Bye Bauman, hello Ken Ganley

Zoe Greszler • Updated Dec 29, 2017 at 10:55 PM

Norwalk’s Bauman Auto Group was bought out recently, making way for a new tenant — Ken Ganley dealerships. 

The 226 Milan Ave. business officially opened its doors Dec. 21 after realizing Norwalk was “perfect” for Ken Ganley Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Ken Ganley Hyundai.

“We’re really excited to be there,” owner Ken Ganley said. “We take great pride in wowing our customers and overwhelming them with everything they need.”

“We sought out the opportunity for growth at a couple stores,” said general manager John Decker said. ”We see there’s a lot of opportunity here.”

The business will have two showrooms, one devoted to Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram models and another for Hyundai vehicles. Ganley said there will be a dedicated staff for each brand.

“We want the staff to be product experts,” he said. 

Decker agreed, adding the business is known for no less. 

“Customers can expect, first and foremost, a great experience when buying a car and great customer service,” Decker said. “At Ganley, we’re known for great service.”

As the largest independently owned dealership in Ohio, Decker said Ganley offers “years of experience and a good reputation with more than 30 locations in Ohio. 

If customers don’t see the exact color or model of vehicle they were hoping for, the dealership might be able to have the customer’s preference brought over quickly from Akron or another one of their stores, Decker said.

While the dealership is new to Norwalk, there will be plenty of familiar faces from Bauman at the business.

“Everyone is still there; we’re just going to introduce how we do things,” Ganley said.

And so far, that seems to be working. After one week, the owner described business in Norwalk as “tremendous,” adding its been busy every day. He attributes that local success to Decker.

The general manager started working for Ganley by washing cars when he was 16.

Then, when circumstances opened up a general managing position, Decker again promised if given the opportunity, he’d be successful. Ganley gave it to him and watched his business nearly double in sales “immediately.”

“At 26, he’s a very successful general manager and I think it’s just a tribute to how hard of a worker he is and how customers love him,” Ganley said. “He wants to meet every customer — just a really, really good young guy.”

Ganley is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. It is closed on Sundays. 


NHS grad one of nation’s top travel agents

A Norwalk native now living in Florida has been recognized for being onee of the top travel agents in the United States.

Julie (Morr) Irovando is listed among Travel Agent Central’s Top 25 All Stars. These are veteran agents with 10 or more years’ experience in the business who generate at least $1,000,000 in annual sales for their agency.

A 1990 Norwalk High School graduate, Irovando continues to run her Cruise Planners-affiliated travel business after overcoming a life-threatening brain injury.

An article on www.travelagentcentral.com featured Irovando.

“Facing a condition that is almost always fatal, Irovando defied the odds — and her doctor’s orders — to continue running her business, tackling both the everyday challenges of running a complex travel business as well as the unique obstacles posed by her health conditions,” the article stated. “Since being diagnosed in 2009, Irovando has continued exceeding client expectations, expanding her network and crafting customized trips, a high-touch approach that garners her more than $4 million in annual sales.”

According to Travel Agent Central, Irovando is a member of Cruise Lines International Association; in the top 1 percent of Cruise Planners; a Celebrity Cruises Sales Associate Travel Partner of the Year; a Cruise Planners Millionaire Club Member; and a Cruise Planners Top Producer for Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line. 

She and her husband, Tony, have two children and reside in Valrico, Fla. 

Her parents are William and Karen Morr of Norwalk.


Christmas tree recycling

African Safari Wildlife Park is asking for Christmas tree donations to use them for enrichment for the animals.

Local cities and townships are now collecting used Christmas trees to be recycled.

If you would like to donate your used Christmas tree to African Safari, you can drop it off at the administration office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Sunday, until Jan. 7. Make sure to remove all decorations, hooks and tinsel from trees. Any questions, please call 419-732-3606.


Wilcox earns award of distinction

Realtor Annette Wilcox, agent/owner with Century 21 Premiere Properties of Norwalk, has been awarded the “President's Sales Club” award of distinction designation from the Ohio Realtors.

Wilcox is a member of the Firelands Association of Realtors and Ohio Realtors.

Ohio Realtors officially awarded 3,676 of its members with “President's Sales Club” designations in four levels for individuals and teams recognizing outstanding sales performance in the real estate industry.

Honorees were recognized at the Ohio Realtors President's Sales Club Dinner during Ohio Realtors’ joint Convention & Expo, with Kentucky Realtors Sept. 24 through 27 in Cincinnati. 

All Ohio Realtors members in good standing were eligible for the award.

Award criteria include four levels of recognition for individuals: the Award of Achievement ($1 million in sales or commercial leases or 25 sale/lease transaction credits); the Award of Distinction ($2.5 million in sales or commercial leases or 50 sale/lease transaction credits); the Award of Excellence ($5 million in sales or commercial leases or 75 sale/lease transaction credits); and the Pinnacle of Performance ($7.5 million in sales or commercial leases or 100 sale/lease transaction credits).

