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2014 Pillar Awards: photos and video

Medical Mutual 2014 Pillar Award for Community Service

On Jan. 16, 2014, Smart Business and Medical Mutual presented the 2014 Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service event to a well-deserving group of honorees.

The evening event, held at the Statehouse, not only recognized corporate philanthropy in many forms and the special relationship between the for-profit and nonprofit worlds, but it also award grants to worthy causes.


Check out our Facebook album to see who was there


“If you aren’t familiar with the Pillar awards, you may view it as another night away from home for people who are already very busy. But that couldn’t be less true,” says Mark Pizzi, president and COO, Nationwide Insurance. “This night is very special. It’s a truly inspirational evening that provides a respite from the often negative and tumultuous news we hear each day. The Pillar awards recognize individuals who make this world a better place through sheer will and commitment. I can’t think of a more satisfying and inspirational evening.”

Nine organizations and seven individuals were honored with Pillar Awards throughout the night.


Check out a video about the 2014 nominations


For corporate philanthropy in all its forms, The Crane Group, Diamond Hill Investments, Fifth Third Bank, Franklin International, Molina Healthcare of Ohio Inc., OhioHealth, Sequent and White Castle were all honored.

The Medical Mutual SHARE Award for the organization that best represents employee-driven philanthropy went to Delta Energy Services.

The Rea & Associates Nonprofit Executive Directors of the Year are:

The Nonprofit Board Executives of the Year are:

The final honoree of the evening was Tom Feeney, CEO of Safelite Auto Glass, who received the 2013 Kent Clapp CEO Leadership Award.

In addition, The Pillar Foundation, established within the past year by Smart Business, reached its fundraising goal of $150,000, thanks to matching a commitment from Medical Mutual. At the event, the foundation seeded a new Pillar Fund at The Columbus Foundation with a $10,000 check, and $3,000 match from The Columbus Foundation.

Medical Mutual also presented a $25,000 grant to YWCA Columbus’ shelter program.

Learn more about the Medical Mutual 2014 Pillar Awards for Community Service

Published in Columbus

Sheri Tackett
Founder and CEO
Delta Energy Services LLC

The past year has been a time of significant change at Delta Energy Services LLC. The company sold the natural gas commodity portion of its business and acquired a Canadian company in the spring, changes that resulted in a head-count reduction of almost 30 percent. It would have been easy to accept that with fewer people there wouldn’t be enough time or manpower to do a lot of work in the community.

It was just the opposite under the leadership of Sheri Tackett, the company’s founder and CEO.

There was an understanding that the company’s financial contributions might shrink, but an emphasis on volunteerism resulted in many wonderful stories of help and support to organizations across the area.

Homeless Families Foundation, Welcome Warehouse, The Salvation Army, Down Syndrome Achieves and the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio are just a few of the organizations that benefit from Delta Energy volunteerism.

Financial support was still there, too. The company’s longest running charity program is the Jeans Day Fund. Employees are given the option to wear jeans on Fridays in exchange for a $2 donation. The funds are matched 100 percent by the company and at the end of the year, the money raised is donated to a handful of charities nominated and voted upon by Delta employees.

There is a similar program called the Soda Fund, in which employees make a 25-cent donation if they take a beverage from the company refrigerator. Donations made this past year totaled $53,000. ●

Published in Columbus

Rick Chouteau
Adopt A Class Board of Directors

Making connections

Rick Chouteau makes sure students have positive role models through Adopt A Class Foundation 

Under his leadership as the first president of the board of directors of Adopt A Class Foundation, Rick Chouteau has overseen the group’s growth from three members in 2008 to 12. But that’s not all. AAC has increased its number of participating schools from nine to 24, increasing the number of students served by 167 percent.

And that’s a welcomed situation by the organization’s benefactors — preschool through eighth grade students in Greater Cincinnati schools with at least 65 percent of students eligible for free or reduced lunches. With that focus, the organization fosters personal, sustained connections between members of the business and civic community and the students with the purpose of developing practical and social skills as they provide positive role models and build the culture of philanthropy and teamwork for business and civic groups.

Aside from the demands on Chouteau’s time and talent as a senior vice president at Paycor Inc., he finds time to meet the needs of his community. Chouteau was an inaugural board member when the organization was founded 10 years ago alongside founder Bill Burwinkel and one other community member.

