Pillar Award Finalist

Mark McCullers

president and general manager

Columbus Crew

president

Crew Soccer Foundation

www.thecrew.com | (614) 447-2739

Beyond 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 its Soccer Foundation utilize soccer as a vehicle to serve at-risk youth through education, field development and healthy lifestyles.

The team’s areas of philanthropic focus are education, soccer field creation, refurbishment and programming in underserved communities, and health awareness. From volunteering their time and money at local area hospitals or helping kids learn to read or play sports, Columbus Crew members are involved in the community year-round.

Last March, the team opened its new Crew Soccer Foundation Field, a project three years in the making that transformed the area north of the Stadium Club at Crew Stadium into a beautiful synthetic mini-pitch. Since its completion, the foundation has created two field programs: the Heroes League and a monthly clinic series for area at-risk youth.

The club has also begun construction to build a soccer field and refurbish three others at the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s Innis Park complex. This initiative will develop soccer programming, including leagues and clinics to serve at-risk youth, starting in the spring.

Published in Columbus

Pillar Nonprofit board executive Finalist

Robert O. Click

immediate past chair

LifeCare Alliance

(614) 278-3130 | www.lifecarealliance.org

Robert 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 personal experiences and general giving nature, he became involved with the Columbus Cancer Clinic, a nonprofit agency that supports those affected by cancer and conducts cancer screens, joining the board in 1989.

When the organization merged with LifeCare Alliance, a nonprofit organization that provides health and nutrition services to older adults and chronically ill or home-bound residents of Central Ohio, in 2005, he helped lead both organizations and eventually became a member of LifeCare Alliance’s board.

Today, seven years after the merger, both organizations are thriving. The Columbus Cancer Clinic is seeing more patients than ever and provides services to clients in 33 Ohio counties. LifeCare serves 15,000 clients who depend on life-saving services such as Meals on Wheels, visiting nurses and wellness centers.

In addition to his role as immediate past chair, Click freely shares his time and expertise as a member of LifeCare Alliance’s building, compensation, executive, marketing, pension and strategic planning committees. He is also a senior managing partner at CB Richard Ellis.

 

 

Published in Columbus

Pillar Awards Nonprofit Board Executive of the Year Finalist

Michael Fiorile

immediate past chairman

Columbus College of Art & Design

www.ccad.edu | (614) 224-9101

Michael 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 from

2008 to 2010 and as board chair from 2010 to 2012. He served on the board’s executive and governance committees from 2008 to 2012 and served on the executive committee until this year.

His most recent appointment expired in June 2012, but he agreed to serve one additional year as an ex officio member.

Throughout Fiorile’s board service, he has been tremendously generous himself, as well as assisting with corporate gifts and opening doors to additional private donors. The personal philanthropy of Fiorile and his wife, Karen, has placed them in the top tier of CCAD donors, and his advocacy on the college’s behalf has played an important role in securing leadership gifts.

In his final year as board chair, he was instrumental in increasing participation in board giving from 74 to 100 percent and increasing the average board gift by more than 200 percent.

In addition, the board and senior leadership alike appreciated how Fiorile kept the board conversation at the strategic level — avoiding micromanagement while keeping everyone’s eyes on collective goals.

Published in Columbus

Pillar Award Finalist

George Barrett

chairman and CEO

Cardinal Health

www.cardinalhealth.com | (614) 757-7481

As 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 the area of health care, the company’s philanthropy has resulted in increased efficiency and effectiveness, reducing costs and improving patient outcomes. Over the past five years, the foundation has invested more than $14 million in this work providing grants to hospitals, professional associations and collaboratives.

In the area of prescription drug abuse, Cardinal Health is working with The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy to develop, pilot and spread an awareness campaign, GenerationRx. This initiative supports the effort to address prescription drug abuse and engages Cardinal employees and customers in volunteerism that reaches tens of thousands of individuals.

Cardinal Health employees are also engaged in a wide variety of activities supporting nonprofit organizations in their communities. Through the Cardinal Health Foundation, matching funds and team grants further their impact. When employees contribute $25 or more to any approved charitable organization, the foundation matches contributions up to $1,000 per employee, per campaign year.

In the past five years, more than $15 million has been contributed from employees and the Cardinal Health Foundation to support local organizations.

Published in Columbus

Pillar Award Finalist

Mark Swepston

president and CEO

Atlas Butler Heating & Cooling

(614) 294-8600 | www.atlasbutler.com

The 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 Cheer” program for the needy. As one of the largest holiday gift-distribution efforts in Ohio, Atlas Butler volunteers help the Salvation Army distribute toys, food and household items to more than 7,000 families over a two-day period.

Atlas Butler’s community involvement doesn’t end once the holidays are over. For the past four years, company associates have participated in local 5K runs that benefit various charitable efforts, including the American Cancer Society, the Mid-Ohio Food Bank and the Komen Race for the Cure to fund breast cancer research. Atlas Butler associates will often show up between 35 and 60 strong to run in charity races.

In addition, each summer Atlas Butler spearheads a local “fan drive” in which the company, along with individual associates, donate new electric box fans. The fans are distributed to Franklin County residents age 65 and over who suffer from health problems and do not have central air conditioning in their homes.

