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9:35am EDT July 22, 2002
Priceless advice

Thomas Sullivan, CEO of Medina-based RPM Inc., shared some special advice he received from his father, RPM founder Frank Sullivan, with attendees at the Innovation in Business Conference last month. He told the crowd his father once told him that for him to succeed in business, "You have to have imagination, perseverance, and you have to have industry." That advice helped Thomas Sullivan drive the $11 million company he took over from his dad 20 years ago to become the $100 million company he owns today.

Building bridges

The Cleveland Cavaliers have had an image problem in Summit County since the day the basketball team traveled up north to its new home at Gund Arena.

When the Cavs' home office, which is trying to restore its Summit County fan base, called the Akron Regional Development Board recently seeking advice on how to rebuild ties with Summit County businesses, it was given the name of one person to call: Tim Dimoff.

Dimoff, president of SACS Consulting & Investigative Services Inc., is probably best known throughout the county for his networking skills. So when the Cavs' regional sales manager asked him how the Cavs could regain the support of the Akron business community, he knew exactly what to tell him to do.

Dimoff said if the Cavs wanted their Summit County business base back, they would have to roll out the red carpet. Dimoff advised him to put together an event for area executives that included a tour of the Gund, gifts of NBA merchandise, a meeting with players, discounts on ticket packages, and, of course, lots of food and drink.

The Cavs came back with a planned event that included everything on Dimoff's "wish list." He is so sure he can pack the event -- which will be held some time this month -- with area executives, that he told the Cavs to plan a back-up date in case it overfills.

Plain or peanut?

Of all places to be caught with chocolate stuck between your teeth, the floor of the Democratic convention would be one of the worst. That's what happened to Jan Schwartz.

"There I was, sitting with all the ladies in their hats, when Dave Leland, the Ohio Democratic party chairman, comes by and says, 'Jan, would you come with me, please?'" says Schwartz, who attended the convention as the alternate delegate from the 16th Congressional District.

"I was thinking, 'Why did I have to be caught munching on my M&Ms at that moment, because he ushered me to the green room in the Democratic news service area, and introduced me to some people from the Democratic National Committee. They asked me to do some radio and television interviews," she says.

As a nationally certified psychologist specializing in forensic fraud research and contributing to crime investigations with state and federal agencies to expose white-collar crime, Schwartz (who is from Akron) was asked to discuss issues ranging from corporate misconduct to Clinton's peccadilloes.

"It was wonderful to have a chance to say, 'Isn't it time for us to put aside old business and focus on strengths if we want to move forward as a country?' The interviewer looked at me like, 'Oh, this is good, focus on strengths!' and he started focusing on other issues," Schwartz laughs.

Each afternoon thereafter, talk radio show host Don Kroah invited Schwartz back as a guest on WAVA 105.1 FM, for shows broadcast throughout Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.