CIN Pillar Award

Bob Kissel


KDM P.O.P. Solutions Group

(513) 769-3500 |


KDM P.O.P. Solutions Group, led by President Bob Kissel, operates a committee to ensure a concerted company effort is being made to raise funds for local charities and nonprofit organizations.

During the first quarter of 2012, the committee selected the American Heart Association to focus on. Various initiatives, including a bake-off, jeans day and participation in the AHA Walk in March, resulted in $2,522 raised for the organization. KDM also sponsored a table at the “Go Red for Women” event.

Habitat Humanity was a focus during the company’s second quarter, with $1,500 raised via a pie-in-the-face contest that resulted in a record number of employee participants. And when tornados struck KDM’s community in February, the Service Committee hosted a food/supply drive for Matthew 25 Ministries. Employees also put in generous volunteer hours.

The third quarter brought the challenge of filling a 16-foot truck with school supplies for Princeton City Schools, as KDM partnered with Frame USA to work on the monthlong “Fill the Truck” project. The committee hosted several fundraising events and appealed to local businesses for donations. KDM employees also contributed several thousand dollars to the effort.

Other company contributions included a $2,500 donation to the Ronald McDonald House, $2,500 to the Sisters of Mt. Notre Dame, $1,000 to Kicks for Kids, $500 to the Hope Box Derby and $1,500 to the Dan Beard Council Boy Scouts of America. KDM also donates hams to Tender Mercies each year for the holidays.

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Nonprofit Board Executive of the Year Award

Carol Burns

vice president of education

Junior Achievement of OKI Partners  | (513) 346-7100


Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.

Junior Achievement programs show students how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs that make their communities more robust and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking in the workplace. Students put these lessons into action, which, in turn, help strengthen their communities.

With the help of Carol Burns, vice president of education at Junior Achievement of OKI Partners, the program helps inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Junior Achievement of OKI Partners teaches programs in more than 250 schools in western and southwestern Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana.

Junior Achievement reaches 9.7 million students per year in 379,968 classrooms and after-school locations. JA programs are taught by volunteers in inner cities, suburbs and rural areas throughout the U.S. and in 122 countries around the world. Junior Achievement’s 330,000 classroom volunteers around the world come from all walks of life and include businesspeople, college students, parents and retirees. These dedicated individuals are the backbone of the organization.

JA’s mission is simple. It ensures that every child in its regions has a fundamental understanding of the free-enterprise system. JA helps kids understand the connection between personal responsibility, hard work, perseverance and success in work and in life through the experiences of its volunteers who share their knowledge.

The 578,000 students that Junior Achievement of OKI Partners reaches are part of the future. These kids crave opportunity, they want to be successful, and they dream big about the future.

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CIN Pillar Award

Mary Miller


JANCOA Janitorial Services

(513) 351-7200 |


JANCOA Janitorial Services makes an effort to support charitable organizations within the Cincinnati community that create educational and economic opportunities for the less fortunate. But it also makes improving the lives of its own associates a top priority.

CEO Mary Miller and President Tony Miller created The Dream Manager, a program that inspires JANCOA employees to pursue their personal dreams. Through one-on-one coaching sessions and group classes, employees are encouraged to identify their dreams and take action steps to achieve them.

Accomplished dreams have included earning a GED or college degree, purchasing a home or automobile, starting a small business, quitting smoking, adopting and many more.

This generosity of spirit translates to JANCOA’s charitable work outside of the company. Area organizations that have benefited include the American Heart Association, United Way, Life Success Seminars, Goering Center for Family Businesses, ISSA, Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, Dress for Success, BSCAI and Bridges for a Just Community.

JANCOA’s demonstrated value of community service comes straight from the top. Mary Miller serves on the United Way’s “Women’s Leadership Council,” the Women Excel Leadership Team board, the Middle Market Advisory Board for the Cincinnati USA Chamber of Commerce, the board for the Goering Center for Family and Private Business at the University of Cincinnati, the Building Operators and Managers Association board, and the Cincinnati Green Steering Committee.

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CIN Pillar Award

Dave Conway


iSqFt/Construction Software Technologies

(800) 364-2059 |


Community service is a key focus at iSqFt/Construction Software Technologies, led by CEO Dave Conway. The company’s Community Outreach Committee engages iSqFt employees in fun outreach initiatives and fundraisers to make a positive, lasting impact within the communities they live and work in.