In 2012, AAC hired a full-time director under Chouteau’s direction. With a staff person now in place, Chouteau and the board are mapping out a strategic plan for the future growth and sustainability of AAC. His corporate experience and business skills have been essential in helping to create a vision of independence and sound financial sustainability for the program. ●

Dennis Barron
Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
Secretary, Board of Directors

Decades of service

Dennis Barron has been a guiding light at the Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries 

During his service for the Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries, Dennis Barron has donated more than an estimated 20,000 hours of his time, effort and energy toward governing the organization. He began serving in 1965 and has had more than 40 years of service, including roles as secretary and chairman. In that time, the Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries has grown from $1.6 million in annual revenue to more than $40 million.

As a result of this growth, the agency is now able to serve a diverse population that includes veterans, the homeless and people with cognitive, physical and sociological challenges.

In addition to growing revenue to such a substantial level over that time period, the organization has served more than 60,000 people with disabilities.

Goodwill’s program for the homeless, under Barron’s guidance, now serves more than 650 veterans and other at-risk individuals. The agency each year serves 3,100 men and women with disabilities and assists more than 800 to obtain employment.

During Barron’s tenure, the organization expanded its partnerships with the developmental disabilities agencies of Hamilton, Butler, Clermont and Warren counties. The result allows Goodwill to serve more than 650 individuals a day.

As a board member and former chairman of the board, Barron has offered counsel on the day-to-day operations of the facility and financial guidance on the operating budget.

This expansion of services is a tribute to Barron and his contributions to the growth of the Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries over the past four decades. ●

Published in Cincinnati

Stuart Aitken


Leading the pack

How employees get energized to help the needy at dunnhumbyUSA 

Philanthropy is a worldwide commitment for dunnhumbyUSA and employees get to decide where the effort to meet that commitment is directed. Each fall, through the science company’s Helping Hands program, everyone gets together to decide which nonprofits dunnhumby will support that year.

The IRS must recognize the charities chosen as legitimate charities, and the effort to help must provide opportunities for everyone to volunteer through team activities with clear goals. These have been fundamental to the effort under the leadership of CEO Stuart Aitken.

Employee participation runs Helping Hands and a dunnhumby team is assigned to manage the relationship with each charitable organization to determine where the need is. The team must also establish goals for working together effectively and organize dunnhumby events throughout the year.

In 2013, a total of seven nonprofits were selected: The American Cancer Society, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Oyler School, Freestore Foodbank, Ronald McDonald House, Drop Inn Center and Women Helping Women.

With the American Cancer Society, dunnhumby participates in the Relay for Life. In 2013, the company participated in a new event called the Bark for Life fundraiser. It’s a noncompetitive fundraising/walk event that honors cancer survivors, remembers loved ones lost to cancer and celebrates the caregiving qualities of dogs. The dunnhumby team had more than a dozen participants in this event and was able to raise more than $1,200 for the American Cancer Society. ●

Published in Cincinnati

Tanny Crane
President and CEO
Crane Group

Raising the bar
The Crane Group continues to find ways to be a good neighbor

Tanny Crane puts her heart and soul into her business, and she does the same with her efforts to make Columbus and the surrounding region a better place to live and work. Her recent pledge of
$1 million to Mayor Michael Coleman’s South Side Initiative is just another instance of that dedication.

The revitalization and redevelopment of the Southern Gateway neighborhood involved the renovation of the closed Reeb Avenue Elementary School into a neighborhood center, which will offer social programming and house the South Side Learning & Development Center.

It’s a continuation of the philanthropy that has been demonstrated by the Crane Group since Robert S. Crane Sr. founded the company in 1947.

The company, now led by Tanny, who serves as president and CEO, continues to be involved in a wide array of programs across the region. This includes local arts and education, health and human services, civic organizations, and neighborhood and community groups.

Crane Group has always believed that businesses have a responsibility to support nonprofit efforts that enhance the quality of life in their communities. The company has been the top per capita giver for the United Way in Central Ohio for the past 10 years.

One of the unique programs at Crane Group is called Crane on Board. More than 50 company leaders serve and lend their time and talents to more than 75 distinct nonprofit organizations.

The company’s ability to make a difference energizes everyone, and Tanny helps that flame burn bright by staying so involved. ●


Ric Dillon
Diamond Hill Investments

Generosity prevails
Diamond Hill Investments’ associates typify involvement across the community

The associates at Diamond Hill Investments, under the leadership of CEO Ric Dillon, are not only generous with their time volunteering at organizations such as LifeCare Alliance, Faith Mission and Habitat for Humanity, they work to review the Diamond Hill Charitable Foundation’s charter.

