About the Pillar Awards

The Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service program recognizes the tie between the nonprofit and for-profit worlds. Its goal is to honor individuals and organizations for their commitment to corporate philanthropy and community services as well as share best practices.

Nominations were judged by a distinguished panel of experts who analyzed and determined the nominees’ commitment to corporate philanthropy. Judges were asked to level the playing field among nominees to equalize opportunities for recognition. In this manner, companies of all sizes were considered.

The judges were then asked to vote for nominees based on their organization’s overall philanthropic efforts including financial, pro bono and volunteer contributions as well as involvement by executives and staff members on the boards of nonprofit organizations.

2009 Pillar Award Judges

Jerry Kysela

regional president, Aon Risk Services Inc. – Ohio

(2008 Pillar Award honoree)

Jeff Neuman

director and president, Barnes Wendling

(2005 Pillar Award honoree)

Jan Roller

partner, Davis & Young

(2008 Nonprofit Board Executive honoree)

John Zitzner

founder, Friends of E-Prep Schools

(2007 CVS Samaritan Award honoree)

Deborah Mills-Scofield

president, Mills-Scofield LLC

Rick Chiricosta

president and CEO, Medical Mutual of Ohio

Fred Koury

president and CEO, Smart Business Network Inc.