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  • Guest Blog: Looming Skilled Labor Shortage Could Impact Columbus Region

    Posted on Mar 27, 2015

    Tips for avoiding the fallout from a potential labor shortage in the construction industry.


  • Guest Blog: In a Crisis, Who Will Define Your Business?

    Posted on Mar 26, 2015

    Response from the top will determine whether your company suffers permanent PR damage from a crisis, or moves ahead positively.


  • CEO Health Focus: Fighting MS in central Ohio

    Posted on Mar 24, 2015

    In this monthly blog series, Columbus CEO recognizes national disease-awareness campaigns by spotlighting the healthcare professionals, advocacy groups and businesses which are working towards education, treatments and, ultimately, cures. For MS Awareness month, a look at Multiple Sclerosis in the workplace, OhioHealth's MS Clinic docs and Walk MS 2015 details.


  • Guest blog: Using video to business advantage

    Posted on Mar 23, 2015

    Using a marketing plan that has video as its cornerstone is essential in today’s market.


  • The ABCs of data: A glossary of IT, broadband and data center terms

    Posted on Mar 17, 2015

    Intrigued by ISPs? Curious about colocation? This glossary of data center terms will guide you.


  • Thirty-One Gifts growing in Canadian market

    Posted on Mar 17, 2015

    Columbus-based Thirty-One Gifts is expanding direct-sales operations in seven additional Canadian provinces.


  • Guest Blog: Identifying your entrepreneurial style

    Posted on Mar 17, 2015

    The Conway Center for Family Business guest blog features advisor Howard Task's guidance on discovering your entrepreneurial style.


  • Ethics in business a quality worth celebrating

    Posted on Mar 12, 2015

    BBB Central Ohio accepting nominations for 2015 Torch Awards for Ethics


  • Guest Blog: Vets reconnecting through equine centers

    Posted on Mar 11, 2015

    By Karen Melroy

    Veterans may have challenges adjusting to civilian life after returning from military service in combat zones.   

    Around the country, equine-assisted therapy programs offer hope to returning soldiers dealing with PTSD, helping them re-integrate back into society and home life.  Dating back to ancient Greece, equine-assisted therapy uses horses for emotional growth.  Participants in therapy use feelings, behaviors and patterns to better understand the horses and themselves.

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development has published articles touting the benefits of such programs under the direction of PATH International (the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) and the Wounded Warrior Project. Through interaction with horses and trained volunteers, veterans report that they feel less detachment from the world, learn to address issues directly through interaction with horses, and experience lower levels of stress.

    The goal is to offer these programs at no cost to military veterans through donations and scholarships offered by PATH and WWP.  The biggest challenge these facilities face is funding.  The cost to put one veteran through a program can run upwards of $3,000. To offset those expenses, facilities in central Ohio spend countless hours applying for grants and hosting fundraisers for equine-therapy programs. 

    Equine-assisted therapy programs can be powerful in creating bridges for veterans to make it back.  We should make every effort to help them build their own bridges, by donating and volunteering.

    Karen Melroy is a blogger and volunteer with the Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship, a PATH Premier Accredited Center located in Centerburg, Ohio. Visit or call 877-815-4042 for information on available programs.

  • TechColumbus rebranding as Rev1

    Posted on Mar 9, 2015

    TechColumbus CEO Tom Walker’s major overhaul at the startup funder and incubator culminates today in its rebranding as Rev1


  • Guest Blog: Meditation proves useful for managing workplace stress

    Posted on Mar 9, 2015

    Today's professionals are bombarded by stress. With deadlines, performance expectations, and other daily responsibilities, this looming monster we call stress can dip its tendrils into every aspect of our lives. Why would we want to manage this stress when we never wanted it in the first place?

    What if we could begin to think of stress differently or perhaps not at all? What if we could learn to manage our peace instead of our stress? Instead of this dark monster wreaking havoc on our peace of mind and feeling sabotaged, we could actually choose to be more peaceful. We could be more productive and feel better in the process!

    Could meditation be the ultimate way to tame the stress beast and boost work-related productivity too? Not only is meditation and mindfulness trending right now across the country, but a 2011 MRI study conducted by Harvard researchers and Massachusetts General Hospital showed that meditation appears to alter brain structure in ways that benefit cognitive and emotional functions.

    So how do you get started when you already have what seems like an infinite workload and a never ending dialogue of "To-Do’s" screaming in the back of your mind?

    Know that you’re allowed. You are allowed to try something new. Your allowed to choose peace over chaos. You are allowed time to yourself, even if just for a few minutes. No shaved head or Monk’s robe required!

    Set your intentions. Do you want to be more creative, healthy, or more productive at work? Intentions make things a reality: Choose the reasons you want to begin meditation. This will make your efforts more powerful.

    Use your breath. Breath is life, it’s free, it can be energizing as well as relaxing. Use it! Close your eyes, feel your lungs fill slowly, visualize every cell in your body lighting up as you breathe. If you try nothing else, just breathe!