The Diamond Hill Charitable Foundation is a charitable gift match program with a maximum match for employee donations being $2,000 per calendar year with a matching policy minimum donation of $100.

A group of four associates each serve a two-year term to review the charter and ways to participate.

The foundation’s objective is to support charitable organizations that are important to Diamond Hill’s clients, shareholders and associates. Donations and matching through the foundation are vetted by The Columbus Foundation.

In addition to the organizations above, Diamond Hill has relationships with: Franklin County Children Services, donations; American Heart Association, 2013 Heart Walk attendees and monetary contributions; All For the Troops, donations sent to the troops; Rock for Hunger, corporate sponsorship with employees attending event; Children’s Hunger Alliance, monetary contributions; Neighborhood Services Inc., donations sent to the organization for the back-to-school program; Night of Chocolate, corporate sponsorship with employees attending event; American Red Cross, employee blood drive; Boys & Girls Club, corporate sponsorship with employees attending event; City Life, employee volunteers; and I Know I Can, employee volunteers. ●


Jordan A. Miller Jr.
president and CEO
Fifth Third Bank, Central Ohio

Helping where it’s needed
Fifth Third Bank supports financial literacy, hunger programs in the community

With one of its goals aimed at increasing the financial literacy of people living in the community it serves, Fifth Third Bank, Central Ohio, under President and CEO Jordan A. Miller Jr., has developed financial empowerment programs that provide access to information and tools that contribute to good financial decisions.

The Young Bankers Club teaches fifth grade students the basics about money, including what it is and how people get it, the importance of saving, and how education and career choices affect their future.

More than 7,000 students have graduated from the program since its inception. The program, which was re-launched in 2012, features an updated, revised and expanded curriculum, incorporating more real-world activities and an interactive video game challenge for the students.

The commitment to financial literacy doesn’t stop there. Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance allows high school teachers to teach students how important it is to plan their financial future. Through a DVD lecture course, accompanying workbooks and online content, students study the value of saving, spending and giving to guide them down the path of financial peace.

The total year-to-date volunteer hours by Fifth Third Bank employees reached 1,880 hours for the Central Ohio region. That includes 981 employee volunteer hours with the Young Bankers Club; 426 employee volunteer hours with the Financial Empowerment Mobile; and 473 employee volunteer hours associated with traditional volunteer work for Community Reinvestment Act qualified organizations. ●


Evan Williams
President and COO
Franklin International

Matching up
Franklin International believes in supporting employee contributions

Franklin International’s commitment to well-being starts at the core. While some might expect the corporate culture of a manufacturing business to center on producing good products, the culture at Franklin is “to appropriately enhance the economic, physical, relational, emotional and spiritual health of ourselves, our customers, our suppliers and our community.”

Franklin, led by Evan Williams, president and COO, is proud to be among the 16 percent of midsized businesses that permit employees to volunteer on paid company time.

Franklin is also among the 25 percent of midsized companies that match employee charitable donations, demonstrating its belief in giving back to the community and supporting employees in their charitable acts.

In addition, Franklin conducts an annual giving campaign for United Way and three other charitable organizations. During this campaign, the company will match between $1 and $1.50 in contributions made by employees.

Charitable activities in which Franklin has participated include Operation Feed, United Way, Urban Concern, National Night Out, Children’s Hospital, PDHC, Salvation Army and Youth for Christ.

The company also demonstrates a concern for its employees and their families’ financial well-being beyond just a paycheck. Franklin participated in a Financial Fitness program, which at a cost to Franklin, allowed employees to complete online modules relating to financial efficiency. And, starting in 2008 as the only company-paid matching program in Ohio, Franklin provided a payroll deduction option for 529 plans. ●


Amy Schultz Clubbs

Dr. Martin Portillo
Chief medical officer
Molina Healthcare of Ohio Inc.

Supporting employees, supporting communities
Molina Healthcare of Ohio gives workers time to give back

Since Molina Healthcare of Ohio Inc. was introduced to After-School All-Stars Ohio, a program focused on helping at-risk youth succeed in school and life, a partnership has grown that benefits the children and families in 10 Ohio schools. The company has been a part of ASAS Ohio through volunteerism, funding, board membership, resources and educational support, demonstrating its commitment to low-income families and youth that goes beyond its core services.

