Meet the winners of Columbus CEO's 4th Annual HR Excellence Awards: Achievements in Human Resources

Whether your company produces a product or provides a service, you need good people to get the work done.

And your people need people, too-people who are focused on finding the best applicants for openings, onboarding new staff, keeping personnel operations compliant with myriad regulations and ensuring a productive, healthy work environment for all. The front office can't succeed without a reliable back office.

To honor these sometimes-forgotten-but-critical cogs in the wheel, Columbus CEO created HR Excellence Awards: Achievements in Human Resources four years ago. Central Ohio companies nominate HR professionals in several categories and panels of distinguished peers judge the nominations.

On the pages that follow, Columbus CEO is pleased to present winners and finalists for Executive of the Year (in large- and small-sized company categories), Future Leader, Good Works, Innovation and Lifetime Achievement. (Learn more about criteria for the awards and our judging panels on page 38.)

Columbus CEO thanks HR consulting firm Findley Davies for sponsoring these awards since their inception. Honorees, sponsors and guests celebrate the award winners and finalists in a July 14 reception at Walter Commons on the campus of St. Charles Preparatory School.

Want to make sure your HR superstars get the recognition they deserve? Plan to submit nominations for 2016 HR Excellence Awards online at ColumbusCEO.com beginning in January.

Here's to great HR professionals who make it easier and more enjoyable for the rest of us do our jobs!