 

 

Published in Columbus

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 community, and we felt the need to honor companies and their employees who have gone above and beyond the call. While support and direction come from management, companies are only as great as their employees.

For that reason, we are quite proud to present the Medical Mutual SHARE Award. This unique award was founded to recognize companies whose employees best exemplify the ideals of Medical Mutual’s own employee SHARE Committee. SHARE stands for serve, help, aid, reach and educate, and it is the heart and soul of Medical Mutual’s charitable giving effort.

The SHARE Committee, made up of Medical Mutual employee volunteers, helps coordinate more than two dozen community events involving nearly half of the company’s 2,500 employees.

On behalf of Medical Mutual and SBN, we hope you enjoy reading about these great companies and we offer congratulations to all of our Pillar Award recipients.

Rick Chiricosta

president and CEO

Medical Mutual

www.medmutual.com

 

The Central Ohio Class of 2013 Finalists

PILLAR AWARD

Atlas Butler Heating & Cooling

Cardinal Health

Columbus Crew

Delta Energy

Donatos Pizzeria LLC

Fahlgren Mortine

Fifth Third Bank

Mettler Toledo

RockBridge

Safelite

SafeX

CompManagement, Inc., a Sedgwick Company

REA & ASSOCIATES NONPROFIT EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS OF THE YEAR

Jay Jordan, Online Computer Library Center

Tom Slemmer, National Church Residences

Tammy Wharton, Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council

KENT CLAPP CEO LEADERSHIP AWARD

Jane Grote Abell, Donatos Pizzeria LLC

Mark Swepston, Atlas Butler Heating & Cooling

Ira Sharfin, Continental Office Environments

NONPROFIT BOARD EXECUTIVES OF THE YEAR

Brooke Billmaier, St. Stephen’s Community House

Robert Click, LifeCare Alliance

Michael J. Fiorile, Columbus College of Art and Design

Laura Warren, Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council

Robert J. “Skip” Weiler, Jr., Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio

Brenda Stier-Anstine, Mt. Carmel Foundation

 

KENT CLAPP CEO LEADERSHIP AWARD and MEDICAL MUTUAL SHARE AWARD will be announced the night of the event

Published in Columbus

Finalist

Nonprofit Board Executive of the Year Award

Paula Kollstedt

executive director

Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati

www.alz.org/cincinnati/ | (513) 721-4284

Just 21 months into her tenure as executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati, Paula Kollstedt has moved an already well-run organization to record achievements. She invites people from government, business, education, community and individuals to engage in little and big ways as the organization moves toward a vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.

Kollstedt knows Alzheimer’s disease in a deeply personal way and the career and leadership role she is in now is in fact a “second act” after 25 years at GE Aviation. More than 12 years ago, she began the journey as a caregiver after her husband was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. The disease and its related complications are the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S., and the only one in the top 10 that is increasing.

Kollstedt combines her laser-focused business skills and expertise with personal experience in a graceful manner in order to impact the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati in profound ways.

Her approach is always “win-win” as she understands the importance of everyone benefiting. This strategy, along with her servant-leadership style, resulted in a 2011 walk season (the chapter held five fundraising walks) that generated more than $500,000 to fund programs and services within the organization’s 27-county service area.

Kollstedt is constantly communicating with her senior staff and identifying new opportunities and avenues for engagement. She works urgently because someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s every 68 seconds. Kollstedt consistently offers visionary leadership and attention to data as well as constant evaluation of processes to ensure energy is expended wisely.

Published in Cincinnati
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 15:38

2013 Pillar Awards - Cincinnati

Medical Mutual, along with our co-founding Pillar Award partner SBN, proudly presents the annual Pillar Awards.

In this issue, we honor 22 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 community, and we felt the need to honor companies and their employees who have gone above and beyond the call. While support and direction come from management, companies are only as great as their employees.

For that reason, we are quite proud to present the Medical Mutual SHARE Award. This unique award was founded to recognize companies whose employees best exemplify the ideals of Medical Mutual’s own employee SHARE Committee. SHARE stands for serve, help, aid, reach and educate, and it is the heart and soul of Medical Mutual’s charitable giving effort.

The SHARE Committee, made up of Medical Mutual employee volunteers, helps coordinate more than two dozen community events involving nearly half of the company’s 2,500 employees.

On behalf of Medical Mutual and SBN, we hope you enjoy reading about these great companies and we offer congratulations to all of our Pillar Award recipients.

Rick Chiricosta

president and CEO

Medical Mutual

www.medmutual.com

 

Published in Cincinnati
Friday, 04 January 2013 09:23

Cincinnati Pillar Awards 2013 Sponsors

The Eisen Agency

The Eisen Agency has a longstanding tradition of community service and giving back to our community — some in visible ways and others that are truly behind the scenes. Every member of our firm is part of some local nonprofit organization, where we do far more than simply sit on boards and committees — we proactively “do.”

We donate literally hundreds of thousands of dollars of in-kind work to nonprofit groups that could otherwise not afford our expertise. We help local schools, and biannually, we do a large food drive and cleaning product drive to help the less fortunate.

