BOARDMAN - Six men and women were honored Thursday by the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber for their contributions to the area as business leaders, entrepreneurs and nonprofit work. The awards were presented during the Chamber's annual Salute to Business breakfast in Boardman. This year, two new awards were added, Entrepreneur of the Year and Small Business Person of the Year.
Tom Zidian, Business Professional of the Year. Zidian is president and CEO of John Zidian Group Companies, which include Summer Garden Food Manufacturing in Boardman and formerly Gia Russo brands.
Martin Abraham, Business Advocate of the Year. Abraham is dean of Youngstown State University's College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Robert Berk, Entrepreneur of the Year. Berk is president and CEO of Berk Enterprises in Warren.
Steve Sava, Small Business Person of the Year. Sava is president of PTNE Telecom in Youngstown.
Janice E. Strasfeld, Non-profit Professional of the Year. Strasfeld is executive director of Youngstown Foundation.
Roland ''Butch'' Taylor Jr., business manager of United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 396.