BUSINESS UPDATES | Farmers National Bank names new chief credit officer

Desy Papper

Also among today’s business updates: Betras, Kopp & Harshman; Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber; Raymond John Wean Foundation; and AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. CANFIELD — Farmers National Bank has promoted Timothy F. Shaffer to executive vice president, chief credit officer.  Shaffer joined Farmers in 2011 as vice president, commercial lending […]

Also among today’s business updates: Betras, Kopp & Harshman; Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber; Raymond John Wean Foundation; and AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

CANFIELD — Farmers National Bank has promoted Timothy F. Shaffer to executive vice president, chief credit officer. 

Shaffer joined Farmers in 2011 as vice president, commercial lending team leader. He previously served as senior vice president, chief lending officer and regional president of Farmers National Bank.

In his new role as chief credit officer, Shaffer will oversee the bank’s lending departments while also crafting credit-making decisions, product development and credit quality supervision.

“Tim remains an incredible asset to our executive team and has helped Farmers achieve record growth over the last few years,” Kevin Helmick, president and CEO of Farmers, said in a news release. “His years of experience in commercial banking, along with his reputation in the business community, helped us create a model where we deliver needed capital to our local business communities while preserving our strong credit quality.”

Morley joins Betras, Kopp & Harshman’s complex litigation group

YOUNGSTOWN — Attorney Michael Morley has joined Betras, Kopp & Harshman’s complex litigation group and is now available to consult with and advise clients in Ohio, the New York Metropolitan area and cities across the United States, managing partner David Betras announced.

Morley is the fourth member of the Complex Litigation Group, joining attorneys Brian Kopp; Christopher Knopik, who is also managing attorney of the firm’s Tampa, Fla., office; and Douglas Titus.

“Mike is a long-time friend, colleague and an outstanding lawyer who will strengthen and enhance our complex litigation practice,” Kopp said in a news release. “In addition to widening our areas of expertise, Mike’s presence will enable us to expand our footprint in New York City, which in turn will give us access to a huge pool of potential clients who will fuel BKH’s growth in the years ahead.”

Morley began his legal career in 1981. He serves as general counsel for large multistate commercial real estate developers; was president of CineBlast, a Manhattan-based film production company; and worked directly with Bloomberg Beta, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s private equity firm, where he was responsible for identifying locations throughout the United States ripe for private equity investment.

“When David and Brian offered me the opportunity to both focus on the type of extremely complicated cases and issues that have always been my passion and to practice alongside and one of the most talented teams of attorneys in the nation, I seized it,” Morley said. “I’m excited about joining a firm that is changing and improving the complex litigation paradigm.”

To contact Morley, call 330-746-8484 or 800-477-2889, or email [email protected]

Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber fills 3 positions

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber has added three new members to its team. 

The chamber hired Ryan McNaughton as vice president of Government Affairs, Giuseppe Merlo as director of Member Engagement and Jacob Zillinger as a marketing and graphics specialist.

McNaughton, of Niles, was most recently the director of Community Relations & Resource Development for the Trumbull County Board of Developmental Disabilities and executive director of its Fairhaven Foundation. He also spent eight years at Kent State University as associate director of Advancement, Division of Student Affairs, and later as associate director of Advancement at Kent’s Ashtabula campus. McNaughton was also serving a third term as a Niles city councilman before resigning to join the chamber.

Merlo, of Niles, joined the chamber in late February. He previously was the special projects coordinator at the Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District.

Zillinger, of Warren, served as head graphic designer and social media specialist at Advantage Video & Marketing in Youngstown, where he created logos, ads, brand guidelines and more.

Walker-Pollack joins Wean Foundation as program officer

WARREN — Tara Walker-Pollack has joined The Raymond John Wean Foundation staff as program officer of Capacity Building. 

A native of Youngstown, Walker-Pollack has a background in community and economic development with eight years of nonprofit experience in roles impacting underresourced communities in both New York City and the Mahoning Valley. 

In her role with The Raymond John Wean Foundation, Walker-Pollack will manage the Capacity Building programming with an emphasis on incorporating principles of race equity and inclusion.

“I’m very excited to be a part of the Wean Foundation team and to partner with residents and organizations to continue creating authentic change,” Walker-Pollack said in a news release. “I’ve seen the impact of racial disparities first-hand in my work, and I’m looking forward to contributing my experience to build stronger, more equitable communities right here at home.”

Walker-Pollack earned a master’s degree in professional studies in community and economic development from Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from the University of Louisville.

Gasoline prices decrease 3 cents in Northeast Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN — After weeks of large increases, the average price for gasoline across Northeast Ohio is 3 cents cheaper this week at $2.72 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. The average is 56 cents more expensive than at the beginning of the year.

The average price for unleaded self-service gasoline in the Youngstown area is $2.72 per gallon.

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