Board of Directors

Scott Chaikin

Scott Chaikin

Executive Chairman

Scott was named president of Dix & Eaton in 1996 and CEO in 1998, earlier having led both Dix & Eaton’s Investor Relations and Public Relations practices.  He specializes in counsel to senior leadership on communications surrounding critical issues and major change initiatives. His work has focused on CEO succession, crises, culture change, M&A, rebranding, shareholder activism and overarching communications strategy for organizations like AkzoNobel, American Greetings, Covia, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Forest City Realty Trust, Keycorp, Northwest Airlines, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Sherwin Williams and UnitedHealth Group.

Specializes in:

  • Communications strategy
  • CEO communications
  • Crisis communications
  • Change management
  • Communications organization design

Involved with:

  • Board chair of Greater Cleveland Partnership
  • Board member of Playhouse Square
  • Board member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Member and former Global Board chair of the Worldcom Public Relations Group
  • Former Board member of the PR Council

Enjoys:

  • Travel
  • Hiking
  • Live music

Jim Boland

Jim Boland

Retired, Former Vice Chairman – Cavaliers Operating Company, LLC

Jim Boland joined the Cavaliers Operating Company in 1998 as President and Chief Executive Officer and, effective January 2003, became Vice Chairman. A native of Cleveland, he had spent the previous 34 years with Ernst & Young.

Jim joined Ernst & Young after serving two years as an officer in the United States Army. He became a partner in 1976 and served as a member of the Firm’s Management Committee from 1988 to 1997. He also had operating responsibility as Vice Chairman and Regional Managing Partner of Ernst & Young’s Central Region from 1988 to 1996. In 1996 Jim developed and managed the Firm’s National Accounts Program and developed the methodology for serving the Firm’s top 200 Global Accounts.

Jim serves or has served on the boards of The Sherwin-Williams Company, Invacare Corporation, The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, International Steel Group and DDR Corporation, as well as several private companies. He also serves as Chairman of Jobs Ohio and serves on the board of the Center for Global Business Studies in Washington D.C.

He has served on the boards of the Ohio Business Roundtable, Cleveland Tomorrow, Leadership Cleveland, The Cleveland Health and Education Museum, University Circle Inc., Hawken School, Bluecoats, the Great Lakes Science Center and United Way Services’ cabinet. He also has chaired the local Boy Scouts Capital Campaign, the YMCA Corporate Challenge, the March of Dimes “Walk-a-thon,” the Olympic Torch Relay Committee and served on The Rain Forest Development Committee. He chaired various benefits, including United Cerebral Palsy, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Cleveland Sight Center, Alzheimer’s Association, the Ethnic Extravaganza for the Neighborhood Centers Association and the Achievement Center of Cleveland.

In the educational arena, Jim serves as a Trustee of the Harvard Business School Club of Cleveland, as well as The Alumni Board of the Harvard Business School. As a John Carroll graduate, Jim has been a member of the Business School’s Advisory Board, Public Policy Council and Capital Campaign Committee. He received John Carroll’s Alumni Medal bestowed on alumni for distinguished service to a profession, exemplary family and personal life and contributions to the community. He has also been honored by the Ohio Cancer Research Association for his longtime support and other civic and philanthropic efforts and has received the “American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Public Service Award.” Jim also received the “Walk of Life Award” from the Irish American Archives Society and was recognized by the Irish American Magazine as one of “The 100 Most Influential Irish Americans In Business.”

He and his wife Muffy have six children and 15 grandchildren.


Paul Dolan

Paul Dolan

Owner/Chairman/Chief Executive Officer – The Cleveland Indians

With the Dolan family’s ownership of the Cleveland Indians in its 15th season in 2014, Paul Dolan served his second campaign as the primary control person of the franchise after being formally approved by Major League Baseball on Jan. 10, 2013. Paul continues to serve as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Indians, roles that he accepted prior to the 2011 season. He began as Vice President, General Counsel of the Indians upon joining the organization in 2000 and later served as the club’s President from 2004-10.

