Appointments & Awards: Greg Davies moves to the Columbus Partnership

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Greg Davies


Greg Davies, Vice President of Planning and Development 

Prior to this role, Davies had been with the City of Columbus for 20 years in various roles. He built Mayor Ginther’s cabinet and staff after he was elected in November of 2015. As director of public utilities from 2011 to 2015, he managed Water, Sewers and Drains, and Power, totaling a $600 million budget. He also served as a deputy chief of staff for former Mayor Michael Coleman, and as deputy director of development where he implemented the Home Again program to fight blight in the city. His last day with the city is October 30, 2019. A replacement has not yet been named.


No.14 on Fortune's Best Workplaces for Women list 

CoverMyMeds was the top scoring Ohio-based company on the list and the only one from Columbus.

David Holladay, President, CoverMyMeds


Tara Aschenbrand, Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Labor and Employment

Aschenbrand is the primary counsel for the organization’s labor and employment representation. Aschenbrand regularly partners with human resources and business leaders on management of associates and employment related compliance issues.

Tara Aschenbrand

Keith Hartzell, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Business Operations

Hartzell is responsible for leading a team of attorneys, paralegals and staff responsible for the legal representation of OhioHealth’s strategy and business development, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and construction, information technology, research, and joint ventures.

Keith Hartzell


Acquired Dawson & Associates LLC

This doubles Dinsmore’s local office's workers’ compensation group up to eight attorneys, making it the largest in Columbus for employment defense among the firms listed in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Firms rankings. Managing Partner Shane Dawson and his three associates (Jared Buker, Melissa Black and Niki Talik) will join Dinsmore partners Brett Miller and Michael Squillace along with associates Caroline Diwik and Christen Hignett. One secretary and two paralegals will also join Dinsmore from Dawson.


2019 West Virginia Housing Awards winner

Jeffrey Woda, principal of Woda Cooper Companies, was named to the West Virginia Affordable Housing Hall of Fame. The award honors an individual who has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to affordable housing and whose career leadership has achieved important and lasting results in the community, according to organizers. Woda Cooper’s Boury Lofts in Wheeling, West Virginia, was named the 2019 West Virginia Housing Award Winner at the same ceremony.


Dean Hildebrandt, President

Dean’s previous role at Assurex Global was executive vice president of North America. Jim Hackbarth, formerly president & CEO, will continue to serve as CEO of Assurex Global. Jim and Dean will work closely together in the execution of Assurex Global’s new strategic plan.

Dean Hildenbrandt


Phil Rasey, Vice President of Development 

Formerly at Pizzuti Companies, Rasey joins VanTrust at a time when the company is busy developing several projects throughout Central Ohio, including the second phase of the Pointe at Polaris and the new Bank of America Central Ohio offices, as well as projects in Dublin and New Albany.

Phil Rasey


Marie Ragias, attorney, Real Estate Practice Group

Ragias handles real estate transactions such as foreclosure, bankruptcy and probate filings. Before joining Ice Miller, she served as underwriting counsel for Title First Agency in the residential real estate department. 

Marie Ragias


Hillary Bates, Chief Development Officer

For two decades, Bates has served in communications and fundraising roles in the cultural sector, most recently leading corporate partnerships at the Columbus Zoo.

Hillary Bates