2012 Pillar Awards: Sponsors

The sponsors of the 2012 Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service support the program because they believe in its mission — to recognize the critical tie between the for-profit and nonprofit communities. Here is a little bit about each of this year’s sponsors.


Rea & Associates Inc.

Giving back to the community isn’t something we do just because it makes us look good. It’s an integral part of the culture at Rea & Associates. Almost all of our team members are involved with their communities in some way, either donating their time for special projects or serving as leaders in organizations that are important to them.

And if you were to stop one of these employees on the street and ask if they could describe the values that this firm lives by, they would all refer to “The Rea Way” — our value statement. Different parts of the statement resonate with different employees, but one of the lines that best describes the attitude and culture of this firm reads: “Invest in your family, your community and your future.”

That mission is top-of-mind in a number of ways. An annual food drive creates excitement and a healthy competitive spirit, as we see which of our 11 offices can round up the most food to donate to community food pantries. And employees get involved by suggesting community outreach projects and requesting donations for particular organizations through the Rea Foundation.

And then there’s a special group of employees who are so dedicated to helping nonprofit organizations succeed that they have dedicated their careers to it. They specialize in providing services to the not-for-profit industry and enjoy the challenge of understanding the increasing demands these organizations and their board members face. We’re proud to be a partner in our clients’ successes.

Congratulations and best wishes for continued success to this year’s Pillar honorees.

Learn more at www.reacpa.com.


Fairmount Minerals

At Fairmount Minerals, our mission is to conduct business in a way that respects people and the environment while working toward increasing the prosperity of our shareholders, employees, customers, communities and the global environment. Therefore, connecting with our communities and our longstanding commitment to corporate social responsibility is vitally important as we ensure that the stakeholders we touch receive the resources they need to live and prosper.

When companies discuss corporate social responsibility, it is often in terms of social or philanthropic efforts — where does the company donate to the community? Do employees volunteer for any organizations? But, for Fairmount Minerals, it is strategic corporate social responsibility. This encompasses a much broader scope of work. We have adopted socially responsible practices — not only investing in charitable organizations, but we have policies and procedures in place that value the employee and all stakeholders. For Fairmount Minerals, the “people” aspect of the “3 P’s” (people, planet and prosperity) translates into respectful business practices, attention to stakeholder needs and responsible operations.

Fairmount’s social investment policy guides our actions with respect to charitable donations and corporate volunteerism. Fairmount Minerals supports community investment through cash grants, in-kind donations and corporate volunteer efforts. Fairmount Minerals commits to donate a minimum of 1.5 percent of its pretax/pre-equity earnings annually through financial, volunteer and in-kind support of not-for-profit organizations.

Our company is only as strong as the communities in which we operate. Thriving communities help pave the way for a brighter, more prosperous future. At Fairmount Minerals, connecting with our communities is vitally important to supporting our business sustainability — and making a difference in the world.

Learn more about www.fairmountminerals.com.


Ganley BMW

Ganley BMW has been serving Middleburg Heights, Cleveland, Akron, Elyria and Strongsville since 1999, and we have been an official BMW franchise since 1986. Giving back is part of our corporate culture. Last year, Ganley BMW celebrated its 25th anniversary and is proud to be an automotive leader in our community. Since opening our doors, Ganley BMW has maintained a solid commitment to you, our customers, offering the widest selection of BMW vehicles and ease of purchase. Over the past 25 years-plus, we have been in business, we have never been a stranger to philanthropic efforts. Our owner and founder has been involved with Crime Stoppers since its foundation. The dealership chain has also helped wounded police officers and their families in times of need. Philanthropy is truly woven into the very fabric of what we do every day.

For more information, visit www.ganleybmw.com.


Colortone Staging & Rentals

Colortone Staging & Rentals is a premier audiovisual and staging company with expertise in event design and production. We stage a multitude of events, including corporate meetings, awards banquets, special events, trade shows, concerts, webcasts and videoconferences. CSR also manages audiovisual equipment for hotel properties and operates a full-service equipment rental division. The solutions we provide, combined with our highly trained technical staff, ensure the success of every event. Our quality is unmatched and our attention to detail is unsurpassed.

The staff at CSR consists of the best in the business. Our technicians have an average of five years in the audiovisual and event management business. Their diverse backgrounds allow us to think on our feet, act quickly and provide flexibility and creative problem solving to every situation we find.

The company is also an active member of the community, consistently finding ways to give back where it can.

Learn more at www.colortone.com.


LaCentre Conference & Banquet Facility

LaCentre Conference & Banquet Facility has quickly built a solid reputation as the premier venue for hosting full-service conferences, special events and business meetings. Our world-class facility has embraced elegance, high-tech communications and delectable culinary creations to assure your event is an absolute success. Numerous nonprofit organizations hold their charity fundraisers each year at our facilities, providing their guests with unparalleled ambiance.

LaCentre’s creativity extends to its technology, atmosphere, capability, flexibility, form and taste. Our dedicated and devoted staff provides clients with a positive and enriching experience with more than 25,000 square feet of meeting space to accommodate events of nearly any size.

For more information, visit www.lacentre.com.



Clark-Reliance’s corporate philosophy on philanthropy starts from the top down. Chairman Matthew Figgie and President and CEO Rick Solon not only engage employees in corporate philanthropy but lead by example.

A 2011 winner of the Pillar Award, Clark-Reliance has been engaged in numerous awareness and fundraising campaigns including the National Kidney Walk for several years.

A cause close to home, Matthew received a kidney from co-worker Dave McKee in 2009. Not knowing how to thank him, Matthew asked Dave what he possibly could do in return. Dave replied, “Because of who you are, who you know and what you do, you are going to be able to reach hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people. Help them. Heal them. Fix them.”

In 2012, Clark Reliance raised enough money to make Cleveland the second-largest walk in the country, surpassing Baltimore, Silicon Valley and Long Island.

Clark-Reliance employees turned out in record number to support this cause and raise awareness of the importance of awareness and prevention of kidney disease.

A family-environment, Clark-Reliance relies on employees’ suggestions for causes to support and to make a difference. Whether it is giving to the community where they work, or to a cause that is important to an employee or their family member, Clark-Reliance rallies around employees and organizations that are important to them.

Building a culture that embodies a giving heart required building a culture that is like a family. Clark-Reliance cultivates a family environment in which they do extracurricular activities together (such as bowling leagues and outings to Cedar Point). Also, many of the employees have been with the company for an extended period of time, so much that they have a club of employees who have been employed with Clark-Reliance for 20 years or more, some employees for more than 50 years.

Because of the familial environment, employees tend to be passionate about work or any cause relating to work or to the importance of a co-worker. Employees are willing to give of their time, expertise and ideas to impact an organization that needs the engagement of the company.


Hyndsight Productions

Hyndsight Productions is committed to serving Northeast Ohio by using its talents to advance philanthropic organizations throughout the region.

Through authentic storytelling and creative packaging in video format, Hyndsight believes in the power of story to advance philanthropic organizations — their missions, goals and communities.

Hyndsight demonstrates its community service by offering its time and talent to organizations in Northeast Ohio in need of authentic communication of their goals, key messages and impact.

From strengthening the region to helping underserved populations to supporting the strong artistic community in Cleveland, Hyndsight Productions is proud to be a part of advancing and progressing Northeast Ohio.