Scott Chaikin is executive chairman of Dix & Eaton Incorporated, an integrated communications consultancy specializing in public relations, investor relations, crisis communications and customer communications. He previously served as chief executive officer for 17 years.
Scott provides counsel on a broad range of communications issues to top management at many leading companies and institutions. He focuses on executive communications and is frequently called upon to help address the sensitivities involved in dealing with high-impact issues such as corporate crises, financial challenges and major corporate change events. These activities have included CEO succession planning and positioning; proxy fights and hostile takeover attempts; legal and regulatory challenges; culture change; and major acquisitions. He also advises on the organization and structure of communication departments. His clients have included global Fortune 50 companies and mid-sized companies in a wide range of industries, as well as leading not-for-profit organizations.
Scott currently chairs the global board of Worldcom Public Relations Group, the world’s leading partnership of independently owned public relations firms, with 143 offices employing some 2,000 staff in 115 cities across six continents.
He also serves on the board and marketing committee of the Musical Arts Association (Cleveland Orchestra), the board and marketing committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the board and executive committee of PlayhouseSquare, the board and executive committee of the Greater Cleveland Partnership and the marketing committee of The Cleveland Museum of Art, and is a member of the Visiting Committee of the Weatherhead School of Management. Scott is an alumnus of the Leadership Cleveland program.
An award-winning writer, Scott earned a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and had experience in public relations, journalism and fiction writing before joining Dix & Eaton in 1986.
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.
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 is involved with many philanthropic and civic boards throughout the Northeast Ohio community and supports many causes, as well as a variety of business interests including Great Lakes Science Center, current chair; Playhouse Square Foundation; Greater Cleveland Partnership; Evergreen Cooperatives; VeloSano, current co-chair; United Way of Cleveland and the University of Michigan Sports Management Program Advisory Board.
Paul and his wife, Karen, reside in Geauga County with their children.
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 Withers provides strategic consulting, public relations, crisis communications, marketing and branding counsel to public companies, private and non-profit organizations and start-up entities in industry sectors including manufacturing, aviation, consumer products, advanced materials, bioscience, professional services, financial services and information technology, among others.
As President and Chief Executive Officer of Dix & Eaton, Chas has day-to-day operational responsibilities for the firm and is a member of both its Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
In prior roles at the firm, he served as leader of the marketing communications, technology, emerging growth and interactive services practices.
Previously, Chas was managing director for strategic marketing and communications for Answerthink Inc., a Miami-based international consulting firm specializing in back-office best-practice solutions for Fortune 1000 firms. In his various roles at Answerthink Inc., Chas supported the company’s initial public offering in 1998 and oversaw the strategic communications initiatives of several operating divisions.
Chas was a senior account executive in Dix & Eaton’s media relations practice between 1995 and 1997. He also served as director of media relations at Case Western Reserve University and held corporate communications positions with Malone Public Relations and Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron.
A graduate of Kent State University, Chas holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism,has twice been a member of teams selected as recipients of the Silver Anvil Award from the Public Relations Society of America, and was a 2007 graduate of Leadership Cleveland.
Chas has served as a board member, chairperson or contributor to a variety of organizations, including The Ohio Tuition Trust Authority, The United Way, The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, Business Volunteers Unlimited, Achievement Centers for Children, St. Joseph Academy, The Lakewood Community Services Center, The President's Council Foundation and OneCommunity, among many others.