CTM Trustee elections will be held on Dec 2, 2013 from 6-7pm prior to the monthly CTM meeting in the same day. Elections will be held at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center (CCAC) on the 2nd floor. Current membership is required to vote, and memberships can be paid current on election day prior to voting. There are four 3-year Trustee positions open for election for terms beginning in 2014. There are five candidates vying for these positions. Candidate bios are noted below. This is the second time in contemporary history where the number of candidates is greater than the number of available open Trustee positions. This happened during the 2012 elections also. Election results will be announced at the CTM meeting on Dec 2.
Clifton Town Meeting Trustee Candidates for 2013 Election
Clifton is home. My wife, Peggy, was born at Good Sam and has had family and friends in the neighborhood for generations. We have many happy memories of buying groceries at Keller’s, spending an afternoon shopping on Ludlow, and catching a movie at the Esquire. We love the diversity of housing and people, and the wonderful community of culture, scholarship, and recreation, but we especially love the big old trees that have traditionally set the tone for this neighborhood. One of our biggest concerns is the loss of so many of those trees in recent years. This threatens to change the character of the area and diminish the quality of life for everyone. I hope that the Clifton Town Meeting can take the lead in helping to preserve them and encouraging our residents to replace them when they die.
Most of my professional career was in management. I held progressively responsible positions in public, private, and not-for-proﬁt organizations. I know how to get things done by working with others. In 1998, I enrolled in a seminary and took up my current work as a writer in religious history and theology. I’ve had several books published and dozens of shorter articles. Periodically, I teach graduate-level courses. Over the years, I have served on a number of organizational boards – frequently involved in the ﬁnances of those organizations – and was very active with the local neighborhood association at my previous address.
My wife and I have volunteered our time to help with Clifton events – for example, working on maintaining neighborhood plantings, putting up holiday decorations on Ludlow, and helping out during Cliftonfest. We have attended nearly every CTM meeting since we moved to our current home.
I feel that I have skills and experience that would be of value to the Clifton Town Meeting and hope I will have the opportunity to contribute to its ongoing success.
“My institutional knowledge of Clifton would be a great asset to CTM. I am excited about the opportunity to serve our neighborhood in a leadership role. Clifton is a vibrant community because its residents are willing participants in deﬁning how we want our neighborhood to unfold. We have a great legacy!”
Adam E. Hyland is the founder and principal of EccaNova, Digital Strategic Advertising. Adam lives on Loraine Ave with his wife Marta and is a fourth generation resident of Clifton. Adam’s great grandfather Edward William Soergel Sr. owned a watch repair shop on Ludlow. He was a respected local business owner who helped build the foundations for a successful Ludlow business district for generations to come. Adam’s grandparents Edward Jr. and Jean Soergel were inﬂuential in the ﬁght to stop the widening of Clifton Ave in the 60’s and parents, Marilyn and Gerard, both served on CTM. Adam’s mother Marilyn Soergel Hyland was instrumental in keeping the Roanoke apartment building from becoming a Burger Chef and the Esquire from becoming a Wendy’s.
A graduate of University of Cincinnati with a degree in Urban Planning, Adam specializes in the areas of economic development, policy planning, environmental protection, urban design, international development and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He has also studied at the Universiteit Van Amsterdam School of Geography and at the Harvard Business School.
Adam has over twelve years of experience working on political campaigns in 20 different stats from Township Trustees to Presidential campaigns. Adam founded EccaNova in 2010 after a career in political ﬁeld strategy, community organizing, and urban planning consulting. While utilizing the outreach tools of Fortune 100 corporations to mobilize communities, Adam pioneered new techniques of community mobilization and managed and oversaw research of online targeting for The Saint Consulting Group (TSCG). His years of experience managing ﬁeld campaigns for political and corporate clients gave him the insight and tools to pull together networks of political and online media strategists when building EccaNova. EccaNova is now a pioneering company in the ﬁeld of online community mobilization.
Additionally Adam serves on the Steering Committee of the Clifton Market Group, advisory boards of the Mt. Vernon Strategy Group and the Common Ground Group.
I ran for a CTM Trustee position last year because I wanted to help CTM ﬁnd ways to communicate better with Clifton residents and to partner with other Clifton organizations such as CBPA and Clifton 20/20 in improving the neighborhood. In this past year as a Trustee, I have served on the Nominating, Membership/Communication, and Business District committees. My primary accomplishments on these committees have included: (1) proposing ideas for CTM to enhance membership value; (2) taking over responsibility for the membership roster updates; (3) improving the website so that we can start to share news with the neighborhood more easily; and (4) getting the Ludlow Avenue sidewalk repair schedule changed in time for Clifton Fest. I volunteer beyond my committee memberships to help implement events such as the Memorial Day Parade/BBQ and Clifton Fest. I have also spent time learning about CTM’s history and how we function currently.
