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It's that time of year again-when Columbus C.E.O. recognizes Superstars in Central Ohio, those businessmen and -women who excel at their jobs, rise above the pack in their professions and help their companies and organizations stand out in the crowd.

For our sixth annual "Superstars" feature, we solicited nominations from readers through ballots in the November and December issues and on our website. Dozens of readers submitted suggestions in five fields: General Management, Human Resources, Research & Development, Sales & Marketing and Finance & Accounting.

Each nominee was vetted before we whittled down the list to the 10 men and women-two per category-profiled on the following pages. They're a diverse group from large corporations to growing startups, and everything in between. They do share some key attributes, though: All our picks have management responsibility, a prerequisite for inclusion, and stand out on the job.

There are more Superstars than we can shine the light on in one issue, of course. If you know someone we've overlooked or think we missed the boat on one of our finalists, let us know. Drop a letter in the mail, or write to us at letters.ceo@columbusmediaenterprises.com.

Reprinted from the April 2011 issue of Columbus C.E.O. Copyright © Columbus C.E.O.