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A pink tie is not just a fashion statement – it’s a commitment to the fight against breast cancer. The Pink Tie Guy program seeks to engage Northeast Ohio’s leading men to further support the work being done to fight breast cancer and bring a male voice to the urgency of finding the cures. Through great camaraderie, great cocktails and great food we can come together for a great cause.

The premise is simple:

You earn your exclusive Pink Tie Guy necktie, and your place among Northeast Ohio’s pacesetters, by donating $1,008 to Komen Northeast Ohio. The amount signifies that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

6th Annual Pink Tie Guy Event

Monday, September 24th 2018 at 6:00 pm
Metropolitan at The 9
2017 E 9th St.
Cleveland, OH 44115

Contact Leslie Hurrell with questions at 216-292-2873. ext. 116 or lhurrell@komenneohio.org

2018 Honorees

Please join the real men in Cleveland in supporting their wives and daughters, sisters and mothers at the 6th annual Pink Tie Guy Event recognizing:

Fred Geis

SIOR, Owner

Mr. Geis has been in the real estate business for over 30 years and is the co-founder of Geis Companies, one of the largest industrial Design/Build firms in Ohio.  Under his team’s leadership, Geis Companies has built over 500 commercial projects, been engaged in over 10,000 acres of land development, and consistently continues to construct over 2 million square feet annually.  In his role as a founding member of Hemingway Development, a real estate development division that focuses on real estate ownership opportunities in and around Ohio, Mr. Geis is currently focusing his efforts on developing urban projects within the City of Cleveland.

Mr. Geis’ continued commitment towards Cleveland has led him to serve as a former member of the City of Cleveland Planning Commission and on the Boards of Midtown, Cleveland Inc. and Downtown Cleveland Alliance. In addition to his dedication to business and economic development, Mr. Geis is also an active leader in the three Geis Foundations that focus efforts and resources to the education of inner-city youths and children of immigrant families. Through these activities, Mr. Geis hopes to bring a business and development perspective to the urban development environment.


Alex Johnson

President, Cuyahoga County Community College

As president of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), Dr. Alex Johnson focuses on strengthening the college’s 50-year mission of providing high-quality, accessible and affordable educational opportunities and services. Since becoming president in July 2013, he has promoted access, equity, success and completion for the nearly 60,000 credit and non-credit students who attend Tri-C’s four campuses and other locations throughout Cleveland and its suburbs each year.

Prior to coming to Ohio’s largest community college, Dr. Johnson served as president of the Community College of Allegheny County, a multi-campus college in and around Pittsburgh. Dr. Johnson earned a doctorate from the Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree from Lehman College and a bachelor’s degree from Winston-Salem State University.  He is the recipient of two honorary degrees.


Marc Byrnes

Chairman, Oswald Companies

Marc S. Byrnes is Chairman of Oswald Companies.  Under Marc’s leadership, the 125-year employee-owned (ESOP) company has enjoyed significant growth and has strengthened its position among the top 50 largest insurance brokers in the United States. Historically, Inside Business has selected Marc among the Power 100 most influential leaders in Northeast Ohio.  In 2016, Marc had the prestigious honor of being inducted into the Business Hall of Fame and in 2018, Marc was honored by the Values-in-Action Foundation as the recipient of the Gordon E. Heffernan award for Values, Ethics and Community. A fixture in the Northeast Ohio civic community, Marc serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of United Way of Greater Cleveland and he was named United Way Volunteer of the Year in 2011.  He is an active member on the following Boards: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and University School.  He received University School’s Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award in 2012.