76. Cameron Mitchell
President, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants LLC (72)
While Mitchell continues to develop new restaurant concepts across the country, he sold his Mitchell’s/Columbus Fish Market and Mitchell’s/Cameron’s Steakhouse restaurants to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.
77. Douglas Morgan
Managing partner, Columbus office, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP (90)
You have to really make some hay to jump 13 spots in one year. Morgan did just that, instituting eco-friendly programs at his office that rewarded people for altering their modes of transportation to work.
78. Gene T. Harris
Superintendent, Columbus City Schools (80)
The district received the state’s continuous improvement rating for the second year in a row. It also passed an operating levy and capital improvement renewal bond issue in November.
79. Sheri Tackett
President and founder, Delta Energy LLC (new)
Under Tackett, Delta Energy became one of the city’s fastest-growing private companies. Staffing has grown by 50 percent since January 2008, and Tackett and her team are looking forward to more in 2009.
80. David Powell
Vice president of government relations and corporate responsibility, NetJets Inc. (99)
Powell flies up the list because NetJets ignored heavy wooing from other areas to keep the company grounded in Columbus.
81. Guy Worley
CEO, Columbus Downtown Development Corp. and Capital South Community Urban Redevelopment Corp. (83)
Worley continued to build relationships with power players to spur growth, including $20 million in commitments to help transform the downtown riverfront.
82. Lee Fisher
Lieutenant governor, state of Ohio (98)
Fisher continues to use his position to help promote Ohio and draw in international business.
83. Janet Jackson President and CEO, United Way of Central Ohio (78)
Under Jackson’s leadership, the organization reached its 2007 fund-raising goal of $56 million. But funding was cut by 5.5 percent to member agencies in 2008.
84. Kyle Katz President, The Katz Interests Inc. (88)
Katz continues in his effort to develop the downtown Columbus residential front, including his company’s redevelopment of Buggyworks in the Arena District.
85. Alan Wasserstrom
86. Rodney N. Wasserstrom
Co-presidents, N. Wasserstrom & Sons Inc. (81, 82)
The Wasserstrom name has a good history in Columbus, but 2008 wasn’t a year where the family or the company made a big enough splash in the local economy to maintain position on a very competitive list.
87. Paula Inniss
Founder, Ohio Full Court Press (85)
Inniss, who founded Ohio Full Court Press and grew it up until selling it off in 2008, is staying on with the company as a consultant through 2009. Inniss, who is in demand as a speaker, will then retire to spend more time with her family.
88. James Davidson
President and managing partner, Schottenstein Zox & Dunn (92)
A top local attorney, Davidson has maintained his spot on the list by pushing his firm to continue growth in Ohio while also earning nods as a leader in the Midwest.
89. Robert White
Chairman, The Daimler Group (93)
White and The Daimler Group continue to be a major player in the community, most notably working with OSU on a lease deal for the outpatient clinic and surgery center for the OSU Medical Center.
90. Mark Barbash
Chief economic development officer, state of Ohio (91)
Like Fisher, the future fate of Ohio rests heavily in Barbash’s hands. Alternative energy sources are just one way he will try to steer the state toward a new economy.
91. Neil Mortine
President, Fahlgren Mortine (94)
Already the largest public relations firm in Central Ohio, noted for its work with Grange Insurance, Kroger and Donatos, Fahlgren Mortine added several new professionals this year to help strengthen its grasp on the region.
92. J. Daniel Schmidt
President, JDS Cos. and Cityspace (89)
There’s turmoil throughout the national development scene, but Schmidt continues to add condos in Columbus to boost the urban population development.
93. Philip Smith
Managing partner, Columbus, KPMG (96)
The economy is not all bad for accounting firms: Smith and KPMG are getting calls from people looking to better plan for their financial future.
94. George Barrett
Chairman and CEO, Cardinal Health (new)
Barrett will take the reins from R. Kerry Clark later this year when he retires following the spin-off of Cardinal’s clinical and medical products businesses.
95. Alex Fischer
Vice president of commercialization, Battelle (new)
Fischer arrived in late 2007 from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a Battelle-managed lab in Tennessee. He coordinates the commercial activities of national laboratories managed or co-managed by Battelle.
96. Jack Partridge
President, Columbia Gas of Ohio (new)
Partridge is charged with maintaining strong relationships with the company’s key constituencies, including the legislative and community relations areas. The company has more than 1.3 million customers in 64 counties across the state.
97. Sue Zazon
President and CEO, FirstMerit Bank, Columbus region (new)
FirstMerit held strong in its third quarter 2008 numbers, improving its net earnings over the second quarter. While their competitors fight for life, Zazon and company look to brighter days ahead.
98. Robert Lane
President, Central Ohio District, Key Bank (97)
While Key had its struggles in 2008, Lane may have better days ahead. The bank said in October that it will bolster its capital position with $2.5 billion from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
99. Claus von Zychlin
President and CEO, Mount Carmel Health System (new)
Zychlin got a feather put in his leadership cap this year for employee happiness: Mount Carmel was named one of the 10 best places to work in IT.
100. Jim Grote
Founder, chairman and CEO, Donatos Pizzeria (86)
His daughter shot up the list for her more active role in the daily affairs of this popular pizza chain, but Grote remains an important presence in the company and the Columbus community.