Mitch Mohanna (1952-2015)
member of Association Media & Publishing, Mitch Mohanna, died on October 25, 2015 at his home in Plano, Texas. Mohanna, 63, led a successful publishersâ€™ representative firm, Mohanna Sales Representatives, which he founded in 1979 and ran with his wife. He was a loyal member of AM&P, serving on volunteer committees, regularly attending AM&P events, and supporting the associationâ€™s Signature magazine with his firmâ€™s advertising.
Signature plans to publish an article about Mohannaâ€™s professional life and contributions to the association publishing industry in its next issue. (Editorâ€™s note: Anyone wishing to contribute a comment or anecdote about Mohanna for the article is encouraged to contact Carla Kalogeridis as soon as possible.)
"Mitch was a long-time member of AM&P, from back in the SNAP days, and a good friend to the organization,â€ says John T. Adams III, AM&Pâ€™s executive director. "He volunteered regularly and was always available if someone needed help or advice.â€
Mohanna spent most of his childhood in Cairo, Nebraska. He earned his bachelorâ€™s degree in advertising/journalism at the University of Nebraska where he met his wife Jarren in 1973. The couple moved to Plano in 1979 and married soon afterward in 1980.
His hobbies included Toastmasters, swimming, traveling, singing, and most of all, spending time with his family. He had a passion for the English language, and continued developing his vocabulary and public speaking skills throughout his life. He also loved growing trees in his backyard, and the trees he planted at Carlisle Elementary and other Plano locations are still standing.
Although successful in business, Mitch Mohanna will be most remembered as a loving father, son, brother, husband, and friend to members of his community. He encouraged his three children to participate in a variety of activities and was deeply involved in Indian Guides, Indian Princesses, and Boy Scouts as well as their numerous athletic and musical pursuits.
"Mitch was a great competitor and never focused on the negative â€” only on his own strengths,â€ says James G. Elliott, president of James G. Elliott Co., Inc., who was a personal friend and colleague of Mohannaâ€™s, and serves on the AM&P board of directors. "He was avidly involved in the Boy Scouts, an interest we shared. To me, Mitch was the ultimate example of an Eagle Scout â€” trustworthy, loyal, helpful, courteous, and kind.â€
Mohanna loved interacting with people, and his gregarious personality and ability to encourage and inspire confidence in others will be greatly missed. A memorial service to celebrate his life was held on October 30, 2015 at Custer Road United Methodist Church in Plano. The family welcomes contributions in his name to the Plano Parks Foundation, P.O. Box 860358, Plano, Texas 75086