A feather in caps

2017 Leadership Seneca County class graduates

PHOTO BY NICOLE WALBY David Zak, CEO and president of Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp., speaks at graduation for the class of 2017 Leadership Seneca County Monday at Pioneer Mill.

Members of local businesses celebrated their success throughout the Leadership Seneca County program Monday evening during the 2017 graduation ceremony at Pioneer Mill.

Twenty-one graduates earned their completion certificates of the program.

David Zak, CEO and president of Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp., was the guest speaker.

Zak said he appreciates the program and it is a concrete example of how Seneca County is “getting stuff done.”

“I appreciate all of you and how you all care deeply and have put forth the effort,” he said. “You didn’t have to take part in the program, but you did.”

Zak spoke of three ideas he has carried with him throughout his career from individuals who impacted him the most.

Those ideas are the power and importance of gratitude, the power and importance of volunteering and the power of community.

“Be grateful, volunteer and connect with your community,” he said. “Through helping others, you can impact tens and hundreds of people and leave a legacy and have successes you can be proud of.”

The class of 2017 has worked on a project throughout the year. Members put together the “Pedal Forward” program and plan to distribute more than 300 bicycles throughout Seneca County to children in low-income families.

“This project will give the opportunity for those children who may not be able to purchase a bike,” Kim Radison, the LSC coordinator, said.

Radison said this was the most meaningful of many options discussed.

The project includes providing bikes, helmets and bike locks for area youth. There also will be specially designed bike racks installed in Tiffin and Fostoria.

The bikes are to be distributed in June.

Members of the Leadership Seneca County class of 2017 include Jaclyn Arbogast, Corporate One Benefits; Clayton John Bailey, First Lutheran Church; Lori Bentz, Tiffin University; Michelle Bowers, Webster Industries Inc.; Mandy Brause, Seneca Conservation District; Tiffany Cavanaugh, Seneca County Juvenile and Probate Court; Mark Faeth, ACI Construction Co. Inc.; Karen Frank, Seneca County Opportunity Center; Greg Harkins, US Bank; Reannon Hayes, Reannon Hayes Professional Organizer; William McCague, Webster Industries Inc.; Jennifer Montoney, St. Francis Nursing Home; Jeff North, Camp Fire of Northwest Ohio; Natalie Ranker, Seneca County Opportunity Center; Bryce Riggs, SEIDC; Matthew Ross, Tiffin-Seneca Public Library; Matt Ryan, Webster Industries; Anita Sanchez, WSOS Community Action; Sammantha Schneider, Mercy Health-Tiffin Hospital; Kyle Smith, Roger Smith Insurance; and Andrew Wiedemann, Christ’s Church at Tiffin.