The Columbus Region is experiencing unprecedented growth and our future is very bright.

The Columbus Region is known to many as the home of the Ohio State University and the seat of government for the great state of Ohio.Our private sector is lesser known to the world, as are the men and women who lead industries and start companies that grow into major employers.

Some cities are defined by their geography or historical significance.Others are best known by their hometown brands.The list of companies that have been started in the Columbus Region is long and impressive, as are the founders who stand behind them.They have nurtured their businesses through good times and bad, and they've helped our region navigate through economic ups and downs.

The Columbus Region owes those founders a great deal of gratitude for their vision, persistence and passion for Central Ohio. The leaders you'll find profiled in this publication are creative innovators and risk takers who seized an opportunity to build something. In doing so, they've strengthened their communities, generated opportunities for individuals and businesses, and contributed to the Columbus Region's economic success.

Our region is experiencing unprecedented growth and our future is very bright. We stand on the shoulders of many who have created a terrific platform that we can all take to an even higher level.If you would like to learn more about doing business in the Columbus Region, please connect with our team at or 614-225-6063.

Kenny McDonald, CEcD
Chief Economic Officer
Columbus 2020

Columbus 2020 Board Members

Alex R. Fischer, Chairman
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Columbus Partnership

Jack Partridge, Treasurer
Columbia Gas of Ohio

Eric Phillips, Secretary
Executive Director
Union County Economic Development Partnership

Marilyn Brown
County Commissioner
Franklin County Board of Commissioners

Michael B. Coleman
City of Columbus

John C. Fisher
Executive Vice President
Ohio Farm Bureau

Michael Keller
Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Michael W. Louge
Executive Vice President

Gregory R. Overmyer
Chief Executive Officer
Overmyer Hall Associates

Mark Patton
Managing Director, Information Technology and Logistics

Ellen Power
Center Director and Heath Site Executive Strategic Missile & Defense Systems
Boeing Defense, Space & Security

Mark Smith
Ohio Christian University

Pablo A. Vegas
President and Chief Operating Officer
AEP Ohio, American Electric Power

David Williams
Dean and Presidential Professor
College of Engineering, Ohio State University


Laing Akers
Of Counsel, Barnes & Thornburg

Sean Grant
Chief Administrative Officer
Columbus 2020

Kenny McDonald, President
Chief Economic Officer
Columbus 2020