Executive Committee

Brian Friedman – President

Owner and Insurance Benefits Advisor, Nest Insurance Solutions

Brian A. Friedman brings more than two decades of professional experience in non-profit management and small business leadership to enrich his offerings as Owner and Insurance Benefits Advisor at Nest Insurance Solutions.

Brian most enjoys his role as trusted advisor to small business owners and non-profit leaders. He especially enjoys helping them understand the competitive advantages of offering benefits coverage to employees and their families, and navigating the complex insurance landscape to find the products that offer the right coverage for the best price, based on each client’s unique situation.

Brian approaches his work from a community-focused perspective, finding and offering the best life and health insurance solutions to help local businesses and nonprofits thrive. For example, he is ranked in the top 40 most-productive Aflac representatives statewide, and manages accounts for more than 350 employees at 27 different companies.

His favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip..

Juwanna Williams — Vice President

Dual Sales Manager for Homewood Suites by Hilton and Hampton Inn & Suites Beachwood, OH

Juwanna has worked in hospitality for 20+ years in various hotels throughout the Greater Cleveland area. In her current role, she is responsible for creating and implementing plans that will generate revenue for the hotels through both room sales and catering.

Both living and working in Beachwood has given Juwanna a great connection to the community. She has set her life goals to align with that of Hilton Mission statement “To fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality”. When not working Juwanna enjoys catching up on television shows and watching romantic comedies with her daughter.

Her favorite treat to enjoy is Mitchell’s White Chocolate Ice Cream with Strawberry toppings!

Christopher Truax, FACHE — Treasurer

Chief Administrative Officer, Lake Health Beachwood Medical Center

Chris has been a healthcare administrator for 25 years. Starting his career as a business analyst in Cincinnati, he moved to Columbus to work for a large healthcare system in the area of strategy and business development. Growing within the company, Chris led several system-level initiatives in the areas of physician relations, new business development and strategic planning. He was promoted to lead merger and acquisitions collaborating with community physicians to expand system’s footprint. In 2012, Chris pivoted to senior leadership of hospitals. He has experience leading small, rural facilities to regional, community hospitals. In 2020, Chris joined Lake Health Beachwood Medical Center to lead the recently opened facility in the areas of operational excellence, community awareness and sustainable growth.

Chris received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Zoology from Miami University. In 1996, he then received his Master’s of Business Administration from Cleveland State University. He has been married to his wife, Tracy, for 24 years with their three children. Chris graduated from high school in Avon Lake and has several family members who reside in the Cleveland area.

His favorite ice cream flavor is peanut butter chocolate chip.

Tim Williams — Secretary

Branch Manager, Dollar Bank

Tim Williams is Branch Manager at the Dollar Bank Beachwood Office and Loan Center and Treasurer of the Beachwood Chamber of Commerce. He has been involved with the chamber for 3 yrs. Tim has participated and been involved in several volunteer positions within the chamber and throughout the Beachwood community. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, skiing, kayaking and several other outdoors activities.

His favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip with hot fudge.

Donnamarie Cook

Project Manager, Cleveland Clinic

Donnamarie Cook is a Project Manager within the Project Management Office in Cleveland Clinic Community Cares (4C) for Cleveland Clinic and is the Immediate Past President of the Beachwood Chamber of Commerce.

Her favorite ice cream is vanilla.

Michael Gray

Director of Sales and Marketing, TechnologyXperts Inc. (TXI)

For the past twenty plus years Michael has focused on being a disrupter as a sales and marketing leader in the technology, telecommunications, data center information technology verticals. He has served as a previous board member and past president of the Beachwood Chamber of Commerce. As a leader at TechnologyXperts, Inc., Michael is guiding their customers to leverage their managed security and services to increase operations while ensuring their networks are secure.

During his off time, Michael enjoys spending time with his son, friends and his two Pitbull mix dogs. He does not have a favorite ice cream.

