Tell us about the best, the brightest, the trendsetters and the stars of tomorrow in central Ohio human resources.

Nominations are now closed.

Columbus CEOis proud to present the fourth HR Excellence Awards: Achievements in Human Resources.

We want to find central Ohio's best and brightest HR professionals as well as the organizations that are setting trends and establishing best practices.

HR Excellence Awards winners and finalists will be recognized at a special event in July.

Awards will be given in these five categories:

Executive of the Year

Three winners, based on size of the organization where the individual works: Large (more than 2,000 employees), Midsize (500 to 2,000 employees) and Small (fewer than 500 employees). Organizations may be public, private or nonprofit.

For an individual who has demonstrated significant achievements that advance both a person's organization and the HR profession.

HR Innovation

One winner, which may be an individual or a public, private or nonprofit organization.

Recognizes a new idea that achieves proven results in areas such as, but not limited to: compensation and benefits; employee recognition and/or retention; strategic alignment; succession planning; talent acquisition and/or assessment; use of technology; and work-life balance.

Lifetime Achievement

One winner.

Recognizes a longtime or retired HR professional who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, knowledge, decision-making skills and commitment to his or her organization and/or profession.

Good Works

One winner, which may be an individual or a public, private or nonprofit organization.

In recognition of a notable commitment to the community achieved through charitable, philanthropic, volunteer or other efforts of an individual or creative engagement of a workforce.

Future Leader

One winner.

Recognizes a professional with less than five years' experience who is a rising star in the human resources field.


To nominate a professional or organization you believe is deserving of this honor, fill out this editable form and return it to Columbus CEO by mail at 34 S. Third St., Columbus OH 43215 or by email to

All completed nomination forms must be received by March 31.

Last year's winners are not eligible, but previous finalists may be nominated again. Nomination materials will be used by the editorial staff to compile stories on the winners and finalists, who will be profiled in the August 2015 issue. Winners and finalists may be asked to provide more information or photographs.


Special panels of local executives and HR professionals will review all nominations and choose finalists and winners. Winners and finalists will be notified directly by Columbus CEO at the work address and/or email provided on the nomination form. In addition to appearing in a story in the magazine's August 2015 issue, they will be honored at a special event in July.