This Can't Wait: Recognizing Excellence

Mary Yost

I can't promise who will be on the cover of Columbus CEO this August, but it won't be anyone from your human resources department if you don't nominate them by a week from Friday. Our award winners don't always make the cover, but odds are in their favor-as demonstrated by this month's Healthcare Achievement award winner, Dr. Barb Galantowicz. With six HR Excellence award categories, that special someone who handles your company's HR-or maybe the whole team-is just waiting to be recognized.

Site Selection magazine is also in the recognition business and recently named Columbus fifth in the country among top metro areas with a population of 1 million or more. The ranking recognizes central Ohio's expanded meeting space among other criteria. Greater Columbus Sports Commission Executive Director Linda Logan sells the city every day as a great site for sporting events.

Downtown Columbus is getting noticed locally for a growing population and a decreasing office vacancy rate, as recognized in the annual report of the Capital Crossroads and Discovery Special Improvement Districts. See more about the Downtown development boom.

Want to learn how to recognize excellence before everyone else does? An April 21 evening workshop on angel investing might be just the ticket. Hear from Paul Proffitt of the SunDown Fund how to find and evaluate startups and small businesses for valuable investment opportunities. Columbus CEO's Tech Talk provides insight each month on tech entrepreneurs who might be on to the next big thing.

If you can read this, you might want to help encourage a new generation of readers this Friday by supporting the 2nd & 7 Foundation's "Tackling Illiteracy" program. The Derby fundraiser allows former OSU linebacker Ryan Miller's foundation to provide free books to central Ohio second-graders and pair them with high school and college athletes who stress the importance of reading and education.