    Find guidance. Once you have a sense of why you want to practice, find a teacher, join a meditation group (there are a few right here in Columbus), read a couple of books.

    Make it a habit. Use your calendar and block off 10-minutes in between meetings so you have time to breathe and take a brain break. Allow 10 minutes of peace before going into work.

    Be selfish. Once you notice how meditation works for you, be selfish with your peaceful time. Even if it’s just for a few minutes before an important sales call to ground, center, and feel more confident or 10 minutes in the middle of the day where no one is aloud in your office. This is your time for peace--claim it!

    Sheri Mollica-Rathburn is the founder and director of Om2Ohm Meditation & Wellness Center in Powell, a Certified Meditation and Mindfulness Instructor, and Reiki Master. Learn more at, or by contacting Sheri at or (614)787-0583.

  • Appointments: Professional Services

    Posted on Mar 6, 2015


    Thomas Carline named Defined Benefit Relationship Manage, Trinity Pension Consultants

    John Becan named Production Supervisor, Spirit Aeronautics

    Gregory D. Brunton named Commercial Litigation Co-Chair, Reminger Co., LPA

    Brian T. Gannon named Health Care Law Co-Chair, Reminger Co., LPA

    Diana H. Givand named Associate, Dinsmore & Shohl

    Deana Gordon named Managing Director, Conway Center for Family Business

    Sarah Lynn named Senior Counsel, Ice Miller

    Steven C. Matson, MD named Section Chief of Adolescent Medicine, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Division Chief, The Ohio State University College of Medicine

    Tim O’Brien named Vice President, Private Client Group, Assurex Global

    John O’Connor named Vice President, Technology & Portfolio Management, Assurex Global

    Jason M. Outland named Regional Sales Manager, Velvet Ice Cream

    Mathew Parker named Associate, Fisher & Phillips

    Melanie Pileski named Sales Manager, Velvet Ice Cream

    Kerren Richey named Client Service Specialist, Rea & Associates

    Michael Sapienza named Vice President, Marketing Communications, Assurex Global

    Anthony M. Sharett named Partner, BakerHostetler

    Jana L. Willsey named Associate,  Dinsmore & Shohl

  • Appointments: Boards

    Posted on Mar 6, 2015



    John Kelley, Chief People Officer and Vice President of Training and Human Resources for White Castle, named Board Chair, A Kid Again

    Libby Gierach, President/CEO of the Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce, elected Chair, Chambers of Commerce Executives of Ohio

    John Price, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Perio, Inc., named Board Member, A Kid Again

    Mary Yost, Editor of Columbus CEO, Member of Board of Trustees, Thurber House

  • Appointments: Executives

    Posted on Mar 6, 2015


    Adam Bradley, named Partner and President, The Bradley Company

    Bryan Haviland named President, FrazierHeiby

    Chris Ruess named President and CEO, Capitol Square Ltd.

    Yvette McGee Brown named Partner-in-Charge, Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement, Jones Day

  • "Orange Out Ohio" kicks off MS Awareness month

    Posted on Mar 5, 2015

    If you haven't been personally touched by multiple sclerosis, a neuro-degenerative disease typically diagnosed in working-age women and men, chances are you know somebody who has been. Be on the lookout for colleagues in orange tomorrow in Ohio:

    (From the Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the National MS Society):

    March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month in the State of Ohio, the only state to recognize an entire month.  The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is asking people to show their support by wearing orange on Friday, March 6. The goal is to Orange Out Ohio to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis, a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that causes unpredictable symptoms, ranging from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis.

    Everyone is encouraged to take pictures wearing their orange apparel and to post those pictures on social media, using the #OrangeOutOhio hashtag.  People are also encouraged to visit The website is an online community that provides an opportunity for people to get involved with the MS movement, to gain accurate information and to discover valuable resources.

    Visitors to the website can learn about topics that are important to them, find expert opinions and start group discussions. Information is also available about advocacy, research and events like Walk MS and Bike MS.

    In Columbus, the Walk MS event is set for April 11 at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. The Central Ohio Challenge Bike MS event is a one-day cycling adventure scheduled for July 11. Registration is open for both events.

    For more information about the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, please visit or call 1-800-FIGHT-MS (344-4867).

  • College market at “tipping point,” says CSCC president

    Posted on Mar 4, 2015

    The nation's outstanding student-loan balance is $1.2 trillion, and Ohio ranks in the top quartile for college debt. The mounting problem led Governor Kasich to convene a task force last month to address rising tuition rates at Ohio's public institutions.

    "This is the time for community colleges," David Harrison, president of Columbus State Community College told the Columbus Metro Club audience at today's "What's on Your Mind" Forum.

    Harrison's conversation with WBNS-10TV anchor Jerry Revish focused on the cost-benefits of community colleges and Columbus State's employment-focused curricula.

    "We bring a pragmatic approach to the student debt crisis," said Harrison. Columbus State puts "all of (its) resources" into education, rather than campus amenities; faculty are 100% focused on teaching rather than dividing their attention between the classrooms and research, Harrison says.

