Washington High School
Massillon, Ohio

2018 Distinguished Citizen

WHS Class of 1953

Entrepreneurship, Business, Community


Professional

  • President and CEO of A.A. Hammersmith Insurance Agency, 1971-2013, acquiring more than 26 agencies in Stark and Tuscarawas counties
  • Started at A.A. Hammersmith as an agent
  • Served in the Army and Reserves
  • Worked for Ohio Inspection Bureau
  • Started at Timken Roller Bearing Company as a draftsman

Honors/Awards

  • J.S. "Sandy" Sanders Award - presented by the Massillon WestStark Chamber of Commerce
  • Mary Blanche Oberlin Award - given by the Massillon Heritage Foundation
  • Multiple awards and recognitions from the Boys and Girls Club of Massillon

Community Involvement

  • President of Rodney G. Klein Stock Market Library and Museum
  • Boys and Girls Club of Massillon - past president and board member
  • Massillon WestStark Chamber of Commerce - past board member
  • Massillon Heritage Foundation - past president and board member
  • United Way Campaign - chairman, 1990s
  • Central Presbyterian Church - past trustee and treasurer for over 40 years
  • Stark County & Ohio handball champion
  • Shady Hollow Country Club member

Education

  • Washington High School - 1953
  • Kent State University - 1964
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