Each year, the committee selects organizations and initiatives to support based upon the requests of iSqFt employees. This past year, these included Boys Hope Girls Hope, American Cancer Society, Hope Lodge, Military Families, Roll Hill Academy, Hoxworth Center, The Ronald McDonald House, St. Vincent DePaul, Animal Friends, and Crossroads’ Health Center and Reach Out and Read.

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Cincinnati — which identifies and provides help to gifted children facing economic barriers — is the company’s “adopted” charitable organization. ISqFt has donated numerous hours and thousands of dollars to help support BHGH participants.

One of many fundraising initiatives that the company undertakes is a monthly restaurant fundraiser. ISqFt partners with local restaurants to provide company meals, with 10 percent of total food orders benefiting the iSqFt Community Outreach Program. Employees can also use contribution coupons at participating restaurants to have 10 percent of their meal costs go to this this fund.

Other fundraising initiatives include a candy-gram fundraiser, a Mother’s Day flower fundraiser, a Split-the-Pot fundraiser and a cornhole tournament fundraiser.

Proceeds contribute to BHGH in many ways. ISqFt serves as the direct corporate sponsor for the Annual Boys Hope Girls Hope Hearts for Hope Gala and organizes and throws annual BHGH graduation parties and Thanksgiving gatherings, among other activities.

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Pillar Award

Mick Hillman


The Hillman Group

(513) 851-4900 |


As a leading distributor of fasteners, key duplication systems, engraved tags and related hardware items, The Hillman Group is known by its customers for a commitment to customer service. But equally important to employees at the company is a commitment to giving back to the Cincinnati community, where Hillman has made its home since 1964.

Hillman’s 13-member community involvement committee participates in and conducts fundraisers and volunteer activities for the company’s employees throughout the year. As a partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the National Breast Cancer Foundation, the company raises money through fun activities such as its March Madness fundraiser, Final Four TV giveaway and “Taking the Fright out of Breast Cancer,” a monthlong list of activities throughout October. These and other initiatives of the committee allow employees to actively contribute to community initiatives throughout the year.

In addition to fundraising, Hillman supports community giving efforts through corporate donations. The company donates a percentage of profits from its key and key accessory line to the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the Susan B. Komen Foundation. In 2011, the company was awarded the Platinum Level Sponsor Award from the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

CEO Mick Hillman and the company’s executive team works side by side with employees during the volunteer days and fundraising efforts, making community service an organizationwide focus. Year to date, Hillman employees have donated more than 800 hours of community service to organizations including Freestore Foodbank — with their Kids Power Pak Program and Rubber Duck Regatta — the Cancer Support Community, Tri State Habitat for Humanity, and other not-for-profits and community organizations.

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Zola Stewart

president and CEO

Focus Solutions Inc.

(513) 376-8349 |


Focus Solutions Inc. — a private, for-profit talent management and workforce provider — keeps community service at the core of the company. Sisters Zola Stewart, president and CEO, and Barbara Walker-Johnson, vice president and COO, founded the company with giving spirits, aiming to help people find jobs.

The organization has grown to encompass four brand companies: Focus Solutions, Focus Staffing, and i3 Construction Management Services.

Stewart and Walker-Johnson have also grown the company’s support services, realizing that many of the people they encountered who needed jobs just weren’t “job ready.” They’ve since developed an impressive record of developing low-income and hard-to-place job seekers.

The duo founded and fully funds a company-affiliated nonprofit agency, as well, InSite Change Foundation Inc. This community development corporation promotes development by instituting programming and initiatives that empower individuals, build community and increase business capacity, all with the goal of setting the foundation for a safe and economically viable community.

And it’s not just the company’s founders making a difference. Focus Solutions associates get into the spirit of giving back, as well. One of the projects undertaken by the staff is We “Care” Day, an initiative where employees thoroughly clean selected sites and buildings. One such building was the Seven Hills Neighborhood House, which is significant to many employees who grew up in the West End. They purchased all of the materials needed to clean the building, in addition to providing the labor to get the job done.

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Kevin Kabat

president and CEO

Fifth Third Bank

(800) 972-3030 |


Fifth Third Bank encourages and empowers its leaders, managers and employees to determine and engage in opportunities to volunteer their time and talent, both during and outside of working hours

The bank, led by CEO Kevin Kabat, has made a particular effort to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati, an organization that provides a supportive “home away from home” for families and their children who are receiving medical treatment at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center or other area hospitals, regardless of their ability to pay.

