Businesses honored at chamber breakfast

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The Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber honored area leaders at its Salute to Business breakfast.

Five business, labor and community leaders received awards Thursday during the annual event. Honoree of the year categories included business professional, business advocate, entrepreneur, non-profit professional and salute to labor achievement.

The Business Professional of the Year honor went to Joel Mastervich, executive vice president of operations/industrial director of OCTG Vallourec North America and former president of Vallourec Star.

The Business Advocate of the Year was Daniel Dickten, director of aviation for the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. Entrepreneur of the Year honors went to Daniel Catullo, owner of Catullo Prime Meats, Inc.

The Non-Profit Professional of the Year was Stephanie Shaw, executive director of the Eastern Ohio P-16 Partnership for Education. Don Crane, president of the Western Reserve Building & Construction Trades Council received the Salute to Labor Achievement Award.

Col. James Dignan, commander of the 910th Airlift Wing in Vienna, spoke about how budget cuts have affected the Youngstown Air Reserve station and the local economy. The air base employs about 2,000 people and is one of the top four employers in the Valley. The base is facing a possible 10 percent reduction.

“We’re going to lose approximately 50 of our full-time employees as we draw close to 12 airplanes down to eight airplanes,” said Dignan. “That’s just a matter of how many airplanes we have and what it takes to keep those airplanes and missions running. As we draw down, we’ll probably lose about 100 to 130 of our part-time positions as well.”

PNC Bank and the Western Reserve Building and Construction Trades Council sponsored the breakfast.

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