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12/5/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Naragon named CEO of Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS

INDEPENDENCE — Seth Task, president of the Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS® (ACAR), has announced Sandy Naragon, RCE, is the new CEO of the 4,500-member organization, subject to contract negotiations.

According to ACAR officials, Naragon was the CEO of the Akron Area Board of REALTORS (AABOR) for 15 years and has served as the co-CEO since the merger of AABOR and the Cleveland Area Board of REALTORS Oct. 15.

Task noted a nationwide search was conducted for the CEO position of the newly formed association. “Sandy is a proven industry leader at the state and national level,” he said. “Her leadership development skills are highly regarded by her peers and REALTOR leaders with whom she has worked. She also has a strong presence in the community through her longtime involvement in Rebuilding Together and Rotary.”

Naragon named Mike Valerino, RCE, chief operating officer of the organization.

“Mike played a significant role in the merger process,” she said. “We have worked together very well as a management team. I’m thrilled to keep that momentum going.

“My goal is to work alongside President Task and the REALTOR leadership to position ACAR as an industry leader,” added Naragon. “As a trade association, we not only advocate for our members, but also for homeowners. Whether it is through community outreach, education or support of policies that open the doors to homeownership and protect private property rights, the Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS is the voice of real estate in Northeast Ohio.”

According to ACAR officials, Naragon has a bachelor’s degree in business and organizational communications from The University of Akron. She holds the RCE (REALTORS Certified Executive) designations from the National Association of REALTORS. Naragon held various positions at AABOR throughout her 30-year career with the organization. She also is a graduate of the 2003 Leadership Akron program.


KinderCare collecting teddy bears for Children’s Hospital

GREATER AKRON — Several area KinderCare locations are partnering with NewsChannel 5 in collecting donations of new teddy bears this holiday season.

Donations will be collected Dec. 9-13 from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at any KinderCare location in the Akron, Canton and Cleveland area. Donations will be delivered to children at Akron Children’s Hospital and Cleveland Clinic.

In the South Side News Leader’s coverage area, KinderCare is located at 3405 Massillon Road in Green.

Visit www.kindercare.com to find additional locations.

For more information, contact Amber Bowling, district manager, at 330-322-0026 or abowling@klcorp.com.


Schoner Chevrolet offering free gift assembly program

HARTVILLE — Schoner Chevrolet is bringing back its Free Gift Assembly program this season.

The program offers parents help in assembling overly complicated gifts. Parents can drop off their unassembled items to Schoner’s Service Department Dec. 10-21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and technicians will assemble the items at no charge. The items can picked up Dec. 21 by 5 p.m.

“Everybody in the dealership is involved,” said Jim Dooley, Schoner service director. “We do everything, including gas grills, furniture, bikes, dollhouses and remote-control cars. We’re always interested to see what parents are going to bring in. This is our way of giving back to the community and our customers.”

According to company officials, the free gift assembly program began in 1985. Since then, the dealership has assembled hundreds of toys and gifts for families and has expanded the event from its original one-day sprint to a less frantic two-week schedule.

Schoner Chevrolet is located at 720 W. Maple St. For more information about the program, call Schoner’s at 330-877-7631.


Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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