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Dear Friends, Operating

Dear Friends, Operating Board of Directors 2017-2018 Officers Brian Cherkala, Chairman of the Board Mark Wernig, Vice Chairman Patty Gibbs, Treasurer Brian Pollak, Secretary Directors Alane Boffa Desiree Bolden Ray Bologna Rick Burke Mary Kay Chlebina Steve Cox Dan Crawford Michael Davis Matt Dawley Ann Durr Gordon Ewers Jon Fiume Justin Hilton Tom Hutchison Ginny Knoll Chris Kramer Rick Krochka Wayne Minich Julie Pulk Julia Sabin Charles Schreckenberger Deb Selden Steve Strayer John Susany Deric Wallace Chairmen’s Circle Rick Krochka, Chair Bill Babcox Steve Cox Stu Giller Cathy Godshall Bryan Kinnamon Allen Loomis Jim Pickard Theresa Proenza Roger Read Bill Steere Steve Strayer The momentum continues at Stan Hywet. I’m excited about the opportunity to lead this great organization and precious jewel of Akron into the future with its dedicated staff and volunteers. We are all so grateful for the transformative leadership of Linda Conrad the past nine years, and will be working to continue the progress made during her tenure. In that spirit, we are excited to begin a new season celebrating Health & Wellness, A Life Well Lived. The Seiberling family held health and wellness as a core belief in how they lived their lives, and shared those beliefs with the employees of Goodyear. These stories will be told with a glimpse into the lifestyle of the Seiberlings throughout the Manor House featuring a new exhibit titled Fads vs. Fixes. A new addition to the tour lineup this year is an abbreviated guided Youth Tour, sharing stories of life at Stan Hywet from the perspective of the Seiberlings’ youngest son, Franklin. Guests will be reminded of these beliefs through the stories of the family’s home remedies and prevention ideas utilizing methods of the time. Insight will be shared into how the estate was designed in a way that nurtured wellness including the Plunge, Bowling Lawn, sleeping porches, Lagoons, tennis courts and much more. This same philosophy has been enhanced by activity areas for guests of all ages to enjoy including Playgarden, Homes of Nature, Butterflies of North America, Questing / Geocaching and many more that entertain hundreds of thousands of guests. Adding to the activity mix this year is Yoga in the Garden, which takes place on the West Terrace. Please go to to register. Stan Hywet’s incredible schedule of events will kick off March 31 with the Easter Egg Hunt. The Father’s Day Car Show continues its historic run (61 years) featuring “British Invasion,” a collection of rare automobiles from Great Britain. Be sure to bring your family and friends to experience all the fun this season has to offer. We look forward to providing a place to create memories and traditions to carry forward, as we continue the Seiberling legacy of sharing. Thank you so much for all of your support. Warmest regards, Sean M. Joyce President & Executive Director 2 STANHYWET.ORG

Congratulations to Sean Joyce Stan Hywet’s New President & Executive Director Following her successful nine-year tenure leading Stan Hywet, Linda Conrad has officially turned over the reins to Sean Joyce, the estate’s now former CFO & VP of Operations. He was officially appointed President & Executive Director by the Board of Directors in January, following a transition during which he served in an interim capacity. Sean will continue to serve as the president of Stan Hywet’s for-profit subsidiary ARRC, Inc. Sean’s selection was the outcome of a succession plan initiated by Linda Conrad and shared with the Board several years ago to ensure continuity, a smooth transfer of leadership, and minimal disruption to operations. He has been closely involved in the organization’s progress over the past eight years, putting him in a strong position to keep Stan Hywet moving forward. Sean is well-known to the Estate’s friends and stakeholders. Since his arrival in April 2010, he has worked to bring financial stability to the organization and strengthened operations. Board Chairman Brian Cherkala shared his perspective: “Sean has an impressive talent for envisioning the big picture while also grasping the details and their impacts on this very complex organization. He has been a wonderful partner to Linda during her tenure, and promises to continue the momentum they began together with the team.” “Sean has an impressive talent for envisioning the big picture while also grasping the details and their impacts on this very complex organization.” A CPA and proven executive leader in financial management and strategic development, Sean has more than 20 years of experience in leadership roles with a multi-billion dollar for-profit organization and nationally recognized non-profit enterprises. Prior to Stan Hywet, Sean served as CFO for Goodwill Industries of Akron; CFO of Integrity Parking Systems, LLC; and Director of Accounting for Standard Parking, Inc. He is - Brian Cherkala Chairman of the Board active in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of CPAs. He also serves as Vice Chair of the University of Akron’s Finance Advisory Board, is a past member of Rotary, and is both the founding and current president of Dancing Classrooms. “I am excited to carry our work forward with this amazing organization,” said Joyce. “I am committed to leading our team in a way that continues to make a positive impact on our community by honoring the Seiberling legacy, as well as the efforts put forth by our staff, board and volunteers.” Spring into Easter Begin the Easter weekend at Stan Hywet’s Easter Egg Hunt, a long-standing family tradition. The Egg Hunt takes place on Saturday, March 31, 2018 from 11am-12:30pm, and children ages 0-9 years may visit with the Easter Bunny and his friends before Please pre-register at Bring a basket to collect eggs, and dress for the weather! gathering Easter eggs from the grounds. Visit the lambs from Yellow House Cheese. Snacks will be provided along with storytelling by Mother Goose in the Carriage House tent. Self-guided Manor House tours (first floor only) are included in the ticket price; tours are available until 12:30pm, when the estate will close for the day. Please note that the estate is only open for guests pre-registered for the Egg Hunt and/or Breakfast. Stan Hywet opens for the 2018 season on April 3. Egg Hunt Breakfast is sold out. STANHYWET.ORG 3

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