Erin Walsh Hardesty was born in Norfolk, Virginia. She lived there for three days when her adoptive parents brought her to their Ohio hometown where she grew up and still resides.
Telling the story of finding her birthmother, Erin weaves an unbelievable true life account of her search, realizing the choices made by others centuries ago have defined her life and continue to define her journey today.
Erin has been sharing her true-life experience with audiences since 1992 and co-authored her story in the form of a novel with Mike Blass.
Erin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. She currently works in the financial arena and has been in the profession for over 35 years. Her community involvement includes serving as Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Greater Lima. She has served twice as President and Board Chair of the Lima Noon Sertoma Club and is currently the First Vice-President. She is a 2016 Jefferson Award winner and a 2016 Athena Award finalist.
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Michael Blass first began cultivating his entrepreneurial spirit at 7 years old when he landed his first job mowing the neighbor’s lawn. One lawn progressed to two, then five, and a businessman was born. As he grew his career choices, and life, have followed a path of service to others and his community.
Mike served in local and state government for over thirty years. He retired in 2008 and immediately opened a small construction company with his sons. In 2010, the Lima-Allen County Chamber of Commerce named Blass Residential Services the Emerging Small Business of the Year. In 2011, he opened a second company that specializes in surface refinishing. Mike and his sons pride themselves in providing solutions for their customers with the integrity that builds lasting relationships. He is the principal of Michael A. Blass & Associates and consults for organizations on a wide variety of topics. He has also written several articles on various subjects throughout his career.
He has served on the Board of Directors for the Lima Noon Sertoma Club, past board member of the Ohio Narcotics Association Regional Coordinating Officers (NARCO), and is an honorary lifetime member of the Ohio Task Force Commanders’ Association. Mike is active in numerous community and civic projects and currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Lima Office of the Better Business Bureau.
Mike holds degrees from Rhodes State Community College and Franklin University. He and his wife Phyllis reside in West Central Ohio.