Jess Bennett leads a dynamic team in overseeing all facets of About magazine, Stark County's award-winning lifestyle monthly, and other specialty publications. Bennett was previously the director of marketing and events for the Canton Regional Chamber, where she directed all advertising, marketing, PR and web, including promotion and publicity for more than 70 events annually. She is the founder and volunteer executive director for Indigo Ink Press, a nonprofit literary publishing house in Canton. She currently serves on the board of the YWCA of Canton, is a winner of the ‘Thrive Under 35′ marketing award and the Twenty Under 40! award, presented by ystark! and The Repository.
“If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon or make a better mouse trap than his neighbors, though he builds his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door …” Today, we say “build a better mouse trap.”
I consider myself to be fairly sharp, fairly with it. I have varied interests, am well read, tech savvy and pay (semiregular) attention to current events. But there are some times—and some topics—when I find myself nodding along with colleagues and friends, absolutely clueless. At the top of that list? Podcasts.
It’s inscrutable, a mix of do-gooder charisma and an easy, honest charm for every single person he meets. No motive. No ego. The type of person who simply rolls up his sleeves and does what needs doing. Canton Chief of Police Bruce Lawver calls it “the real thing.” And that’s probably the best description of our 2018 Person of the Year, Officer LaMar Sharpe. The real thing.
Ah, the holidays. Or as I like to think of them, that magical time of year when we all exchange Target gift cards. Going down a list and checking it twice is as old as Santa Claus. And giving gifts is a wonderful way to show someone you care and are thinking about them.
Craft brewers—the heart and soul of this Oktoberfest issue—are small, independent and traditional. They’re passionate and driven. They treat every batch like an experiment that comes to a head (pun intended) at the precise intersection of artistic devotion and scientific experiment.
I’ve been to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I’ve experienced the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival festivities many, many times. I even worked for the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce for years, helping with marketing and media relations for the Enshrinement Festival events put on by the Chamber.