2013 Columbus Pillar Award Winners Unveiled

COLUMBUS, OH (Jan. 21, 2013) – Smart Business Network Inc. is pleased to announce the category winners of the 2013 Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service program, presented by Smart Business and sponsored by Rea & Associates, GREENCREST, Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board, and Catering by Design.

At an awards recognition program held at the Ohio Statehouse January 17, 2013, 15 organizations were unveiled as Pillar Award winners in five distinct categories and participated in a series of panel discussions with TV-10’s Kristyn Hartman about the tie between the for-profit and nonprofit worlds.

Pillar Award for Community Service
• Cardinal Health
• Columbus Crew
• Donatos
• Fifth Third Bank
• Mettler Toledo
• RockBridge
• Safex

Medical Mutual SHARE Award
• Safelite®

Rea & Associates Executive Director of the Year Award
• Jay Jordan, president & CEO, OCLC
• Tammy Wharton, CEO, Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council

Nonprofit Board Executive of the Year Award
• Brooke Billmaier (Victoria’s Secret), St. Stephen’s Community House
• Michael J. Fiorile (The Columbus Dispatch), Columbus College of Art and Design
• Laura Warren (Limited Brands), Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council

Kent Clapp CEO Leadership Award
• Jane Grote Abell, chairman, Donatos
• Mark Swepston, president & CEO, Atlas Butler Heating and Cooling

“This class of honorees, combined with this year’s group of finalists, is truly inspirational,” says Dustin S. Klein, publisher of Smart Business. “They give back individually and as organizations. They get involved in causes they care about. And the nonprofit leaders have forged meaningful relationships with the for-profit companies and their executive teams to better deliver upon their missions. All told, the Pillar Award class of 2013 truly understands how to strengthen the regional communities where we all live and work.”

The Pillar Award program was founded in 1998 and honors organizations and individuals that best demonstrate a commitment to making a difference. For information on the award winners, along with profiles of the finalists for this year’s Pillar Awards, visit www.sbnonline.com. To receive a nomination for the 2014 awards program, or to learn more about the Pillar Awards, contact Smart Business at [email protected] or (440) 250-7026.

Women: Start putting yourself first when it comes to your health

Women are notorious for putting the needs of others ahead of their own. When it comes to your health, however, that type of altruism can be dangerous.  It’s important not only to pay attention to your body in order to recognize when something isn’t right, but also to maintain a healthy lifestyle while following the recommended guidelines for preventive health screenings.  Cancer is the second leading cause of death in women. Early detection is key in treating breast, cervical, uterine and ovarian cancer.  

Follow these tips for a healthier lifestyle:

Maintain your ideal body weight. Cancer of the uterus, gallbladder, kidney, stomach, breast and colon has been associated with obesity.

Vary your daily diet. Eat in moderation a wide variety of food choices.

Eat five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day in at least three different colors. There are different bioactive ingredients in the pigment of fruits and vegetables that may reduce cancer risks.

Eat food that is high in dietary fiber, including whole-grain cereals, legumes and vegetables. 

Minimize your daily fat intake. Ideally, 25-30 grams of fat are enough.

Ask your doctor about risk assessment.  Find out if you are a candidate for chemoprevention of breast cancer. The FDA has approved two medications to reduce the risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Get your vitamin D.  Take at least 1,000 IU of vitamin D daily.  If your levels are low, ask your doctor to recommend a dosage to meet your specific needs. 

Remember, moderation is important. Alcohol intake can increase your chance of getting breast cancer if you are over 50 and drink two or more drinks per day.

Stick to a regular exercise program (four to five times a week) or initiate regular activity such as walking.

If you smoke, STOP. If you are around someone who smokes, avoid the secondhand smoke. People who quit smoking – regardless of age – live longer than those who continue to smoke.   

Regarding preventive screenings for breast, cervical, uterine and ovarian cancer, Cleveland Clinic offers the following guidelines: 

Perform monthly breast self-exams. Most women do find breast lumps themselves. Examine your breasts each month after age 20. You will become familiar with the contours and feel of your breasts and will be more alert to changes. The best time to examine your breasts is after your menstrual cycle is finished.

Have your breasts examined by a healthcare provider at least once every three years after age 20 and every year after age 40. Clinical breast exams can detect lumps that may not be detected by mammogram.

Get a mammogram. The American Cancer Society recommends having a baseline mammogram at age 35 and a screening mammogram every year after age 40.

Have a pelvic exam – A pelvic exam allows doctors to look for signs of illness in the cervix, uterus, ovaries and vagina. Because the risk of cancer increases with age, having regular pelvic exams may help prevent certain cancers in both menopausal and postmenopausal women. Women who are or who have been sexually active should have a Pap test every 3 years after having 3 consecutive normal tests. Based on your personal health profile, your doctor can discuss with you how often you should have this test. 

