Commercial Savings Bank representatives continue to visit Hancock County schools to assist with public safety assemblies about the dangers of texting and driving.
CSB is proud to help sponsor this initiative which is being organized by the Hancock County Sheriff's Department YIELD program and Jyoakam Advertising. To learn more, "like" the RAB/Findlay.Hancock County Facebook page. Assemblies were recently conducted at Cory Rawson, Liberty Benton, McComb and Riverdale.
In the photos above, (left) Findlay Branch Managers Bob Meyerhoffer and Suzzette Boyd help out at an assembly at McComb High School. In the photo on the right, Arlington Assistant Banking Center Manager Julie Barnett is busy helping hand out thumb rings at the Riverdale High School assembly.
FINDLAY--Commercial Savings Bank's Matt Wood, Vice President/Business Development Officer, presented the Professional of the Year Award at the 48th Small Business Awards luncheon sponsored by the Findlay•Hancock County Chamber of Commerce.
RCM Architects Inc. was this year's recipient. Jerry Murray from RCM Architects was on hand to receive the award from Matt Wood and Findlay•Hancock County Chamber Director Dionne Neubauer. The Professional of the Year Award was one of 11 awards presented to small business in the Findlay Hancock County area that have helped build the local community and economy through their entrepreneurial spirit.
HANCOCK COUNTY ---As Hancock County Sheriff’s Office YIELD officers visit local schools this fall, the message will focus on the increasing problem of texting and driving.
In conjunction with the Remember Alex Brown Foundation, the sheriff’s office and JYoakam Advertising have put together an initiative to educate young drivers and their families about the dangers of texting and driving.
Television’s Extreme Home Makeover show recently highlighted the Brown family from Texas and helped them start the Remember Alex Brown Foundation.
Teenager Alex Brown was killed in a single car accident as she drove to high school for what should have been an ordinary day in her senior year. Alex lost her life to texting while driving. Her parents have chosen to honor her memory by educating teenagers on the dangers of driving and texting and asking them to sign a pledge declaring they will not text while driving.
"After watching this moving story last December, I just knew we needed to bring this message to our community, especially after avoiding a head-on collision this past summer with a distracted driver,” said Jason Yoakam, owner of JYoakam Advertising. “It was that week I knew we needed to get the message out about the dangers of distracted driving. I’m so thankful for the great support from our community's corporate partners. I can't thank them enough for supporting this very important safety awareness message.”
Unfortunately, Alex Brown’s story is not unique. Research reveals that 46% of drivers under 18 admit to texting while driving. Driver distraction is a factor in 25 to 50% of all car accidents, with 61% of teen drivers admitting to risky driving habits. Add to that 52% of 16- and 17-year-old teen drivers confess to making and answering cell phone calls on the road. 34% admit to text messaging while driving. The statistics are alarming and reaching epidemic levels.
“The primary responsibility of any driver is to drive safely. When a driver is distracted, his or her performance is disrupted and then both the driver and others are at serious risk,” said Tim Saltzman, Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy and YIELD officer. “Please rememberthat texting while driving can be deadly, and ‘If you text, you could be next’."
YIELD, which stands for Young Individuals Educating Local Drivers, is a non-profit organization comprised of local law enforcement officers, adults and teenagers volunteering their time to educate the public on the importance of safe driving.
YIELD will be visiting county schools this fall to spread the message and ask students to “Take the Pledge” and not text and drive. The group’s progress can be followed on Facebook at RABFindlayHancockCounty. Students signing the pledge will receive a thumb ring reminding them not to text and drive. After school hour community events are also being planned to bring the program to family and friends. This community effort is being sponsored with the help of several local corporate sponsors.
Commercial Savings Bank was an award sponsor during the 48th annual Small Business Awards presented by the Findlay*Hancock County Chamber of Commerce. The awards luncheon took place on October 13, 2011 at Winebrenner Theological Seminary. Under the direction of Dionne Neubauer, Director of the Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce, over 250 business professionals were in attendance. Chris Oaks, of WFIN, served as the event emcee.
The following is a list of both small business and community awards that were distributed. Please take a moment to congratulate these individuals and organizations on a job well done!:
-Small Business Awards-
Family Owned Small Business Champion of the Year
Presented to: The Feasel Group
Sponsored by: CompManagement Inc. (CMI) &
CompManagement Health Systems (CHS)
Small Business Exporter of the Year
Presented to: Rowmark, LLC
Sponsored by: The Companies of Tall Timbers Industrial Park
Women in Business Champion of the Year
Presented to: Pam Hamlin, Trends! On Main
Sponsored by: WFIN-WKXA-106.3 The Fox Radio
Diversity Small Business Champion of the Year
Presented to: Ming's Great Wall West, Inc.
Sponsored by: Marathon Petroleum Corp.
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Presented to: Jim Steffen, Jim's Hot Dogs
Sponsored by: First Federal Bank
Small Business Person of the Year
Presented to: John Bauer, Outlaw Innovation, Inc.
Sponsored by: The University of Findlay
Small Business of the Year
Presented to: Reineke Ford Lincoln, Inc.
Sponsored by: Six Disciplines Northwest Ohio
Agriculture Enterprise Champion of the Year
Presented to: Hancock County Fairgrounds, lead by Dave Thomas
Sponsored by: Citizens National Bank
Downtown Champion of the Year
Presented to: The Wine Merchant
Sponsored by: Fifth Third Bank
Professional of the Year
Presented to: RCM Architects
Sponsored by: Commercial Savings Bank
Small Business Manufacturing Excellence
Presented to: Rowmark, LLC
Sponsored by: PRO-TEC Coating Co.
Presented to: Mary Beth Hammond, Fifth Third Bank
Sponsored by: Huntington Bank
Distinguished Leadership Award
Presented to: Rod Walton, First Federal Bank
Sponsored by: Hancock Leadership Alumni Association
Dennis Russell "Our Spirit Shows" Award
Presented to: Dave Thomas & The Hancock County Fair Board of Directors
Sponsored by: Hancock County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Community Partner Award
Presented to: Brian Elder, Domino's Pizza
Sponsored by: United Way of Hancock County
Blanchard Valley Industries S.T.A.R. Awards
Presented to: Best Buy Distribution Center and Kennedy Printing
Special thanks also goes to JOBsolutions, The Union Bank Company, Sink's Flowers, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Kan Du Studios, The Bistro on Main, JYokam Advertising and KC Allen Film & Video for their support of the event. For more information about this, or any other Chamber of Commerce programs, call 419-422-3313 or visit FindlayHancockChamber.com.
FINDLAY--Commercial Savings Bank is sponsoring a free concert, the Ultimate Tribute featuring Mike Albert & The Big E Band, during the Hancock County Fair.
The concert will take place on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 8 p.m. in the North Grandstand at the fairgrounds, located on Sandusky Street in Findlay. The concert is free with paid admision to the fairgrounds. The event is sponsored by CSB and the Hancock County Agricultural Society.