The Montrose Auto Group, one of the premier dealership groups serving Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania and featuring 12 manufacturer brands at 13 locations throughout the region, has become an active member of the local communities it serves.  Led by a dedicated Community Relations team, the group is an active participant in over two dozen area chambers of commerce and lends its dealership showrooms as community centers to area business leaders through a series of business networking events.

The group recently hosted a Stir Networking Event in conjunction with the Canton, Jackson-Belden, and North Canton Chambers of Commerce titled A Taste of Italian Wines at Ultimate Jet Charters in North Canton.  The event welcomed nearly 300 area business leaders and included complimentary appetizers by Panera Bread, boutique Italian wines provided by LA Dick Imports, and entertainment by the Beatles tribute band The Liverpool Lads.

The event marked the seventh year for the bi-annual Taste of Italian Wines business networking function.  Montrose Community Relations Manager Jim Riske launched the event in the fall of 2007 after approaching Canton Chamber of Commerce members Denise Burton and Pat Vickers.  Riske offered the use of one of the Montrose dealerships as the venue for a wine tasting function – the type of event he and other members of the Montrose community relations team often participated in through their affiliation with area chambers.

The event was a success, but the trio knew that there was a far bigger potential by inviting members of neighboring chambers to also attend.  With an increased attendance, the group began hosting the events twice a year in the unique setting of private jet hangers located adjacent to the Canton-Akron Regional Airport.

The Montrose Taste of Italian Wines event has become a recognized and highly attended event, held twice a year currently within the hanger of Ultimate Jet Charters in North Canton.  Together with the support of the Canton, Jackson-Belden and North Canton Chambers of Commerce, the 2014 event proved that the appetite for effective business networking events is alive and well in Northeast Ohio.  And the Montrose Auto Group is proud to be a driving influence in that effort.

Remember, “You’ve Got a Friend at Montrose!”

Riske Denise Oct

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