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About ConnecToledo

Created by Visionaries for Growth

Led by a network of corporate and civic leaders from the community, ConnecToledo is a 501(c)3 organization committed to the redevelopment of downtown Toledo. This is accomplished by connecting public and private investment to facilitate the implementation of the Downtown Toledo Master Plan and other community priorities.

In 2017, ConnecToledo evolved from the 22nd Century Committee, which sought to align downtown revitalization efforts through a new master plan. As the master plan was completed, the 22nd Century Committee was reconstituted as the Downtown Toledo Development Corporation with the public-facing name of ConnecToledo.

Partnering with the Downtown Toledo Improvement District through a contract for services, ConnecToledo maintains programs for marketing/communications, business advocacy, residential attraction, business attraction including pre-development activity, and an ambassador program focused on hospitality, cleaning and safety.

Our Partner Organization

ConnecToledo has a partner organization focused on delivering exceptional services for those who shop, play, work, dine and live in downtown. The Downtown Toledo Improvement District helps identify opportunities, solve problems, and directly support the day-to-day work of improving downtown neighborhoods.

Downtown Toledo Improvement District


Improvement District (DTID) is a 501(c)3 Special Improvement District. They improve, build and energize the downtown as a viable business, cultural, residential and recreational community through marketing, business advocacy and hospitality services.


Board of Directors

Sharon Speyer, Chair
President, Huntington Bank Northwest Ohio Region 

Tom Manahan, Vice President
Chairman and CEO, Lathrop

Jason Kucsma, Treasurer
Director, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

Gene Abercrombie, Secretary
Real Estate Attorney, Eastman & Smith LTD

Randy Oostra, Immediate Past-Chairman
President and CEO, ProMedica 

Bob Baxter
President and CEO, Mercy Health-Lima and Toledo Regions

Brian Chambers
Chairman and CEO, Owens Corning

Stephanie Cousino
Senior Vice President, PNC Bank

Brian Crooks
General Manager, First Hospitality Group/Renaissance Hotel

Vince DiPofi
Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President, SSOE, Inc.

Marc Folk
Executive Director, The Arts Commission

Alex Gerken
President and CEO, Fifth Third Bank Northwest Ohio

John Haudrich
Senior VP and CFO, Owens-Illinois Inc.

Reed Hauptman
Partner, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick

Ben Heywood
Attorney and Member, Marshall Melhorn

Roy Hodge
Partner, Entrepreneurial Services and Outreach, JumpStart

James Hoffman
Market President, KeyBank

Mike Hylant
CEO, Hylant

Joel Jerger
Executive Vice President, Toledo Market Area, Premier Bank

Jim Kniep
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, The Manhattan Group 

Bob LaClair

Adam Levine
Director, Toledo Museum of Art

Matt Lewandowski
Principal, Lewandowski Engineers

Will Lucas
CEO, Creadio

Ray Micham
Principal, The Collaborative Inc.

Diane Miller
Chief of Staff, University of Toledo

Joe Napoli
President and CEO, Toledo MudHens/Walleye

Harlan Reichle
President and CEO, Reichle Klein Group

Bill Rudolph
Chair, Rudolph Libbe Group 

Barry Shaner
CEO, Directions Credit Union

Richard Sweeney
Regional President, FirstEnergy/Toledo Edison

Sara Swisher
Vice President, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce

Joaquin Cintron Vega
President and CEO, Lucas Metropolitan Housing

Dave Zenk
Executive Director, Metroparks Toledo

Downtown Toledo Improvement District

Board Members

ConnecToledo has a working relationship with the Board of the Downtown Toledo Improvement District.

Jim Kniep, Chair
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, The Manhattan Group

Dean Ball, Vice Chair
Vice President, STS Management

Bruce Rumpf, Treasurer
President and CEO, Job1USA

Matt Lewandowski, Secretary
Principal, Lewandowski Engineers

Ed Beczynski
Owner, The Blarney Irish Pub

Dave Dennis
Director of Property Management, ProMedica

Danny Dymarkowski
Owner, Dymarkowski Development Group

Mary Jo Gilliland
Central Services and Facility Manager, SSOE

Bradley Lagusch
Executive Director, Toledo Bar Association

Jake Lindke
Project Director, Prater Development


Bill Long
General Property Manager, Owens Corning

Yvette Mayzes
Senior Property Manager, Reichle Klein Group

David Munger
Vice President, Munger Munger + Associates Architects Inc.

Matt Rubin
Developer and Project Manager, Crane Development

Tracy Sallah
Vice President, Commercial Real Estate, Louisville Title

Pete Gerken
Lucas County Commissioner

Tina Skeldon Wozniak
Lucas County Commissioner

Karen Poore
City of Toledo Administration

Matt Cherry
Toledo City Councilman

Our Leadership

Paul L. Toth, President

Paul L. Toth, MBA


Paul L. Toth, Jr. is the former President and CEO of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. Paul was with the Port Authority for more than 31 years starting his career as a project engineer in 1988 and rising to President and CEO in 2009. His responsibilities included development and implementation of the strategic direction of the Port Authority and overseeing all operations and development activities of the Port Authority including airports, seaport, economic development financing programs, brownfield development, property acquisition, downtown parking operations, and other strategic activities associated with the Port Authority’s multi-modal facilities.

Paul earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio. He is also a graduate of the University of Toledo’s Graduate School of Business earning a master’s in business administration, specializing in finance. 

Cindy S. Kerr, Vice President, Operations

Cindy S. Kerr, MBA

Vice President, Operations

Cindy Kerr is the Vice President of Operations. Hired by the Downtown Toledo Improvement District in 2014 as the Executive Director, Cindy has delivered on their Service Plan by marketing downtown, delivering advocacy service to businesses and property owners and providing a clean and safe environment. Cindy has previously held financial management positions within the healthcare industry. She also has Fortune 125 global leadership experience in human resources, new production introduction and innovation.

Cindy has a Masters of Business Administration and a BBA in Finance from the University of Toledo. She completed the Executive Masters program in Healthcare Administration at the Ohio State University.

Our Staff

Michael Rheams, Operations Manager

Michael Rheams
Operations Manager

Hannah Dearth, Marketing Coordinator

Hannah Dearth 
Marketing Coordinator

MacGregor Driscoll, Urban Planner 

MacGregor Driscoll
Urban Planner 

Hospitality, Cleanliness, and Safety

Downtown Toledo Ambassadors

Partnering with the Downtown Toledo Improvement District through a contract for services, ConnecToledo maintains a comprehensive downtown ambassador program focused on hospitality, cleaning and safety. Ambassadors are extensively educated on local landmarks and businesses, but also trained in basic health and safety to ensure our downtown remains a safe and family-friendly environment.

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