Monday April 30, 2018

6:45 am Doors Open

6:45-7:15 am Breakfast Buffet

7:15-8:45 am Breakfast Program


John S. Knight Center
77 E. Mill Street
Akron, OH 44308

Driving Directions 


$50 Individual Ticket

$100 Patron Sponsor Ticket (includes 1 preferred seating ticket to the breakfast and recognition in the printed program and during the breakfast. Must be purchased by March 28th.)


Heart to Heart Communications
330-434-3278 ext. 0

Current Sponsors

  • Akron Area YMCA
  • Akron Beacon Journal
  • Akron Children’s Hospital
  • Akron Education Association
  • Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority
  • Akron RubberDucks
  • AxessPointe Community Health Centers, Inc.
  • Bober Markey Fedorovich
  • Brennan Manna & Diamond
  • Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC
  • Cleveland Clinic Akron General
  • CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
  • ComDoc
  • County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addicition and Mental Health Services Board
  • The Geopfert Company
  • Good Place Holdings
  • Gorman, Malarcik, & Pierce, LLL 
  • GPD Group 
  • Huntington Bank 
  • Jumpstart Video Productions, Inc. 
  • Kastner Westman & Wilkins, LLC
  • The Maynard Family Foundation
  • Peg's Foundation
  • PrintDigital Inc.
  • Roetzel & Andress
  • Sikich, LLP
  • State and Federal Communications, Inc.
  • Summa Health
  • Summit County Children Services
  • United Way of Summit County
  • The University of Akron
  • Wells Trecaso Financial Group

Patron Sponsors

  • Tim Able 
  • Tony Alexander
  • Judge Christine Croce
  • Vincent & Nancy DiGirolamo
  • Timothy Dimoff
  • Pastor Mark Ford, The Love Akron Network
  • Craig Hassinger
  • Karl Henley
  • Samantha Holland-Coffield
  • Jesse Hurst
  • Rachel Hurst
  • Fr. William D. Karg
  • Jim Kilcoyne
  • Joe & Mary Jane McMullin
  • Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor
  • Andrew Rowles

       25th Annual Greater Akron         Speaks Out for Values Breakfast 

Inspiring Transformation:

Establishing Our Roots and Exploring Our Future

Join Heart to Heart Communications Monday April 30, 2018 to celebrate the 25th Annual Greater Akron Speaks Out for Values Breakfast with keynote speaker Ken Babby, Owner & CEO, Akron RubberDucks.

The focus of the 25th Annual Breakfast is Inspiring Transformation: Establishing Our Roots and Exploring Our Future.  Ken is an innovative, local leader, who has transformed the Akron RubberDucks as well as gone through transformations in his personal life.

Join with over 600 other people from local businesses and organizations to reflect on your values, be encouraged, and grow. Show the local community your commitment to values and authenticity.

Don't miss out! Register today for your Individual or Patron Sponsor ticket or contact us about organizational sponsorship.

Ken Babby became Owner and Chief Executive Officer of the Akron RubberDucks, Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, in October 2012 when he purchased the then-named Akron Aeros.

Babby is the founder of Fast Forward Sports Group LLC, through which he  additionally purchased the then-named Jacksonville Suns, Double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins, in September 2015, becoming the youngest multi-franchise owner in professional sports. Following the 2016 season, the Suns started a new identity as the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.

Akron RubberDucks baseball has taken flight under Babby. In four seasons, the franchise’s second-ever owner has invested more than $7 million into Akron’s Canal Park, which includes one of the largest HD video boards in the minor leagues, and attendance has increased by 28 percent.

Following a successful identity change after the 2013 season, the team went on to win Minor League Baseball’s prestigious Larry MacPhail Award as the top promotional team in 2015. 2016 was packed with honors for the RubberDucks, including an Eastern League championship, the franchise hosting the Eastern League All-Star Game and Home Run Derby for the first time, and the club’s nomination for the John H. Johnson President’s Award, which honors Minor League Baseball’s “most complete franchise.”

Babby was named one of Sports Business Journal's 2016 "Forty Under 40," recognizing excellence and innovation in sports business careers, and he was an Entrepreneur Of The YearŽ 2017 Award winner. In 2015, Crain’s Cleveland Business also honored him as one of its local 2015 “Forty Under 40” awards.

Babby, 37, is a Potomac, Maryland, native who spent 13 years with the Washington Post, rising to positions such as Vice President, Advertising, and Chief Revenue Officer of Washington Post Media and General Manager of Washington Post Digital.

He is a full-time Akron resident and a visible presence at RubberDucks and Jumbo Shrimp games, as well in the local communities where he serves on several boards.