2012 Kent Clapp CEO Leadership Award Finalist: Kevin J. Goodman, Managing Director of Business Development & Partner, BlueBridge Networks

Kevin J. Goodman, Managing Director of Business Development & Partner, BlueBridge Networks

Kevin Goodman has jumped into his support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with everything that he can give. He joined the charity’s Northern Ohio Board of Trustees in 2009 and is now a vice president on the executive committee.

Since his first day with the group, Goodman understood his role and how much he could bring to the charity’s effort to help those with leukemia or lymphoma.

Through his role as managing director of business development and partner with BlueBridge Networks, Goodman can leverage his contacts and bring in resources to help with the cause.

He can take the stories that he hears from meeting people with various forms of blood cancer and share those stories with others to raise awareness. His kind heart and sense of doing whatever he can to help people serves him well as gives those touched by the disease a glimmer of hope for the future.

But as valuable as that cause is, it’s not the only one to which Goodman gives his time and talents. BlueBridge is also a big supporter of the American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland.

The company and charitable organization recently worked in partnership to increase awareness for emergency preparedness, something that has proven to be incredibly timely given the effects of Hurricane Sandy in late October.

But once again, that’s not all. Goodman has joined with Greater Cleveland Partnership, the largest private-sector economic development organization in Ohio, to give the agency the means to be an even better toward creating jobs and helping businesses grow in Northeast Ohio.

Goodman brings passion, excitement and energy to everything he does and takes great joy in seeing the difference that he and BlueBridge have been able to make in their community.

 

How to reach: BlueBridge Networks, (216) 367-7580 or www.bluebridgenetworks.com

2012 Pillar Award Finalist: Eric Hauge, vice president and general manager, ArcelorMittal Cleveland

Eric Hauge, Vice President and General Manager, ArcelorMittal Cleveland

Money is central to pretty much every aspect of our lives today, including acts of community service. Without proper funding, charitable organizations couldn’t do all that they do for those who really need it. But Eric Hauge, the company’s vice president and general manager and his employees at ArcelorMittal Cleveland are firm believers that a company’s philanthropic efforts have to be more than just a check.

It’s why the company’s strategic direction cannot begin to be shaped without including the work that company employees will take on that year to make their community a better place. It’s a comprehensive effort that includes representation from both ArcelorMittal and the communities that the company calls home.

These partners meet to identify problems that need to be addressed and then discuss plans to solve those problems. The money is a part of that but the time and the commitment to finding solutions is what can really make the difference.

One of the most recent projects for ArcelorMittal is an effort to help preserve the Cuyahoga River and take steps to ensure it remains the valuable natural resource that it is today for so many people.

The company has partnered with the Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization to work on developing sustainable approaches to manage sediment in the river. There are also talks about what can be done to support fish habitats in the river’s shipping channel.

But that’s just one aspect of what ArcelorMittal is doing. The company actively supports developing science, technology, engineering and math skills through the STEM program. Financial support has enabled Cleveland schools to purchase Smart Boards, robotics equipment and other tools that help students learn.

The relationships continue to grow and that’s good news for those proud to have ArcelorMittal in their town.

 

How to reach: ArcelorMittal Cleveland, (216) 429-6062 or www.arcelormittal.com

2012 Nonprofit Board Executive of the Year Finalist: Doug Weintraub, chairman, JumpStart Inc.

Doug Weintraub, Chairman, JumpStart Inc.

Doug Weintraub has long been an advocate for stimulating economic growth inNortheast Ohio. He was a key member of the entrepreneurship task force that reformulated the economic development landscape in the region.

With experience as a successful entrepreneur and investor, Weintraub’s contributions to the task force were essential to the strategy subsequently implemented by JumpStart Inc., a regional business development organization where Weintraub serves as the chairman of the board.

Weintraub has served on JumpStart’s board since 2004 and as its chairman for the last three years. In his first three years on the board, he used his experience as a CPA to lead JumpStart’s finance and audit committee.

Weintraub’s institutional knowledge, as well as his years of career experience in the world of business, have been invaluable as JumpStart successfully expanded its range of services throughoutNortheast Ohio, and even started consulting nationally to help other regions transform their economies through entrepreneurship.

