76. John Christie President and CFO Worthington Industries (73)
Like McConnell, Worthington Industries’ chairman and CEO, Christie holds relatively stable on this year’s list with another solid performance.
77. Robert Trafford Managing partner Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP (77)
Trafford’s local performance has not gone unnoticed. He is currently listed in “The Best Lawyers in America,” the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession.
78. Janet Jackson President and CEO United Way of Central Ohio (79)
Jackson is set to begin her fifth year as head of the high-profile nonprofit. In that time, she has asserted herself as an influential figure with the backing of a powerful board.
79. Joe Alutto Executive vice president and provost The Ohio State University, (83)
Appointed to his current positions in October, Alutto first proved himself during a successful interim stint during the presidential transition.
80. Gene T. Harris Superintendent Columbus City Schools (82)
Harris oversaw implementation of a new brand identity and helped the school district earn its first “Continuous Improvement” rating on the State of Ohio Report Card.
81. and 82. Alan Wasserstrom and Rodney N. Wasserstrom Co-presidents, Wasserstrom & Sons (74 and 75)
Despite a recent 200,000-square-foot expansion and some successful real estate interests downtown, the leaders of this family-owned enterprise drop down on an incredibly competitive list.
83. Guy V. Worley CEO, Columbus Downtown Development Corp. and Capital South Community Urban Redevelopment Corp. (new)
Worley took over the newly aligned CDDC and Capital South in January. As head of the private, nonprofit development organizations, he now has the backing of some of the area’s most influential senior business and institutional leaders.
84. Bob Walter Founder, Cardinal Health Inc. (35)
Walter falls down the list because he retired last year and turned the reins over to Kerry Clark. He is an executive director through June, then will only serve on the board.
85. Paula Inniss President, Ohio Full Court Press (86)
Inniss’ influence extends beyond her duties at the digital print provider. She’s involved in OhioHealth, the chamber and Columbus State Community College.
86. Jim Grote Founder, chairman and CEO Donatos Pizzeria (65)
As Grote’s corporate handoff to his daughter progresses, his involvement in dayto-day operations of the pizza chain he founded, sold and bought back continues to decrease.
87. Zuheir Sofia Chairman, Sofia & Co. (63)
Sofia is still a force in the financial advisory world with a strong voice ... but the voices of the next generation are rising.
88. Kyle Katz President, The Katz Interests Inc. (89)
Katz continues to be a major player in downtown development. His real estate ventures in Pen West should receive an added boost of stability with the construction of nearby Huntington Park.
89. J. Daniel Schmidt President JDS Cos. and Cityspace LLC (91)
Though he’s already the largest private landholder in downtown Columbus, Schmidt’s assets are on the rise. Last year, he unveiled plans to build a $7 million apartment project atop the former Bobb Chevrolet Co. body shop.
90. Douglas Morgan Managing partner, Columbus office Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP (92)
Morgan counsels some of the most influential public and private companies in the region. He is a member of the Columbus Bar Association and serves on the boards of TechColumbus, the Children’s Hospital Foundation and City Year Columbus.
91. Mark Barbash Chief economic development officer State of Ohio (26)
Barbash left his job at the city of Columbus to become the No. 2 guy at the Ohio Department of Development, where he oversees the divisions of economic development, international trade, technology, minority business, urban development, travel and tourism, and community development.
92. James Davidson President and managing partner Schottenstein Zox & Dunn (100)
Under Davidson’s guidance, SZD consolidated a number of ancillary businesses into the more focused consulting enterprise, SZD Whiteboard. Such savvy business ventures, along with ties in the public and private sectors, are propelling him into the right circles.
93. Robert C. White Chairman, The Daimler Group (98)
With a number of key projects in some highly trafficked areas, White and the locally owned and operated company are emerging as influential players in a competitive field of real estate development.
94. Neil Mortine President, Fahlgren Mortine (new)
As president of the largest PR firm in Central Ohio, Mortine has ties with some of the most notable companies and organizations in the area. The firm represents Worthington Industries, Grange Insurance and Donatos, just to name a few.
95. Larry Ruben President and CEO, Plaza Properties (97)
Ruben’s fingerprints are all over the region. He currently owns and operates 23 shopping centers, 23 apartment complexes and three office properties in the area.
96. Philip Smith Managing partner KPMG LLP Columbus (new)
Smith comes to Columbus from KPMG’s St. Louis office where he gained recognition as lead engagement partner for several Fortune 1000 audit clients. Smith has already begun to establish relationships with some of the region’s power players.
97. Robert R. Lane President, Central Ohio District KeyBank (new)
Previously with Crowe Chizek and Co. LLP, Lane looks to continue his successful 14-year career in the region at one of the nation’s largest banks.
98. Lee Fisher Lt. Governor, state of Ohio (new)
A year into his term as lieutenant governor, Fisher’s efforts have earned him a position of influence in the region.
99. David Powell Vice president of government relations and corporate responsibility, NetJets Inc. (99)
Previously with SZD Whiteboard, Powell has maintained his regional ties since assuming his new position in October. Among other duties, he now oversees NetJets’ state and local interests in Ohio and coordinates its local philanthropic activities.
100. Herb Glimcher Chairman emeritus Glimcher Realty Trust (94)
Glimcher may no longer run the company, but he still remains active in the community and retains influence in the region.