Molina staff members frequently attend community events to inform families and children of their health care options while promoting a healthy lifestyle. The company also supports programming through a grant that has allowed ASAS Ohio to extend cooking classes to its 1,000 after-school participants in Columbus, Dayton and Toledo.

Outside of ASAS Ohio, Molina collaborates with public schools and community-based organizations to deliver health education opportunities and expand health, wellness and education programs offered in schools, community centers and other gathering spaces.

To support their employees’ interests in giving back to the community, Molina established a volunteer time-off program, which gives employees time off annually to volunteer with charitable organizations. In 2012, Molina employees gave more than 2,100 volunteer hours to the community and $200,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations.

Molina also honors organizations and individuals doing exceptional community service work with its annual Community Champions Awards. Recently, Molina honored five people with a $1,000 grant to donate to the charity of their choice and a tree was planted in his or her honor. ●


David P. Blom
President and CEO

Actively engaged
OhioHealth supports its community at every turn

As a leading not-for-profit healthcare provider, OhioHealth’s mission is “to improve the health of those we serve.” That philosophy is a big part of the company’s philanthropic efforts, which are focused on investing in the community and making a difference in the lives of those facing tough challenges.

In fiscal year 2013, more than 85 organizations benefitted from the support of OhioHealth under the leadership of David P. Blom, the company’s president and CEO. One thing that makes OhioHealth such a strong supporter of the community is Team OhioHealth. The group is comprised of company associates who volunteer their time with partner organizations at OhioHealth-sponsored events. More than 4,000 individuals participated in 33 Team OhioHealth activities throughout the past fiscal year, an increase over the previous year.

Project Mentor is another component of OhioHealth’s commitment to the Columbus region. Coordinated through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, the program provides mentors from OhioHealth and other local companies to students in the Columbus City Schools. Volunteers also donate their time for other programs that benefit students in local schools.

Overall, 1,256 hours of volunteer time were logged by OhioHealth associates in support of educational initiatives in fiscal year 2013.

The company’s community relations department proactively supports the mission of OhioHealth through partnerships that align with the health needs of the community. The department also works hard to increase visibility for OhioHealth leadership, programs and services, providing opportunities for meaningful associate engagement. ●


William Hutter

Jim Caldwell

A principled approach
For Sequent, giving support to the community is only natural

Contributing to the community where one lives, no matter the size of the contribution, is simply the right thing to do. Following this motto, Sequent chooses projects and donations that primarily focus on community service and philanthropy in the areas of children’s needs, cancer research and the local arts community. It also makes in-kind donations, such as staff hours dedicated to offering pro-bono consultation services and the use of the company’s corporate meeting and training rooms.

Among the organizations that have benefitted from Sequent’s donations are Children’s Hunger Alliance, Pelotonia, The Columbus Jazz Orchestra, The Gathering, Kairos, The Columbus International Program, TiE Ohio, The Furniture Bank and Select Association Management.

The company has first-hand experience with cancer, having lost two associates in four years to the disease, and having several employees who are cancer survivors. In five years, Sequent’s bike-riding volunteers have raised some $61,000 for Pelotonia. Sequent employees also contribute $2,500 to Pelotonia annually.

Sequent CFO Jim Caldwell and other employee volunteers contribute many hours annually at Kairos, a prison ministry. Employees bake some 120 dozen cookies for each Kairos weekend. Caldwell says that the inmates this program serves are very moved by the fact that total strangers bake dozens of cookies for them.

Sequent also backs the Jazz Arts Group by supporting the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. CEO William Hutter, a former member of its board, offered the group his expertise in human resources through consultations. Sequent also sponsors the Inside Track series of contemporary jazz concerts at the Lincoln Theatre. ●


E.W. Ingram III
Chairman and CEO
Lisa Ingram
White Castle

Well done
How White Castle restaurants help those who need it most

LifeCare Alliance and White Castle have forged a strong partnership over the years, which enriches the lives of many in the Central Ohio region. It began in 1988 when White Castle offered its support to the Columbus Cancer Clinic, an agency of LifeCare Alliance.

The Ingram family, who has managed White Castle since its founding in 1921, supported the first capital campaign for the nonprofit health organization, which seeks to identify and deliver health and nutrition services to meet the changing needs of its communities.

