Ann and Tim NSME
Posted: June 08, 2021

June 2021 NSME Akron/Canton Luncheon Recap

Learn all about the Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company's three phases to the resort, their vision, and structure from this informative talk by Anne Graffice. 

NSME May 2021 Meeting
Posted: May 11, 2021

Ray Hexamer, CEO and President of Stak Economic Development Board, spoke about his organization and Strengthening Stark's doing to keep and engage talent in Stark County. Strengthening Stark has been around for 38 years and is all about talent development. 

Here's the major problem the county is facing: 

In 2000 the population in Stark County was 378,000 

In 2040 it is projected to be 355,000, a 6% decline.

In the wake of new business opportunities, Ray said this is a problem. But, he said, "Progress begins when you acknowledge and face your challenges."


Find out what they did to turn this situation around in three short years. 

Jamie Brown MGM Northfield
Posted: June 18, 2019

Las Vegas is Here, Ohio! [NSME June Speaker, Jamie Brown of MGM Northfield]

By Kristin Shawd

You probably think that Las Vegas and Ohio have little in common. Well, MGM Resorts International is looking to change that perspective with their rebranding and marketing campaign that launched MGM’s entry into Ohio’s gaming market. 

What sounds like a tall order (linking Sin City and the Buckeye State through a launch campaign) is just the type of marketing insight that NSME Akron/Canton event attendees anticipate each month; and NSME’s June field trip to MGM Northfield Park delivered.

Jamie Brown (VP Marketing of MGM Northfield Park) shared the company’s strategy of transitioning the property from its well-known past as the Hard Rock Rocksino to its new identity — MGM Northfield Park


Ellen Moreau Sr VP Marketing Communications Sherwin Williams
Posted: May 21, 2019

153 Years of Success at Sherwin-Williams [NSME May Speaker, Ellen Moreau]

By Kristin Shawd

Marketing is all about “success by design,” noted Ellen Moreau (Senior Vice President of Marketing Communications at The Sherwin-Williams Company) as she wrapped up her presentation titled, “Old but not Old School.” The 200 in attendance at the May 21st  Collaborative Summit Group Event had a century+ of strategic decisions to consider in their own marketing efforts.

Posted: May 14, 2019

Renato Camacho’s State of The Airport (CAK) at NSME Akron/Canton May Luncheon

“The community is key to the success of the Akron/Canton Airport.”

This was the key takeaway from Renato “Ren” Camacho’s presentation at NSME Akron/Canton’s May Luncheon. Since stepping into the position of President & Chief Executive Officer of Akron/Canton Airport last October (2018), Ren has focused on a few key areas: Positioning CAK for the future/Gate Replacement Project; Ease of airport access & customer service; and, Getting the word out & collaborating locally.


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