West Side Business News & Notes
Involta opens new data center in Akron
AKRON — Involta LLC held a grand-opening celebration for its newest data center June 19 at 191 E. Miller Ave.
Involta’s data center in Akron is a $17 million co-location data center, according to company officials. The new 26,000-square-foot-plus Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified facility provides businesses and organizations with secure data storage, according to company officials.
“The Akron data center will present significant advantages for businesses and organizations in the region,” said Involta CEO Bruce Lehrman. “Building and maintaining a separate, stand-alone data center is very costly. By co-locating with other businesses, business leaders can realize the advantages of an advanced data center while actually cutting operating costs. Use of this data center will allow business leaders to focus on their core businesses rather than a complex infrastructure and facility issues.”
Lehrman acknowledged local governmental and business development organizations for their assistance in making the new center a reality.
“Without the assistance of Summit County, the city of Akron and the Greater Akron Chamber, this project would never have made it past the idea stage,” he said.
According to Involta officials, the company provides full-service data center facilities and the expertise to manage and protect mission-critical computer systems and associated data. For more information, visit www.involta.com.
Greater Akron Chamber announces 30 for the Future award recipients
GREATER AKRON — Thirty Greater Akron area young professionals have been named as recipients of the sixth annual 30 for the Future award.
According to Greater Akron Chamber officials, the award honors young professionals, ages 25-39, whose contributions positively impact their industries and the community. The awards program was created by the Greater Akron Chamber as part of its strategy to help retain and attract talent for the region, according to chamber officials.
The recipients include: Vanessa Anton, of Bober Markey Fedorovich; Magdi Awad, of Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Pharmacy; Michael Chisnell Jr., of Sequoia Financial Group LLC; Michael Dalton, of Summa Health System; Krista Dobronos, of Westfield Bank; Sam Falletta, of Incept; Matthew Geis, of Kent State University; April Hamey, of Fresh Prospective — Business Development Solutions; Ryan Henary, of FedEx Custom Critical Inc.; Kyle Kutuchief, of Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron; Anthony Lancianese, of ClearPath Home Health; Kara Lewis, of Winslow Asset Management; Tucker Marshall, of The Reserve Group; Michele McCarroll, of Summa Health System; John Miller, of Miller’s Rental and Sales Inc.; Jonathan Morschl, of Four Points Architectural Services Inc.; Leianne Neff Heppner, of the Summit County Historical Society of Akron; Jon Oldham, of Oldham Kramer; Brian Peterson, of GPD Group; Brian Pollak, of UBS Financial Services Inc.; Caleb Porter, of The University of Akron; Kelly Price, of Rockynol; Mellissa Reed, of Cohen & Co.; Tara Regan, of the Akron Urban League; Jeff Rovnak, of Wells Fargo Advisors; Joe Swiatkowski, of Hickory Harvest Foods; Dr. Amy Tucker, of Akron General Medical Center; Jason Tuma, of BCG & Co.; Jason Weigand, of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs LLP; and Valerie Wolford, of the city of Green.
According to chamber officials, the award recipients were selected based on the finalists’ professional and community accomplishments, team building and leadership. Recipients were nominated by members of the chamber and regional profit and nonprofit organizations, according to chamber officials.
The award recipients will be recognized at a ceremony at the Kent State University Student Center Sept. 24 at 5 p.m. In addition, recipients will be profiled in a special publication, the “YP Roadmap.”
The event is open to the public. Tickets cost $50 for chamber members and $60 for nonmembers and are available by calling Angela Presutti at 330-237-1263. For more information, visit www.greaterakronchamber.org.
This year’s awards program is being sponsored by founding sponsor Huntington and presenting sponsor Kent State University. A limited number of sponsorships are available. For details, contact Chad Hamman at 330-237-1247.
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