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8/29/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

United Way names James Merklin 2013 campaign chair

James Merklin
SUMMIT COUNTY — James Merklin, a partner in the regional accounting firm Bober Markey Fedorovich, has been named chair of the 2013 United Way/Red Cross Campaign in Summit County.

Each year, the volunteer campaign chair recruits new and returning cabinet members, leads a number of special events for the campaign and works to plan and implement the fundraising effort.

“The opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the impressive men and women who have served in this role before me is truly an honor,” Merklin stated in a press release.

Merklin, of Copley, joined Bober Markey Fedorovich in 1997 and was elected partner in 2003. He is in charge of the firm’s assurance and advisory services. He is the second certified public accountant to serve as campaign chair in the organization’s 95-year history.

United Way of Summit County’s Board of Directors recently approved a $12.3 million goal for this year. This marks a $500,000 increase over the 2012 record-setting total.

Joining Merklin in volunteering for the campaign this year are: Nancy Baxter, Hydrotech Inc.; Brian Bishop, Bishop Financial Advisors; Nicholas Browning, FirstMerit Bank; Philip Cajka, Audio-Technica U.S. Inc.; Paul Catania, Oswald Cos.; Jeffrey Douglas, KeyBank; William Feth, AESCO Holdings LLC; Larry Frank, ComDoc Inc. (retired); Stuart Glauberman, Malco Products; Ann-Marie Hagenbuch, FirstMerit Bank; Paul Hardy, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.; Dale Highsmith Jr., ComDoc Inc.; Edward Hillmuth, Fifth Third Bank; Cindy Johnson, Bober Markey Fedorovich; Patrick Keating, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs LLP; John Kovatch, The University of Akron; Mark Krohn, Brennan, Manna, & Diamond LLC; William Lowery II, Stouffer Realty Inc.; Nancy Ellis McClenaghan, Goodwill Industries of Akron; Robert McConnell, North Akron Savings Bank; Thomas Morneweck, Local 1229 AFSCME; Linda Nuosci, Fifth Third Bank; Ann Marie O’Brien, Davis & Young L.P.A.; Kendra Philon, Meaden & Moore Ltd.; Sandra and Richey Smith; and Theodore Walter, Fifth Third Bank.


Trendy Specs Optique opens in Fairlawn

FAIRLAWN — Trendy Specs Optique has opened at 141 Ghent Road.

Owned by Walter Paris, Dan Uzl and Deborah Graham, the business offers complete eye examinations and a full-service optical dispensary.

Trendy Specs Optique store hours are Mondays through Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, call 234-208-9185, email info@trendyspecsoptique.com or visit www.trendyspecsoptique.com.


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports

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