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Pillar nonprofit board executive finalistBrenda Stier-AnstinechairmanMount Carmel Foundation(614) 546-4500 | www.mountcarmelfoundation.orgWhen Brenda Stier-Anstine joined the Mount Carmel Foundation Board of Trustees in 2005, she quickly became involved with its communication initiatives and strategic planning process. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to funding the mission-driven health and education programs and services provided through the Mount Carmel Health System, which operates four hospitals in Central Ohio.In September 2009, Stier-Anstine’s peers recognized her leadership and passion by voting her to the role of chairman, a role she’s embraced with gusto. She has led efforts to launch the capital campaign for Mount Carmel St.…
Nonprofit Board Executive Pillar FinalistRobert “Skip” Weiler Jr.Foundation board member and past presidentBig Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio(614) 839-2447 | www.bbbscolumbus.orgRobert “Skip” Weiler Jr. has a long history of involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio. In 1986, he became a big brother volunteer in the organization’s community-based program. Four years later, Weiler joined the organization’s board of directors, serving as board president in 1996 and 1997.During Weiler’s tenure as president, the agency planned and initiated its first-ever capital campaign to raise funds for the building that now serves as its headquarters. Through his leadership, Big Brothers…
Nonprofit Executive Director Award FinalistLaura WarrenBoard chairGirl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council Inc.(614) 487-8101 | www.gsoh.orgAdult volunteers of Girl Scouts of the USA provide an accepting and nurturing environment to 2.3 million girls nationwide for building character and skills for success in the real world.Laura Warren has made great strides on behalf of this organization, successfully overseeing three councils through a two-year merger process in 2009 that created the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council Inc. In her eighth year as board chair, Warren’s efforts have helped bring about organizational efficiencies and alignment, positive culture change, and consistent quality programming…
Pillar nonprofit board executive finalistBrooke Billmaierpast presidentSt. Stephen’s Community House(614) 294-6437 | www.saintstephensch.orgIt didn’t take Brooke Billmaier long to be recognized as an emerging leader on the board of trustees for St. Stephen’s Community House. The decision was immediate, and as a vote of confidence, she was named co-chair of the organization’s largest and most important fundraiser, Bravo! For the Children.Before her leadership, the event had never broken into six-figure net profit territory. As a result of her leadership, the first year she co-chaired the event, it raised $120,000 in net proceeds. Billmaier motivated the board development committee as well…
Kent Clapp CEO Leadership Award FinalistIra SharfinCEOContinental Office Environments(614) 262-5010 | www.continentaloffice.comIra Sharfin helped pioneer the Project Mentor program, which is a collaboration between the Columbus City Schools and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, in the Columbus area, and in its first year, he and his company, Continental Office Environments, enlisted 18 mentors in the program, which seeks to mentor students throughout the Columbus City School System.That number reflects more than 20 percent of Sharfin’s in-office staff, which is one of the largest percentages of associate involvement in the program in the Columbus area — and additional staff…
Kent Clapp CEO Leadership Pillar Award FinalistMark Swepstonpresident and CEOAtlas Butler Heating & Cooling(614) 294-8600 | www.atlasbutler.comAs he grew up, Atlas Butler Heating & Cooling President and CEO Mark Swepston learned about the importance of community service from his grandparents, who regularly supported their churches, and his father, who was involved in organizations such as Boy Scouts, the Tri-Village Lions Club, Pilot Dogs, Jaycees and the Chamber of Commerce.It wasn’t long before Swepston became involved himself. As early as the age of 10, Swepston and his father would sell light bulbs door-to-door for the Tri-Village Lions Club.By the time he…
