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 Principal 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 Managing partner 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, PricewaterhouseCoopers (59)
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 (62)
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 country.
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 Chairman 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 President, 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 President 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.