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Posted by: Jacqueline Baroana on Feb 24, 2021

Kevin J. Nowak

Company: CHN Housing Partners
Title: Executive Director
CMBA Join Date: 2020
College: University of Michigan ’02
Law School: University of Michigan Law School ’05

A RECENT MILESTONE FOR YOU?
I hit the big 4-0 in 2020.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY.
Tammie is my wife and partner. We’ve been married almost 16 years, and she still hasn’t thrown me out despite my reasonable efforts. We have two sons, William and Jamie. They each are the perfect mix of Tammie and me. Grew up with a big Polish family. We are spread out all over the country now, but when we get together, no time has been lost.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PETS.
We have two pets, Olympia (a Great Dane we got during the 2016 Olympic Games) and K.C. (a rescue named after K.C. and the Sunshine Band — long story).

CAN YOU PLAY AN INSTRUMENT?
Piano and learning the banjo.

ONE FUN FACT ABOUT YOU?
I’m well known by my friends for my list of random, hole-in-the-wall restaurants across the country that I’ve discovered during my work and family travels. It’s a real talent!

Jim Smolinski

Firm: Henderson, Mokhtari & Weatherly Co., L.P.A.
Title: Associate
CMBA Join Date: 2013
College: St. Bonaventure University
Law School: Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

WHAT CITY DO YOU LIVE IN?
My Wife, Halle, and I live in the Sunnydale Estates Subdivision in Brecksville-Broadview Heights. It is the perfect neighborhood for us: walkable, family- and
pet-friendly, and close to the Metroparks and Cuyahoga Valley National Park — and Heinen’s grocery store!
We also have the best neighbors and numerous CMBA friends nearby.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PET.
We recently brought home a new miniature schnauzer puppy, Henry – who has quickly become the star of our social media accounts and the center of our lives. We lost our previous schnauzer, Nelson, last fall (we are totally “schnauzer people”).

HOW DID YOU MEET YOUR SPOUSE?
Working at the CMBA!

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRST EVER JOB.
I worked summers during high school and college at The Oakwood Club — a country club then-located in Cleveland Heights and South Euclid. I gained love and appreciation for the game of golf working under head pro Wink McLaughlan, and the people I met at Oakwood remain some of my very best friends and mentors to this day.

ONE FUN FACT ABOUT YOU?
Our favorite vacation spots are the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs and California’s Monterey Peninsula.

Dawn DiMartino

Company: PuzzleHR
Title: Regional Sales Manager

CMBA Join Date: 2020 College: Grand Valley State

WHY DID YOU JOIN THE CMBA?
I joined to meet like-minded business professionals who see the value in networking to achieve their professional goals.

HOW DID YOU MEET YOUR SPOUSE?
I met my husband through my best friend while I was in college in Michigan. We started dating years later and I moved to Cleveland and she still lives in Michigan.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY.
I live in Solon with my husband of 21 years, Calvin. We have three children.The oldest is Dominique
(19) who is a sophomore at Miami of Ohio, Alexa
(16) a junior at Solon High School, and my Son CJ who is an 8th grader.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRST EVER JOB.
My first job was at a bank as a teller. I loved coming to work and talking with all the customers and getting to know them. It was then that I was told I need to not have a banking career and I need to go into sales because I hold up the bank line because I was talking too much to the customers.

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN?
My husband and I decided years ago to stop giving our children gifts and instead give the gift of travel. Traveling to new places is most fun with my family!
 

 

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