Intent on walking in Christ's path, Larry F. Kannal says his greatest challenge in life is to motivate others to reach their full potential. Born and reared in the Columbiana area, Kannal has lived in Kent, Ohio, since 1967 when he took a position with State Farm Insurance Co. He has been an agent with State Farm the past 39 years. Additionally, he is the owner of two "Dutch" restaurants in Ohio.
A riveting public speaker, he has been involved locally with the Tri-State Promoters, the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association and the Blue & White Touchdown Club. He also has been an ardent and generous supporter of the Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame.
As a motivational speaker, Kannal seeks to stimulate and awaken minds to reach their fullest potential. He believes the best way for each individual to do so is to set a goal and then move towards it with a positive mental attitude and a healthy self-image.
A past president of the Christian Business Men's Committee and a trustee of the Gospel House in Bedford, Ohio, Kannal is a charter member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Kent State University. He also is a past president of Gideons of Portage County.
Married to his wife, Donna, for 49 years, they are the parents of four children and grandparents of nine.
Winner of the 2006 Hall of Fame Family Heritage Award
The Boyce name is well known in the area with good reason - members of the family have been on the scene since the town of East Liverpool was established.