2018 Man of the Year – Joseph Marinucci ’72
Joseph Marinucci currently serves as President and CEO of Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA), the largest Special Improvement District in the State of Ohio. DCA is dedicated to improving the pedestrian experience for people who work, live and play in Downtown Cleveland and to attracting additional private investment to the Central Business District.
Prior to joining DCA, he served as President and Executive Vice President of DCA’s predecessor organization, Downtown Cleveland Partnership; Vice President of Real Estate Development for Cleveland’s Playhouse Square, the country’s second largest theater district; Director of Economic Development for the City of Cleveland; and Deputy Director for the Ohio Department of Development.
He has served as Chairman of the Board of International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and was recognized for his 37 years in the ED profession by being awarded Fellow Member, Honorary Life Member, and, in 2016, the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Honor of Edward DeLuca, recognizing his contribution to the economic development profession. He also served as treasurer of IEDC’s predecessor organization, the International Council for Urban Economic Development.
In addition, Joe’s volunteer contributions included serving on and chairing the Board of The Gateway Economic Corporation, the owner of the Gateway Sports Complex and more recently served on the Cleveland Host Committee or the 2016 Republican National Convention held in Cleveland.
In addition, Mr. Marinucci’s current community involvement includes the Union Club Board of Trustees, the Cleveland Restoration Society Board of Trustees, Little Italy Redevelopment Corporation (ex-officio), the Visiting Committee of Levin College of Urban Affairs at CSU, the Advisory Board for the Center of Population Dynamics at CSU, and the Urban Research Park CDE, based in Towson, Maryland.
A graduate of Cleveland State University, Joe was born in Giuliano Teatino, a small town 15 kilometers from the Adriatic Sea in the Chieti Province of Abruzzo, Italy. He migrated to the United States with his parents in 1956 and settled in the Little Italy neighborhood of Cleveland.
Today, he resides with his wife Dani in Westlake, Ohio, where they raised their four children: Antonia, Dante, Lucia and Vincenzo.
2018 Man of the Year – Fr. Paul Marshall, SM ’65
Father Paul Marshall graduated from Cathedral Latin School in 1965. In July of 1965, he entered the novitiate at Marcy, New York and professed his first vows in August of 1966. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton in 1969 and began working in youth programs for the City of Dayton. He served as the Director of the Urban Corps Program for youth services for the city and was honored as one of the Top 10 African American Males for his leadership and contribution to the Dayton community.
In 1972, Fr. Paul professed his final vows as a Marianist and earned a master of divinity from the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto in 1976. He was ordained a priest in Dayton of that year and was assigned to Cathedral Latin School. He taught religion and was the school chaplain up until the school closed in 1979. He then served in a similar role at Dayton’s Chaminade Julienne High School.
He was assigned as pastor of St. Aloysius Parish in Cleveland in 1980 and served through 1997. During those years, he served on the board of trustees at the University of Dayton. He helped found the Ministry to Black Catholic Men and was a member of the Provincial Chapter of the Marianist province of Cincinnati.
Fr. Paul had a great passion for social and racial justice and promoting the gift of the black Catholic community to the entire church. For many years he was a board member of the National Black Clergy Congress and served as president of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus. He spent time at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and in 2000 he returned to the University of Dayton as associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies.
Fr. Marshall served as rector of the University of Dayton from 2005-2010. As rector, he helped establish the Marianist Educational Associates, a program that develops a community of lay faculty, staff and administrators dedicated to preserving the University’s Marianist heritage. In 2010 he was appointed Assistant for Temporalities for the Marianist Province of the United States, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. He served as one of five top leaders where he oversaw Province finances and social justice initiatives.
Sadly, Fr. Paul passed away on July 17, 2014 at the young age of 66. At the time of his death, he was visiting Marianist ministries of the District of India, a dependent unit of the Province of the United States.
In reflection on his 25th Jubilee as a Marianist, he wrote the following:
“The Marianists have always been open to someone of a different culture. Our life together, I believe, is a witness to the kingdom of God. Every race, culture and people are called to be followers of God. Mary, our model of faith, praised God who raised the lowly and freed the oppressed. Working for freedom and promoting the faith in the Black community have given meaning to my life as a Marianist.”
Fr. Paul was preceded in death by siblings Carl and Patricia. He is survived by his sister Iris Marshall Brown and brothers Isaiah and Aaron.
Let us thank God for the gift of his life. May he rest in peace.
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