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CREDIT UNION REACHES MILESTONE: 717 Credit Union now serves more than 100,000 account holders, surpassing the milestone reached at the end of 2021.

With assets of nearly $1.4 billion, the credit union continues to grow and serve its members and the communities of northeast Ohio. Last year, membership in the credit union increased by 6%, and over the past five years, membership has increased by more than 26%.

The brand comes after the credit union was named one of the top 100 credit unions in the United States last year. 717 was ranked first in Ohio and 40th nationally for the top performing U.S. credit unions in 2020 by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

CHAMBER TO HOST DINNER: The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, in conjunction with ScaleCo, Huntington and HBK, will honor 20 family businesses at the first Mahoning Valley Family Business Recognition Dinner from 5-8 p.m. on March 11 at the Lake Club Poland.

The event is a continuation of the Family-Owned Business Program, a series of informative panels launched in 2021.

The evening will include a keynote address from Huntington Bank Chairman, President and CEO, Stephen Steinour.

Among the 20 family businesses nominated, the Regional Chamber and its partners will reward five of them in specific categories: ScaleCo Success in Succession, Huntington Social Impact Award, HBK Growth Story, Family-Owned Business Advocate of the Year and Local Presence in national.

RECOGNIZED LAWYERS: Three Brouse McDowell attorneys who work in the firm’s Canfield office have been recognized by Super Lawyers on its 2022 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Timothy M. Reardon and Matthew G. Vansuch, who both practice business law, were named to the Super Lawyers list. Brian A. Coulter, who also practices business law, was named to the Rising Stars list.

Super Lawyers represents 5% of Ohio’s lawyers, while Rising Stars represents less than 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40 or practicing law for 10 years or less. Lawyers are recognized through nominations by their peers based on their professional achievements.

THE RETIRED LAWYER: John L. Pogue, an attorney at Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell, has retired from the law firm after more than 50 years.

He began practicing law in 1969 and has served clients primarily in the areas of commercial law and estate planning. Pogue has served as legal counsel to many prominent organizations including Trumbull Memorial Hospital, Second National Bank, Wean United, Copperweld Steel, Trumbull Country Club and First Presbyterian Church.

Additionally, he was instrumental in starting and expanding several non-profit organizations in the Warren area, such as the Raymond John Wean Foundation and BRITE Energy Innovators.

Pogue’s community leadership roles included Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Youngstown State University, Chairman of the Warren Area Community Improvement Corporation, Chairman of the Warren City Schools Foundation, and Chairman of the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce .

CASSIDY ADD CLIENT: Canfield-based Cassidy Advertising & Consulting, LLC has added electrical service provider VEC, Inc. as a new client.

VEC, Inc. provides complete construction solutions to a variety of industries across the United States. The company started out providing electrical contracting services in 1965, but quickly grew into a full service construction provider.

Today, VEC, Inc. is comprised of six divisions that assist customers with their rebuild, upgrade and expansion projects. Their divisions include civil and infrastructure, general contracting, industrial, oil and gas, power, and systems integrator.

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP FOR HOMEBUYERS OFFERED: The Credit Union of Ohio will launch its first series of workshops for homebuyers at 10 a.m. Saturday. More are scheduled for noon on February 8 and 6 p.m. on February 9. Other sessions for first-time buyers may be added at a later date.

The free virtual workshops will cover the important things individuals need to consider before and during their home search in order to make a wise financial investment in today’s competitive market.

The workshops are open to the public but prior registration is required. Check out the full program and register at

SOUTHWOODS ADDS NEW TECHNOLOGY: Southwoods Health has announced the arrival of the Vantage Galan 3T MRI at Southwoods Imaging.

MRI uses a radiation-free magnetic field to produce high-resolution 3D images of organs and structures inside the body. The amount of information provided by the exam is directly related to the strength of the magnetic field. 3T MRI is the strongest magnet used in medicine today and produces the most detailed and accurate images with the highest degree of resolution.

Southwoods Imaging is the only facility in the area to have multiple 3T units in one location.

NEW SITES OPEN AT THE MALL: This month, three new sites opened at the Southern Park Mall in Boardman.

The Bunker, an indoor golf practice and entertainment venue, opened on January 14. Inside the Bunker is Double Bogey’s Bar & Grill, a family-friendly, sit-down restaurant that serves gourmet fare.

Steel Valley Brew Works also opened, which roasts, brews and sells coffee, as well as craft beer, cocktails, espresso martinis and small plates from their kitchen, “The oven.” Steel Valley Brew Works also offers bocce, pinball and billiards.

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REAL ESTATE AGENTS JOIN THE COMPANY: Coldwell Banker EvenBay Real Estate recently added real estate agent Christopher Lopez Jr. to its team of real estate professionals.

Lopez, a Youngstown native, earned his real estate license in Ohio in 2021. In addition to real estate, he is part of security operations at the Covelli Center.

Matthew Nero, who also received his real estate license in 2021, was also recruited. In addition to real estate, Nero, of Cortland, is the dean of students at the Youngstown Academy of Excellence.

Lopez and Nero will provide real estate services in and around Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties.

PREMIER APPOINTS DIRECTOR: Premier Financial Corp., the Youngstown-based holding company of Premier Bank and First Insurance Group, has appointed Nikki Lanier to the company’s board of directors.

Lanier is the founder and CEO of Harper Slade, a racial equality consultancy that began operations Jan. 1. Prior to that, Lanier was senior vice president and site general manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

AGENT JOINS MORE OPTIONS: Walter Taggart has joined More Options Realty. He will be the Associate Broker in Pennsylvania serving the Philadelphia, PA area. He has years of experience operating his own brokerage and has now chosen to join More Options Realty.

FARMERS TEAM EXPANDS: Canfield-based Farmers National Bank has expanded its District Sales Management team with the addition of Peter Opperman as District Sales Manager. Farmers expanded its geographic footprint and created a fourth district after its acquisition of Cortland Bancorp, Inc.

In this role, Opperman is responsible for the direction, coordination and evaluation of North District retail branches, while assisting retail staff and branch loan officers in achieving sales goals and to remain operational.

Opperman previously served as vice president of private banking and corporate banking in the Cleveland area for Cortland Bank. He brings with him over 15 years of banking, commercial and residential lending experience.

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