Ed Reese | 2017 Penguin Of The Year

Ed Reese
Ed Reese

Ed Reese’s commitment, dedication, and passion for the Mahoning Valley and Youngstown State University is unwavering. While Reese can often be seen supporting our teams from the stands or sidelines, he has also been tremendously generous with his time and support behind the scenes. For his continued generosity, efforts, and loyalty to our community, Edward J. Reese is being honored as the 2017 Penguin of the Year.

A current loge-holder, Reese is also a long-time member of the Gridiron Club and Courtside Coaches Club. He endowed the Coach Steve J. Barbato Scholarship, named after his little league coach, which is awarded to a baseball student athlete from the Mahoning Valley. He also helped to create the John C. Cox Scholarship named after his good friend and awarded annually to a student majoring in political science.

Reese served as president of the YSU Penguin Club when the Penguins won The National Championship in 1994. He was with the team when they were hosted by President Bill Clinton at the White House.

The Reese family has also been involved in a number of facility improvement campaigns, including the addition of the Beeghly Center weight training area. This kind of support has made an incredible impact on the entire University.

Reese, the son of the late Ralph and J. Irene Reese, was born in Youngstown. He attended St. Christine School and was recognized as Distinguished Alumnus in 2007 and he graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School where he was Alumni of the Year in 2010.

He attended Youngstown State University then transferred to Bowling Green State University to earn his degree in Gerontology – something not offered by YSU at the time. Reese’s sister Mary Ann (Reese) Huzicka and brothers Ralph and Jim are all graduates of YSU.

Ed and his wife Diane started EDM Management, Inc. in 1998 where Ed serves as CEO and Diane as president. EDM is a management company for numerous Reese businesses. EDM provides comprehensive management and consulting services to various Reese affiliated clients, including Briarfield Health Care Centers and Creekside Fitness and Health Center. The companies have more than 500 local employees and currently maintain 146 acres of property and more than 521,000 square feet of building space.

Briarfield maintains active relationships with various YSU departments, with locations serving as clinical sites for both nursing and physical therapy students.  Additionally, the YSU Department of Physical Therapy uses Briarfield locations as extended teaching sites, integrating course curriculum with on-site lab activities and therapist mentoring to create an enhanced teaching model with workforce training components.  Finally, the company’s licensed nursing home administrators serve as preceptors for YSU gerontology students pursuing their own certification as licensed nursing home administrators.

In addition to his work serving the elder population of our communities, Reese committed himself to public services as a Mahoning County Commissioner for three terms. His first term was from January 1995 to December 1998, during which time he served as president in 1996.

In August 1999, he was appointed commissioner again to fill an unexpired, vacant position until January 2001, when he was re-elected and served until January 2005. During that term, he served as president in 2002, 2003 and 2004.

While in office Reese was instrumental in supporting more than $20 million in development projects for the west end of downtown Youngstown, helping lay the groundwork today’s continued integration of the university community with downtown.

In 2016 Reese, along with former YSU Trustee & State Senator Harry Meshel, co-chaired the commission that helped to pass a senior-services levy for Mahoning County. Monies from the 1.5-mill, five-year real-estate tax levy benefit more than 10,000 of the county’s seniors age 60 and up who need special services such as adult day care, home repair and congregate or home delivered meals but have limited personal finances or don’t qualify for Medicaid.

Over the years, Reese has maintained a close relationship with the community through charitable events. In 2016, Briarfield sponsored the box office of the Youngstown Playhouse and was a marquee sponsor of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s held by the Alzheimer’s Association. Briarfield has also been a longtime supporter of the American Heart Association.

The Reese family is also a major sponsor for St. Christine Parish’s annual Steeple Chase 5K to aid in raising funds for parish projects. Additionally, Reese has served on numerous community boards such as the CASTLO Community Improvement Corporation, Mahoning County Mental Health Board, and the Community Corrections Association Board of Directors.

Ed and Diane have been married for 28 years and have three children, Eddie, Danny, and McKenzie, and a grandson. Eddie is Director of Business Development for EDM after graduating from The College of Wooster where he was an All-American in baseball and obtained a Masters in Finance from Case Western University. Danny is the Administrative Assistant to the YSU men’s basketball staff after playing at YSU for two years before graduating from The College of Wooster where he played baseball. He earned a Master in Business Management from The University of Notre Dame. McKenzie is currently a sophomore at The College of Wooster majoring in Communication studies and is a member of the volleyball team.