Recap of the 2015 CEO of the Year awards and company news from the winners.
Following a successful debut in Midtown Manhattan, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants opens Ocean Prime Boston in the city's Seaport District today. President and founder Cameron Mitchell was gracious enough to return to Columbus yesterday to accept his 2015 CEO of the Year award from Capital University and Columbus CEO magazine during a well-attended evening reception at the Statehouse.
During his acceptance speech, Mitchell voiced his appreciation for finalist Lisa Ingram's family business, White Castle System. He shared with the audience an anecdote about how, as a student at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, he drove his classmates two-and-a-half hours to Long Island and back so they could try a Columbus delicacy: Sliders.
Mitchell is one of our business community's great storytellers. Hear him tell the story of Ocean Prime's origin as the flagship Ocean Club at Easton Town Center.
Watershed Distillery founders Greg Lehman and Dave Rigo are building their own repertoire of amusing anecdotes from within Ohio's nascent distilling industry. The pair accepted their 2015 CEO of the Year awards with praise for fellow Columbus entrepreneurs and the Watershed drinkers who have shared their brand's success story in our city and beyond.
Watershed's new Old Fashioned bottled cocktail was the signature cocktail of the evening. The spirit paired well with hors d'oeurves by Cameron Mitchell Premier Events. (Pro tip #1: Watershed's Old Fashioned is perfect over ice with a slice of orange).
Columbus Metropolitan Library staffers made an excellent showing, giving CEO Patrick Losinski a standing ovation as he accepted his CEO of the Year award. Losinski joked that, not to be outdone by the fabulous refreshments served by the evening's winning for-profit CEOs, the library team would be signing all guests up for library cards at coat check. (Pro tip #2: CML's repository of eBooks is user-friendly and simple to borrow on your Kindle or iPhone).
Capital Area Humane Society Executive Director Rachel Finney spoke powerfully of her organization and its mission in her CEO of the Year acceptance speech. This young executive is making great strides for the humane society, both in terms of financial performance and, most importantly, in animal lives saved. Though she didn't give out puppies and kittens (as Losinski jokingly suggested), she reminded guests to visit the shelter and continue their generous support.