries of Akron, Ohio, Inc., is a not-for-profit corporation that helps individuals prepare for, find and retain employment. Operating in the five-county region of Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland & Richland, the agency was established in 1927. It is a private, independent organization, operating as an affiliate member of Goodwill Industries International. Goodwill helps to directly strengthen the region’s workforce through its employment programs and indirectly through the net proceeds from its retail outlets and Business Services division. For more information about GIA, visit or call 800-989-8428.    


Jennifer Bako
(330) 786-2519

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