Kent Clapp CEO Leadership Award FinalistJane Grote AbellchairmanDonatos Pizzawww.donatos.com | (614) 416-7700Jane Grote Abell was just a young girl when she started working in her father’s pizza shop, the first store in the company known today as Donatos Pizza. It was on Thurman Avenue, where Abell saw the way her family treated customers and learned to do the same.It was the way she served people then, and it’s the way she serves and leads people today. Donatos provides a safe place for youngsters who are 14 or 15 years old to get a first experience in the working world. Abell…
Pillar Nonprofit Executive Director FinalistTammy WhartonCEOGirl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council Inc.(614) 487-8101 | www.gsooh.orgThrough a process that took two years to complete, one of the strongest Girl Scout councils in the country with one of the greatest percentages of girl members was formed — and Tammy Wharton was the force behind the creation.It was shortly after she was hired that she faced the challenge of merging three Ohio councils into one — Heart of Ohio, centered in Zanesville, Heritage Trails, centered in Mansfield, and Seal of Ohio, with headquarters in Columbus.While the structuring the council was a daunting job,…
Pillar Nonprofit Executive Director FinalistThomas W. Slemmerpresident and CEONational Church Residences(614) 273-3504 | www.nationalchurchresidences.org“No money, no mission.” That’s not just Tom Slemmer’s mantra; it’s the reason that National Church Residences has grown to become the nation’s largest not-for-profit owner and manager of affordable senior housing.When Slemmer joined National Church Residences in 1975, the organization had just one senior residence and a handful of employees. Since taking the helm as president and CEO in 1988, Slemmer has directed the organization’s successful growth to more than 330 communities in 28 states and Puerto Rico, with 3,000 employees.To meet the challenges of a…
Nonprofit Executive Director Pillar AwardJay Jordanpresident and CEOOnline Computer Library Center Inc.(614) 764-6368 | www.oclc.orgAs president and CEO of Online Computer Library Center Inc. (OCLC) — a worldwide library cooperative — Jay Jordan frequently quotes the African proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”To further OCLC’s “public purpose,” which is to establish, maintain and operate a computerized library network and promote the use of libraries around the globe, Jordan has focused on developing partnerships that combine the best practices of businesses and nonprofit organizations.Since 1998, he’s overseen more than a…
Pillar Award FinalistMary Beth Sanfordsenior vice presidentCompManagement Inc.(614) 376-5300 | www.compmgt.comBecause CompManagement Inc., a division of Sedgwick, operates in the occupational health sector, it concentrates its corporate giving and volunteer services in the areas of health and human services. CompManagement is strongly committed to the growth of business and industry in Ohio, as well as to community service.CompManagement provides support to civic organizations, such as EPIC and several chambers of commerce across the state of Ohio. In 2010 and 2011, CompManagement contributed more than $165,000 in membership dues, event outings and financial gifts supporting chambers of commerce and civic associations.CompManagement’s…
Pillar Award FinalistDianne Grote AdamspresidentSafex Inc.(614) 890-0800 | www.safex.usSafex Inc. is an environmental, health and safety consulting firm that has focused on helping companies keep their workers safe on the job for 20 years. The nature of Safex’s business is helping people and companies by keeping employees safe, injury costs low and worker production high.Dianne Grote Adams, Safex’s president, believes in giving back to the community not only on a personal level but also as a company.Located in Westerville, Safex strongly supports local businesses and has actively supported the Westerville Area Resource Ministry for 10 years. For nine years, Safex’s…
Pillar FinalistTom Feeneypresident and CEOSafelite AutoGlass(614) 210-9000 | www.safelite.com A window into givingHow Safelite AutoGlass helps shield Columbus’ needy Safelite AutoGlass has been involved in giving back to the Central Ohio community for more than two decades since the company’s corporate headquarters moved to Columbus in 1990. Safelite AutoGlass’s charitable outreach includes both financial and volunteer support.Directed by CEO Tom Feeney, Safelite gives all its associates two paid days off to volunteer — one at an organization of their choice and one as a team or department.The Safelite Charitable Foundation has donated almost $4 million since its inception to support organizations that…
