Chagrin Falls High School Speed Networking Event Creates Dozens of Connections for Students

Business Management students at Chagrin Falls High School networked with professionals from all over the Chagrin Valley to learn about their respective positions on December 13.  The speed networking event was held in the Commons of the high school.  

There were more than 20 volunteers who served as mentors for the event.  Each student had a few questions prepared to ask.  Each networking round lasted approximately 10 minutes and each student was able to meet with four mentors.  Special thanks to the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce for helping to coordinate volunteers from their membership.

“Our class is composed of mostly upper class students who will head off to college and most likely pursue some type of business major,” said Teacher John Bakalar.  “Our class is full of high achievers and motivated individuals and our business community certainly had an opportunity to experience this first-hand.”

“It was a really great experience,” said junior Jessica Brett.  “I was nervous at first, but everyone was so friendly and helpful.” 

“My favorite part of class wasn't an assignment or a project but the career meet and greet,” said senior Henry Ryan.  “It was very engaging and I got to meet amazing people from the community, as well as collect business cards in case I had questions for them in the future.” 

Special thanks to the following mentors:

Dick Griffin, Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, US Network

Muffi Sherwin, Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway

Tony Palmieri, Owner, Palmieri's Photography

Margo Pokopac, Quickbooks ProAdvisor, CKM Services LLC

Jennifer Emch, Owner, Licensed Clinical Counselor, Ubuntu Wellness

John Finley, Consulting Actuary, Township Trustee, Chagrin Falls Township

Dewey Forward, Entrepreneur, The Popcorn Shop

Mindy Qua, Financial Consultant, Stratos Wealth Partners

Jim Beard '72, Vice President Marketing & Sales (Retired), State Industrial Products

Robert Esper 70’, Market Director (Retired), Praxair

Robert Adleman, Lawyer, Adelman Law Office

Emily Honsa-Hicks, Lawyer, DLA Piper Law Office

Tyler Koepf 05’, JD/CPA, M. Thomas Capital Management

Chris Koepf 01’, Owner's Representative, Harlan + Associates

Evan Webster, Community Relations Director, Anna Maria of Aurora

Jeff Griff, Owner, Lowe's Greenhouse

Michelle Venorsky, Founder, PR, social media, former writer/reporter, Hello LLC

Thomas Fiala, VP Operations, Romeo’s Pizza 

Megan Moran, Entrepreneur, Podcast Host, Author, TV Show Creator Mompreneur Guide

Andy Sworan '72, IT Developer, CIO/CTO, Legal, Chagrin Valley Consulting

Mike Baldwin, Police Officer, Chagrin Falls Police Department

Toni & Alan Wesen, Principal Owner of Insurance Agency, Ohio Ark Insurance