Columbus Smart 50 Awards

Since 2014, the Columbus Smart 50 Awards recognize the top executives of the 50 smartest companies in the Central Ohio region for their ability to effectively build and lead successful organizations. All 50 winners will be honored at a special celebration, and three organizations will receive specialty awards for their achievements in three category areas – innovation, impact and sustainability. Additionally, all guests will be treated to a keynote address on what it takes to lead a successful “smart” company.

The Smart 50 Awards currently takes place in the cities of ClevelandColumbus and Pittsburgh.

Eligible Smart 50 nominees must be a top executive of an organization with a physical office in Central Ohio. Specialty award winners will be recognized for Innovation, Impact and Sustainability.

Next Columbus Smart 50 Awards  July 18, 2019  5:00 P.M.

Presented by: Hylant

Venue: The Exchange at Bridge Park


David Abraham  Accel inc.
Nick Akins  American Electric Power
John Ammendola  Grange Insurance
Justin Bates  Stanley Steemer International
Dr. Frederic Bertley  COSI
Denise Blankemeyer  Crow Works
Sarah Blouch  CampusParc
Tom & Greg Bohls  Buckeye Power Sales
Margie Brickner  Reliant Capital Solutions
Stephanie Clarey  Two Men And A Truck, Columbus
John D. Clark, Sr.  The Whitestone Group, Inc.
Benjamin Clarke  Bold Penguin Inc.
Fernando Crosa  US Tank Alliance
Abby David & Erin Nealy  Bridgeway Academy
Joe DeLoss  Hot Chicken Takeover
Charissa W. Durst  Hardlines Design Co.
Dana E. Engle  Madison County Community Hospital dba Madison Health
Joel Furno  Citrin
Chris Gabrelcik  Lubrication Specialties, Inc.
Jennifer Gorsuch Walters  Fairfield Homes Inc.; Gorsuch Construction Inc.
Gordon Gough  Ohio Council of Retail Merchants
W. Gregory (Greg) Guy  Air Force One, Inc.
Marc Hawk  RevLocal
Lisa Huang, PhD, PE, RCDD  Advanced Engineering Consultants
Kelly James  ROAM Bikes, Inc.
Ron M. Jordan  Jordan Hospitality Group
Andy Joseph  Apeks Supercritical
Lori Kaiser  Kaiser Consulting, LLC
Mark Kovacevich  Improving
Erica Krumlauf  Leading EDJE
Neill Lane  Stirling Ultracold, Division of Global Cooling Inc.
Catherine Lang-Cline  Portfolio Creative
Mike LaRocco  State Auto Financial Corp.
Patrick Maynard  I Am Boundless, Inc.
Tim McCord  DāNite Sign Co.
Ryan McManus  SHARE
Lori Miller  Exhibitpro
Andy Panos  Cloudbreak Health
Debbie Penzone  Charles Penzone Inc.
Rick Ricart  Ricart Automotive
Frank Sasso  Kaufman Development
Hiten Shah  MES, Inc.
Kyle R. Shen  Nexceris, LLC
Rita Soronen  Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
David R. Specht  The Waterworks
Tom Stalf  Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Maura Stevenson  MedVet
Rich Wartel  Two Labs, LLC
Matina Zenios  Artina Promotional Products
Jim Ziminski  Crane Renovation Group


For more information, contact Molly Carpenter at 440.250.7039 or [email protected]

Take a look at the 2018 Columbus Smart 50 Awards held on June 14, 2018, at The Exchange at Bridge Park.

Click on the photo to enlarge. Photos by Jay LaPrete. View the entire album on our Facebook page.

CLICK HERE to view the 2018 Honorees!

Take a look back at the 2017 Columbus Smart 50 Awards held on September 19, 2017,
at The Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel.

Click on the photo to enlarge.

CLICK HERE to view the 2017 Honorees!

View past Smart 50 Awards coverage:

Cleveland 2019 Columbus 2019 PIT Overview Pittsburgh 2018

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