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Chamber awards Ambassador of the Year, names finalists

Mike Powell, president/owner of Sign Solutions of Ohio, was chosen as the 2013 recipient of the Ambassador of the Year by the Lima /Allen County Chamber of Commerce.

Sign Solutions of Ohio has been in business since 2005. It provides quick turn-around on exterior signs, banners, vehicle wraps, interior signs, office ADA signs, trade-show displays and electronic message displays.

Powell serves as chair of the Chamberís membership committee and small business committee. He is involved in the executive round table, Lima Rotary and Noon Optimist Club. He is also a member of the Wapakoneta First United Methodist Church and is involved in the Greater Sidney Area Emmaus Community. He is married with three children.

The organization also released a list of finalists for the award, including† Michele Knoch-Hicks, director of sales and catering at Holiday Inn & Suites; Bill Lamont, who worked in education and business and 30 years serving his country as a military officer.


Sarno named to insurance board

Thomas A. Sarno, CPCU, with Webb Insurance Agency, Inc., in Lima, has been named as a board member to the Professional Independent Agents Association of Ohio, Inc.

The Professional Independent Agents Association membership includes more than 25,000 members, including independent insurance agents, agency staff and their clients. Independent agents offer various types of insurance, auto, health, home, life and business insurance, from many different companies to match consumers with the best choices for their particular needs.

Bluffton appoints members to committees

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurís board committee appointments for 2013 were announced by board president Brendon Matthews:

BCE/Chamber synergy: Dick McGarrity, George Lehman, Cam Warner and Fred Steiner.

BCE Client space: Dave Steiner, Mitch Kingsley and Laura Voth.

Business Survey: Fred Steiner, George Lehman, Ryan Lowry and Jeff Sprague.

Menu of client services: Denise Durenberger, Brendon Matthews and Laura Voth.

Resource development: Hans Houshower, Jeff Sprague, Fred Rodabaugh and Brendon Matthews.

BCE business plan: Brendon Matthews and Hans Houshower.

The mission of the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs is to provide resources, financial, intellectual and technological, in partnership with local educators and business leaders that will facilitate and nurture growth of new and developing enterprises.


First Federal Bank promotes Minnick

Gary Minnick has been promoted to commercial lender. Minnick has been with First Federal Bank since 2006. In his new role, he will be responsible for small business loans, commercial industrial loans and commercial real estate loans, primarily in the Lima area.

Minnick received his bachelorís degree in business administration from Bridgewater College and has more than 13 years of banking experience. He is an active member of the Lima Exchange Club, the Lima Young Professionals and several United Way committees. Minnick is currently a member of the board of trustees for the Lima Allen Council for Community Affairs, the current chair for the United Way Young Leaders Society and a member of the board of trustees for Marimor Industries, Inc.

He is a 2007 graduate of the Allen Lima Leadership Program. He and his wife, Jennifer, are members of St. Charles Catholic Church, Lima. They have two children.

Sherriff-Goslin names Hinkle area manager

Jim Hinkle has been named the manager for the Sherriff-Goslin Roofing company.

Hinkle is a graduate of Kenyon College and has been honored by Entrepreneurial Magazine and other publications in the past for his business acumen.


Pathways Counseling Center achieves three-year accreditation

Pathways Counseling Center, Inc., of Ottawa, has been accredited for three years of rights behavioral health programs. Programs include case management/services coordination, crisis intervention, outpatient treatment and prevention and diversion for adult and childrenís mental health and alcohol and drug services. In 2006, the Ohio Department of Mental Health mandated that agencies be nationally accredited. The latest accreditation is the third consecutive three-year accreditation that the international accrediting body has awarded to Pathways.

Pathways Counseling Center, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization with offices in Ottawa. It has been providing behavioral health services to the people of Putnam County and surrounding area since 1970.


First Federal Bank hires Soldenwagner

Deborah Soldenwagner has been hired as community banking center manager by First Federal Bank.

Soldenwagner brings more than 17 years of experience to her new role where she will manage daily operations and staff while developing and growing business relations in the Lima area.

She is a past president of Downtown Lima, where she helped complete the restoration of a historic train depot. She resides in Elida with her husband, Timothy.

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