My family and I have lived in Clifton for 8 years, and we love its charm and diversity. We also own a rental property also in Clifton. In 2012, we moved from our ﬁrst home in Clifton on Gano Avenue to a new home on Rural Lane. We are invested in the long term success of all of Clifton – our parks, our walkable and diverse business district, and our strong sense of community.
When I am not working on things for Clifton, I am running the global supply chain operations for the 2nd largest printing ink company – Flint Group. I also spend some of my free time as the drummer in a jazz/blues band called Terreus.
If re-elected, I will continue working to enhance our neighborhood’s valuable Business District and continue to ﬁnd ways of improving communications within our neighborhood. I will also spend time improving the transparency and effectiveness of CTM.
I’m Ben Pantoja, the current President of Clifton Town Meeting. I just ﬁnished my ﬁrst 3-year term as a Trustee. I need your vote to start another 3-year term so that I can continue presiding as CTM President next year. I have lived in Clifton for 29 years, and have enjoyed contributing to this community by volunteering for CTM.
If re-elected, one of my goals as President next year is to guide CTM to dramatically our communications to Clifton residents. In particular, we are poised to dramatically improve the CTM website to give residents timely information about upcoming events, public safety contact information/news, and how to get involved with the Community and the City. I want CTM to continue to represent Clifton interests to the City of Cincinnati, as we did this year with the Probasco Fountain relocation project and when we voiced the concerns of Woolper residents when the Trafﬁc Engineering Department was initially planning to widen their street and move utility poles into people’s front yards. I also want CTM to continue the work we piloted this year working with several groups regarding how to enhance the Ludlow business district. Finally, I hope CTM can ﬁnd new ways to raise funds for our work.
I’ve worked as a Manufacturing Reliability Engineer for P&G for 28 years. I have a wife (Chris), two sons (Spencer and Mackenzie), and two dogs (Oliver and Pearl). I spend most of my free time with my family, but I’ve also written a psychology/personal growth blog since 2006, and I’ve been meditating regularly for more than 30 years.
Hello Clifton residents; my name is Joyce Rich and my one year term as a Trustee of Clifton Town Meeting is expiring in January. I hope to continue my current committee work but can’t do so without your vote. I sit on the committee for the restoration of our historic Probasco fountain. As deemed by the community, the objectives for the restoration are: maintain proximity to historic location, improve visibility to motorists and pedestrians, retain relationship to the street, improve accessibility, and render the fountain safe for residents. Aside from numerous group meetings and 3 community meetings, I have met City Council Members to encourage them to pass the budget for the restoration (passed) as well as visiting the city’s salvage yard for possible materials for the plaza. Adhering to the community’s objectives, the committee is working with the city to design a plaza that will surround and enhance the restored Probasco fountain
Since its inception, I have been one of two CTM Trustees that help comprise the Clifton Retail Working Group. This group with members from CBPA, Clifton 20/20, CTM and Uptown Consortium, is actively working with consultant Kathleen Norris of Urban Fast Forward to aid in the revitalization of the Ludlow Business District. Current projects include: improved way-ﬁnding parking signage, improving Clifton’s presence in social media, holiday window displays and to add vibrancy to the business district.
As a Trustee I represent Clifton at the Neighborhoods Of Uptown (NOU) meetings. NOU includes representatives from Corryville, University Heights, Fairview, Avondale, Mt. Auburn and Clifton. These communities come together to share ideas, accomplishments, and future objectives.
I negotiated with CCAC to secure the second ﬂoor gallery as the temporary meeting space while CRC undergoes renovation. The ﬁrst meeting at CCAC was held on October 7, 2013.
In addition to working at CliftonFest, I recently became a CTM representative for Holidays on Ludlow.
My career life included social services and partnering with my husband, Jeff, an entrepreneur with Northwestern Mutual, DBA Rich & Company. We are delighted that our children, son Devon, son Morgan, his wife Mindi and our granddaughter Mae have made Clifton their home.
Upon retiring, I found an opportunity to give back to our community of 24 years through volunteering my time as a Clifton Town Meeting Trustee. My ﬁrst year as a Trustee has been a rewarding and gratifying experience. With your vote, I can remain onboard.
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