A new class of candidates is in the process of being selected for 2018.

Come December, Columbus CEO will celebrate a new class of CEOs of the Year, but the process to select them begins with the annual CEO Survey to be sent soon to corporate and nonprofit executives across central Ohio.

As part of the survey sent out by the Capital University School of Management and Leadership, respondents can vote for CEO of the Year nominees in four categories: large for-profit, small for-profit, large nonprofit and small nonprofit.

This is the seventh year of our partnership with Capital University to select CEO of the Year honorees and to gather insights about the region's economic climate from area business and community leaders.

Six women and 22 men have been honored as CEOs of the Year since the first recognition in 2011. Honorees have included local luminaries such as Les Wexner of

L Brands and Alex Fischer of the Columbus Partnership, along with relative newcomers Ryan Vesler of Homage and Rachel Finney of the Capital Area Humane Society.

The four categories—large and small for-profit companies and large and small nonprofit organizations—allow a full range of corporate and charitable executives to be recognized. Responses to questions regarding current challenges and business expectations allow us to present a compelling look at the central Ohio economy.

Surveys will be sent to local executives by mail and email in mid-August with a Sept. 18 deadline to respond. Executives can enroll to receive the survey electronically at capital.edu/ceo-survey.