He has emphasized outside-the-box thinking as he looks for new ways to improve the quality of JumpStart’s services. He was instrumental in encouraging the organization to move to theMidTownTechPark, in the MidTown district onCleveland’sEast Side.

JumpStart moved to the tech park both as a cost-cutting measure and as a way to demonstrate a commitment to the revitalization ofCleveland’s urban core with the development of the Health-Tech Corridor.

Weintraub was an integral part of JumpStart’s office selection process and actively participated in all the negotiations and key discussions, due in large part to his personal experience and connections in commercial real estate, which have proven to be a huge asset to the organization.

Weintraub continues to serve as a role model for the rest of the board through this and other initiatives. He is personally invested in JumpStart’s continued success.

 

How to reach: JumpStart Inc., (216) 363-3400 or www.jumpstartinc.org

2012 Pillar Award Finalist: Craig Taylor, president and CEO, InfoCision Management Corp.

Craig Taylor, President and CEO, InfoCision Management Corp.

InfoCision Management Corp. President and CEO Craig Taylor promotes a culture that emphasizes the importance of corporations and individuals giving back to their communities. Under his leadership, InfoCision raises more funds for nonprofit organizations than any other company in the teleservices industry, and its employees actively support its client organizations at the local level with donations of time and money.

In 2011, corporate and employee efforts resulted in approximately $150,000 in donations to charitable organizations in the company’s and its clients’ communities. These include the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, American Heart Association, American Red Cross and March of Dimes, among others.

One of its biggest contributions went to the American Cancer Society. In addition to being a sponsor of the American Cancer Society’s Cattle Baron Ball, InfoCison has also participated in the Relay for Life over the past 12 years and held its own corporate event since 2009. Chief of Staff Steve Brubaker is a member of the local board of directors for the organization and has also received the prestigious Hope Award, given to those who have shown a dedication to finding a cure.

InfoCision employees make a difference volunteering for many nonprofit organizations, including the Feed The Children Food Drive, the American Heart Association Heart Walk and the March of Dimes March for Babies.

The company makes a particular effort for the Salvation Army, which is has been involved with for more than 13 years. Annually, more than 50 employees man four locations for one day for the Red Kettle Campaign and in 2011 collected more than $1,100.

Employees also sponsored children in the Angel Tree program, which provides multiple Christmas presents for each sponsored child. Brubaker also serves on the local chapter’s board of directors and chairs the community awareness committee.

 

How to reach: InfoCision Management Corp., (330) 668-1400 or www.infocision.com

2012 Rea & Associates Executive Director of the Year Finalist: Dr. Steven Friedman, executive director and CEO, Cleveland Sight Center

Dr. Steven Friedman, Executive Director and CEO, Cleveland Sight Center

Dr. Steven Friedman has shown the ability to apply for-profit business principals to a not-for-profit agency without losing focus on the mission of the organization. As the excutive director and CEO of the Cleveland Sight Center, Friedman’s approach is to build a financially strong organization that can sustain services in keeping with the mission, vision and core values.

The Cleveland Sight Center offers a wide range of services to people of all ages who are vision-impaired. Friedman has been focused on both top-line revenue and management of costs in the interest of better serving the Sight Center’s clients.

The Cleveland Sight Center’s clients are always a No. 1 priority, but Friedman has recognized the need to build a sustainable financial organization to continue the high level of service to its clients.

This business focus has resulted in the completion of a $10 million renovation that allows the organization to more efficiently deliver services to its clients. This year he increased state of Ohio partnership contracts to $2 million, up from $500,000 three years ago, helping provide innovative programs to get people with disabilities jobs.

One example is a partnership Friedman formed with InfoCision to create a call center that would aid in gaining commercial contracts and serve to employ the visually impaired. He also won a contract with Ohio Tourism and hired 14 people who are work disabled. These contracts not only employ a large number of visually impaired individuals, but they contribute to the organization’s bottom line.

In all of these efforts, he managed to increase the number of center employees who are blind or have limited vision to 20 percent of the workforce. The success of these programs allows the Sight Center to continue drawing funding from Ohio.

