Over 20 years ago the Toledo Warehouse District Association (TWDA) took on the task of renovating a group of unoccupied buildings on St. Clair near Lafayette, with hopes of generating interest in the area. In those early stages, many considered the effort futile. But if you believe Kathy Steingraber, former director of the TWDA, she knew the revitalization of downtown would eventually be a success.
For over three decades, Robin Reese has worked with Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) in a tireless effort to protect area kids from abusive and neglectful situations. But according to Reese, if you ask the people closest to her, she’s had a passion for assisting people in the community even longer.
Born in Texas in 1947, by the age of 12 Velasquez lived in Ohio with his family, picking crops in the summer and working at a cannery in the winter.
Kelly Broadway (and her last name provides a hint) is a vocalist, comedienne, musician, entertainer, instructor, and actress and, when you hear her sing, you will agree she is absolutely awesome.
Ever wonder where all of those novelty and gift products you see in the stores come from? An entrepreneur right here in Toledo, Mark Feldstein began his company basically as a one-man show, setting up as a manufacturer’s representative organization which specialized in hand-held electronics. Over time Feldstein realized that the real potential for the
During Deborah Barnett’s 36 years as a member of the Huntington Bank team, she has had many different roles. She served appointments to boards at the City of Toledo, Toledo Public Schools and the University of Toledo. She has also been involved with many civic organizations, including the Toledo Zoo, Promedica, the Greater Toledo Urban
A long-time environmentalist and well-known community and peace activist, Mike Ferner was elected to two terms on Toledo City Council where he sponsored the largest investment in energy efficiency for municipal buildings in Ohio. He is the author of “Inside the Red Zone: A Veteran For Peace Reports from Iraq,” (Praeger/Greenwood), based on his two
Attorney Mary Ellen Pisanelli is a recognized leader in Northwest Ohio, not only in the legal profession but also for her community service. The Vermont native holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and a master’s from the University of Chicago. She earned her Juris Doctor from Temple University School of Law. Last
David Tobian has run Household Centralized Service (2052 W. Sylvania Ave.) since 1978. Started by his grandfather, Elmer Tobian, in 1936, HCS claims to be the oldest appliance and electronics repair business in the U.S., making the company a true Toledo legend. Well-respected in the area for fair pricing, David is a whiz in the
In 2004, after thirty five years in the car business, Marianne Ballas purchased Ballas Buick GMC. Now an Ohio sales leader, Ballas has received the “Mark of Excellence” award from General Motors for 5 consecutive years. The first woman owned dealership in the State of Ohio appointed through the General Motors’ “Women’s Retail Network”, Ballas
John Stone started working in nursing homes at the age of 15 when his dad and cousin bought an aging facility in Toledo’s Old West End. Many of his family members are also in the business; his great grandmother is Elizabeth Scott, founded the Elizabeth Scott Community after having been involved in nursing care. She
A graduate of DeVilbiss High School, Dee earned a B.S. in education from Ohio State and a M.Ed from the University of Toledo. A former elementary school teacher and Ottawa Hills school board member, she is an advocate for education. She was appointed to the Owen’s Community College Board of Trustees in 2002, 2008 and
Tom Baker graduated from Marietta High School and made his way to Bowling Green University with a full scholarship for playing basketball. He received his bachelor of science degree in 1964 and his master’s of education degree in 1969 before doing post master’s degree work at the University of Toledo. Baker began his career as
A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Judy Seibenick worked as one of Hospice of Northwest Ohio’s three original nurses. Seibenick has seen the hospice center grow, from her start there in 1980 to her appointment as Executive Director in 2000 to today, a staff of five who cared for about 100 patients during its
Tony was born and raised in the Birmingham neighborhood on Toledo’s East Side. His father, Tony Sr., opened Tony Packo’s Café in 1932 at the current east side location, the corner of Front and Consaul Sts. Following his father’s untimely death, Tony Jr. started working in the restaurant at age 15. He has led the
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With Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh both being born in Toledo, this area has a strong influence on the current college football scene. But nobody holds a stronger grip as a football legacy than Toledo’s own Coach Bob Snyder. Every time you watch a football game and the offense is wide open, say thank you
Tim combines a hard-edged business sense with a keen sensitivity for the rights of people with disabilities.
Judy Potter, owner of Toledo’s Black & White Transportation Co. has spent a considerable amount of that time involved in local charities. Ms. Potter’s commitment has led to the honor of being named the 2016 Paratransit & Contracting Operator of the Year by the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association, the century-old nonprofit trade association for the
A proud Ohioan, Dr. Mary Ann Gawelek, President of Lourdes University in Sylvania since June, 2016, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and sociology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. She was awarded her Master of Education and Doctor of Education in counseling psychology degrees from Boston University. Prior to becoming president of Lourdes
by Pat Nowak In November the parties begin – the get togethers to cheer on your favorite team, the company holiday party, gatherings at the neighbors and other celebrations – everyone wants to be dazzling. In 2016 women have many options but make sure you know the dress code for the evening before making your grand
By Pat Nowak A product of NW Ohio, Don attended local schools, Newbury, Jones Jr High and Libbey High School. He went to the Air Force after high school and once discharged, opened his first business, Michael’s Beverage Center in 1960. He operated the business while attending the University of Toledo, graduating in 1962. He began a
Robin Reese is the Executive Director of Lucas County ChildrenServices, the county agency responsible for protecting children from abuse and neglect. She was named director by the agency’s board of trustees in March 2016, six months after being named interim director and one year after being named associate director of the agency. Since 1984, she’s
Kristi K. Hoffman is an award-winning television host and producer, past PBS-TV media personality, author, businesswoman and keynote speaker. As CEO and Founder of Total Package Global, Kristi develops success tools for pre-teen and teenaged girls and boys, young professionals, as well as seasoned executives to assist them in reaching their life and business goals.