51. David Meuse
Principal Stonehenge Financial Holdings (54)
Meuse is vice chairman of the Columbus Foundation and a member of the
Columbus Partnership. He is also the former CEO of Banc One Capital Holdings
and holds the purse strings on this powerful investment firm.
52. Robert M. Eversole
Stonehenge Partners Inc. (33)
Eversole left his job as president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank’s Central Ohio division last May to join Stonehenge and offer his vast financial acumen at the region’s premier private equity firm. He is a key player around town, serving on the
boards of the Columbus Partnership, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation
and the Catholic Foundation.
53. Julie Kunkel
Ernst & Young (55)
Kunkel runs the 200-employee office, which has handled several very large
clients in the past, including Target and Best Buy. She and the firm remain a
strong regional force.
54. Michael Petrecca
Managing partner, Columbus office,
Petrecca is an expert on Sarbanes-Oxley and manages one of the most powerful accounting firms in town. He also serves on the boards of TechColumbus and
the Greater Columbus Red Cross.
55. Nancy Kramer
Founder and CEO,
Resource Interactive (57)
Kramer is heavily involved in the region’s technology development and improvements and runs a thriving business that boasts several A-list clients including Apple, Coca-Cola and Wal-Mart.
56. Chester R. Jourdan Jr.
Executive director, Mid-Ohio Regional
Planning Commission (87)
Jourdan is uniting the region to create a stronger voice in the Statehouse and
Washington, D.C. In addition to holding summits to bring together the area’s
power players, his efforts have helped corral $175 million for regional and economic development.
57. Michael Morris
Chairman, president and CEO, AEP (61)
Morris moves up because of his efforts in environmental improvement projects.
He’s investing $120 million in green buildings, and green is good for everyone.
58. Gene Smith
Director of athletics,
The Ohio State University (71)
Though the Buckeyes came up a bit short on the court and the field last year,
Smith still oversees a program that’s No. 1 in another key category: With
more than 900 student-athletes on its rosters and a budget of $92 million, OSU
has the top Division 1-A athletics program in the nation.
59. Robert Werth
Retired managing partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP (11)
Werth hung up his spikes last January but remains active in the community. He
serves on the Advisory Board of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission.
60. Kerrii B. Anderson
President and CEO,
Wendy’s International Inc. (70)
With positive quarterly results, Anderson’s corporate turnaround is in full swing
at the once-struggling fast-food empire.
61. Elaine Roberts
Executive director, Port Columbus
International Airport (69)
With Roberts sitting in the captain’s chair, the regional hub brought on booming
airlines Skybus and JetBlue as part of a three-year, $23 million improvement
plan. Passenger traffic rose 23 percent in a year.
62. Pat Dugan
Partner, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey (66)
Dugan moves up a few spots after being named to “The Best Lawyers in
America” list two years in a row. He runs his firm’s financial services practice
group and is a highly sought after corporate adviser.
63. Cheryl Krueger
President and CEO, Cheryl&Co. (56)
She sold her company a few years ago, and despite remaining at its helm, she
continues to slowly slide down our list. Krueger remains involved with several
philanthropic organizations and is on the chamber board.
64. Dick Emens
Partner, Chester, Willcox & Saxbe LLP; exec. dir., Family Business Center
Emens co-founded the Family Business Center and is a go-to adviser for family-owned companies. He is also a trustee at Franklin University.
65. Phil Urban
President and CEO, Grange Insurance (68)
In addition to heading one of the largest, fastest-growing insurance providers in
the region, Urban serves as chairman for the Ohio Insurance Institute and the
United Way’s Leading Edge Campaign.
66. Bill Ingram
CEO, White Castle Systems Inc. (60)
Ingram slides from last year. He and his burger company continue to be a strong
force in town, but others have simply jumped over him on our list.
67. Brian Ellis
President and COO,
Nationwide Realty Investors (78)
With the Arena District thriving, Ellis’ work at NRI has earned him considerable
clout among the shapers of downtown development. New to his resume this
year: member of Capital University’s board of trustees.
68. Ted Ford
President and CEO, TechColumbus (76)
With Ford at the helm, TechColumbus has attracted millions of dollars from the
public and private sectors to accelerate the growth of Central Ohio’s tech economy. He’s also pushed the organization’s membership from 225 to more than
300 in a single year.
69. Dr. Wiley W. Souba Jr.
Dean, The Ohio State University
College of Medicine (new)
Souba leaves behind a prestigious career as top surgeon at Penn State
University to start another at one of the top academic medical centers in the
70. Robert H. Schottenstein
President, CEO and chairman
M/I Homes Inc. (67)
M/I Homes was not immune to the nationwide housing slump, but Schottenstein
still provides a stabilizing and well-connected presence at its top.
71. Frank Kass
Continental Real Estate Cos. (58)
Kass and his company’s projects still remain a strong presence in town but
other players have made stronger leaps this year.
72. Cameron Mitchell
Cameron Mitchell Restaurants LLC (88)
Mitchell’s restaurant empire is spreading like spilled marinara. He recently
opened Marcella’s Ristorante, Pizzeria and Wine Bar in Columbus and has begun
to garner national attention from his growing presence across the country.
73. Michael Glimcher
Chairman and CEO
Glimcher Realty Trust (84)
Glimcher succeeds his father, Herb, as chairman of the board at the influential
real estate investment trust.
74. Sandy Harbrecht
Paul Werth Associates (81)
Harbrecht heads the award-winning public relations firm, which specializes in
strategic communications and planning, organizational communication, and public
and social policy. She serves on both the OSU Dean’s Advisory Council and as
chairman on the board of trustees at Kent State University.
75. Terry Foegler
President, Campus Partners for
Community Urban Redevelopment (72)
Though OSU campus-area construction is still booming, strong performances
by others push Foegler down a few spots.