    He compared the college-loan crisis to the mortgage meltdown that triggered the Great Recession. Student debt is an increasingly multi-generational issue, he says. Students with undergraduate debt are financing graduate degrees in their 30s and 40s, when they should, ideally, be saving for their kids' college educations.

    "We need to change the community conversation so more students and family are informed about their choices," he said. Columbus State partners with K-12 students to reduce remedial education costs. The college also acts as an entry point for degree programs at larger public and private institutions.

    AEP and JP Morgan Chase both recently granted $5 million and $2.5 million, respectively, for the development of programs aimed at maximizing jobs-ready programs and graduation rates at Columbus State. Harrison praised the city's corporate community, local leaders and Columbus 2020 for their collaborative attention to the pressures affecting high ed: "We live in a sophisticated town as it relates to education."


  • CCAD President Thomas White steps down

    Posted on Mar 3, 2015

    The Columbus College of Art & Design announced today that President Thomas White will step down, effective immediately


  • New Albany "an experiment that worked"

    Posted on Feb 26, 2015

    “This is an experiment that worked,” journalist Charlie Rose declared as he opened a panel discussion with the master planners of New Albany, including Les Wexner and Jack Kessler, last night at the McCoy Arts Center.

    “Where did you get this idea? What were you drinking?” Rose asked, turning to L Brands' chairman and CEO with a joke about expensive wines.

    “Probably Diet Coke,” Wexner responded, rehashing the New Albany origin story that began with his desire to build a house in the country. He took his plan to Kessler, an influential Columbus developer, who followed suit with his own country house. Soon, the long-time friends and mentees of Columbus banking magnate John G. McCoy cofounded the New Albany Company and developed the master plan for the village. Three decades on, New Albany has grown into the Columbus region’s most desirable executive community.

    “You’ve done well in life,” Rose again joshed Wexner, "why here?”

    Wexner cited his love for Midwestern values and central Ohio's pastoral setting. L Brands, he always felt, was “tremendously advantaged” to be located in Columbus rather than a dense urban fashion hub like New York or L.A.

    “Warren Buffett told me the same thing about Omaha,” said Rose.

    Joining Wexner and Kessler were the members of the original world-class team they convened in the early '90s to engineer their community vision: Gerald McCue, Laurie Olin, Jaquelin Robertson and architect Graham Wyatt.

    Rose inquired into the pair's early land deals, comparing the New Albany transactions to Disney’s covert acquisition of its Magic Kingdom parcels in Orlando. Kessler discussed the shell companies used to purchase parcels in the 1980s, saying that prices rose from ’86 to ’89 as it became clear who was buying.

    Olin, former chair of Harvard's department of landscape architecture, called the early planning process “a great debating society with lots of drawings.”

    Robertson, former dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia and master planner of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, said they planned New Albany to be “an exceptional place in an exceptional place in a language that has been tested."

    The city’s brick Georgian architecture and pastoral common areas were influenced by the Jeffersonian planning of early American towns. Gerald McCue, former dean of faculty at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, recalled bumping into Kessler at the New York Metropolitan Opera. He was soon on a Limited Brands jet to Ohio to “see what (they) were up to” in New Albany. The planners would take many private flights to hamlets across the U.S. and England for inspiration.

    Wexner had grown frustrated by the quality of housing available in Columbus in the 1980s. “There were too damn many stucco houses in Columbus.”

    He was strict in enforcing the aesthetic code as future residents bought into the vision. “That was not a popular decision.” Wexner marveled that people didn’t like the uniformity: “I said, ‘isn’t that a great thing?’”

    “It made sense to me, as a marketer, that you could really tell a wonderful story” with the landscape and design of the country town, Wexner added.

    Many in the city’s executive class agreed. Prices in the early 1990s for New Albany’s half-acre lots were very high for a region that had few million dollar homes, said Kessler. He and Wexner, New Albany’s first “new” residents, pitched the community to leaders across Columbus; one of their early neighbors was John G. McCoy.

    Thousands of trees purchased from around Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York and North Carolina were spaced perfectly along New Albany’s shaded boulevards and cul-de-sacs. Of the $40 million raised by the New Albany Community Foundation for the community’s schools and assets development, $25 has been distributed to date.  Of the 800 parcels purchased to date, there are 6,500 acres of New Albany Company land yet to be developed.

    As with his Easton development, Wexner credited many of the city’s successful innovations—including the layout and timing of the Country Club build--to not knowing what he didn’t know.

     “I had a sense that I had marketing sense and design sense. I did not know if it extended to architecture and planning,” said Wexner. “‘I think people will buy this,' turned into ‘Let’s get this to scale and see what happens.’”

    An architecture aficionado, Rose closed the discussion with a lighthearted request that the audience remember the evening and welcome him should he, too, move to New Albany someday.



  • Celebrating the best in Columbus healthcare

    Posted on Feb 25, 2015

    Physicians, execs & entreprenuers celebrate outstanding 2015 healthcare achievement at the Columbus Athletic Club