Best of Business 2016: The Winners

Our ninth annual online poll identified the Best of Business from hundreds of contenders in 83 categories and attracted 12,659 voters from among Columbus CEO readers in May through July.
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Winner • Small NonProfit

CEO of the Year: Kenny McDonald, chief economic officer, Columbus 2020

Kenny McDonald recognizes that you can never predict what will swing a deal your way.
Winner • Small For-Profit

CEO of the Year: Ryan Vesler, founder & CEO, Homage

Just a decade ago, Ryan Vesler was selling vintage clothing on eBay from his parents’ basement. He used that income and his credit cards to launch Homage.
Winner • Large NonProfit

CEO of the Year: Douglas Kridler, president & CEO, The Columbus Foundation

When Doug Kridler heard the story of the late Jerrie Mock, his imagination took flight.
Winner • Large For-Profit

CEO of the Year: Lisa Ingram, president & CEO, White Castle System, Inc.

This month, Lisa Ingram wraps up her inaugural year as CEO of White Castle. Ingram’s father, Bill, and other third-generation leaders spent the last five years preparing to hand the family burger business over to the fourth.

CEO of the Year: CEO Survey Insights

Workforce availability remains a concern as central Ohio CEOs view the local economy with favor in our annual survey.
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