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The Summit Awards are presented to distinguished past and present residents of Akron and Summit County who have been recognized nationally for inspirational accomplishment and whose life stories continue to impact our community.

2011 Recipients

2013 Recipients

2015 Recipients

Sandra Pianalto is the recipient of the Summit Award, the highest award presented by the Summit County Historical Society. These awards are presented to distinguished past and present residents of Akron who have been recognized nationally for inspirational accomplishments and whose life stories continue to impact Greater Akron. Pianalto retired in 2014 as the tenth President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

Pianalto joined the Cleveland Fed in 1983 as an economist, and after a succession of ever-increasing responsibilities, became president in 2003, joining the Federal Open Market Committee - which with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, is the nation's central bank formulating US monetary policy, regulating member banks, and providing payment services to banks around the country.

Active in the region's non-profits, she is vice chair of the board of University Hospitals, chairs the Women's Leadership Council of the United Way of Greater Cleveland, and has been invited to sit on the boards of directors of two Fortune 500 companies based in northeast Ohio, The J. M. Smucker Company and Eaton Corporation. She is an advisory trustee of the University of Akron, and holds the First Merit chair in the College of Business where she is a guest lecturer on banking.

Don Drumm was born in Warren, Ohio. After studying at Hiram College, he received a BFA and an MA from Kent State University. In 1960 he opened his first studio. In 1971, with Lisa, the couple expanded the studio to incorporate a gallery. Since then the enterprise embraces eight buildings providing gallery facilities for over 500 artists. Drumm pioneered the use of cast aluminum as an artistic medium. He is a pioneer in the use of building materials and techniques for the creation of Arts and crafts. Drumm was the first recipient of the American Institute of Architects "Artist and Craftsman Excellence" award.

Lisa Drumm was born in Erie, Pa. Her father Joseph Plavcan was a highly regarded painter/artist and her mother Catharine was art critic for the Erie Times-News. Lisa received her BA from Ohio Wesleyan, and taught art classes in the Akron Public Schools and at Old Trail School. A fiber artist, she contributed to art and craft books during the macrame craze of the 1960's. Lisa has managed the Drumm Gallery since 1971, and had to navigate obstacles that were constantly placed in front of her because she was a woman in business. Lisa received the Rainmakers Award for achievement in business.

The recipient videos are available to view on the Summit County Historical Society's YouTube Channel.

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