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December 16, 2012
The Herald-Star

TRAINING: Local financial adviser Kenneth R. Perkins was one of 60 advisers associated with the MetLife Broker Dealer Group chosen to attend a two-day session entitled BlackRock Leader to Leader Symposium at the BlackRock offices located in the Park Avenue Plaza Building in New York City.

During the two-day session, Perkins was given the opportunity to interact with the senior management of BlackRock, a $3.7 trillion fund management company. Perkins met with 15 fund managers as well as Larry Fink, BlackRock chairman and CEO, who is rumored to be next in line for the treasury secretary position currently held by Timothy Geithner.

Michael H. Lewers, managing director and head of U.S. Private Client Distribution, referred to the group assembled at this symposium as "our most valued partners."

"As a fiduciary, we understand and share your responsibility to clients, both in keeping them informed and making the best investment decisions to help meet their long-term financial goals," Lewers said. "Together we are all leaders in the industry and in our communities, and we believe great things happen when leaders meet leaders."

Following the two-day symposium, Perkins was asked to film a 2-3 minute video for BlackRock's Elite Adviser Intelligence Program. This program leverages insights from advisers to help other advisers elevate their business. Perkins is an adviser with Tri-State Financial Services, 255 N. Third St., Steubenville. He has earned several national and industry honors since beginning his practice in March 1985 and can be reached locally at (740) -264-4466 or toll free at (800) 264-6381.

PRESENTERS: Two employees of Eastern Gateway Community College made a presentation on school and community college partnerships at the Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference, held recently in Columbus.

Dorothy Collins, director of TriO programs and academic advising, and Andrea Mahone, recruiter/adviser at Eastern Gateway and vice president of the board of education for Youngstown City Schools, spoke about how local community colleges can help students transition successfully to post-secondary education and careers. The 57th-annual conference was titled "Key Into Public Education."

Collins, a Boardman resident, has a doctorate degree in education from Capella University and master's and bachelor's degrees in education from Youngstown State University. She has been working in academic support for eight years, helping students achieve post-secondary and/or higher educational goals. Previously, she was a career consultant for Mahoning and Columbiana Training Association and an assistant women's basketball coach and a coordinator of multi-cultural student services for the Center of Student Progress at YSU.

Mahone, a Youngstown resident, joined the college in 2011. She also is serving her third year as a member of the Youngstown Board of Education. She is the chair of the legal/legislative/policy committee and serves on the finance and extracurricular/sports committees, and is the board's city legislative liaison. Mahone is the city youth director for Youngstown. She is the television host for "Increase the Peace" weekly show on MYTV, an ABC affiliate, and the youth pastor at Everlife Worship Center. She received her bachelor's degree in communications and rhetoric from Kent State University and is pursuing a master's degree in executive leadership from Liberty University.

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