The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that KellyPiero has been named the new director of ystark!, Stark County’s premier young professional program and a department of the Chamber.

Kelly brought her new intern, Justin, into the studio to talk about his experience with YStark

Piero will lead the organization in its mission of attracting, retaining and engaging Stark County young professionals. Her work will include managing social/networking events, talent development efforts, service and volunteer opportunities, along with expanding the role of ystark! in leadership development of young professionals.

Piero will also coordinate and lead all aspects of Leadership Stark County’s Spotlight Program, a six-week course offered twice a year for young professionals interested in cultivated greater leadership potential.

“Kelly not only brings extensive experience to ystark!, but is a long-standing ystark! member, having participated in and helped plan numerous events over the years,” said Denny Saunier, president and CEO of the Chamber. “We look forward to her fresh ideas and enthusiasm, as well as her efforts to align the work of ystark! with our Leadership StarkCounty department as it relates to talent development.”

Piero joins ystark! from Kent State University at Stark, where she served as special event coordinator. She was responsible for coordinating high profile events, including but not limited to the esteemed, “Featured Speakers Series” and community events “Boo U” and “Earth Day Celebration.” Piero began her career as promotions coordinator for Clear Channel Radio before joining Shannon English Marketing as director of event marketing.

She is an active community steward and has served as a ystark! committee co-chair, completed the Leadership StarkCounty Spotlight Program, and volunteers for numerous special events and projects. Piero earned a master’s degree in public relations from Kent State University. She moved to Canton from Cleveland in 2004. She and her husband, Steve, live in Perry Township and have one daughter, Veda.