Women face many of the same health concerns as men, such as heart disease and cancer, but they have unique health considerations as well. To address these needs, Cleveland Clinic’s one-day Women’s Executive Health Evaluation offers a comprehensive array of leading-edge diagnostics, treatments and lifestyle management techniques. More than a simple physical, this head-to-toe evaluation provides the knowledge and tools you need to take charge of your health. 

The Women’s Executive Health Evaluation includes a standard comprehensive physical examination, as well as mammogram and pelvic exam. Expedited access to additional Cleveland Clinic physicians and specialists is provided, if needed, and patients are also counseled by experts in nutrition, fitness and personal and executive coaching.  

This article is brought to you by Cleveland Clinic Executive Health. For more information about our Women’s Executive Health Evaluation or to schedule an appointment, please call 866.320.1385. For more information, visit clevelandclinic.org/exechealth.         

The gift of health and wellness

 It is in giving that we receive. And this holiday season, by giving yourself or your company’s leaders the gift of wellness, you can give your company healthier employees and a healthier bottom line.   

Healthcare costs are rising and can create a financial burden for individual employees and employers. Your company depends on a healthy leadership team to be productive and sustainable. With today’s pace, it is easy for executives to overlook their personal health until there is a medical crisis. To ensure that your executive team stays healthy and your healthcare costs stay in control, it is essential to promote a culture that emphasizes prevention and wellness. 

How do you give your executives the gift of health and wellness?  

The first step is to provide a corporate health benefit, so your team members can begin to take charge of their own health. Cleveland Clinic’s Executive Health programs are designed to target and identify your executives’ health risks and offer recommendations for a successful health management strategy.   

Cleveland Clinic healthcare professionals have combined world-class medical and wellness services into the most comprehensive, streamlined Executive Health Physical Examination available. Our Executive Health Physical Examinations include an annual comprehensive preventive exam by some of the world’s top medical staff and gives your leaders a head-to-toe assessment of their overall physical health. Armed with the knowledge they gain through the physical, comprehensive lab work and targeted screenings, your executives can work with our medical staff, dietitians, fitness experts and personal and executive coaches toward improving their health and reducing their risks for disease. We not only give our patients the results of their health evaluations, we provide them with the resources to improve them.  

Take the time to encourage your employees to be proactive in their health and participate in an Executive Health Physical. Sponsor full Executive Health Physicals or provide access at a discounted rate and give the gift that gives back.  

Incorporate a Cleveland Clinic Executive Health program into your organization and receive a corporate discount based on the number of executives who participate. To learn more, call (216) 986-1230. 

This article is brought to you by Cleveland Clinic Executive Health. To schedule your own Cleveland Clinic Executive Health Physical Examination, call (216) 444-5707 or (800) 553-5056, ext. 45707. For more information, visit ClevelandClinic.org/exechealth.   

The importance of preventive medicine in safeguarding your health

When you have a busy life it’s easy to put yourself lowest on your list of priorities. After all, your family, your employees and your community all depend on you. Your time is at a premium. But it’s important to make time to care for yourself and to care for your health. Optimal health is not only the key to a meaningful life; it makes it easier to juggle all that you do.

Preventive health examinations can provide you with a personal roadmap to optimal health because they offer the ability to uncover potential health problems early – when they are most treatable – and to identify your own medical risk factors. Armed with the knowledge you gain through the in-depth physical, comprehensive lab work and targeted screenings that are part of a preventive health exam, you can work toward improving your health and reducing your risks.

Take a proactive approach to optimal health

Cleveland Clinic healthcare professionals have combined world-class medical and wellness services into the most comprehensive, streamlined Executive Health Physical Examination available. We have transformed the traditional executive physical from a data-gathering exam into an integrated, head-to-toe evaluation by some of the world’s top medical staff. We have taken it a step further by also making available experts in nutrition, fitness, and personal and executive coaching. We not only give you the results of your health evaluation, we provide you with the resources to improve them.

Examinations are tailored to meet your needs; they take place on a single day and require just six to eight hours of your time. The Executive Health physician takes a detailed history and performs a thorough examination, which may include:

  • Screening and risk assessment for cardiovascular disease
  • Vascular imaging to evaluate your risk of stroke or aneurysm
  • Screening and risk assessment for common cancers, including colorectal, lung, prostate and breast
  • Full laboratory studies necessary to obtain a complete profile of major organ systems
  • Vision screening and glaucoma testing
  • Vaccination review and administration
  • Bone densitometry to determine your risk of bone fractures

Because we focus on health and wellness, you also will meet with our nutrition, fitness and stress management experts to help you establish a healthy lifestyle. The day concludes with a valuable one-on-one session with the Executive Health physician, who will wrap up the team’s findings. You benefit from personal guidance on managing risk factors that will help ensure a vital, productive life. You will be promptly referred to one of our world-renowned specialists for evaluation of any health issues that may have been uncovered.

