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Marc S. Byrnes to be Honored at The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio’s Humanitarian Award Dinner

oswaldcompanies November 15, 2018

CLEVELAND – Nov. 15, 2018 – Marc S. Byrnes, Chairman of Oswald Companies, will be recognized at the 64th Annual Humanitarian Dinner on Wednesday Nov. 28, 2018, at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.

Presented by The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, Marc will be honored with the PwC LeadDiversity Alumni Award for his outstanding dedication and community service in Northeast Ohio.

As a fixture in the community, Marc served as past Chairman of the Board of Directors of United Way of Greater Cleveland and he was named United Way Volunteer of the Year in 2011. He is an active member on the following Boards: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and University School. He received University School’s Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award in 2012 and the Gordon E. Heffern Award for Values, Ethics and Community in 2018.

Marc also served on the bond issue committees for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the Metroparks. He acted as transition Co-Chair for County Executive, Armond Budish, and he is a member of the County’s Economic Commission Council. Marc serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Cleveland Leadership Center, the preeminent organization for building and engaging civic leadership and he was President (2012-2013) of the 50 Club of Cleveland, the city’s largest leading business society. He was inducted into the Cleveland Business Hall of Fame in 2016.

Marc will join fellow honoree, Enid Rosenberg, Community Leader, on Nov. 28 to accept this award.

“We’re thrilled to be honoring such tremendous individuals,” says Cip Beredo, Board Chair and Partner at Squire Patton Boggs. “Enid and Marc have both contributed so much to Northeast Ohio and their impact can be seen far and wide.”

“Our programs increase cultural competency, build leadership skills and create inclusive environments that foster learning and educational success for the 21st century.” says Peggy Zone Fisher, President and CEO of The Diversity Center. “Students are learning how to become leaders and positive change agents in their schools and communities, helping us to achieve our vision of communities where all people are connected, respected and valued.”

The evening event will begin with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. immediately followed by a dinner and program at 6:45 p.m.

CLICK HERE to read full Press Release from The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio.

Marc Byrnes Humanitarian Award Dinner

About The Diversity Center:

The Diversity Center promotes understanding and respect and institutional equality on matters of race, age, religion, sex, ethnicity, culture, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. They achieve this through youth programming and by promoting diversity and addressing institutional bias in the workplace.

About Oswald Companies:

Founded in 1893, Cleveland-based and employee-owned, Oswald is one of the nation’s largest independent insurance brokerage and risk management firms. As a proud Partner of Assurex Global, the world’s largest association of privately held insurance brokers, our risk management professionals service and support the needs of our clients worldwide. Visit