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Bestselling author to keynote annual chamber meeting
Bestselling author Steven Little will deliver the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Premiere Banquet Facility, 4480 Heatherdowns Blvd. in Toledo. The Luncheon will begin at 11:45 a.m. and Little’s presentation will begin at approximately 12:45 p.m.

An experienced entrepreneur and former Senior Consultant for Inc. magazine, Little is a recognized expert on the subject of business growth and the future of opportunity. As a former president of three fast-growth companies, he advises the leaders of thousands of growing organizations and communities each year. He is also the author of several best-selling books, including Duck and (re)Cover: The Embattled Business Owner's Guide to Survival and Growth. Mr. Little’s keynote will highlight the emerging opportunities created by the prevailing forces of change and how businesses can best position themselves for profitable growth.

In addition to the keynote address, the chamber will review its accomplishments in 2013, recognize key volunteers and committee members and present the ATHENA Award.

For more, contact Marsha Schroeder at 419-243-8191 ext. 228.


At the clubs
The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce has elected the following board members: Angela Crosby--Occupational Care Consultants; Jean DeLauter--Lutheran Homes at Toledo; Mary Lou Vargo--PNC Bank; Brent Shimman--S&D Capital; Brad Fisher--Jeffers Crane; Amy Hilt--Heartland of Oregon; Richard Johnson--Eastman & Smith Law Offices; Ron Rybarczyk--BP/Husky; Larry Schaffer--Eggleston Meinert Pavley Funeral Homes; Fr. Eric Schild--Cardinal Stritch; Holly Bristol--Bay Park Community Hospital; Donald Flick--First Federal Bank; Damaris Sabo--Martin and Martin Insurance Agency and Linda Zunk--Oregon Economic Development Foundation.

New officers are: Brad Fisher, Jeffers Crane, president; Jean DeLauter, Lutheran Home at Toledo, vice president; Brent Shimman, S & D Capital, treasurer and Mary Lou Vargo, PNC Bank, secretary.

Opportunity knocks
Lana (Eckel) Rife has joined Danberry Realtors as an assistant manager of sales and will work out of the Oregon office.

For the past 15 years, Rife has worked as a paralegal for Oregon attorney Richard Koehn. She is a Rossford graduate and a Woodville resident.

She can be reached at 419-344-9512 or 419-691-2800


The bottom line
First Defiance Financial Corp. recently announced record net income for the fiscal year ended December 31, totaled $22.2 million, or $2.19 per diluted common share, compared to $18.7 million or $1.81 per diluted common share for the previous year. For the fourth quarter 2013, First Defiance earned $5.1 million, or 50 cents per diluted common share compared to $5.2 million; or 52 cents per diluted common share for the fourth quarter of 2012.

First Defiance is the parent company of First Federal Bank with local offices in Genoa and Oregon and First Insurance, also located in Oregon.


New vehicle sales up 7.8 percent at local car dealers
New car sales in the Eastern Maumee Bay region increased 7.8 percent in 2013, according to Autoview OnLine, a data management firm that captures registration information from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

The seven local dealers sold 3,666 units compared to 3,397 in 2012. The top selling Ford was the Fusion while the Chevy Equinox and the Dodge Ram 150 led the Chevrolet and Dodge brands respectively.

The increase was welcome news as area dealers last year realized a 8.4 percent dip in sales from 2011. The numbers are also a sign the recovery from the Great Recession is progressing. Sales are up 40.6 percent since 2009.

Autoview statistics are compiled from the following dealers: Dunn Chevy-Buick and Mathews Ford of Oregon; Baumann Chevrolet and Baumann Ford of Genoa; Keller Chevrolet of Gibsonburg; Rouen Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep of Woodville and Tri-Motor Sales of Oak Harbor.

Meanwhile, Lucas County Clerk of Courts Bernie Quilter released county wide figures for new car sales which show new vehicle sales increased 4.8 percent to 23,872 units.

The sales are the highest since 2007 when 24,012 new vehicles were sold. However, they are short of a high in the new millennium of 31,916 in 2000.

Total new and used car sales in Lucas County totaled 116,104, the highest since 2006 when 119,011 units were sold.


On the boards
Kevin Bringe was recently appointed to the board of directors for GenoaBank.

Bringe is the owner of Bringe Farms. He graduated from Genoa High School and has a background in agriculture and is very active in the community.  He is a member of Zion Methodist Church and resides in Martin.   


The right thing
The Salvation Army is excited to announce that attorneys throughout Toledo donated a record amount for their annual drive.  In its 21st year, this collection, established and led by Attorney William Meyer, raised a record amount of $20,260.

The Salvation Army’s Northwest Ohio unit provides services to five counties including Lucas, Wood  and Ottawa. Last year, The Salvation Army provided food to 22,708 individuals, 1,786 households were provided with utility assistance, and 438 people were provided overnight lodging.


At the clubs
The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce has elected the following board members: Angela Crosby--Occupational Care Consultants; Jean DeLauter--Lutheran Homes at Toledo; Mary Lou Vargo--PNC Bank; Brent Shimman--S&D Capital; Brad Fisher--Jeffers Crane; Amy Hilt--Heartland of Oregon; Richard Johnson--Eastman & Smith Law Offices; Ron Rybarczyk--BP/Husky; Larry Schaffer--Eggleston Meinert Pavley Funeral Homes; Fr. Eric Schild--Cardinal Stritch; Holly Bristol--Bay Park Community Hospital; Donald Flick--First Federal Bank; Damaris Sabo--Martin and Martin Insurance Agency and Linda Zunk--Oregon Economic Development Foundation.

New officers are: Brad Fisher, Jeffers Crane, president; Jean DeLauter, Lutheran Home at Toledo, vice president; Brent Shimman, S & D Capital, treasurer and Mary Lou Vargo, PNC Bank, secretary.

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