The Warren P. Williamson Jr. College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University presents 2014 WCBA Outstanding Alumni Awards at a banquet Friday, Oct. 17, in Williamson Hall on campus.
Reception starts at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. For more information and to make reservations, visit www.ysu.edu/wcba or contact Christine Shelton, coordinator of external relations at 330-941-3068 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s award recipients are Samuel Grooms, BSBA ‘81, Outstanding Business Alumnus; Larry Moliterno, AB ’85, MBA ‘99, Outstanding MBA Alumnus; Thaddeus Smith, MBA ‘09, Outstanding Recent Alumnus; Tim Petrey, CPA, CGMA, NSSA, BSBA ‘09, Outstanding Recent Alumnus; and Jocelyne Kollay Linsalata, AB ’74, MBA ‘80, Outstanding Service Award.
Samuel Grooms, Chief Executive Officer at Hy-Tek Material Handling Inc., will be recognized as outstanding business alumnus. In his role as Chief Executive Officer, Grooms is responsible for measuring risk, managing growth, and maintaining relationships with firm’s vendors, bankers and other valuable business partners. Based in Columbus, Ohio, Grooms has spent his entire professional career, more than 33 years, at Hy-Tek. Working his way through the ranks from Aftermarket Sales Representative and Capital Sales Representative to Vice President of Integrated Systems, he was named CEO in 1997. Under Grooms’ leadership, Hy-Tek’s revenues have grown nearly seven-fold over the past decade, with sales of $72 million recorded in 2013. Recognized for his business acumen, Grooms has twice been a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. As an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), Hy-Tek is owned by its associates. Grooms retains one-quarter ownership of the company, with the remaining three-fourths divided among Hy-Tek’s employee-owners. Active professionally, Grooms served on the board of directors of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) from 1994-2002. In addition, he was a member of MHEDA’s executive board, 1995-2002, and served as the association’s youngest ever president in 1999. Mr. Grooms served on Key Bank’s Advisory Council as well as NACCO Material Handling Group and Unarco’s Client Advisory Councils.
The MBA Outstanding Business Award will be presented to Larry Moliterno, president and CEO of Meridian Community Care, a diverse agency that covers both primary and behavioral health care as well as corporate wellness services. The agency has a budget of $10 million and has a staff of over 200. He is responsible for all aspects of agency operations, including fiscal, programming, operations, marketing, development, and planning. Moliterno has spent the last 24 years serving the community in various nonprofit positions, including director of planning and community investment for the Youngstown/Mahoning Valley United Way and Executive Director of Catholic Charities Regional Agency. His efforts to stimulate community support, build credibility for the nonprofit agencies, and develop strategies for continuous improvement have created broader community awareness. As an adjunct faculty member at YSU and township trustee for the Boardman Township, Moliterno remains committed to the growth of the region as well as his local community. Moliterno has served on the board of more than 20 community organizations throughout his career, including the Mahoning County Family First Council, Comprehensive Strategy for Youth, Healthy Valley Alliance and Boardman Community Baseball. He is a graduate of Leadership Mahoning Valley and was named 2012 Mahoning County Board of Mental Health “Director of the Year.” He currently serves as the President of Ohio Alliance of Recovery Providers.
Thaddeus Smith and Tim Petrey will receive the Recent Outstanding Alumni Award.
Smith, vice president of Administration at Callos Resource (formerly Callos Companies), joined the Callos Companies in 2005 as the Benefits Coordinator, and has since held positions in staffing, sales, and management. He currently oversees Callos’ Sales, Risk Management, and Human Resources. He is also responsible for on-boarding new operating regions. Prior to joining The Callos Companies, Smith worked for nine years in contract security services, managing operations for Boston Properties, CarrAmerica, Compaq/ HP, and Sun Microsystems, in Boston, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. He also served in the U.S. Army’s elite Old Guard and Presidential Escort. A native of Poland, Ohio, Smith currently resides in Canfield. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Washington and Jefferson College. Smith has been working with WCBA’s MBA coordinator to expand outreach to existing MBA alumni. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Staffing and Search Association.
Petrey began his professional career in accounting as an intern at Hill, Barth & King in Boardman. Upon graduation he accepted a position as staff accountant with HD Davis Associates, Inc. in September 2009. Over the past five years the firm has doubled in size between its three offices in Youngstown, Canton and Newberry. He cofounded HD Davis CPAs Geauga in September 2013 and HD Davis CPAs Canton in January 2014. In July 2014, he took over the position of Managing Partner at HD Davis CPAs LLC. Petrey is an active member with YSU’s Beta Alpha Psi Alumni Board and was honored as the 2010 Beta Alpha Psi Outstanding Alumnus. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Ohio Society of CPAs and the Mahoning Valley Young Professionals. In addition, Petrey recently graduated from Leadership Mahoning Valley and serves on the Youngstown Young CPA Committee. He is currently serving as treasurer for the Ballet Western Reserve in Youngstown. Petrey also works with Mike Villano, Wayne Counts, and David Law of WCBA’s Lariccia School of Accounting and to expand its Quickbook courses as well as a mentoring program for the accounting and finance programs.
The 2014 Outstanding Alumni Service Award will be presented to Jocelyne Kollay Linsalata. Linsalata, a YSU Foundation trustee since 2007, is a graduate of YSU, holding a BA in French and Education and an MBA from the Williamson College of Business Administration. She is currently vice chair of the YSU Foundation Board of Trustees and immediate past chair of the Governance and Board Trustees Committee. In 2012, Linsalata served on the YSU Foundation Strategic Plan Task Force. To benefit graduates of Chaney High School, her alma mater, Linsalata endowed a scholarship with the YSU Foundation in 2003. She is further engaged with YSU as a member of the Williamson College of Business Administration and Beeghly School of Education advisory councils, YSU President’s Council, and Centennial Campaign Cabinet in 2005. Northeast Ohio is Linsalata’s primary philanthropic focus. Currently, she is secretary and trustee of the Rainbow Babies and Children’s Foundation and a leader on numerous initiatives at Case Western Reserve University, including the Inamori Center for Ethics and Excellence. Her former roles include trustee and executive committee of the Greater Cleveland Alzheimer’s Association, and president of the Laurel School and University School Parent Associations.
The awards and banquet are sponsored by Bodine Perry, LLC; Gasser Chair Company, Inc.; H.D. Davis CPAs, LLC; Hy-Tek Material Handling, Inc.; Packer Thomas; PNC Bank; Simon Roofing; Vallourec Star; YSU Foundation; Hill, Barth, & King, LLC; Anness, Gerlach & Williams, CPAs; A.P. O’Horo Company; Callos Resource, LLC; Cohen & Company, Ltd.; Falcon Transport Company/Comprehensive Logistics, Inc.; Huntington Bank; L.E. Roberts Consulting; Meridian Community Care; Tim and Joni Woofter; A.J. Amatore & Company; Better Business Bureau; Compass Family & Community Services; Cope Farm Equipment; First National Bank; Donald & Barbara Graham; Hunter-Stevens Land Title Agency, Ltd.; Schroedel, Scullin & Bestic, CPAs; and Sherman Creative Promotions, Inc.