Profiles

April Profile: State Rep. Michael Ashford

Ohio State Rep. Michael Ashford

Q&A WITH Mark Feldstein gift product producer extraordinaire

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

Q&A WITH Deborah Barnett

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

Q&A WITH Mike Ferner

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

Q&A With Mary Ellen Pisanelli – Lawyer Extraordinaire

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

Q&A WITH David Tobian of Household Centralized Service

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

Q&A With: Marianne Ballas Car Connoisseur

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

Q&A WITH John Stone Merit House founder

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