Pillar Award Finalist James T. Merkelpresident and CEORockBridge(614) 246-2400 | www.rockbridgecapital.comRockBridge has a long history of commitment to serving its community and helping those in need. The hotel investment firm’s philosophy is that the strength and success of the community in which its employees live and work is highly dependent on the support of local businesses. As such, RockBridge prides itself on the level of involvement in and commitment to a variety of charitable causes in Central Ohio.Through volunteer activities, financial and in-kind contributions, and board involvement, RockBridge and its employees are dedicated to helping ensure that the Central Ohio…
Pillar Award FinalistKen PetersCEOMettler Toledo(614) 438-4798 | www.mt.comIn 2011, Mettler Toledo set a generous goal of $100,000 in employee pledges for central Ohio area agencies. It exceeded that goal by raising more than $103,000 and, combined with a company match, donated a total of $207,000 to the community.The Children's Hunger Alliance is one community organization that the global supplier of precision instruments and services is very involved with. More than 80 employees delivered daily frozen meals, and the company delivered more than 28,000 meals in 2011 alone.Employees also participate in various events throughout the year, such as creating kits for…
Pillar Award Finalist Jordan A. Miller Jr.president and CEOFifth Third Bank(614) 744-7661 | www.53.comAs a long-standing supporter of the Columbus community, Fifth Third Bank — led locally by President and CEO Jordan A. Miller Jr. — has shown its commitment to the community by investing in local businesses, organizations and efforts that promote economic growth and financial education.During the past year, the Fifth Third Central Ohio Affiliate has targeted investment in high-impact, community-based organizations, developing local and statewide alliances and partnerships, supporting philanthropic efforts within the Central Ohio community, supporting leadership development for both women and youth, and strengthening its…
Pillar Award finalistNeil Mortinepresident and CEOFahlgren Mortinewww.fahlgrenmortine.com | (614) 383-1500 It takes a lot of strength and conditioning to be able to ride a bike 180 miles. When you add the responsibility of raising $1,800 as you physically prepare for such an endeavor, it can become quite a challenge.Fahlgren Mortine wanted to do its part to reduce the stress for these athletes who committed to taking part in Pelotonia, a Central Ohio bike tour that raises money for cancer research at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.Under the leadership of President and CEO Neil Mortine, the marketing agency pledged to…
Pillar Award finalistJane Grote AbellchairmanTom Krousepresident and CEODonatos Pizza(614) 416-7700 | www.donatos.comDonatos Pizza strives to provide delicious pizza to each one of its customers, but that’s not the only thing the company does with the goal of making people smile. One of the cornerstones of the company’s mission is to promote good will and to be an asset to every neighborhood that it serves.This philosophy of helping others and giving back stems in part from Jim Grote’s personal experience when he started the company while hewas still in college. Grote placed a lot of importance on developing young talent and…
Pillar Award finalistSheri Tackettfounder and presidentDelta Energy LLCwww.deltaenergyllc.com | (614) 339-2600Marley is a 3-year-old girl who really, really wanted to go to Walt Disney World. As much as it would mean to any child to get to meet Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and the gang in person, it would be even more special for Marley. She had acute lymphoblastic leukemia.The team at Delta Energy learned about Marley’s situation through the Make-A-Wish Foundation and sprang into action. Through various fundraising efforts, Delta quickly raised $6,700 to cover the expense of the trip and provide spending money for Marley and her family.But…
Pillar Award FinalistMark McCullerspresident and general managerColumbus CrewpresidentCrew Soccer Foundationwww.thecrew.com | (614) 447-2739Beyond wins, losses and entertainment, the Columbus Crew maintains a commitment to making a difference in its community. Combining the efforts of the Major League Soccer team’s charitable arm, the Crew Soccer Foundation, with those of its players, coaches and front office staff, the organization works diligently to help make Central Ohio a better place.As in years past, Mark McCullers, president and general manager of the Columbus Crew, has helped Crew staff and players donate more than 250 hours and $347,000 to numerous community needs. The Crew and…
