Letter from the editor

Doing what we love

By
From the May 2014 issue of Columbus CEO

Magic happens when people talk about work they love. That was apparent repeatedly as we put together this issue of Columbus CEO.

Assistant Editor Kitty McConnell witnessed the passion developer Mark Wagenbrenner and venture capitalist Mark Kvamme bring to their professions as she researched the feature story and this month’s Q&A.

The president of Wagenbrenner Development is anything but boastful, but he enjoys sharing stories of how his firm has created beautiful new spaces from sites that were abandoned factories, dumps and other eyesores. Central Ohio is fortunate that Wagenbrenner, his brother, Eric, and their business partners picked Columbus to develop their expertise in turning brownfields green.

As the drive behind Drive Capital, Kvamme learned what it takes to identify and successfully bet on promising entrepreneurs while growing up in Silicon Valley. His enthusiasm for the high-risk work is no less effusive than his passion for motocross as he talked with Columbus CEO about both.

Contributing writers TC Brown and Melissa Kossler Dutton encountered enthusiastic employees and employers alike in researching what it takes to create Top Workplaces. All were happy to identify the characteristics that attract and retain satisfied staff—from simple approaches such as keeping people informed and showing appreciation for their work to providing perks like on-site fitness facilities and discount barbershops.

And I saw firsthand, in putting together a feature on executive women, how eager those who have reached leadership positions are to help others succeed as well. The seven executives Columbus CEO brought together for a roundtable discussion readily seized the opportunity to share lessons they learned on their disparate journeys. All are ardent in wanting to see more women attain executive ranks.

(As a special bonus, see the short video here on these executive women’s personal and professional role models.)

The thread running through all these stories is the passion that is evident when people are engaged in work that is meaningful to them. Our passion at Columbus CEO is in bringing out personal stories behind the newsmakers, helping central Ohio better understand and appreciate those who navigate the local business community.

Have you read any good books lately? This month Columbus CEO starts a new Reading List column to provide reviews of business books. I think you will appreciate the easy-reading style of our reviewer and the way she breaks down the content of two books each month–one in the magazine and one online.

Finally, I have a confession. The Top Lawyers section in our April issue was inadvertently incomplete. Some 178 attorneys who should have been noted as having attained the coveted AV Preeminent status in Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings were left off the list because there was no notation for a law firm or company under which to list them. Columbus CEO regrets the omission. The full listing of those previously omitted Top Lawyers is in this issue.

I hope you are as passionate about your work as the people we were privileged to feature this month.