Fifth Third and the foundations for which its associates serve as trustees have contributed ongoing capital contributions and project support in excess of $50,000 since 2009.

In addition to financial support, Fifth Third employees volunteer their time in various capacities, such as preparing home-cooked meals and snacks in the charity’s kitchen.

Since 2005, groups from the bank have provided more than 200 meals to Ronald McDonald House guest families. Financial support for these meals may total well over $60,000, and such funding is either bank-funded or employee-volunteer-funded, depending on the department or group coordinating the meal.

Fifth Third groups also turn out for the Corporate Days program to devote a day to the charity’s daily housecleaning and maintenance chores. And volunteering doesn’t just take place at the ground level — Fifth Third Bank employees serve on Ronald McDonald’s grants and development committees, as well.

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Stuart Aitken



(513) 632-1020 |


Stuart Aitken, CEO of dunnhumbyUSA, leads by example to encourage employee volunteerism and donation efforts toward local nonprofit organizations.

He and many within the company, along with their families, are active in its “Helping Hands” program. Each year, employees vote to select the charities that dunnhumbyUSA will support. Then the company assigns a team to manage the relationship with each organization to determine its needs, establish goals and organize events.

One organization chosen year after year is the American Cancer Society. More than 20 dunnhumbyUSA employees, along with friends and families, participated in ACS’s Relay for Life this past year. Between dunnhumbyUSA’s sponsorship of the event and employee donations, the company team raised nearly $10,000 of the $32,000 raised by the event in total, making them the top fundraising team for the event.

Company employees also voted to support Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Oyler Elementary School, Freestore Foodbank, Ronald McDonald House Drop Inn Center and Women Helping Women over the past year.

Since joining dunnhumbyUSA in 2009 and relocating to the Cincinnati area, Aitken has been as active in the community as he has within the company — serving as a board member for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, a director on the board of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, a board member for the Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation, the former president for the European-American Chamber of Commerce, and a former judge for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards.

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Cincinnati Pillar Award Finalist

Rick Theders


Jonathan Theders


Clark-Theders Insurance Agency Inc. | (513) 779-2800


Alison Bushman says it’s tough not to cry each time the employees at Clark-Theders Insurance Agency Inc. open their hearts to her nonprofit organization Bake Me Home.

Bake Me Home uses homemade cookies to brighten the days of the less fortunate who are experiencing a tough time in their lives. The CTIA Cares Program stepped up to provide the nonprofit with baking supplies to provide cookies to families at area homeless shelters.

The Clark-Theders staff, led by CEO Rick Theders, donated the supplies at a catered lunch that was held in a room decorated to reflect Bake Me Home’s mission. They offered prayers to the people who make the charity work and wished them much success in the future.

CTIA also used Bake Me Home’s homemade cookie mix to bake cookies on their own and deliver them to people who were struggling in order to help promote the charity’s work in the community. In return, they made a generous donation to Bake Me Home.

This work all stems from the idea that Jonathan Theders, president of CTIA, had in 2006. He had a vision for a community outreach program that could make a difference in people’s lives. A voluntary committee leads the program, and employees are given 30 paid hours a year to volunteer their time to any nonprofit they want to support.

In 2012, that amounted to more than 500 hours of time given.

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2013 Nonprofit Board Executive

Entire board nomination

Cincinnati Black MBA Association

Brandy Williams, president

(888) 864-4410 |


The Cincinnati chapter of the National Black MBA Association is part of a national organization that is dedicated to creating partnerships that result in creating intellectual and economic wealth in the black community. The Cincinnati chapter hosts monthly events, including networking, executive recruiting, speaker panel sessions, training sessions and additional events and services to members, along with the broader Cincinnati community.

The organization has partnered with local colleges and universities to encourage continued education to students who want to pursue a graduate business degree. The chapter has hosted workshops at the University of Cincinnati and has partnered with business professionals from Procter & Gamble, GE and successful entrepreneurs, who have appeared as panel guests to share what they have learned with students.

Among the lessons the panelists have taught the students include the 30-second elevator pitch, resume writing and interview skills.

The national black MBA organization is also instrumental in supporting its Cincinnati chapter in administering the Leaders of Tomorrow, or LOT, program. Through the program, the chapter has recruited business professionals to visit a pair of inner-city high schools (Hughes and Withrow) on a monthly basis, teaching modules focused on career choice, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, business plan writing, college prep and selection, and communication and presentation skills.

The chapter also gives annual scholarships up to $2,000, available to selected students seeking to pursue a college education.

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