BUSINESS UPDATES | Farmers Nationwide Financial institution names new chief credit score officer

Also among today’s business updates: Betras, Kopp & Harshman; Youngstown / Warren Regional Chamber; Raymond John Wean Foundation; and the gas price report from AAA East Central.

CANFIELD – Farmers National Bank has promoted Timothy F. Shaffer to Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer.

Shaffer joined Farmers in 2011 as Vice President and Head of the Commercial Lending Team. Previously, he was Senior Vice President, Chief Lending Officer, and Regional President of Farmers National Bank.

In his new role as Chief Credit Officer, Shaffer will oversee the bank’s credit departments while making credit decisions, product development and credit quality monitoring.

“Tim remains an incredible addition to our executive team and has helped Farmers achieve record growth in recent years,” said Kevin Helmick, President and CEO of Farmers, in a press release. “His years of commercial banking experience, as well as his reputation in the business world, have helped us create a model where we can provide our local business communities with the capital they need while maintaining our strong credit quality.”

Morley joins Betras, the complex process group at Kopp & Harshman

YOUNGSTOWN – Attorney Michael Morley has joined Betras, the complex litigation group of Kopp & Harshman, and is now available to advise and advise clients in Ohio, the New York metropolitan area and in cities in the USA, announced managing partner David Betras .

Morley is the fourth member of the Complex Litigation Group and joins attorneys Brian Kopp. Christopher Knopik, who is also the executive director of the Tampa, Florida office; and Douglas Titus.

“Mike is a longtime friend, colleague, and excellent attorney who will empower and improve our complex litigation practice,” Kopp said in a press release. “Mike’s presence not only allows us to expand our areas of expertise, but also expand our presence in New York City, giving us access to a huge pool of potential clients who will drive BKH’s growth in the years to come.”

Morley began his legal career in 1981. He is General Counsel for large multi-state commercial real estate developers. was president of CineBlast, a Manhattan-based film production company; and worked directly with Bloomberg Beta, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s private equity firm, where he was responsible for identifying US locations that were ripe for private equity investment.

“When David and Brian gave me the opportunity to both focus on the types of the extremely complicated cases and problems that have always been my passion, as well as practice alongside one of the most talented legal teams in the country, I took it,” Morley said . “I look forward to joining a company that is changing and improving the complex process paradigm.”

To contact Morley call 330-746-8484 or 800-477-2889, or email [email protected].

The Youngstown / Warren regional chamber occupies 3 positions

YOUNGSTOWN – The Youngstown / Warren Regional Chamber has added three new members to its team.

The Chamber appointed Ryan McNaughton as Vice President of Government Affairs, Giuseppe Merlo as Director of Member Engagement, and Jacob Zillinger as Marketing and Graphics Specialist.

McNaughton, of Niles, was most recently director of community relations and resource development for the Trumbull County Board of Developmental Disabilities and executive director of the Fairhaven Foundation. He spent eight years at Kent State University as Associate Director of Development, Student Affairs and later as Assistant Director of Development on the Ashtabula campus in Kent. McNaughton also served a third term as Niles alderman before stepping down to join the Chamber.

Merlo from Niles joined the Chamber in late February. Previously, he was the coordinator for special projects in the Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District.

Zillinger, of Warren, was the lead graphic designer and social media specialist at Advantage Video & Marketing in Youngstown, creating logos, ads, branding guidelines and more.

Walker-Pollack joins the Wean Foundation as program director

WARREN – Tara Walker-Pollack has joined the Raymond John Wean Foundation staff as the capacity building program manager.

Originally from Youngstown, Walker-Pollack has a community and economic development background with eight years of nonprofit experience in roles that impact underserved communities in New York City and the Mahoning Valley.

In her role at the Raymond John Wean Foundation, Walker-Pollack will manage the capacity building program, with an emphasis on incorporating principles of racial justice and inclusion.

“I am excited to be part of the Wean Foundation team and to work with local residents and organizations to continue creating authentic change,” said Walker-Pollack in a press release. “I have seen the effects of racial differences firsthand in my work and I look forward to using my experience to build stronger and fairer communities here at home.”

Walker-Pollack earned a Masters Degree in Professional Studies in Community and Economic Development from Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from the University of Louisville.

Gasoline prices in northeast Ohio are dropping 3 cents

YOUNGSTOWN – After weeks of strong growth, the average gasoline price in northeast Ohio is 3 cents cheaper this week, at $ 2.72 a gallon according to the AAA East Central gas price report. The average is 56 cents more expensive than at the beginning of the year.

The average price of self-service unleaded gasoline in the Youngstown area is $ 2.72 per gallon.

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