Mary Yost celebrates homecomings on staff and introduces Columbus CEO's first Better Business Bureau supplement while giving readers the scoop on Best of Business 2015.
One of the lessons we know well at Columbus CEO is that you can go home again, especially when home is a career that you loved in journalism. I came back to journalism in January 2014, and now Kitty McConnell has returned to a new position as associate editor for Columbus CEO.
We had said a reluctant goodbye to Kitty this summer as she left for a career-change opportunity. Good for us that Kitty couldn't resist an invitation to return from someone else who has found his own way back home.
Ray Paprocki, who we welcome as the new publisher of Dispatch Magazines, brings with him a reputation as one of Columbus' best magazine journalists. Before he left to publish regional and business magazines in Naples, Fla., Ray steered Columbus Monthly, a sister publication, to more than 100 regional and national journalism awards as managing editor and editor from 2000 to 2012.
Ray is a Columbus native and Ohio State University graduate who had been a journalist with Columbus Monthly since 1985. Now he guides the work of both Columbus CEO and Columbus Monthly and the weekly Columbus Alive, along with several specialty publications throughout the year.
From the perspective of all three of us, home is a good place to be.
What makes accreditation by the Better Business Bureau even better? We learned the answer this month in working for the first time with the Better Business Bureau serving central Ohio as it prepares to present its annual Torch Awards for Ethics. These awards, which recognize the highest standards of business ethics, were created in Columbus and have been adopted by BBBs throughout the country. Our local BBB created the Center for Character Ethics too, which also serves other BBBs nationally. Congratulations to the six winners featured in this special supplement.
Saving the best for last, this issue also features 2015 Best of Business Awards. Our longest-running recognition program now in its eighth year, Best of Business is a quick reference for top local providers of services and products for business, as well as go-to choices for businesses that meet our readers' personal needs. A few categories have been tweaked, some new classifications were added and a couple dropped off the list as we work to keep Best of Business honors fresh and relevant.
Another change this year produced our strongest participation yet in Best of Business voting by Columbus CEO readers. With nominees drawn from previous years' top choices in open-ended polls, readers this year were invited to cast online votes for specific candidates in each category, or to make write-in votes. Having specific nominees to choose from met with strong reader approval, nearly quadrupling participation to more than 12,650 voters. Kudos to the winners and runners-up in 83 categories!
Other must-reads this month:
As national debate continues on the merits of healthcare reform in the federal Affordable Care Act, Columbus Dispatch reporter Ben Sutherly examines its impact on central Ohio hospitals and health systems.
With creative concepts being spawned in an increasingly social business environment of shared workspaces and crowdfunding, Editorial Assistant Julie France explores changes in intellectual property protection.
John P. McConnell discusses the history and future of Worthington Industries as it celebrates 60 years in business.
Hope you keep coming back to read!