After undergoing the exam and meeting with the experts, you will feel more confident in your health status and know the action steps you need to take, guided by your personal roadmap, to better health and wellness.

Executive Health Physical Examinations may be scheduled by calling (866)320-1385. For more information, visit www.clevelandclinic.org/exechealth

Share the benefits of prevention with your workforce.

In order to be productive and sustainable, your company needs a healthy workforce. To ensure that your team stays healthy, it is essential to promote a culture that emphasizes prevention and wellness. The first step is to provide an executive health benefit that allows your team members to take charge of their own health.

Incorporate leadership wellness into your organization and receive a corporate discount. The discounts are based on the number of executives who participate. Contact Cleveland Clinic’s Corporate Health Program at (216) 986-1230 for more information.

UPMC WorkPartners offers expert claims management services

  UPMC WorkPartners – which is part of UPMC, a world-renowned health system based in Pittsburgh – provides Workers’ Compensation services offering dollar-one coverage for Pennsylvania companies. 

"Since we began operations in 1997, WorkPartners has been providing expert claims management to self-insured companies across the region," said David M. Weir, President of WorkPartners. "Our Commercial Workers’ Compensation product allows us to also offer Pennsylvania’s fully-insured employers the same type of expert claims management along with our proven track record in managing workers’ compensation and overall health and productivity in the workplace.” 

Weir said health care reform is raising awareness in the employer community to not only control costs, but to find the right business partners.

“WorkPartners understands that finding the right business partner with the right expertise is a key part of creating a cost containment solution,” said Weir. “The WorkPartners’ approach is proactive — we take an active interest in your organization and can even help stop a claim before it happens. We’ll collaboratively assess current claims, identify measurable goals and objectives, and provide customized containment strategies.”

The WorkPartners’ difference is world renowned in-house resources. The staff includes risk control specialists, safety directors, claims adjustors, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, nurses, physicians, behavioral specialists, medical directors, registered dietitians, health and wellness experts, accomplished operations professionals, and IT and analytic experts.  

“We also provide ongoing review and recommendations on existing workers’ compensation panels, trend analysis, accident investigation, and training to help proactively identify areas for improvement,” said David Weir.

Last summer, WorkPartners introduced Leave Management services to help employers better manage absences related to the Family Medical Leave Act, military leave, and other employer-sponsored leaves.

This article is brought to you by UPMC WorkPartners. The WorkPartners team can provide quotes or answer questions. Please contact: 1-866-229-3507 or [email protected]. WorkPartners Insurance services are underwritten by UPMC Health Benefits, Inc. 

About UPMC WorkPartners UPMC WorkPartners, established in 1997, is part of UPMC Insurance Services Division. UPMC WorkPartners offers health and productivity solutions to high-performing companies. WorkPartners helps employers decrease cost and increase productivity with tailored, scalable, and integrated solutions, including Workers’ Compensation, disability and leave management programs, employee assistance, health and wellness programs, on-site medical services, and consulting services.

A look at cyberfraud

Recently, when high-level executives in major financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies received urgent e-mails containing subpoenas from the U.S. District Court, they clicked on a link within the e-mail to download the full subpoena. Suddenly, they had compromised company trade secrets, financial information and most other private data. Although a full subpoena appeared when they clicked on the link, keyloggers and data-mining software stormed their computers giving the crooks access to pretty much any information they wanted. This form of cybercrime, targeted to high-level executives in large businesses with deep pockets, is called whaling. It goes straight to the top, bypassing lower-level individuals, to get to the sensitive company information, and it is becoming increasingly prevalent. Cybercrooks with sophisticated knowledge of bypassing company security systems are out to grab some of the financial information that moves easily over the Internet.


Take the Money and Run

These scams are attempts to obtain log-on credentials, such as user IDs and passwords, to a business’s online banking system. Once this information is outside of the business, the business is open to all kinds of payments fraud. Unauthorized individuals now have access to the financial resources of the business and they are able to drain a business of its cash, and potentially access the various credit sources that a business has with the bank as well.

At one time, hackers were satisfied with the notoriety they garnered through media attention when they performed high-profile attacks on system networks. Hackers today are more subtle, quietly preying on vulnerable sites. Instead of fame, they are going for the gold –– literally. Hacking has morphed from learning computer language and systems into bypassing them to gain information that will divert people’s and business’s cash into their pockets.  In addition, these hackers are able to hack into company Web sites, where they embed a small amount of computer code, invisible to the naked eye. The code redirects those who visit the site to a malicious site that downloads harmful programs onto users’ computers without their knowledge. Often, if companies don’t see their Web sites as revenue generators, they don’t secure the site, which leaves those who visit the sites vulnerable to malicious software and keyloggers as well. 

