Resident Director at AVI Foodsystems, Inc.
Q: What motivates or inspires you to better the community?
A: It’s easy to be a critic … and to talk about what is not right and who is wrong or even the latest gossip. Honestly promoting change is hard work and requires you to be selfless instead of selfish. Our gifts and talents have nothing to do with us. They are given to us to strengthen the weak and provide for the needy.
Q: What is the best career advice you ever have been given?
A: Either make moves or make excuses!
Q: What advice would you give the younger generation when it comes to advancing in their careers or strengthening Stark County?
A: Your only competition is your reflection in the mirror.
Q: What is your favorite thing about Stark County?
A: Relationships!! Everyone knows everybody … Wait, that could be bad!
Q: List three to five things people might not know about you.
A: I lost a scholarship to be a lawyer, I am not artistic at all. I can not even draw, and I wear a suit and tie every day to work.
“… He is full of ideas of ways to support organizations through his gift of carving and culinary skills and passion to serve his community.” —Brenda Stevens
• McKinley Senior High School
• Pennsylvania Institution of Culinary Arts
In the community
• Partnered with Junior League of Stark County, Pathways Caring for Children, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Pregnancy Support and the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Luncheon and Dinner to donate his culinary skills to help raise money
• Member of the American Culinary Federation and Sustainability Council at the University of Mount Union
• Food Network Champion
Married to Lonette Clinkscale Baity, and they have three children: Seth, Olivia and MiKayla Joy.
Brenda Stevens, director of Multicultural Services at Malone University
“When called upon, not only will he showcase his culinary skills but he will also support organizations whose message promotes healthy eating and healthy lifestyles.”
Twenty under 40! recognizes young professionals across various sectors of the business, civic, government, arts, education and non-profit communities, including consideration in the following areas: Arts/Entertainment, Business, Community Services/Nonprofit, Corporate, Education, Financial Services, Government, Hospitality & Tourism, Legal Services, Manufacturing, Medical & Health Care Services, Other, PR/Advertising/Marketing, Real Estate, Retail, Social Service, Students (College), Technology
Nominees were selected based on career acumen, community service and trusteeship, and personal and professional achievements. The Twenty under 40! selection committee is comprised of diverse business and community leaders representing a range of industry sectors from around Stark County.