Columbus CEO's Top Stories in 2018

Chloe Teasley
Les Wexner

1. Les Wexner Renounces Republican Party Affiliation

This admission by the long-time supporter of the party was juicy, though not totally unexpected, since the L Brands founder had been complaining about Donald Trump for months. Wexner made the announcement at a panel discussion about civility and the “Columbus Way” at Miranova’s Ivory Room in September. Columbus CEO and Columbus Monthly reporters were the only media members in the room when Wexner made his revelation.

2. Does CrossChx’s Sean Lane finally have his billion-dollar idea?

Sean Lane showed his high level of grit and determination when he scrapped his business plan and reinvented his company. Now it’s called Olive, and it has received a total of $32.8 million in investments since the pivot.

3. Top Lawyers

Martindale-Hubbell’s partnership helps us shine a spotlight on the city’s best lawyers year after year.

4. A Life Less Ordinary: Janet Bay’s Remarkable Career

Columbus CEO recognized a female force-of-nature in the neuroscience field on her way into retirement, to the delight of many readers. One Facebook user commented on the post and wrote, “Thank you Janet. You saved my life in 1982!”

5. The New High Street

For most of 2018, the Short North held a dizzying collection of orange cones and barriers, and construction workers bustled. Readers appreciated this compilation of all the developments in the works along the main drag of High Street.

6. Columbus CEO’s Best of Business 2018: Readers Poll

A perennial favorite, our Best of Business poll lets the reader decide who should come out on top. If you want in on the action, be sure to rally voters for 2019—enough votes gets you on the list the following year.

7. Reinventing the United Way

As the nonprofit scene changes with a new generation and more competition, the charity mainstay United Way is nimbly changing with it under Lisa Courtice’s leadership. Courtice says in the article, “We have to not be afraid to fail. We have to be able to take risks, be open to new ideas, learning from others.”

8.Going Somewhere Fast

One of our very first stories in 2018 outlined predictions and expectations within different central Ohio business sectors for the year. Perhaps it’s time for another reflective read-through as the year comes to an end.

9. Commercial Real Estate Spotlight: Delaware

Central Ohio’s city to the north is waking up with a growing number of entertainment and shopping options available in its downtown, providing locals with new craft breweries, boutiques and restaurants to experience.

10. Planet Oasis and David Glimcher’s Grand Vision

Before the rollercoaster that is the proposal for Planet Oasis really began, David Glimcher shared his bold idea with us. He is no longer the “chief visionary officer” of Blue Horseshoe Ventures, but he is still fiercely clinging to his vision—and so are his former partners. How will it end?