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Our Speakers:  June 15 & June 22, 2021

STEVE MILLARD, CCE
President and CEO
Greater Akron Chamber

Steve Millard is President & CEO of the Greater Akron Chamber and in that role is responsible for leading the Greater Akron Area’s Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce serving Medina, Portage and Summit Counties.  Steve’s work is focused on leading the chamber’s efforts to drive jobs and investment in the Greater Akron region, improve the region’s competitiveness and to advocate for the needs of the business community in the region with its elected and appointed officials.
 
Prior to joining the Greater Akron Chamber, Steve served as Executive Vice President of the Greater Cleveland Partnership; President and Executive Director of COSE (the Council of Smaller Enterprises); as a supply chain management consultant with Accenture (at that time Andersen Consulting) and as a supply chain specialist with GE Healthcare (at that time GE Medical Systems). 
 
Steve is a certified chamber executive, serves on the Boards of Leadership Akron, the Summit Education Initiative (data based school performance collaborative), ConxusNEO (regional workforce intermediary) and Medical Services Company. He is a frequent adviser to businesses and a regular facilitator for strategic planning and leadership team retreats.
 
Steve has a BS in Transportation and Distribution Management and a BS in Finance from Syracuse University and his MBA from Case Western Reserve University. 

June 22, 2021

JACQUELINE FLAHERTY-RICCHIUTI, CEO
Keep Akron Beautiful

Jacqui Flaherty-Ricchiuti was named the Executive Director & CEO of Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) in December 2014. Keep Akron Beautiful is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve Akron’s quality of life through beautification and responsible environmental management. A city and private sector funded agency, Jacqui is responsible for raising over $800,000 annually to operate the agency by extensive grant writing.  Keep America Beautiful, Inc. awarded the agency second place recognition in 2014 for comprehensive program excellence of affiliates serving similar populations and Akron has been a President’s Circle Award annually since 2003.
 
Mrs. Ricchiuti is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Jacqui is a trained Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) - Guardian Ad Litem with the Summit County Juvenile Court System, advocating for children in the custody of the Summit County Children’s Service. Since 2012, Jacqui has advocated for eight families, ensuring at the end of the case the children were in safe homes.   
 
Jacqui serves the community in other ways, such as dedicating herself as the Recycling Coordinator for the Akron Marathon since 2013; as the Marketing Coordinator and ten year volunteer for the Summit County Italian Council, which puts on the Akron Italian-American Festival at Lock 3 Park; and serves as a volunteer for multiple events at the Carovillese Club in North Hill, a nonprofit club celebrating her families Italian heritage.
 
Jacqui is a dedicated Junior League of Akron Sustaining Member. After joining in 2011, Mrs. Ricchiuti has served the League in a variety of capacities. In 2012 she joined the Membership Council and in 2013 & 2014 she helped organize member events, as part of the Membership Council. In 2014, Jacqui served as a co-chair for the Early Bird Bustle 5K Run/Walk at Old Trail School, which raised over $3,000 to do educational programs with the Boys and Girls Club on childhood health and wellness through the Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen program. Jacqui served the League as the Vice President of Communications in 2015 and served as one of the 2016 ShowHouse Co-Chairs. Jacqui planned the League’s signature fundraiser and event, ShowHouse, with two other event chairs, raising $30,000 for the ShowHouse and $60,000 for a capital campaign that she helped to organize. Jacqui was the Vice President of Nominating & Placement for the 2016-2017 League year and became a Sustainer in 2020.
 
Jacqui is an alumni member of Leadership Akron Class 34- she graduated in June 2018 and was part of the Women’s Network Community Leadership Institute through Leadership Akron in 2016. She also is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
 
Jacqui began her career as an event planner for a local running event and knew her true passion was to get into non-profit work. She heard of an opportunity to fill a Program Manager position with Keep Akron Beautiful, from a trusted friend and advisor, who is now a board member of Keep Akron Beautiful. Mrs. Ricchiuti was promoted to CEO in December of 2014.
 
Jacqui is a graduate of Wadsworth High School.  She received her B.A. degree in Business & Organizational Communication and Public Relations from The University of Akron in 2011.  As the Philanthropy Chairman for Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, she worked hard to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes through the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation, by hosting and planning events such as Alpha Gam Lip Jam (a lip synching competition) and held an Alpha Gam Man Competition to raise funds.  Jacqui attended skill-building conferences sponsored by The Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values, The Association of Junior Leagues; The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency- Division of Natural Resources, Keep America Beautiful and The Association of Fundraising Professionals.
 
Jacqui and her husband, Bruno, were born and raised in the Akron area, Jacqui in Wadsworth and Bruno in Green. Currently, Jacqui and Bruno reside in West Akron. Jacqui’s parents still reside in Wadsworth. Jacqui is one of four children, two of her siblings live locally, and her brother lives in Las Vegas, NV. Jacqui welcomed her first child, daughter Giuliana, in June 2018 and her second daughter, Mia, in December 2020.
 
 
 

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Celebrating Over a Century of Service in the Akron Community!

 
The History of The Rotary Club of Akron
 
Honoring the Past.  Driving the Future.
 
April 5, 2014 Centennial Celebration