leadership

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz receives “20 Under 40” Leadership Recognition Award

Montz, Aaron-photo.jpgPress release provided by 20 Under 40 program

Toledo, Ohio, September 25, 2018 – Aaron Montz, Mayor of the City of Tiffin, received a 2018 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award on Monday, September 24 at the 23nd annual 20 Under 40 ceremony.  He was selected from a record number of 255 candidates.

Montz was elected to Tiffin City Council in 2007 at age 22. In 2011 at age 26, he was elected Mayor, becoming the youngest Mayor in Tiffin’s history. He was re-elected in 2015 with slightly over 85% of the vote, the highest percentage of any challenged campaign in Tiffin’s history. During his tenure, the unemployment rate has dropped from 9.9% to 3.9, and Tiffin has ranked in the top 10% of nearly 600 micropolitans nationwide each year by site selection magazine.

He founded and served as president of the Seneca County Young Professionals, an organization that has grown from 3 to 130.  He formed a “Student Advisory Council” comprised of students from both Tiffin University and Heidelberg University to provide feedback and lend assistance to make Tiffin more of a college town.

In 2017, Montz received the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation’s President’s Award. In 2013, he was appointed by Governor Kasich to the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission, and serves as president of Northwest Ohio Mayors and Mangers Association.

He serves on the board of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services, Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation, Seneca Regional Planning commission, Seneca County Young  Professionals, Tiffin downtown Development, and is the Seneca County Director on the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council.

Montz earned a Bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Political Science from Heidelberg University.

The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their career and/or in the community. An independent panel of judges selects the 20 candidates for recognition.  It is intended that the program will further motivate young leaders in our area. Since 1996, 460 young, community leaders have been recognized through the 20 Under 40 program.

Program sponsors include Eastman & Smith; Fifth Third Bank; Plante Moran; The Andersons, Inc.; University of Toledo Alumni Association and Sauder Woodworking Co.  The Toledo Business Journal serves as the media partner, Leadership Toledo serves as the community partner and The Creative Block is the website partner.  Community support is provided by EPIC Toledo, The Toledo Symphony, Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Opera, Toledo Zoo, Ulrich Pinciotti and the Valentine Theatre.

SBA seeking Emerging Leaders for training program

emerging leadersThe U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking 15 applicants for its Emerging Leaders Initiative to be held in Tiffin later this year. This is the first time the program, a seven month course for entrepreneurs looking to take their business to the next level, is being offered in a community of this size.

The training program is provided at no cost to the participants, and the StreetWise Steps™ to Small Business Growth curriculum gives small business owners an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience through a combination of executive education, practical tips based on real-life business experience, and advice from business leaders that can be readily applied.

From the SBA:

Emerging Leaders Initiative provides free entrepreneurship education and training for executives of small, poised-for-growth companies that are potential job creators.  This intensive executive entrepreneurship series includes nearly 100 hours of classroom time. It also provides opportunities for small business owners to work with experienced coaches and mentors, attend workshops, and develop connections with their peers, local leaders, and the financial community.

Participants are given the opportunity to work with experienced mentors, attend specialized workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and the financial community. The Initiative incorporates a curriculum that is research-based and nationally scalable, enabling participating businesses to engage in focused development and expansion strategies, including options for accessing new capital and securing government contracts.

Since its inception in 2008, the SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative has trained over 5,000 small business owners, creating over 6,500 jobs, generating over $300 million in new financing, and securing over $3.16 billion in government contracts.

Given the success of SBA’s Emerging Leaders, the SBA has expanded the initiative to include 60 locations to help growing entrepreneurs in emerging markets.

Interested candidates can apply here, or contact Tom Sangrik at (216) 522-4198 or thomas.sangrik@sba.gov.

Additional information about the program can also be found in this FAQ.

Terra State’s Kern Center expands leadership training opportunities

Terra Logo 12.8Press Release from Terra State Community College

Fremont, OH, February 21, 2018Terra State Community College’s Kern Center has announced a new partnership with Development Dimensions International (DDI) to offer leadership development training.  DDI is a human resource firm widely recognized for leadership and management training programs that improve employee performance.  The company received the top ranking as the number one leadership development provider by Kennedy Consulting Research and Advisory’s The Kennedy Vanguard Matrix.

According to Steve Hillard, Terra State’s Executive Director of Workforce Development & Corporate Partnerships, the partnership will allow businesses to access the expertise of DDI at a more affordable cost.  “The Kern Center is able leverage our partnership to acquire materials at a much lower cost and to bring certified trainers from a more local region that saves on travel expenses.”

The Kern Center will be offering trainings three times a year.  Modules will cover topics, such as, Communication for Leadership Success, Coaching for Peak Performance, Driving Change, Resolving Workplace Conflict, and Building and Sustaining Trust.

“The Kern Center is able to accommodate any company’s budget and training program focus,” Hillard says.  “This partnership enables the Kern Center to offer another level of leadership training to businesses in need of a program that goes beyond the basics.”

The next DDI training series begins February 28.  To register or receive more information about future DDI offerings through the Kern Center, contact Peter Palko, Workforce Development Account Executive, at 419.559.2325 or ppalko01@terra.edu.  Interested persons can also visit http://www.terra.edu/ContinuingEducation.html.

ABOUT THE KERN CENTER
Terra State Community College’s Kern Center for Workforce Development and Corporate Partnerships designs and delivers training programs and courses, certification and testing, and apprenticeship programs for individuals and organizations. The Kern Center prides itself on offering high quality training and flexible delivery options that can help you or your organization meet and exceed your goals. The staff at the Kern Center looks forward to working with you!

ABOUT DDI
Since 1970, DDI has helped thousands of organizations achieve superior business performance through selecting, developing and retaining extraordinary people.

DDI’s two major areas of expertise include:

  • Helping companies find and hire better people faster.
  • Building leadership capacity and capability, enabling organizations to meet their current and emerging business needs.

DDI’s innovative solutions, including Web-based technologies, are customized to the needs of each client by a team of 1,000 experienced associates in 70 locations around the world. For more information about DDI, visit www.ddiworld.com.