A Special Advertising Section

Best of Business 2013

From the November 2013 issue of Columbus CEO

Everyone has companies they enjoy doing business with, whether it’s the bank that doesn’t nickel and dime you or the ad agency that brings new customers to your door.

For the sixth year, Columbus CEO asked our readers about the organizations, people and places that make Central Ohio’s business scene stand out. We want to know where the best business services and products are located. Which are the best accounting and law firms? Who has the best options in higher education? Where’s the best place to hold an event?

There are fun questions, too, including a search for the best coffee shop and the best places to schedule a power breakfast or impress a prospective client.

The online poll asked for opinions in 83 business categories. We tallied the results and are bringing them to you here.

  

BUSINESS SERVICES

Best Accounting Firm (more than 20 CPAs)

GBQ Partners

The firm tallied up its fourth consecutive win. Clark Schaefer Hackett claimed second place.

 

Best Accounting Firm (less than 20 CPAs)

Warner & Harper CPAs

The votes added up to a victory for Warner & Harper CPAs for the second straight year. Susan E. Thomas CPA, Ltd. was next up.

 

Best Ad Agency

SBC Advertising

One of the few companies to rank in the survey for six years, SBC Advertising racked up its fifth straight solo win.

 

Best Airline

Southwest Airlines

Readers’ perennial favorite, Southwest Airlines, edged out Delta Air Lines.

 

Best Architectural Firm

M+A Architects

M+A Architects reclaimed the top spot from Moody•Nolan this year.

 

Best Audiovisual Production Company

Mills James Productions

The production company produced a sixth consecutive win. Live Technologies was the next highest vote-getter.

 

Best Bank

Huntington National Bank

Homegrown Huntington National Bank earned its fourth straight win. Chase was next in line.

 

Best Caterer

Two Caterers

Two Caterers cooked up its third straight win. Cameron Mitchell Catering again placed second.

 

Best Chamber of Commerce

Columbus Chamber

Echoing last year’s results, the Columbus Chamber took first place with the Dublin Chamber of Commerce in the No. 2 spot.

 

Best Charitable Organization

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio

The new winner was Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio this year. United Way of Central Ohio wasn’t far behind.

 

Best Charter Airline

Executive Jet Management

For the third year, Executive Jet Management (a NetJets company) flew to the top. Family-owned Lane Aviation was a close second.

 

Best College/University

Ohio State University

Everyone loves a Buckeye. Ohio State University continued its category dominance. Next up: Ohio Dominican University.

 

Best Commercial Real Estate Developer

Casto, Continental Real Estate Companies, the Pizzuti Companies and the Robert Weiler Co.

This category produced a four-way tie between Casto, Continental Real Estate Companies, the Pizzuti Companies and the Robert Weiler Co. Second place was claimed by Daimler Group.

 

Best Computer Training

New Horizons Computer Learning Centers

New Horizons Computer Learning Centers won for the second straight year. Columbus State Community College finished next.

 

Best Conference Center/Meeting Facility (Hotel)

Hilton Columbus at Easton

Another six-time winner: the Hilton Columbus at Easton. The new Hilton Columbus Downtown earned enough votes for second place.

 

Best Conference Center/Meeting Facility (Non-hotel)

Greater Columbus Convention Center

The Greater Columbus Convention Center scored it first Best of Business win after tying for second place in 2009. Readers’ next favorite spot was sparkspace.

 

Best Continuing Education Offerings

Ohio Dominican University

Ohio Dominican University, whose roots date back to 1911, won accolades. Columbus State Community College and Hondros College tied for second.

 

Best Credit Union

Pathways Financial Credit Union

Pathways Financial Credit Union banked its first win. The institution includes Burgess and Niple Employees, Members First, Motorists Employees, Powerco, WECU and Western credit unions. BMI Federal Credit Union finished in second place.

 

Best Data Center

DataCenter.BZ

DataCenter.BZ came out on top in this new category. IBM Client Center: Analytics Solutions Lab came in second.

 

Best Employee Benefit Firm

Accelerated Benefits

Accelerated Benefits reclaimed its 2011 title. Willis of Ohio took second place.

 

Best Employer (more than 500 employees)

Nationwide

For the third year, readers voted for Nationwide. Cameron Mitchell Restaurants finished close behind.

 

Best Employer (less than 500 employees)

SBC Advertising

SBC Advertising posted a third consecutive win. GBQ Partners also fared well.

 

Best Energy Company

American Electric Power

American Electric Power sparked readers’ interest for the third straight year. IGS Energy took the No. 2 spot.

 

Best Engineering Firm

Burgess & Niple

In a reversal of last year’s results, Burgess & Niple finished in the top spot, followed by EMH&T Inc.

