Local UNICAN honored
Local attorney Frank Blasi received UNICO National’s Dr. Anthony P. Vastola Award, the highest and most meritorious award that UNICO National bestows.
“Thank you to Chris DiMattio and the Scranton Chapter for the nomination. I feel honored to be a part of the Scranton Chapter and to have their support in nominating me for the award” Blasi said during his acceptance speech during a UNICO convention.
Blasi also remembered Al Dante, Scranton, and Anthony Fornelli, Chicago, Frank’s mentors in UNICO who had also won the award named in honor of the creator of UNICO. He remarked how honored he is to be the recipient of this same award and he expressed his appreciation to both men.Blasi joined the Scranton Chapter of UNICO in 1995. Throughout his time with the organization, he chaired several committees, served as chapter president for two terms and received the chapter’s UNICAN of the Year Award.
Nationally, Blasi serves as a trustee for the UNICO Foundation, was national legal counsel from 2007 to 2018 and chaired a Special Constitutional Reading and Amendment Meeting in Kansas City in 2011.
Blasi, Peckville, attended Scranton public schools and is a University of Scranton and St. John’s University School of Law graduate. He is the son of Frank J. and Rose Gatti Blasi and has one sister, Annette Blasi-Strubeck and a nephew, Alex.
He has been in the private practice of law for more than 30 years and is the principal of the Blasi Law Group in Scranton. He is a member of the Lackawanna and Luzerne County Bar Associations, serves as executive director for Broadway in Scranton, is an active member of LaFesta Italiana of Lackawanna County, St. Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen board member and is a lector at St. Peter’s Cathedral and his home Parish of Sacred Heart of Jesus in Peckville, among other activities.
Brianna Kohut chopped 11 inches off her hair to help children with cancer.
A sophomore at Valley View High School, Brianna, 15, always wanted to donate her hair. Her locks will go to Locks of Love, a nonprofit that makes wigs for those suffering from cancer.
This was her first time donating her hair, and Kelly Martin from Bliss Hair Studio in Scranton gave her the chop.
Four Marywood University graduate and undergraduate students competed against more than 5,000 Master of Business Administration, undergraduate business and non-student contestants from more than 150 universities in 40 countries during the X-Culture’s International Business Competition.
Wajahat Mahmood and Michael A. Magistro, both of Scranton, Vincent E. Rebar, Throop, and Joni L. Host, Montrose, won top awards during the competition.
Mahmood won in the Best Report for UniCheck category; Magistro placed first in the Best Report for Custom Photo Props category; Rebar won in the category for Best Report for Custom Photo Props; and Host won in the category for Best Report for Custom Photo Props.
Mahmood, Magistro and Rebar were on the Master of Business Administration students’ team; Host was on the undergraduate business management/marketing students’ team. Students work together for several months on business projects presented by X-Culture’s corporate partners.
Christopher Speicher, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Business and Global Innovation at the university, served as the faculty adviser.