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Goering Center names 75 semi-finalists in annual search

Six “best in class” regional companies will win at the 20th annual Family & Private Business Awards on Sept. 10

Seventy-five family and private businesses have been named semi-finalists in the annual search for top regional businesses conducted by the University of Cincinnati Goering Center for Family & Private Business.

More than 600 businesses were nominated for the awards. An independent panel of judges had the challenging task of identifying 75 semi-finalists and the winners who will be honored at the September 10, 2019 Family & Private Business Awards celebration. At the event, six businesses will receive the top award in their category and 12 will earn the designation as finalist.

The Goering Center created the awards to honor the unique contribution made by Greater Cincinnati’s thriving family and private business community. Awards represent the full range of private and family businesses, including small and large businesses, start-ups and famous Greater Cincinnati brands. 

“We want to recognize all the businesses who submitted applications for the Family and Private Business event. We are excited to see the engagement of so many high quality businesses in our community. We especially want to thank our panel of judges who put so much time and energy into reviewing and providing thoughtful consideration to each and every application — it’s quite a big job,” said Carol Butler, president, Goering Center.

Companies submitted applications that summarized their accomplishments in the following areas: having a vision for the legacy they are working to create; their approach and investment in developing leadership qualities in their teams; their ongoing work to create a strong, inclusive and healthy culture.

“It was our job as judges to pick the company in each of the categories that was best able to articulate their impactful story and best enlighten us as to how they fit into the fabric of a successful business community,” said Mike Miller, Executive Vice President and Trust Department Head, LCNB National Bank. “It was a tough challenge, but we believe that our choices reflect the very best of the family and private business community.”

The 75 semi-finalists to be recognized are:

Afidence; Batesville Products Inc; Best Upon Request Corporate Inc; Beyond Exercise; BGR Inc; Big Idea Group; BonBonerie; Brandflick; BRG Realty Group; Bullen Ultrasonics Inc; CareStar Inc; Cincinnati Incorporated; Clippard Instrument Laboratory Inc; Conger Construction Group; Crescent; Custom Design Benefits; Decal Impressions; Designed for Destiny; Donnellon McCarthy Enterprises; Druffel Design and Landscape; Eccrine Systems Inc;

Emersion Design; EMI Research Solutions; Empower; Enerfab Inc; Flagship Communities; Furniture Fair; GSR Brands (Gold Star/Tom and Chee); HealthWorks; Helium SEO; HCM Wealth Advisors and CPAs; HGC Group of Companies; Horan; Humacare Inc dba IronRoad; Integrity Express Logistics; Intrinzic Inc; Intrust IT; Johnson Investment Counsel; Kingsgate Logistics; Kroner Dry Cleaners;

Lexington Hotel Group; Max Technical Training; McGohan Brabender; MCM CPAs & Advisors LLP; Mesa Industries Inc.; Mike's Carwash; Monti Incorporated; MSA Design; Necco; North Side Bank and Trust Co; O'Keeffe PR and Marketing Solutions; Omega Processing Solutions LLC; Pedco E & A Services; Powernet; Projects Unlimited Inc; Relevate Health Group;

Riegler Blacktop Inc; RiskSource Clark-Theders; Riverside Electric Inc; Rosselot Financial Group; Salix Data; SellYourMac.com; Sibcy Cline Realtors; Steinhauser Inc; Strategic HR Inc; Sweets & Meats BBQ; Taylor Logistics; The Garage Group; The Matrix Companies; The Myers Y Cooper Company; TorchPrep; Trophy Awards; Ulmer's Autocare; Wildflower Cafe; Wm. Kramer & Son Inc.

The event is also the occasion celebrating the Goering Center’s annual winner of the Greater Cincinnati Hall of Fame inductee – Home City Ice – and the 2019 Baldwin Volunteer Award winner. Additionally, one individual will be named the Rising Leader for 2019. Voting for the Rising Leader award is now underway.

Hosted at JACK Casino in downtown Cincinnati, the celebrity emcee is Queen City native and WKRC news anchor, Bob Herzog. The event includes a social hour, networking, awards and celebration.

For more information about the 20th Annual Family & Private Business Awards or to register, visit this page.

Featured image at top: Founder John Goering cheers on the UC Bearcat Band as they perform the fight song for more than 600 attendees from across Greater Cincinnati’s business community at the 2018 gala. Photo/Jay Yocis/UC Creative Services

About the Goering Center for Family & Private Business

Established in 1989, the Goering Center for Family & Private Business serves more than 450 members, making it the country’s largest university based educational non-profit for family and private businesses. The Center’s mission is to nurture and educate family and private businesses to drive a vibrant economy. Affiliation with the University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business provides access to a vast resource of business programming and expertise. Goering Center members receive real-world insights that enlighten, strengthen and prolong family and private business success. For more information on the Center, participation and membership visit goering.uc.edu.