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Government Affairs Council

The Regional Chamber is fortunate to have a talented cross section of business and non-profit leaders who serve on the Government Affairs Council (GAC). Members of the council, chaired by Gary Soukenik, president and CEO of Seven Seventeen Credit Union, volunteer their time and talents to oversee the focus of our government affairs initiatives. The GAC considers important legislative issues affecting the state and region and recommends action by the Regional Chamber Board of Directors. The Council also provides direction in formulating the Chamber’s Public Policy Agenda and hosts political update events throughout the year featuring federal, state and local government officeholders and candidates.

Council Members

Matt Blair, attorney, Blair & Latell Co., LPA
Barry Brits, general manager, Clean Energy Future – Lordstown
David Deibel, president, Boardman Steel Inc.
Charles George, CEO, HAPCO
Michael Hripko, associate vice president for research, Youngstown State University
Ed Kolodziej Jr., president and COO, Aqua Ohio
Claudia Kovach, Corporate Secretary/Vice President, City Machine Technologies
Steve Kristan, director, external relations / GAC vice chairman, AT&T
Mark Lamoncha, President/CEO/Owner, Humtown Products
Sean Logan, president, Sean Logan & Associates
Jeff Magada, executive director, Flying High Inc.
David Mosure, vice president, construction services, ms consultants
Kevin Reilly, executive vice president, Builders Association
Bill Ritter, gas account manager II, Dominion
John Saganich, partner,, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease
Neil Schor, attorney, Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell, Ltd.
Peppe Smith, vice president, Camelot Lanes
Gary Soukenik, president and CEO / GAC chairman, Seven Seventeen Credit Union
Adam Timblin, manager, Cohen & Company
Laura Tubo, external affairs manager, FirstEnergy
Mike Wellendorf, government relations liaison, Akron Children’s Hospital
Mark Wenick, Chief Wealth Management Officer, Farmers Bank Group
Mark Zeidenstein, secretary / treasurer, L. Calvin Jones & Co.
Ralph Zerbonia, president, Universe Central Corporation