West Side Business News & Notes
InfoCision founder Gary Taylor dies at 59
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Gary,” said Steve Brubaker, InfoCision chief of staff. “We have all lost a great friend and leader. Gary made this company what it is today through hard work, dedication and a strong sense of integrity. His mark is indelibly stamped on the industry, as well as on our company and its culture. The InfoCision family will miss him more than anyone will ever know.”
A celebration of Taylor’s life will take place today, March 7, at 11 a.m. at the Billow Fairlawn Chapel, 85 N. Miller Road, with the Rev. Barry Creekmore officiating. Private interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour before services.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Taylor’s life can be made to the Gary L. and Karen S. Taylor Family Foundation at 325 Springside Drive, Akron, OH 44333, Attn: Lori Feist, foundation secretary.
A native of the Akron area, Taylor graduated from The University of Akron (UA) with a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1975. He continued on to earn his master of business administration degree in 1977, and it was at UA that he met his wife of 34 years.
In 1982, Gary and Karen Taylor started InfoCision in the breezeway of their home. For the first three years, InfoCision operated as a consulting company that developed outbound telemarketing programs for clients, utilizing an independent telemarketing contractor. Today, InfoCision has grown into the second largest privately held teleservices company in the world, employing more than 4,000 people in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, said company officials.
Gary and Karen Taylor developed a succession plan that laid the foundation for their son, Craig, to take over the day-to-day management of the company. In October 2012, Craig was appointed to CEO and Steve Boyazis to president.
Taylor received many awards, including the American Teleservices Association’s Pioneer Hall of Fame Award. He has also been inducted into the Teleservices Hall of Fame and has received Customer Inter@ction Solutions Lifetime Achievement Award. He was honored by the Direct Marketing Association with its Teleservice Excellence Award. From UA he received the Simonetti Distinguished Business Alumni Award and the Alumni Honor Award. Ernst and Young also recognized Taylor as an Entrepreneur of the Year award winner for the services industry and inducted him into the Entrepreneurs’ Hall of Fame.
The Taylors’ first major philanthropic initiative started with a $3.5 million donation to establish The Taylor Institute for Direct Marketing at UA. The Taylors also secured the capital for UA to develop and complete construction of InfoCision Stadium.
In addition to InfoCision, Gary Taylor became the principal owner of Granite Golf Properties.
For more obituary details, visit www.billowfuneralhomes.com.
Tour Around Town benefits Foodbank
AKRON — Tour Around Town will take place March 9-23.
This year’s participating businesses are: Stagecoach Antiques, Zelio NOTO Boutique, Akron Family Restaurant, Urban Eats, Angel Falls Coffee Co., The Market Path, Nervous Dog Coffee Bar, The Bookseller, Every Blooming Thing, Hazel Tree Interiors, The Bomb Shelter, Good Life Tattoos and Piercing, The Eye Opener, Little Bits and Books and Mary Coyle Ice Cream.
Participants can give an optional donation of food or cash for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank to help with the Harvest for Hunger Campaign. Collection boxes will be available at all participating locations.
Those who visit at least four of the businesses listed may enter to win one of 15 gift certificates, one from each business.
OSBA honoring local members at annual luncheon
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The president of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) will visit Akron March 14 to speak to area attorneys about current issues facing the legal profession and to honor senior attorneys.
John Daily, a former Akron resident who now lives in Montana; Michael Hendler, of Copley; and George Tsarnas, who practices in West Akron, will be recognized for having practiced law for 50 years. Richard Chenoweth, who also practices in the Akron area, will be recognized for his 65 years in the practice of law.
First District Court of Appeals Judge Patrick Fischer, who is the 2012-13 OSBA president, will address the annual luncheon meeting of OSBA District 11 at the John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St. OSBA District 11 includes 1,493 members who practice in Portage and Summit counties.
Ronald Kopp, District 11 representative of the OSBA Board of Governors, will preside over the noon meeting, which will include the election of five members to the OSBA Council of Delegates. John Weisensell, Akron Bar Association president, will deliver welcoming remarks.
Before the luncheon meeting and recognition, an optional 2.5-hour continuing legal education (CLE) seminar will be offered from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. Advance seminar/lunch registration is $95 for OSBA members and $115 for nonmembers; seminar-only registration is $70 for members and $85 for nonmembers; and lunch-only registration is $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. After today, March 7, $25 will be added to the fee.
To register, call 800-282-6556.
Premier Bank & Trust agrees to acquire Fairlawn branch of First National Bank
FAIRLAWN — Rick Hull, president and CEO of Premier Bank & Trust, and Mark Witmer, president and CEO of First National Bank, have announced that Premier has entered into a definitive agreement with First National to acquire certain assets and assume certain liabilities of First National’s Fairlawn office.
The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2013. Under the terms and conditions of the transaction, Premier will acquire First National’s Fairlawn banking office location and total loans of approximately $10 million, and will assume total deposits of approximately $16 million. The loans are primarily owner-occupied commercial real estate and commercial industrial. The deposits are primarily core and time deposits, including checking, money market, savings accounts and certificates of deposit.
“The transaction with Premier fits our strategic plan, which is to concentrate our bank activities in our core markets,” Witmer said. “I’ve had a great relationship with the leadership at Premier for a number of years, and I believe that we leave our Fairlawn clients and staff in very capable hands.”
Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.
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