 

Best Event Space

The Ivory Room

The Ivory Room at Miranova, run by Cameron Mitchell Premier Events, was the favorite in this new category. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens made a solid second-place showing.

 

Best Executive Search Firm

Dawson

Dawson was the first choice in this new category, followed by Portfolio Creative.

 

Best Family Law Firm

Carlile Patchen & Murphy

In this new category, readers trusted the advice of Carlile Patchen & Murphy. In second place: Soroka & Sidoti.

 

Best Family-Owned Business

Dawson

Here, staffing and recruiting agency Dawson nabbed its second win of this year’s reader survey. Chris DeCapua and David DeCapua are the business’s owners.

 

Best Financial Advisory Firm

Libertas Wealth Management Group Inc.

Libertas Wealth Management Group Inc. cruised to a fourth straight win. The Joseph Group was in second place.

 

Best General Contractor

Corna Kokosing Construction Co.

Corna Kokosing Construction Co. built up the most votes. Messer Construction Co. was next in line.

 

Best Home Builder

M/I Homes

M/I Homes recorded its sixth category win. Dominion Homes was second.

 

Best Home Builder (Custom)

Bob Webb Group

Bob Webb Group got its first solo win after tying for first in 2011. Romanelli & Hughes Building Co. had a solid second-place showing.

 

Best Hospital/Medical Center

Riverside Methodist Hospital

OhioHealth’s Riverside Methodist Hospital was patients’ top choice six years running. Dublin Methodist Hospital, also in the OhioHealth family, was the runner-up. Hospital

 

Best Hotel

Hilton Columbus at Easton

The Hilton Columbus at Easton was the top lodging choice, followed by the new Hilton Columbus Downtown.

 

Best HVAC Company

Atlas Butler Heating & Cooling

Atlas Butler Heating & Cooling was hot again this year, as it was in 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2008. The Favret Co. also garnered a fair share of votes.

 

Best Information Technology Consultants
         Quick Solutions Inc.

Quick Solutions Inc. took first place followed by Information Control Co. The companies unseated last year’s top winners.

 

Best Insurance Brokerage

Willis of Ohio

For the third year, Willis of Ohio earned first place honors. Accelerated Benefits was the runner-up.

 

Best Insurance Company

Nationwide
        
Voters insured a win for Nationwide. While State Farm made a claim on second place.

 

Best Internet Service Provider for Business

Time Warner Cable Business Class

Time Warner Cable Business Class logged in as a winner for the fifth year. AT&T won second place honors.

 

Best Landscaper

Brickman

Brickman planted itself in the top spot for the third year. My Lawn tied with Oakland Nursery for second place.

 

Best Law Firm (more than 50 attorneys)

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease

Voters judged Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease top law firm for the second year in a row. Ice Miller again earned second place honors.

 

Best Law Firm (less than 50 attorneys)

Carlile Patchen & Murphy

The verdict went to Carlile Patchen & Murphy for first place honors for the second year in a row. Williams & Petro Co. was the second-place finisher.

 

Best Litigation Firm

Carlile Patchen & Murphy

Carlile Patchen & Murphy moved into the top spot for this category while last year’s winner, James E. Arnold & Associates, dropped to second place.

 

Best Logistics Provider

Exel and ODW Logistics

This new category resulted in a tie between Exel and ODW Logistics Inc. UPS took second-place honors.

 

Best Manufacturing Company

Worthington Industries

Worthington Industries assembled the votes for the first place title while Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. came in second.

 

Best MBA Program

Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business

Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business again was named the winner. Ohio Dominican University garnered the votes for a second place finish.

 

Best Medical Managed Care Plan

UnitedHealthcare of Ohio

UnitedHealthcare of Ohio claimed first place in this category that’s always a battle. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield placed second.

 

Best Online Degree Program

Franklin University

Franklin University earned first place honors for the third year. University of Phoenix placed second.

 

Best Public Relations Firm

SBC Advertising

SBC Advertising unseated last year’s top finisher, Fahlgren Mortine, which moved into second place.

 

Best Real Estate Agency (Residential)

HER Realtors

HER Realtors closed the deal in this category. RE/MAX placed second.

 

Best Real Estate Brokerage (Commercial)
HER Realtors Business

HER Realtors Business edged out CBRE for a solo win in this category which often garners ties.

 

Best Recycling Firm

Rumpke Consolidated Companies Inc.

Nobody’s kicking Rumpke Consolidated Companies Inc. to the curb. The company took the top spot over Eartha Ltd.

Best Remodeler

Dave Fox Design Build Remodelers

Dave Fox Design Build Remodelers designed a win over

J.S. Brown & Co.

