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Thomas C. Pitrone named 2009 Advocate of the Year.

June 12, 2009

NSBA this week honored Thomas C. Pitrone, CFP of The Integrity Group in Willoughby, Ohio as the 2009 Lewis Shattuck Small Business Advocate of the Year. Pitrone was recognized along with four finalists during NSBA's Annual Advocate of the Year Award Luncheon held Tuesday, June 9 in Washington, D.C. as a kick-off to the Washington Presentation.

"I can't think of a more driven, selfless and dedicated small-business advocate than Tom Pitrone," stated NSBA President Todd McCracken. "Tom pushes for policies that not only help all of America's small businesses, but he works on a daily basis to ensure that entrepreneurship remains a viable goal for the millions of Americans considering starting their own business."

Thomas C. Pitrone, CFP, has run The Integrity Group for the last 25 years providing financial services to other small businesses. A former board member and Tax Committee Chair of NSBA, Pitrone has a passion for small business that drives his extensive advocacy on the local, state and national level. In addition to holding myriad leadership roles with the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) in Cleveland, Pitrone served on the board of Ohio Chamber of Commerce, and was chair of the Ohio Small Business Council Board, the small business division of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.

Most recently, Pitrone played a key role through his involvement and advocacy during the 2008 Ohio-based Healthy Families Act ballot initiative. His efforts led to critical fundraising and the eventual defeat of a ballot initiative that would have been a significant burden to Ohio's small businesses. Efforts like this are what made Pitrone a two-time winner of COSE's Small Business Advocate of the Year, and now NSBA's Small Business Advocate of the Year.

NSBA also recognized four outstanding finalists: Michael Bowlds, of Mountaintop Marketing Group, LLC; Michael Mitternight, Factory Service Agency, Inc., Susan Ratliff of Exhibit Experts, Inc. and Robert C. Smith, Spero-Smith Investment Advisers, Inc. in Beachwood, Ohio.

The criteria used in determining award finalists was a commitment to small business advocacy, a proven history of volunteer activism on behalf of the small-business community, and success and growth as a small-business owner.
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