Paul was born and raised in nearby Chardon, Ohio where he attended high school at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills. He graduated with a B.A. degree from St. Lawrence University in 1980 and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame’s Law School in 1983. Prior to joining the Indians, Paul was a partner at Thrasher, Dinsmore & Dolan, a Chardon, Ohio based law firm. He currently serves on the boards of Smucker’s and The Cleveland Foundation.

Paul was born and raised in nearby Chardon, Ohio where he attended high school at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills. He graduated with a B.A. degree from St. Lawrence University in 1980 and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame’s Law School in 1983. Prior to joining the Indians, Paul was a partner at Thrasher, Dinsmore & Dolan, a Chardon, Ohio based law firm. He currently serves on the boards of Smucker’s and The Cleveland Foundation.

Paul was born and raised in nearby Chardon, Ohio where he attended high school at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills. He graduated with a B.A. degree from St. Lawrence University in 1980 and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame’s Law School in 1983. Prior to joining the Indians, Paul was a partner at Thrasher, Dinsmore & Dolan, a Chardon, Ohio based law firm. He currently serves on the boards of Smucker’s and The Cleveland Foundation.


Dave Eaton

Dave Eaton

Senior Partner, Korn/Ferry International

Dave Eaton is a Senior Partner and Practice Leader with Korn/Ferry’s Leadership & Talent Consulting unit, a global consulting firm specializing in executive search, leadership development, talent management and Organizational Transformation.

Dave centers his practice in the human side of any culture change, or business transaction. LTC works to ensure efficient and effective execution and sustainability of desired change via Cultural Integration & Individual/Team Performance, which can have a direct impact on bottom-line results.

An experienced global consultant, he specializes in the areas of cultural integration, multinational teambuilding, global leadership development, mergers and acquisitions/joint ventures, outsourcing/offshoring, and other large-scale, corporate transactions.

Dave has a master’s degree in Intercultural Management from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. He is a member of, and speaker at, a wide array of professional associations in Human Resources (SHRM, ASTD, HCI, HRLF), Global Mobility (ERC), and other industry conferences (Conference Board, NASSCOM, and Project Management International). He has been an invited guest lecturer at major business schools and universities including Harvard University, Emory University, Boston University and Babson College.


Chas D. Withers

Chas D. Withers

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO, Chas has everyday responsibility for ensuring that Dix & Eaton delivers on its promise of results-driven focus, insight, and best-of-breed culture.

He has spent the bulk of his career consulting with a diverse array of organizations – corporate, civic, academic, philanthropic – to solve problems, create opportunities and to ensure best outcomes.  A core emphasis of his work and leadership has been stewardship in high-stakes, complex and transformative situations that span multiple audiences including shareholders, employees, customers, legislators, communities and the media.

A member of the firm’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee, he formerly served as president, chief operating officer, and, at different times, head of the marketing communications, technology and emerging growth practices at Dix & Eaton.

Chas is a graduate of Kent State University, Leadership Cleveland, and the FBI Citizen’s Academy, and has been on teams that received the Silver Anvil Award (given by Public Relations Society of America) three times in his career.  He was formerly with Answerthink Consulting Group, Case Western Reserve University and Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Akron.

Specializes In:

  • Organizational reputation and positioning, branding initiatives
  • Coordinated, integrated communications and marketing strategies spanning varied audiences
  • Crisis, high-stakes scenarios
  • Complex transformations, transactions

Involved with:

  • Greater Cleveland Sports Commission
  • 50 Club of Cleveland
  • Former board member of Ohio Tuition Trust Authority (former chair), Business Volunteers Unlimited (BVU), Achievement Centers for Children, St. Joseph Academy, West Side Ecumenical Ministries, El Barrio, Lakewood Community Services Center (former chair), OneCommunity, The Great Lakes Science Center, The President’s Council Foundation, Lakewood Catholic Academy
  • FBI Citizen’s Academy (2018 graduate)
  • The PR Council
  • Kent State University
  • The City of Cleveland
  • Leadership Cleveland (2007 class)

Enjoys:

  • All Cleveland sports teams (yes, it’s a sickness)
  • Exploring new places
  • Listening to and playing music