The Ohio Realtors, with more than 30,000 members, is the largest professional trade association in Ohio.

In health-care related news…


Commons of Providence expanding

SANDUSKY — The Commons of Providence broke ground to add another memory care wing with 14 units to its existing memory care assisted living building. Telamon Construction, Inc. started work on the 9,500-square-foot capital expansion in October. The completion is scheduled for June.

“Alzheimer’s is growing at an alarming rate,” said Staci Lehmkuhl, executive director of Providence Care Centers. “In Ohio alone, over 210,000 individuals are living with Alzheimer’s and it will grow to 250,000 by 2025. One in nine Americans over 65 is stricken with Alzheimer’s disease. When the current wave of baby boomers reaches 85 in the year 2031, projections show that more than 3 million people age 85 and older will have Alzheimer’s disease. So it is essential that we begin to prepare now to have the quality of care available.”

“There is no one way to work with people living with dementia-related illnesses. However, there are innovative, meaningful and compassionate ways and that is what we pride ourselves in doing at The Commons of Providence. Our staff and programs make a difference in our residents’ daily lives,” she added.

The Commons of Providence is the premier center in the Sandusky area and is currently home to 36 residents. When the memory care assisted living was originally constructed, it was designed to grow as future community needs warranted. The center of building offers an innovative Town Square concept featuring a beauty/barber salon, movie theatre, ice cream shop, and more.

The addition will feature a kitchen, dining area, private dining room, living room, nurses’ station and covered patio along with 14 large private suites.

As part of The Commons of Providence mission to provide the best quality of care, the entire memory care assisted living will upgrade its nurse call and wander management systems to the latest technology.


Tursky resigns from Firelands

SANDUSKY — Martin Tursky, president and CEO of Firelands Regional Health System, has turned in his resignation, effective Dec. 31, to pursue new healthcare opportunities.

Tursky joined Firelands as president and CEO in June 2012. During his 5 ½ years with Firelands, through Tursky’s leadership, there is a lengthy list of accomplishments, most notably including:

• Acquisition of the Imaging Center, Women’s Imaging Center, Urgent Care, and Occupational Health Center service lines formerly operated by Northern Ohio Medical Specialists (NOMS)

• Establishment of an Urgent Care location in Clyde in conjunction with The Bellevue Hospital, serving the healthcare needs of residents in the Clyde, Bellevue, Fremont and surrounding areas

• Renovation and relocation of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center, providing better care and quicker service to our patients

• Renovation of the Center for Women & Newborns, providing female-focused care to women of all ages; including prenatal and childbirth care to recovery from gynecological and other surgeries unique to women

• Upgrading of Firelands’ electronic health record system to Meditech 6.1, a web-based, automated electronic health record that connects care across all settings, enabling clinicians to provide higher quality care, with greater efficiency, to more people

“We wish Martin well in his future endeavors,” said John O. Bacon, chairman of the board of directors for Firelands Regional Medical Center. “We are appreciative of Martin’s commitment to Firelands and for all that he has done for the Health System in his time with us.”

During the period of transition, the following administrative team members will assume the role and responsibilities of the President and CEO:

• Daniel Moncher, executive vice president and CFO, who joined Firelands Regional Medical Center in 1997

• Robert Moore, vice president of legal services, who has been representing Firelands Regional Health System for over 30 years

• Beverly Schrickel, vice president and CNO, who has been with Firelands since 1979

The Board of Directors for Firelands Regional Medical Center in January will begin the search for a new president and CEO at Firelands Regional Medical Center.


Mental health board to provide illness education

The Huron County Board of Mental Health and Addiction Services, which was established by commissioner approval in March 1969, met in October for a two-day strategic planning process.

The mission for the Huron County Board of Mental Health and Addiction Services is to educate and advocate for community members while providing resources for prevention, treatment and recovery supports. The board’s vision is for Huron County to be a community where all individuals are mentally and emotionally healthy and addiction free. To achieve the board’s mission and vision, specific goals and objectives were discussed and decided upon.

Mental illness and addiction are diseases that affect individuals, families and entire communities. They are chronic, debilitating illnesses, which often have stigma associated with them. To combat this stigma, the board will provide education and messaging to promote mental health and prevent substance misuse among Huron County residents.

Meetings, presentations, special events, trainings and promotional materials will occur, which will educate and inform the community of what is available and/or planned. The board will also provide resources for effective local prevention, treatment, and recovery supports for Huron County residents. This will be done using advocacy at the local, state and federal levels and establishing effective contracts with qualified agencies. The board also will monitor and evaluate all contracted programs for desired quality and outcomes. Collecting data and measuring results consistently across all participating organizations not only ensures that efforts remain aligned, but enables the participants to be held accountable and learn from each other’s successes or failures.

The board currently contracts for treatment, prevention and support services with Firelands Counseling and Recovery, Family Life Counseling, Services for Aging, the Miriam House, House of Hope, Family and Children First and Bayshore Counseling Services.


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