 

How to reach: Cleveland Sight Center, (216) 791-8118 or www.clevelandsightcenter.org

2012 Rea & Associates Nonprofit Executive Director Finalist: Kathleen Crowther, president, Cleveland Restoration Society

Kathleen Crowther, President, Cleveland Restoration Society

Kathleen Crowther joined Cleveland Restoration Society as its president in 1987. In the 12 years prior to her arrival, CRS had been primarily a volunteer-run organization. In 1986, the annual budget of CRS was $3,500.

During the course of 25 years with Crowther at the helm, CRS has grown into a vibrant organization with an operating budget of $1 million, an engaged board of trustees, a restored Victorian home as its headquarters and a full-time staff of nine.

CRS offers historic preservation programs and expertise throughout Greater Cleveland. One such program is the Heritage Home Program initiated by Crowther in 1992 in three Cleveland neighborhoods. The Heritage Home Program was designed to enable homeowners of 50-year-old houses or older to make historically and architecturally sensitive repairs to their homes. CRS preservation experts visit the homes and advise homeowners about appropriate restoration and preservation techniques.

A second aspect of the program is a low-interest loan that homeowners can apply for to use toward the renovation efforts of their homes. Throughout the years, the Heritage Home Program has been a big success and has expanded into other areas of Ohio.

Crowther is exploring partnerships with preservation organizations in other parts of Ohio such as Columbus to offer the program in new areas while still utilizing the experience of CRS.

Since its inception, the program has provided technical advice to more than 4,200 homeowners relating to restoration projects that total more than $90 million. In addition, the program has resulted in $33 million of low-interest Heritage Home loans to more than 900 homeowners. The program has been instrumental in stabilizing and strengthening certain neighborhoods in Cleveland.

 

How to Reach: Cleveland Restoration Society, (216) 426-1000 or www.clevelandrestoration.org

2012 Pillar Award Finalist: Gary Shamis and Mark Goldfarb, managing directors, SS&G

Gary Shamis, Managing Director, SS&G

SS&G is committed to making its communities a better place to live and work. As a firm, SS&G understands that its success would not be possible without these communities and their businesses and residents.

Led by managing directors Gary Shamis and Mark Goldfarb, SS&G donates thousands of hours to pro bono work, providing accounting services to a diverse group of nonprofit organizations. In addition, more than a quarter of SS&G’s staff members serve on nonprofit boards in a leadership capacity, and three-fourths of the company’s staff volunteer for a nonprofit organization or one of its committees.

In addition, SS&G is dedicated to helping its many nonprofit clients by doing more than providing accounting and tax services. Among the organizations SS&G supports are Alex’s Lemonade Stand, the ALS Association, the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, the Arthritis Foundation, the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Annual Tax Call-In, Community Shares, the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation, local domestic violence shelters, local food banks including the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and the Cleveland Foodbank, Harvest for Hunger, local humane societies including the Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village, Juvenile Diabetes, the Ohio Society of CPAs’ Accounting for Kids Day, Recovery Resources, the Akron Marathon, Stewart’s Caring Place and the United Way.

Examples of SS&G’s hands-on community participation include American Red Cross of Summit County Community Dinner, the Caring for Kids Inc. Program, St. Vincent DePaul’s Adopt-A-Family, the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program, The Littlest Heroes, Huckleberry House, the Ohio Society of CPAs “Operation CPA,” the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out Walk to Fight Diabetes, the OSCPA’s Accounting for Kids Day, Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, and the “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon.

 

How to reach: SS&G, (440) 248-8787 or www.ssandg.com

2012 Nonprofit Board Executive of the Year Finalist: Debby Zanglin, chair of brand identity committee, Guidestone Ohio

Debby Zanglin, Chair of Brand Identity Committee, Guidestone Ohio

Formerly the Berea Children’s Home, Guidestone Ohio has spent the past several years engaged in a rebranding effort to better reflect the services and support the organization provides to its clients — numbering about 12,000 children and families.

Since July 2009, Debby Zanglin has been at the center of the effort when she was named chairman of the organization’s brand task force committee. Along with other leaders, Zanglin successfully helped to spearhead a number of tasks aimed at determining whether a name change was in order.

Among other initiatives, Zanglin helped to spur a collaborative effort with the board of directors to raise private dollars to fund the rebranding project, in addition to securing a $120,000 gift from the St. Luke’s Foundation. She also helped conduct market and branding research, provided oversight with multiple stakeholders involved in the project and was instrumental in trademarking the Guidestone name.

