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  • Chase CEO Jamie Dimon announced as keynote for 2015 Columbus Chamber Annual Meeting

    Posted on Sep 16, 2014

    Chase CEO Jamie Dimon comes up frequently in conversation with Columbus' business leaders. JPMorgan Chase has more than 20,000 employees based in the Columbus market--the firm's largest employee base outside of its New York headquarters.

    Dimon's ascension as chairman and chief of JPMorgan Chase began in Columbus: Dimon was elected to succeed John B. McCoy as CEO of Bank One (formerly Banc One). Chase named Dimon COO and president following its Bank One merger in 2004. Dimon was named Chase's CE0 and president in 2005, its chairman in 2006. 

    "Jamie is a great leader, he’s a great banker--there’s nobody better—and a nice person," says Jack Kessler (Columbus CEO, September 2014), chairman of the New Albany Company and a member of the search committee that appointed Dimon to lead Bank One. "There’s more employees (here) now for JPMorgan than when Bank One was headquartered here...Jamie loves it here because he said the work ethic is so good. He said he’d move everybody here if he could. He loves Columbus."

    The details of Dimon's keynote and the Columbus Chamber annual meeting, via the Chamber's announcement this afternoon:

    The Columbus Chamber today announced that James “Jamie” Dimon, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co., will serve as keynote speaker at its 2015 Annual Meeting. The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. on February 12, 2015 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center’s Battelle Grand ballroom.

    “Jamie Dimon has been recognized as one of the most influential business leaders of our time, as well as one of the top CEOs,” said Michael Dalby, president and CEO, Columbus Chamber. “We are pleased that he has agreed to join us at the Columbus Chamber’s Annual Meeting, and we look forward to hearing him share his ideas and insights with our members.”

    JPMorgan Chase is the largest private employer in the Columbus Region, with more than 20,000 employees here.

    Pre-sale tickets for the 2015 Annual Meeting are on sale now through the end of the year. The cost is $85 for Chamber members and $100 for non-member guests. Along with hearing from Mr. Dimon, admission to the event includes breakfast, networking with more than 1,200 Columbus Region business leaders, and the presentation of the Columbus Award and Small Business Leader Award. After January 1, tickets will be $100 for members and $120 for non-member guests.

    For more details or to order pre-sale tickets to the Chamber’s 2015 Annual Meeting, visit

    The Columbus Chamber Annual Meeting is presented by State Auto Insurance Companies with support from Cassidy Turley and Bartha Audio Visual. The Small Business Leader Award is presented in partnership with Commerce National Bank.

  • Bob Evans colocates IT operations to Cologix Columbus using AEP Ohio incentive

    Posted on Sep 11, 2014

    The Bob Evans/Cologix partnership was announced in this morning's press release:

    Cologix, a network-neutral interconnection and data center company, is providing a bonus benefit to businesses that colocate IT and network equipment with Cologix in Columbus, Ohio via the AEP Ohio Energy Efficiency Data Center Program.  AEP Ohio, which provides power to much of central Ohio, offers incentive payments to business customers that invest in programs to increase energy efficiency and implement energy-efficient technologies. By replacing a legacy in-house data center with a deployment in Cologix’s enterprise grade data center, Bob Evans Farms met all of the programs’ criteria and is the first corporate user to qualify by leveraging third party data center services.

    Bob Evans owns and operates more than 550 family restaurants in 19 states, primarily in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions of the United States. Through the data center program, Bob Evans has achieved significant energy efficiencies and received cash incentive payments from AEP Ohio based on projected annualized energy savings.

    “By participating in the AEP Ohio Energy Efficiency Data Center Program and colocating in Cologix Columbus, Bob Evans has partnered with a hometown brand that enables us to focus on growing our business and serving our customers,” said George Haller, vice president, IT Infrastructure and Operations Services, Bob Evans. “The decision to move into Cologix was already compelling for us based on our confidence in their infrastructure and high touch support staff focused on our dedicated environment that allow us to focus more attention on creating a great experience for our own customers across the country.  The incentives from the AEP Ohio Business Incentive program presented a bonus for making the decision to work with Cologix and offered a great sense of pride for the company that we are doing our part for the environment.”

    “We are very pleased that Cologix Columbus is positioned as a strategic partner in the AEP Ohio Energy Efficiency Data Center Program,” said Frank Dargham, Customer Service Account Manager at AEP Ohio. “Cologix’s investment in infrastructure resiliency and efficiency make Cologix unique in our market, providing regionally headquartered enterprises the secure and efficient location they need to take advantage of our incentive program.”

    Cologix Columbus’ power and cooling systems work harmoniously with other efficiency measures engineered into the facility. Collectively, these measures help achieve a leading power usage effectiveness (PUE) ratio. A very high percentage of the power delivered to the data center is available to power customers’ IT equipment, with only a small percentage of total power utilized for power conditioning or cooling purposes.

    “Energy efficiencies and cost savings are extremely important to our customers, which is why we’re excited to market the AEP Ohio Energy Efficiency Data Center Program,” said Kim Gerhart, general manager, Cologix Columbus. “Once prospective customers tour our facility, many are already convinced about the resiliency, performance and cost benefits of adopting our colocation model to replace legacy in-house environments.  The AEP Energy Efficiency Data Center program further validates those customers’ business cases and strategic decisions.” 

  • National MS Society honors OhioHealth Riverside president

    Posted on Sep 9, 2014

    Dr. Stephen Markovich, president of OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, will receive the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Norm Cohn Hope Award tomorrow evening as the Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the NMSS hosts its 9th Annual Dinner of Champions gala.

    The award is given in recognition of individuals who "exhibit vision and commitment to leadership, philanthropy and community service" in the effort to research, treat and cure the central nervous system disease. The Buckeye Chapter National MS Society serves an "estimated 14,000 people affected by MS and their families in 64 Ohio counties."

    Past Dinner of Champions honorees have included Mills James president Ken Mills and former Ohio State University president Gordon Gee.

    As president of OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, Dr. Markovich has overseen the establishment and construction of a $321 million Neuroscience Center and 10-story tower, scheduled to open in summer 2015. The Neuroscience Center, led by Dr. Janet Bay, will unite all of OhioHealth's neuro services--including the hospital's dedicated MS clinic--in one central location, and allow for more tightly integrated neuro-patient care across all of Riverside's practice areas.

    The 9th Annual Dinner of Champions will take place tomorrow, Sept. 10 from 6-9 p.m. at the Ivory Room at Miranova.

    Individual tickets are $150 and sponsorships to benefit the Ohio Buckeye Chapter are available. Tickets available by contacting Michelle Wohlfeiler at ,216-503-4184 or by visiting .