As Cincinnati’s premier and most-awarded public relations firm, we believe wholeheartedly in the power of community relations to foster further brand communications with current and prospective clients, business and community leaders, and in building a positive image of our business and creating a positive work environment. We believe that professionals want to work with and work for organizations that are actively engaged in the community and strive to help out.

It can be said that “it’s just PR,” as if PR was a bad thing. We would say, “Darn right, it’s PR, it’s what our firm is, who we are, and we’re proud of it.” Because, in the truest sense of the term, we are blessed, through hard work, tenacity and determination, to be in a position to be able to relate to our public through a series of community relations and philanthropic programs that provide children toys for Christmas, food on tables, and volunteers and donations for several of Greater Cincinnati’s most recognized nonprofit organizations.

For more information, contact The Eisen Agency at www.theeisenagency.com or (859) 291-4302.

 

 

Duke Energy Center

It is the goal of Global Spectrum at the Duke Energy Convention Center to provide our clients with an experience that goes above and beyond their expectations. Our commitment to service, attention to detail and ability to listen carefully and respond to every request will enable us to achieve this goal one event at a time. We are fully committed to delivering the highest level of building management and operations in the industry. We take pride in our facility and the community it represents and understand our role in bringing people to Cincinnati and helping them experience all the great things that the city has to offer.

Originally opened in 1968, the Duke Energy Convention Center experienced its third Grand Opening in 2006 as the city of Cincinnati unveiled the results of the most recent expansion. At that time, Global Spectrum was hired by the city to manage all aspects of the more than 750,000-square-foot Duke Energy Convention Center. Featuring more than 750,000 square feet of exhibit, meeting and entertainment space, we are the ideal destination for a meeting, conference, convention, trade show or banquet.

As part of its corporate responsibility programs, Global Spectrum is committed to reducing the use of natural resources and the amount of waste that results from the various activities and events that take place at the Duke Energy Convention Center. These efforts are part of a corporate initiative called the Global Spectrum STEP UP Program, which is a program designed to distinguish us as a socially and environmentally responsible organization.

Reach the Duke Energy Center at www.duke-energycenter.com or (513) 419-7300.

 

Colortone Staging & Rentals

Colortone Staging & Rentals is a premier audiovisual and staging company with expertise in event design and production. We stage a multitude of events, including corporate meetings, awards banquets, special events, trade shows, concerts, webcasts and videoconferences. CSR also manages audiovisual equipment for hotel properties and operates a full-service equipment rental division. The solutions we provide, combined with our highly trained technical staff, ensure the success of every event. Our quality is unmatched and our attention to detail is unsurpassed.

The staff at CSR consists of the best in the business. Our technicians have an average of five years in the audiovisual and event management business. Their diverse backgrounds allow us to think on our feet, act quickly and provide flexibility and creative problem solving to every situation we find.

The company is also an active member of the community, consistently finding ways to give back where it can.

Learn more at www.colortone.com.

Published in Cincinnati
Friday, 30 November 2012 20:01

The 2012 Pillar Award for Community Service

The Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service, presented by Smart Business, honors businesses of all types and sizes that make outstanding contribution to their community. Its purpose is to encourage a charitable enviroment, recognize creative efforts that make a difference and demonstrate the ties between the for-profit and nonprofit worlds.

This year's winners will be honored at a special banquet on December 5 at LaCentre Conference & Banquet Facility in Westlake, OH.

Take a look at how these kind and selfless individuals and companies do what they do:

An introductory letter from Rick Chiricosta, President and CEO, Medical Mutual

Pillar Award for Community Service finalists:

AkzoNobel

ArcelorMittal Cleveland

BlueBridge Networks

Brand Muscle, Inc.

Enzoco Homes dba Handyman and a Hammer for Our Troops

GE Capital Retail Bank

Home Instead Senior Care

Huntington National Bank

Improve Consulting & Training Group, LLC

InfoCision Management Corporation

Majestic Steel USA

Nordson Corporation Foundation

Olympic Steel, Inc.

PartsSource, LLC

PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

Sequoia Financial Group, LLC

Smith Medical Transportation Systems, Inc.

SS&G, Inc.

University Hospitals

Nonprofit Board Executives Of The Year:

Debby Zanglin, Guidestone

Tom Laird, Jr., ACE Mentor Program of Cleveland

Doug Weintraub, Jump Start

Mike Crislip, New Directions, Inc. & Crossroads

Rea & Associates Nonprofit Executive Directors Of The Year:

Mary Alice Frank, American Red Cross

Kathleen Crowther, Cleveland Restoration Society

Steve Friedman, Ph.D., Cleveland Sight Center

Elizabeth Fowler, Cleveland Zoological Society

Kathryn Kazol, Emerald Development Economic Network & Eden, Inc.

Dennis Allen, Hattie Larlham

Youth Supporter Of Philanthropy:

Cal DiJulius & Taylor Banc, All Kids Relay for Life Team

Tara Coury, The Safe House

 

A list of our fine sponsors

 

Published in Akron/Canton