All-Inclusive Crooks

Regardless of whom hackers target, they are trying to get personal or online banking information. They are running a business and they are in it for the money. No one is exempt from this kind of cyberfraud. Although crooks would prefer the big fish, they are not above catching everyone in their net. A relative newcomer to cyberfraud is smishing, which is the cell-phone equivalent of phishing. While phishing lures sensitive information from Internet users, smishing targets cell phone users. Text messages are sent that may say something like, “This is an automated message from your bank. Your ATM card has been suspended. To reactivate, call 866-XXX-XXXX.”  If they call the number, an automated voice message prompts callers to leave their account number and PIN, opening the door to fraud and identity theft. In other scams, a text message may announce that the recipient has won a prize and needs to call a toll-free number to verify where to send the money. The caller collects personal information such as Social Security and account numbers. Or the text message may simply be to a number that is not toll-free, and automatically creates a charge against the caller’s cell phone account. It bears repeating, not to click on links or attachments in suspicious e-mails. In fact, it’s good policy to always type the URL instead of going to a Web site through a link. Hackers can send viruses that embed in PCs, which can compromise or steal private information. 

Vigilance and Strong Authentication

Not falling prey to these cyberfrauds seems simple: Don’t be gullible and don’t respond to suspect e-mail, text messages or phone calls. But, as stated earlier, these crooks are sophisticated, and their tactics often appear to be genuine requests. So how can companies protect themselves? Never miss an opportunity to make employees aware of the latest scams and the company procedures to avoid them. Companies should run antispyware on all workstations. It is important to make sure that it is not turned off and that it is kept up-to-date.  Strong authentication and multifactor authentication are also measures that can help ensure safety. Strong authentication uses passwords, with multiple challenge questions that only the account holder would know the answer to.  The bank’s more high-risk accounts, however, often have multifactor authentication. The most common forms of online multifactor authentication work by requiring something you have and something you know, as opposed to just something you know (typically a password). The something you have is usually a piece of hardware that is difficult to duplicate. The something you know is typically a password or PIN. Multifactor authentication systems are secure because it is difficult for fraudsters to obtain both factors. A lot of attacks come through e-mail spam. I recommend keeping good antivirus software, and to update, patch and run the current versions of operating systems. If you believe your system has been compromised by suspicious e-mail, alert your bank immediately to the possibility.  

A Word to the Wise

Keeping information safe isn’t just the job of one person or entity. To help keep business and personal information out of harm’s way be sure to make use of the tools that your financial services provider has available for its online banking services. Use the dual-control features that require two or more people to initiate, approve and release an electronic transfer of funds out of the bank. Finally, make sure that your financial services provider uses authentication techniques that are appropriate to the risks associated with the Internet products and services you use.  It is critical for businesses to be a strong partner with their bank, educate employees and put in place their own policy- and technology-based controls. To review your business’s risk management processes and procedures or to learn more, contact an Associated Bank relationship manager at 312-565-5260. 

Protecting Your Business with OOBA

In addition to the strong authentication procedures that Associated Bank has in place to prevent unauthorized access to eManager+ Business Online Banking, we’ve introduced OOBA –– Out-of-Band Authentication.  OOBA adds another layer of security for customer access to high-risk services –– those that allow customers to move funds outside the bank –– within eManager+, such as Bill Pay, ACH, Wires and Company Admin. OOBA requires no additional hardware, as is required for other multi-factor authentication protocols. Instead, authentication is established by phone. This also provides a separate, secure channel in the event the primary Internet channel is compromised. For more information about OOBA, please contact an Associated Relationship Manager at 312-565-5260. 

This article brough
t to you by Associated Bank, N.A. Equal Opportunity Lender. Associated Bank, N.A. is a Member FDIC and Associated Banc-Corp. 

Kevin Daum

Kevin Daum is the principal of TAE International and the author of several books, including "ROAR! Get heard in the Sales and Marketing Jungle." He is a regular speaker and consultant on marketing and book development. Kevin is also a columnist with Smart Business, sharing his journey to find ‘The Awesome Experience’ that will wow customers and clients and make people come back for more.

In addition to his monthly column, Kevin has talked with several of his column subjects on video to discuss ‘The Awesome Experience.’ See March’s Video with Mike Birdsall of FanConnex below.

You can also view all of Kevin’s videos on his playlist on Smart Business’ YouTube channel.

Read Kevin’s previous columns from Smart Business:

January 2010

February 2010

March 2010

Reach Kevin at [email protected]. You can also check out Kevin’s ‘Quest for the Jewish Super Bowl Ring’ (a national best-seller) at www.awesomeroar.com. Finally, you can follow Kevin on Twitter @awesomeroar.