JACKSON TWP. – Every day is “take your dog to work” for Bill and Kim Novotny.
They have six. As owners of Promway Kennels, they have room for their furry family members in a fenced area next to the business.
This summer they upgraded the pet area by adding a swimming pond. The pond, approximately 20 x 40, also serves as a playground for some of the dogs boarding at the kennel.
It’s a concept Bill Novotny had considered since the couple bought the business in 2012. Kim balked. The Novotnys discussed the idea for several years until Kim changed her mind.
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One factor was the growing number of boarding kennels in the area. “We needed something different. Something the others don’t have,” she said.
The change fits Promway Kennels’ slogan – it’s “a resort for pets”.
The Novotnys worked with wiser pond, a North Canton company owned by Denny and Kathy Ray that has been installing private ponds since 1989.
Pond Wiser has already installed swimming ponds, including some for residences. “This is our first time doing a dog swimming pond,” said Kathy Ray.
Bill Novotny said he described what he wanted the pond to look like, and Denny Ray got the desired result.
“He just pulled it off,” Novotny said of Ray’s design.
The bottom of the basin has a rubber coating which has been lined. The flat stone and gravel sits on top of the liner, making it unlikely that dogs will puncture the liner. It was key because the Novotnys have two Bernese Mountain Dogs that weigh over 100 pounds. The pond has a shallow entry area, but gets deep enough for the dogs to swim in if they choose. There is also a waterfall at one end.
Boarding dogs at Promway Kennels have been using the pond since it opened in early August. Novotny said it was up to the owner. Some already know that their dogs like swimming, while other owners want to know if their dogs like the pool.
The Novotnys are considering allowing dog owners looking for a private swimming hole for their pets to rent pond time. Although the area has dog parks with a body of water and ponds, they can get crowded. The Promway Kennels pond could allow for a private setting, he said. A decision on renting the space will be made in a few weeks, he said.
Promway Kennels opened in 1975 when Tom Cassidy started the business. Novotny recalls that Cassidy sometimes had goats, sheep and pigs in the space where the pond was built. The Novotnys are the fourth owner of the kennel since it opened.
The Tournesol program helps airport travelers
Akron-Canton Airport joins more than 150 airports worldwide in a program designed to make facilities more suitable for travelers with hidden disabilities.
The Sunflower program discreetly indicates that an airport customer might need more time or assistance. Customers can stop at the airport’s visitor information center or ticket counter to pick up free accessories – lanyards, pins or a bracelet – that features a sunflower.
Township of Akron wants to ensure the facility is “inclusive and accessible to everyone,” Ren Camacho, president and CEO, said in a press release.
“The Sunflower program is a wonderful opportunity for our airport staff and tenants to demonstrate their care and compassion to all individuals, regardless of ability. This is one more step in making the airport experience smooth and enjoyable, because everyone deserves to travel in comfort,” Camacho said in the statement.
Hidden disabilities include speech impairments, site loss, hearing loss or deafness, autism, mobility impairments, mental health issues, respiratory issues or chronic conditions that can impact on daily life.
The program is voluntary. Participants may choose, but are not required, to disclose their disability on their card. Wearing a lanyard, pin, or wristband does not guarantee prompt passage through security or preferential treatment.
Travelers are encouraged to arrange special assistance through the Transportation Security Administration or the airline. Travelers can also visit the Akron-Canton website before their trip for more information or to enroll in the Sunflower program.
Akron-Canton joins 59 airports in the United States that are part of the Sunflower program. The list includes Charlotte, Fort Lauderdale, New Orleans, Orlando, Philadelphia, Orlando-Sanford and Tampa, which are nonstop destinations from Akron-Canton.
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Moore has been a director of the Canfield-based bank since April 2014. He sits on the corporate governance and nominating committee of the board and the compensation committee.
A graduate of Youngstown State, Moore received his law degree from the University of Cincinnati. He joined Krugliak, Wilkins and from 2001 to 2018 was the firm’s managing partner.
Moore is also a member of the board of trustees of the Cleveland Clinic Mercy Medical Center and the hospital development foundation. He is also a trustee of the Hoover Foundation.
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Joe Myers joined Diebold Nixdorf as Executive Vice President for Global Banking Services, and will lead sales, related services, solution delivery and key strategies for the company’s banking business.
Myers will report directly to Octavio Marquez, Managing Director. Marquez led banking operations before becoming CEO in March.
Myers comes to Diebold Nixdorf from Elavon, a payment processing operation and wholly owned subsidiary of US Bank. He served as Chief Revenue Officer and President of North American Operations for Atlanta-based Elavon and managed all growth strategy, business development, and revenue-related activities. Prior to joining Elavon in 2011, Myers held various leadership positions in the payments industry, including General Manager of the Automotive Division at Experian.
Marquez said in a press release that “Myers’ intense focus on understanding customers and building best-in-class teams to deliver successful results will further refine our go-to-market approach and ensure best practices in the industry. all of our banking activities”.
Myers earned a degree in marketing and business management from Damelin Business School in South Africa. He is currently the director of Junior Achievement of Georgia.