Robert Hardis**

Superintendent, Beachwood City Schools

Bob Hardis has worked for Beachwood City Schools since 2006, spending six years as Beachwood High School principal and three years as assistant superintendent. Prior to that, Dr. Hardis served as assistant principal at Marlborough High School in Massachusetts and as a social studies teacher in New York City Public Schools and Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. Before entering the field of public education, Dr. Hardis worked for a civil liberties organization in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Hardis earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science at the University of Michigan, a master of education degree in secondary social studies at The George Washington University, and a master of education degree in school leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He recently completed the Doctor of Management Program at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.

Dr. Hardis was raised in Bethesda, Maryland and has lived with his wife in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Boston. He and his wife and two children live in Beachwood.

His favorite ice cream is coconut almond chip

Scott Morrison

Owner, Discovery Photo

Scott T. Morrison, a 1983 graduate of Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) began his career with a triple major in Management Science, Marketing and Computer Science. He has had extensive experience in all aspects of portrait, architectural and fine art photography. Having a thirst for knowledge, continued education programs at Rocky Mountain School of Photography, Nikon School of Photography, and Cleveland Institute of Art. Wanting his own studio, he started Discovery Photo in 1991.

Scott’s varied works have been published locally, nationally, and internationally in magazines such as Outdoor Photographer, Evidence Technology , Properties, RPM, Beachwood Buzz, and Surreal Beauty Magazine. Dozens of his prints, featuring stunningly vivid landscapes and visceral wildlife, appear in galleries across America, including The Cleveland Museum of Art. Scott also has a keen eye for the movie business and is well connected with the Cleveland movie scene. He is known for his gaffing skills along with cinematography and BTS photography. He has more than 60 IMDB credits to his name, and has participated in 14, 48- hour film compositions. His films have won several awards including two as “Best Cinematographer. “

When not working, he enjoys driving his classic 1964 Dodge convertible and making craft beers. Scott’s studio, along with his wife and three dogs, is located in Beachwood, Ohio. They have two adult children.

His favorite ice cream is Mitchell’s Butter Pecan

John Newburger*


John Newburger, retired from AT&T after 36 years. He now is involved in real estate.

His favorite ice cream is coffee.

Alan Papa, FACHE

President, University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center 

Prior to his current appointment in November 2019, Mr. Papa previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Cleveland Clinic Akron General.

Mr. Papa received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Youngstown State University and his Master of Business Administration degree from Cleveland State University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

Mr. Papa is Board Chair of the Summit, Portage and Medina County Chapter of the American Red Cross; Immediate past Board Chair of Lifebanc of Ohio; board member of The American College of Healthcare Executives Northern Ohio; board member of Bluecoats, Inc.; and formerly served as the Board Chair of The Akron Regional Hospital Association.

Mr. Papa and his wife, Nancy, have been married over 35 years. Their daughter, Samantha lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband Gordy and their son Paul. Their son, Anthony, lives in Riverside, California with his wife Kristy. Nancy and Alan Papa reside in Hudson, Ohio.

His favorite ice cream flavor is pistachio.

Lozell Siler

Owner, The Gentlemen’s Cave Luxury Barber Lounge

Lozell earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Business Management at Hiram College. He has been an active member of the chamber since joining and played an integral role in the success of the 2020 Annual Golf Outing.

In his spare time, Lozell loves to spend time with his family, listen to music and watch a good movie or football game. He is also an avid reader and enjoys books by Robert Greene and John Maxwell.

His favorite ice cream is Chunky Monkey

Past Presidents

1991-1994 – Paul Schiffer
1994-1995 – Richard Adler
1995-1996 – Dell Duncan
1996-1997 – Norman Krone
1997-1999 – David Polk
1999-2001 – Thomas Sudow
2001-2004 – Paul Williams
2004-2006 – Laura Orkin
2006-2008 – Doug Bennett
2008-2010 – David Cunix
2010-2012 – Bill Mann
2012-2014 – Michael Gray
2014-2016 – Heathyr Ullmo
2017-2020 – Donna Cook
2020-2021 – Heathyr Ullmo


**Beachwood City School Representative