 

Best Retirement Community

Wesley Glen Retirement Community

Wesley Glen Retirement Community did not retire the top spot in this category. First Community Village took second place.

 

Best Temporary Employment Agency

Dawson

Dawson reclaimed the top spot after a second-place finish last year. Tied for second were Acloché and Portfolio Creative.

 

BUSINESS PRODUCTS

Best Auto Dealer

Byers Auto Group

Byers Auto Group drove its way into first place after a year at second. Ricart and Roush Honda tied for second.

 

Best Child-Care Provider

The Goddard School

The Goddard School, which has 16 Central Ohio franchises, was the most trusted choice in this new category. Enchanted Care and Primrose Schools tied for second place.

 

Best Janitorial Service

Aetna Building Maintenance

Aetna Building Maintenance won this new category, with Scioto Services in second place.

 

Best Jeweler

The Diamond Cellar

The Diamond Cellar outshone Leo Alfred Jewelers for the win this year.

 

Best Men’s Clothier
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc.

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. took top honors over Men’s Wearhouse.

 

Best Mobile Phone Service Provider

Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless called in a win. AT&T placed second.

 

Best Office Equipment Dealer

Staples

It was easy for customers to deliver a win for Staples. Runner-up was   

Continental Office Environments.

 

Best Office Furniture

Continental Office Environments

Continental Office Environments held onto the top spot over

King Business Interiors in this highly competitive category.

 

Best Printing Company

Key Blue Prints Inc.

Some new faces appeared in this category. Key Blue Prints Inc. took top honors followed by DC Reprographics Co.

 

Best Promotional Products Company

Artina Promotional Products

Artina Promotional Products held onto its lead over Leaderpromos.

 

Best Sign Company

Associated Graphics Inc.

Associated Graphics Inc. posted a win over Columbus Sign Co. and FastSigns, which tied for second.

 

Best Women’s Clothier

Macy’s

Macy’s earned top honors over Nordstrom.

 

 

THE FUN STUFF

Best Bar for an After-work Drink

Bar Louie

Raise your glass to Bar Louie, which won another round of first-place honors.  Club 185 and the Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern tied for second place.

 

Best Cardiology Practice

OhioHealth Heart & Vascular Physicians

In this new category, OhioHealth Heart & Vascular Physicians (formerly MidOhio Cardiology and Vascular Consultants) was the top choice to take care of your ticker. In second place: Mount Carmel Columbus Cardiology Consultants.

 

Best Charity Event

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure held onto the top space ahead of the fast pedalin’ Pelotonia.

 

Best Community Leader

Mayor Michael Coleman

Voters again cast their ballot for fourth-term Mayor Michael Coleman, who is working to improve local schools. Philanthropist and Limited Brands CEO Les Wexner also earned plenty of kudos.

 

Best Country Club

New Albany Country Club

New Albany Country Club unseated Scioto Country Club, which slipped into second place, after five years at the top.

 

Best Golf Course (Private)

Muirfield Village Golf Club

Muirfield Village Golf Club drove to a win over Scioto Country Club.

 

Best Golf Course (Public)

Safari Golf Club

After making its debut appearance in the category last year, Safari Golf Club, again took the top spot. Three courses tied for second: Blackhawk Golf Club, Blacklick Woods Golf Course and Winding Hollow.

 

Best Independent Coffee (10 stores or less)

Stauf’s Coffee Roasters

Stauf’s Coffee brewed up a win.

Best Networking Organization

Columbus Young Professionals Club

Columbus Young Professionals Club got the nod for the best organization to meet and greet with. GETDOT came in second.

 

Best Orthopedic Practice

OrthoNeuro

Readers diagnosed OrthoNeuro as the winner here over Ohio Orthopedic Center of Excellence.

 

Best Outdoor Dining
Barcelona

Voters picked Barcelona over Lindey’s again this year as the best place to dine al fresco.

 

Best Place to Take a Prospective Client

Lindey’s

Lindey’s is the voters’ choice for making a good impression.

Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse came in second place.

 

Best Power Breakfast

First Watch

First Watch was the hot spot in this new category. Bob Evans, which is headquartered locally, took second-place honors.

 

Best Power Lunch

Lindey’s

Lindey’s cooked up its sixth category win. Northstar Café came in second.

 

Best Restaurant

The Pearl

The Pearl, Cameron Mitchell’s first new restaurant concept in five years, earned first-place approval from voters. The Refectory and its wonderful wine list was the runner-up.

 

Best Suburb to Do Business

The City of Dublin

Voters like the way Dublin rolls out the green carpet for businesses. Westerville got the second-place nod.