Pillar Nonprofit board executive FinalistRobert O. Clickimmediate past chairLifeCare Alliance(614) 278-3130 | www.lifecarealliance.orgRobert Click’s caring spirit was apparent at a very young age. As a child, he would often ask his parents for money. When they asked him what he did with it, he would respond, “I gave it to someone who needed it.”His kindness and compassion didn’t stop with monetary gifts. Whenever he saw or learned of someone in need, he would do whatever he could to help.This philanthropic mindset didn’t stop as Click reached adulthood. Both Click’s father and mother were diagnosed with cancer, and because of his…
Pillar Awards Nonprofit Board Executive of the Year FinalistMichael Fiorileimmediate past chairmanColumbus College of Art & Designwww.ccad.edu | (614) 224-9101Michael Fiorile is a big thinker and persuaded the Columbus College of Art & Design’s entire board and senior leadership to think big, too. He is a man who is not satisfied by doing just “good enough.” He leads to achieve more and exceed past expectations.Fiorile has devoted almost nine years of service to the CCAD board of trustees. He was elected to the board in November 2003. He served as board vice chair from2008 to 2010 and as board chair…
Pillar Award FinalistGeorge Barrettchairman and CEOCardinal Healthwww.cardinalhealth.com | (614) 757-7481As a Fortune 21 health care services company, Cardinal Health has a deep-seated commitment to community efforts. As engaged by all levels of employees and strongly supported by Chairman and CEO George Barrett and the company’s senior leaders, this level of leadership support is what helps set Cardinal Health apart from other organizations.The company’s philanthropic investments, employee involvement, product donations and the work of its Cardinal Health Foundation are focused on health and wellness. Cardinal Health works in partnership with and supports organizations that make a significant impact in those areas.In…
Thursday, 03 January 2013 10:14

How Atlas Butler makes community service a priority

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Pillar Award FinalistMark Swepstonpresident and CEOAtlas Butler Heating & Cooling(614) 294-8600 | www.atlasbutler.comThe staff at Atlas Butler Heating & Cooling, led by President and CEO Mark Swepston, participates throughout the year in many different efforts that serve the needy or disadvantaged in the Columbus community. One of the company’s longest-standing community partnerships is with the Salvation Army.Each year, company associates volunteer as bell ringers at Salvation Army donation kettles throughout the Columbus area. Some 30 percent of Atlas Butler associates give of their time in three-hour shifts for the donation effort.In addition, associates have participated in the Salvation Army’s “Christmas…
Medical Mutual, along with our co-founding Pillar Award partner SBN, proudly presents the annual Pillar Awards.In the January 2013 issue, we honor 24 finalists representing a diverse group of companies and organizations of varying sizes. While they may be different in many ways, one thing that they all have in common is their commitment to strengthening the bond between the for-profit and nonprofit worlds.This is an important conversation, and at this year’s event, we intend to explore it.It occurred to us many years ago that few things are more meaningful and important than investing time and resources in supporting our…
Building a strategy to earn name recognition in the marketplace is more complex today than ever, and increased competition breeds more choices.The Internet feeds prospects’ desire for 24/7 access to information and, at the same time, has changed the face of publishing. Email provides messaging directly to someone’s personal mailbox. Smartphones connect us around the clock and around the globe. And social media has revolutionized communication by providing a vehicle that gives a voice to the masses.Much has changed and the new paths have opened the way for businesses to chart their own course. There are fewer barriers to getting…
Intellectual property is one of your company’s greatest assets, but modern technology makes it easy for that property to be stolen or infringed upon if it’s not properly protected.Having an up-to-date inventory of your intellectual property will help should a dispute arise. If a dispute happens, experts may be called upon to place a value on those potential intellectual property infringements.Keith Hock, CPA, CFF, CFFA, CVA, director, Financial Advisory Services with GBQ Consulting LLC, says that companies are often missing out on opportunities or forced to defend themselves in situations that have significant financial consequences — all because they did…