Zanglin met challenges along the way, and her skilled leadership never allowed the rebranding effort to stray off course.

In May 2011, the organization anticipated taking on a previously selected name, but research uncovered an unfortunate roadblock. Another organization that provides similar services had already taken the proposed name. Zanglin reacted quickly to the setback, working with the staff and board of directors to pursue a different name. This past January, the board approved the Guidestone name.

The launch of the new brand and name has generated an overwhelming amount of positive feedback. Under its new name, Guidestone is able to shed a long-held community image centered on the belief that the organization is only located in Berea, and only provides services on a live-in basis. Clients outside of Berea, and outside of Cuyahoga County, began to feel more engaged in the organization’s work and the mission of the organization in the community.

 

How to reach: Guidestone Ohio, (440) 967-4497 or www.guidestoneohio.org

2012 Pillar Award Finalist: Kathy Stanton, site leader, GE Capital Retail Bank

Kathy Stanton, Site Leader, GE Capital Retail Bank

GE Capital Retail Bank in Canton makes giving back to the community a priority — and so does its employees. In addition to nearly $94,000 in corporate financial contributions to various community organizations and nonprofits, GE employees raised and donated more than $79,000 themselves to the Annual United Way campaign drive and Junior Achievement of Northeast Ohio’s Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser.

Employees also put in more than 2,600 volunteer hours with various organizations including the Akron/Canton Food Bank, the CANAPI Center in Akron, March of Dimes and the Canton/Summit Neighborhood Greenhouse, among others.

The bank, led by site leader Kathy Stanton, makes a particular effort with Junior Achievement. GE Capital strongly supported JA’s Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser, with more than 100 employees putting in 125 hours to raise money to teach JA classes — which give young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future and make smart academic and economic choices.

Between volunteerism donations and corporate financial matching donations, GE Capital Retail Bank contributed more than $12,300 to JA’s cause.

GE further supported the organization by participating in a cooperative effort with JA, Walsh University and Alliance/Massillon/GlenOak High Schools to provide Personal Finance Education Day in October. More than 100 GE employees taught five core financial education classes, a career fair and an interview readiness class to more than 1,000 area high school students, resulting in more than 1,000 GE volunteer hours spent on the project. GE corporate financial donations — totaling $21,000 — played a major role in making the program possible.

 

How to reach: GE Capital Retail Bank, (330) 433-5819 or www.gogecapital.com

2012 Nonprofit Board Executive of the Year Finalist: Mike Crislip, chairman and president, New Directions and Crossroads

Mike Crislip, Chairman and President, New Directions and Crossroads

As the chairman and president of New Directions Inc., Mike Crislip has worked to improve the efficiency of his organization’s ability to carry out its mission of providing life-changing treatment to chemically dependent adolescents.

Beginning in 2009, Crislip helped spearhead a joint consolidation effort between his organization and Crossroads — part of a pilot program conducted by Cuyahoga County Human Services. The pilot program was a collaborative effort among 18 local foundations, facilitating a three-phase project consisting of education, assessment and negotiations.

As part of the effort to restructure New Directions and Crossroads, Crislip led the boards of directors for both organizations in more than 30 hours of negotiations, culminating in an integrated board of directors to serve both organizations.

In January 2011, the board of directors for New Directions and Crossroads both voted to approve the consolidation, allowing the organizations to share a single governing board, CEO and senior management team. The organizations remain separate entities regarding their missions, 501(c)3 status, accreditation and donors.

The innovative consolidation initiative has helped two community organizations conserve resources as they continue to make a positive impact in the communities they serve — spanning two counties — and has helped the leaders of both organization align their strategic planning processes to more efficiently and effectively reach their goals and realize their missions.

Following the completion of the consolidation process, Crislip volunteered to host the board members and senior staff of both companies in his office during a six-month strategic planning process — while still serving as president of Herschman Architects Inc. Crislip’s dedication to this initiative underscores his passion for New Directions and Crossroads and the missions of both organizations in the community.

 

How to reach: New Directions Inc. and Crossroads, (216) 591-0324 or www.newdirect.org