2013 Columbus Pillar Award Winners Unveiled

COLUMBUS, OH (Jan. 21, 2013) – Smart Business Network Inc. is pleased to announce the category winners of the 2013 Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service program, presented by Smart Business and sponsored by Rea & Associates, GREENCREST, Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board, and Catering by Design.

At an awards recognition program held at the Ohio Statehouse January 17, 2013, 15 organizations were unveiled as Pillar Award winners in five distinct categories and participated in a series of panel discussions with TV-10’s Kristyn Hartman about the tie between the for-profit and nonprofit worlds.

Pillar Award for Community Service
• Cardinal Health
• Columbus Crew
• Donatos
• Fifth Third Bank
• Mettler Toledo
• RockBridge
• Safex

Medical Mutual SHARE Award
• Safelite®

Rea & Associates Executive Director of the Year Award
• Jay Jordan, president & CEO, OCLC
• Tammy Wharton, CEO, Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council

Nonprofit Board Executive of the Year Award
• Brooke Billmaier (Victoria’s Secret), St. Stephen’s Community House
• Michael J. Fiorile (The Columbus Dispatch), Columbus College of Art and Design
• Laura Warren (Limited Brands), Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council

Kent Clapp CEO Leadership Award
• Jane Grote Abell, chairman, Donatos
• Mark Swepston, president & CEO, Atlas Butler Heating and Cooling

“This class of honorees, combined with this year’s group of finalists, is truly inspirational,” says Dustin S. Klein, publisher of Smart Business. “They give back individually and as organizations. They get involved in causes they care about. And the nonprofit leaders have forged meaningful relationships with the for-profit companies and their executive teams to better deliver upon their missions. All told, the Pillar Award class of 2013 truly understands how to strengthen the regional communities where we all live and work.”

The Pillar Award program was founded in 1998 and honors organizations and individuals that best demonstrate a commitment to making a difference. For information on the award winners, along with profiles of the finalists for this year’s Pillar Awards, visit www.sbnonline.com. To receive a nomination for the 2014 awards program, or to learn more about the Pillar Awards, contact Smart Business at [email protected] or (440) 250-7026.

How Kenneth A. Lanci is always ready to lend a hand

Kenneth A. Lanci, Chairman and CEO, Consolidated Graphics Group Inc.

It doesn’t take long to see the impact that Kenneth A. Lanci has had on the Greater Cleveland community. Just read this letter from a high school senior at the Cleveland School of the Arts.

“Mr. Lanci, it is a pleasure and an honor to be blessed with the opportunities that the Cleveland School of the Arts has given me,” writes Chris. “I would like to thank you for blessing the Cleveland School of the Arts because in doing so, you ensure the futures of countless young artists to thrive in their craft. Without the resources and assistance of people like you, these things would not be possible. So once again, thank you.”

Lanci is chairman and CEO at Consolidated Graphics Groups Inc. and it’s a business that he is very proud of. But it may not equal the joy he feels when he looks at what he’s been able to accomplish through Project Love, a nonprofit that helps countless children in Northeast Ohio do things that they otherwise would find it very difficult to do.

“Thank you for funding the ‘Give the Gift of Sight’ program,’” writes another letter from a girl named Ashley. “I can finally read a book without the book up close to my face. Thank you for helping me see better. You helped me out a lot. Thanks again for helping me see.”

Lanci is out front on many of these philanthropic efforts, but he relies a great deal on his strong team of employees to achieve what Consolidated Graphics Group has been able to do. Helping out in the community is part of the company’s culture and it’s a credit to Lanci’s leadership and his selfless commitment to others that this help has made such a difference.

HOW TO REACH: Consolidated Graphics Group Inc. (216) 881-9191 or www.cgginc.com

Go Daddy Cares sets company record for philanthropy

SCOTTSDALE , Ariz.― It’s only the month of May and Go Daddy has already donated more money to charities in 2011 than it did in all of last year. Go Daddy Cares, the philanthropic division for the world’s largest Web hosting provider and domain name registrar, surpassed the $4.2 million mark at last weekend’s Make-A-Wish Ball in Scottsdale. Last year, Go Daddy Cares donated a total of $3.4 million to various causes around the world.

“We believe it is our duty to make a difference in our community and we have fun doing it,” said Go Daddy CEO and Founder Bob Parsons. “Go Daddy has always stepped up to help those less fortunate, and as Go Daddy grows more successful, our donations get bigger and bigger too. We hope other companies will be inspired to step up and share the wealth. It’s just the right thing to do.”

Go Daddy is based in Arizona and also has facilities in Asia, Europe and Canada, as well as Iowa, Colorado and Washington, D.C. The company has grown to serve more than 9 million customers worldwide, in large part because of its industry-best customer service.

“We serve our customers and our communities,” said Go Daddy Vice President of Corporate Events and Community Outreach Renee Parsons. “This year, we have been focused on helping primarily women and children in need of education and healthcare. I can tell you every penny counts.”

Go Daddy is currently offering customers a chance to make a difference by donating a few cents each time they make a purchase. The “Round Up for Charity” initiative is Go Daddy’s online fund-raising drive that allows customers to round up their purchase amount to the nearest dollar. Right now, the spare change is going to a Florida organization called Hope for Haiti.

Go Daddy Cares has a history of delivering much needed help to people all around the globe. Over the years, Go Daddy has helped hurricane victims in New Orleans, flood victims in Iowa and Tennessee, tsunami victims in Indonesia, as well as domestic violence victims and AIDS patients in Arizona.