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Cleveland Business Connects  looks at the current movers and shakers in the business networking, corporate events, and female entrepreneur communities of Greater Cleveland. 

No local publication covers female entrepreneurs, business networking, and corporate events as well as Cleveland Business Connects. With the advent of this "High Risers" newsletter, we are elevating our coverage in these three arenas. Each twice-monthly issue will be comprised of personnel announcements, such as promotions, hirings, and appointments. We invite organizations to forward such information to CBC Editor Thomas Skernivitz at tom@cbcmagazine.com. Companies interested in paying to include their personnel decisions should contact CBC Publisher Renee DeLuca Dolan at sales@cbcmagazine.com 
or (216) 831-9557. 

Karen Knavel
New Avenues to Independence

Karen Knavel was named CEO of New Avenues to Independence by its board of directors. The nonprofit organization, headquartered in Cleveland, serves more than 750 men, women, and children with disabilities.
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Melissa Marik
Metropolitan at The 9 | Autograph Collection

Melissa Marik named vice president of sales at Metropolitan at The 9. 
To learn more about Marik


Sandra Keneven
Four Points by Sheraton Cleveland Airport

Sandra Keneven named director of sales and marketing at the Four Points by Sheraton Cleveland Airport. She is a member of the hotel's opening team during its current renovation and rebranding.


Meghan Lukcso
DoubleTree by Hilton Cleveland

Meghan Lukcso named director of sales at the DoubleTree by Hilton Cleveland in Westlake.
To learn more about Lukcso


Michaleen A. Paul
Keller Williams Greater Cleveland SE

Solon Women in Business appoints Michaleen Paul, Keller Williams Greater Cleveland SE, as its new chair. 


Jacquie Skrzypiec
Life Is Good No Matter What

Life Is Good No Matter What named Jacquie Skrzypiec its first executive director. The position was created, after four years of growth, to lead the organization into a new and more sustainable chapter of its life. Skrzypiec has been passionate about the impact of cancer on the community, serving on the board of the Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio in a leadership role since 2009. Regarding her new leadership role, Skrzypiec said: "Cancer is vicious, and anything we can do to mitigate its brutal effects on families is a good thing. I am proud to join Life is Good No Matter What and am looking forward to bringing more joy to those affected by cancer in our community." The mission of Life Is Good No Matter What™ is to give adults with advanced cancer an Escape from their battle. 


Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce
New Officers and Board Members

The Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce names new officers and board members. The officers are: President Chris Scheuer (Hillcrest Family YMCA), Vice President David Keller (Keller National), Treasurer Jay Fernandez (10,000 Small Businesses), and Secretary Nancy Levin (Heights Libraries). The board members are: Eli Auerbach (EPCO Energy Partners), Jennifer Corso (Law Office of Jennifer Corso), David Keller (Keller National), Gail Moore (Dollar Bank), and Lee Ann O'Brien (A.M. McGregor).  To learn more about HRCC


Cleveland Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists
New Officers and Board Members

The Cleveland Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists names new officers and board members. The officers are: President Chris Mosby, First Vice President Carrie Buchanan, Secretary/Treasurer Tom Moore, and Immediate Past President Kaye Spector. The at-large board members are: Tony Kozlowski, Cheryl D'Mello, Faith Boone, David Campbell, Michelle Simakis, Jackie Mitchell, and Joe Ginley.