JOINED: Eastern Gateway Community College President Laura Meeks has joined the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship's "Presidents for Entrepreneurship" forum.
Through the program, presidents of community colleges throughout the country commit to increase the focus on entrepreneurship at their institutions and the impact the colleges have on the economic well being of the communities they serve.
With the economy lagging in many regions of the U.S., more than 170 community colleges around the country have joined the forum, including four others from Ohio.
"The strength and vitality of America are demonstrated by thriving small businesses," Meeks said. "Our goal is to support the recruitment and retention of small businesses through participation in training for entrepreneurship development."
The forum is in response to the Obama administration's call to stimulate economic growth state by state by encouraging people to start their own business. NACCE is a founding affiliate of the Startup America Partnership, an alliance of the country's most innovative entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, foundations and other leaders. NACCE Executive Director Heather Van Sickle said the forum is a way for community colleges to advance entrepreneurship and create jobs across the country. Those who join commit to developing transparency of college and community assets; creating internal and external teams dedicated to entrepreneurship, increasing entrepreneurial engagement in community colleges; engaging in industry cluster development; and creating broad exposure to their college's commitment to entrepreneurship.
NAMED: Timothy J. DiBerardino has been named vice president of marketing and distribution at the National Lime & Stone Co. of Findlay. He will be responsible for developing marketing strategy and oversees sales and operations for all product distribution activities.
The son of Debbie and Greg DiBerardino of Wintersville, he earned his bachelor of science degree in industrial and manufacturing engineering and his master's degree in business administration from the Indiana Institute of Technology. He and his wife, Kristi, have two children.
ELECTED: Elected to the board of directors at Premier Bank & Trust, headquartered in North Canton, recently were Brian Layman and Jim Tressel.
Layman, a principal with Layman, D'Atri & Associates LLC, is permitted to practice law in Ohio and Florida, and also is a licensed CPA in Ohio. His practice focuses primarily on estate, tax, asset protection and business succession planning, corporate law and trust and estate administration. He also is certified as a specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law by the Ohio State Bar Association. He earned his bachelor's degree in accounting, his master of taxation degree and his juris doctorate from the University of Akron. He's a member of the American Bar Association, state bar associations in Ohio and Florida and the Stark County Bar Association, as well as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Tressel is the University of Akron's vice president for strategic engagement. He was head football coach at Ohio State University for a dozen years, and after leaving there spent four months as a consultant to the Indianapolis Colts. He has authored two books, "Life Promises for Success" (2011) and "The Winner's Manual: For the Game of Life" (2008). He has participated in numerous events in support of the U.S. Armed Forces and is currently involved in fundraising activities for many charitable and philanthropic causes locally and nationally. He earned his master's degree in education from the University of Akron and his bachelor's degree in education from Baldwin-Wallace College.