Team Neo Welcomes New Board Members

Team NEO Welcomes New Board Members

Team NEO has elected Phillip Dennison of Packer Thomas and David Mustine of JobsOhio to its board of trustees. These executives bring specialized knowledge to the business growth and attraction organization in areas pivotal to Northeast Ohio’s economic development.

“David’s broad expertise in the energy industry – including the booming oil and gas sector – will help us better understand the needs of energy businesses that are choosing to locate or expand here to leverage the Utica Shale,” said Team NEO CEO Tom Waltermire. “His acumen within chemicals and polymers, a strong downstream growth opportunity, and agribusiness will be instrumental in helping us grow these sectors.”

Added Ward J. “Tim” Timken Jr., chairman of The Timken Company and Team NEO chairman of the board: “Phil’s longtime leadership in the Youngstown-Warren community makes him an outstanding addition to the Team NEO board. He brings fresh perspectives built on decades of hands-on involvement in economic development initiatives in the Mahoning Valley.  His knowledge of this part of the region – one of the prime areas in  the Utica Shale play – will be a great asset. We look forward to working with both Phil and David in the coming months.”

About Phillip B. Dennison 
Phillip Dennison is the principal of Packer Thomas, a regional accounting firm based in Canfield, Ohio, and a former partner at Ernst & Young. His influence on the Youngstown-Warren community spans more than 30 years. He has for the past decade served as chair of Grow Mahoning Valley, a public/private/labor organization that prioritizes infrastructure projects over a three-county area, and has for the past year chaired the Community Foundation of Mahoning Valley. Dennison is a former chair of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce and its Economic Development Committee, the Youngstown State University Williamson School of Business Business Advisory Council, and Forum Health Board of Trustees. He was also instrumental in merging the Youngstown, Warren and Niles Chambers of Commerce into the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber in the early 1990s, when he served as a trustee on the Youngstown Chamber of Commerce. In 2003, the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber recognized Dennison with its Spirit of the Chamber Award for his outstanding service to the community.

About David Mustine
David Mustine is the managing director for energy, chemicals and polymers, and agribusiness at JobsOhio, the state’s job creation and economic development agency. He came to JobsOhio in 2011 from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, where he ran nine divisions and several offices. Additionally, Mustine served as a consultant to business owners, corporations, ministries and nonprofits, and as executive director of a Dubai-based provider of a geophysical data acquisition services to international exploration and production companies. He worked for American Electric Power for 16 years, most recently as a senior vice president. Mustine also served as an investment manager for the energy division of Bechtel Investments Inc. in Houston, where he specialized in oil and gas joint ventures.

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