From that moment on, White Castle has remained a dedicated partner for the clients served each day by the staff and volunteers of LifeCare.

Today, E.W. Ingram III, the company’s chairman and CEO, and Lisa Ingram, his daughter, who serves as president, lead White Castle. Philanthropy continues to be a big part of what they do in leading the business recognized to be the first fast-food hamburger chain.

The company gets involved in the delivery of pantry items to the homebound and HIV/AIDS clients, transportation to dining centers and leadership to develop strategic planning initiatives. White Castle is also active with Autism Speaks, Wigs 4 Kids, Adopt-A-Child and the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

But it is the work with LifeCare Alliance that has made a particularly strong impact. Through funding from the Ingram-White Castle Foundation, those in need under the age of 60, a group that is often underserved when it comes to home-based services, can receive meals through Meals-on-Wheels. ●



Published in Columbus
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:


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
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 16:10

Difference maker

Outside of school leaders, few people in central Ohio make more decisions that impact the lives of area youth than Edward Cohn, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio. It is the positive impact of his decisions that spurred his nomination for the 2012 Rea & Associates Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year.

Cohn’s strong business and financial background have helped to build the strong financial foundation, which has helped Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio to weather the nature of the nonprofit environment. Cohn has effectively adapted the budgeting process to manage within the unpredictable nonprofit environment, especially during the challenging economic climate brought about by the recent recession.

Cohn is extremely connected to and invested in the Big Brothers Big Sisters mission. His connection to the mission has led him to become a mentor himself. He has also incorporated a strong environment of collaborative decision making, working closely with his leadership team in making decisions that are aimed at the best possible results for the agency and all of its constituents.

Cohn utilizes a research and development approach to launch new initiatives, and his performance-based approach ensures that all staff members are performing at high levels to achieve the organization’s stated goals and objectives. His focus on evidence-based impact and outcomes has led to many program enhancements that continue to strengthen Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring matches and keep them together longer.

Each member’s time and talent is utilized for maximum impact by Cohn and his team. Most recently, Cohn worked with a board member from Cardinal Health to help bring lean-based training to the entire organization. Lean training became a valuable addition to the management of Big Brothers Big Sisters, leading to new ways of doing business.

How to reach: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, (614) 839-2447 or

Published in Columbus
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 15:02

From the hearts of our sponsors

The sponsors of the 2011 Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service support the program because they believe in its mission — to recognize the critical tie between the for-profit and nonprofit communities. Here is a little bit about each of this year’s sponsors:

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, 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 the city has to offer.

Although it 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 your next 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.

Our efforts to develop of buildingwide recycling program to increase the operating efficiency of the Duke Energy Convention Center began in April 2008. As the program has continued to evolve and expand, we have developed strong partnerships with Hamilton County Environmental Services and The Recycling Group to grow our support and promotion of recycling. Since the inception of our recycling program, Global Spectrum has diverted more than 350,000 pounds (as of Dec. 31, 2009) of post-consumable material from the landfills.

Learn more at

Colortone Staging & Rental Inc.

Colortone Staging & Rental 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

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 non-profit organization, where we do far more than simply sit on boards and committees – we proactively “do.”

We donate literally hundreds of thousands of dollars in in-kind work to non-profit groups that could otherwise not afford our expertise. We help local schools, and twice annually do a large food drive and cleaning product drive to help those less fortunate.

As Cincinnati’s premier and most awarded public relations firm, we believe whole heartedly 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 a in position to be able to relate to our publics 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 non-profit organizations.

Learn more at

Published in Cincinnati

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 January 18 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, OH.

But before that great event takes place, we welcome you to 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 honorees:

Medical Mutual SHARE Award honoree:

Nonprofit Board Executive of the Year Award honorees:

Executive Director of the Year Award honorees:

Rising Star honoree:

Kent Clapp CEO Leadership Award honoree:

A list of our fine sponsors

Published in Cincinnati

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 January 26 at The Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, OH.

But before that great event takes place, we welcome you to 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 honorees:

Medical Mutual SHARE Award honoree:

Charles Penzone Salons Nonprofit Board Executive of the Year Award honorees:

Rea & Associates Executive Director of the Year Award honorees:

CVG Samaritan Award honoree:

Kent Clapp CEO Leadership Award honoree:

A list of our fine sponsors

Published in Columbus
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