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2018

Edward F. "Hap" Castleberry, EFC Enterprises

Larry Leser, E.W. Scripps Company

Jack Maas, Sr., JTM Food Group

Donna Salyers, Donna Salyers Fabulous-Furs 

Larry Sheakley, Sheakley Group

 

2017

John Goering, Goering Center for Family & Private Business

Bill Liggett, The First National Bank of Cincinnati

Christian Moerlein, Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

Gilbert Richards, Richards Industries, Inc.

Phyllis Sewell, Federated Department Stores

 

2016

Janet B. Reid, Ph.D., BRBS World, LLC

John F. Steele, Sr., Hilltop Basic Resources, Inc.

Thomas H. Humes, Traditions Building & Development Group, Inc.

Dr. Charles M. Barrett, The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company

Fred A. Dowd, The First National Bank of Cincinnati/U.S. Bank, N.A.

 

2015

Bob Sumerel, The Bob Sumerel Tire Company

Dave Phillips, Arthur Anderson & Cincinnati Works

Dianne Dunkelman, Clever Crazes for Kids

Matula Gregory, Montgomery Inn

Mel Fisher, Texo Corporation & Entrepreneur

Ted Gregory, Montgomery Inn

 

2014

Elmer Hensler, Queen City Sausage Company

Kenneth W. Lowe, Scripps Networks Interactive

George L. Strike, American Laundry Machinery

John J. Rowe, Fifth Third Bank

Levi A. Ault, Ault & Wiborg

William S. Rowe, II., Fifth Third Bank

William S. Rowe, U.S. Bank

 

2013

Elroy E. Bourgraf, Ferno-Washington, Inc.

Thomas E. Sedler, The Home City Ice Company

Charles F. Williams, The Western & Southern Life Insurance Company

John Hauck, John Hauck Brewing Company

William J. Williams, The Western & Southern Life Insurance Company

William Powell, The Wm. Powell Company

 

2012

Peter S. Strange, Messer, Inc.

William J. Rumpke, Sr., Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc.

Daniel A. Hillenbrand, Hillenbrand Industries, Inc.

Gen. Andrew Hickenlooper, Cincinnati Gas & Electric Company

Thomas B. Rumpke, Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc.

William C. Portman, Portman Equipment Company

 

2011

David B. O'Maley, Ohio National Financial Services

Jack E. Brown, Nielsen

William K. Schubert, M.D., Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

I.T. Verdin, The Verdin Company

Nicholas Lambrinides, Skyline Chili

 

2010

A.G. Lafley, Procter & Gamble

Jeff Wyler, Jeff Wyler Automotive Family

Wayne Carlisle, Maxim Crane Works

Myers Y. Cooper, The Myers Y. Cooper Company, Hyde Park Lumber

William E. Anderson, The Central Trust Company/PNC Bank

 

2009

John F. Barrett, Western & Southern Financial Group

Kenneth F. Klosterman, Klosterman Baking Company

William J. Keating, Cincinnati Enquirer

Joseph B. Hall, Kroger

Learner B. Harrison, First National Bank of Cincinnati/U.S. Bank

 

2008

Louis M. Groen, StopTech, Ltd. –McDonald's

Marvin Rosenberg, Towne Properties

Neil Bortz, Towne Properties

William R. Burleigh, The E.W. Scripps Company

Regina Graeter, Graeter's

Richard R. Deupree, Procter & Gamble Company

 

2007

Gary Heiman, Standard Textile

Joseph P. Hayden, Jr., The Midland Company

Victoria Buyniski Gluckman, United Medical  Resources

Charles and John Kilgour, Cincinnati Bell, Inc.

Ralph V. Haile, Jr., US Bank

 

2006

Buddy LaRosa, LaRosa's Pizzeria

Otto M. Budig, Jr., Budco Group, Inc.

Robert J. Kohlhepp, Cintas Corp.

David Frisch & Jack C. Maier, Frisch's Restaurants, Inc.

Harry R. Drackett & Harry R. (Roger) Drackett, Jr., The Drackett Co.

 

2004

Richard Rosenthal, F& W Publications

William (Bill) Butler, Corporex

Andrew Jergens, The Andrew Jergens Company

R. K. LeBlond, The R.K. LeBlond Machine Tool Company

 

2002

George A. Schaefer, Jr., Fifth Third

Robert H. Castellini, Castellini Company

Ross Love, Blue Chip Enterprises

Hulbert Taft, Taft Broadcasting

James A. D. Geier, Cincinnati Milacron, Inc.

 

2001

Joseph A. Pichler, The Kroger Company

Robert B. Ott, The Hennegan Company

John Washington Ellis, The First National Bank of Cincinnati/U. S. Bank, N.A.

Julius Dexter, New Fidelity Safe Deposit & Trust Co.

 

2000

John E. Pepper, The Procter & Gamble Company

Ralph A. Drees, The Drees Co.

Edward W. Scripps, The E.W. Scripps Co.

John J. Emery, Jr., John Emery's Sons, Inc. & Emery Ind.

Samuel H. Hannaford, Samuel Hannaford & Sons

 

1999

Albert W.Vontz, Jr., Heidelberg Distributing Co.

Jacob G. Schmidlapp, Union Savings Trust Co.

Miles Greenwood, Eagle Iron Works/Cincinnati Southern Railway

Ronald F. Walker, American Financial Group, Inc.

William J. Williams, The Western & Southern Life Insurance Co.

 

1998

Roger L. Howe, U.S. Precision Lens, Inc.

Walter E. Bartlett, Multimedia, Inc.

Amos Shinkle, Covington & Cincinnati Bridge Co.

Bernard H. Kroger, The Kroger Company

Neil H. McElroy, The Procter & Gamble Company

 

1996

Brian H. Rowe, General Electric Aircraft Engines

Milton J. Schloss, Hillshire Farm & Kahn's

Richard T. Farmer, Cintas Corporation

J. Ralph Corbett, NuTone Inc.

Martha Cornelius Dow, Dow Drug Stores

 

1995

Arthur C. Avril, Sakrete Inc.

Clement L. Buenger, Fifth Third Bank

Horace Sudduth, The Creative Realty Company

Powell Crosley, Jr., The Crosley Radio Corporation/The Crosley Manufacturing Co.

 

1994

Charles S. Mechem, Jr., Taft Broadcasting

Jayne Baker Spain, Litton Industries, Inc.

Julius Freiberg, Freiberg & Workum

Thomas J. Emery & John J. Emery, The Emery  Candle Company/Thomas Emery's Sons

 

1993

John G. Smale, The Procter & Gamble Company

John J. Schiff, Sr., Cincinnati Financial Corporation

Charles L. Fleischmann, Fleischmann Yeast Company

David Sinton, Sinton & Means/The Sinton Realty Company

 

1992

Carl H. Lindner, Jr., American Financial Corporation

Howard J. Morgens, The Procter & Gamble Company

Fred Lazarus, Jr., Federated Department Stores

Melville E. Ingalls, The C & O Railroad

 

1991

Dwight H. Hibbard, Cincinnati Bell, Inc.

Lyle Everingham, The Kroger Company

Frederick A. Geier, Cincinnati Milacron, Inc.

James Norris Gamble, The Procter & Gamble Company

William Cooper Procter, The Procter & Gamble Compan