35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards celebrates power of co-op

Longest-standing event recognizing business achievement and service honors regional leaders, alumni

The University of Cincinnati’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business held its 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards on Thursday, March 5. Presented by the Lindner College of Business Alumni Council, the program celebrated the accomplishments of individuals and business partners who have made a significant impact within the college, Greater Cincinnati region and the global business world.

This year's eight honorees, composed of alumni, supporters, students and business partners, were recognized for their contributions before a crowd of nearly 500. There was also another star of the night: co-op.

A woman stands and speaks at a podium on a stage in front a large ballroom with hundreds of people seated at round tables

Carl H. Lindner College of Business Dean Marianne W. Lewis, PhD, addresses a crowd of nearly 500 at the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards on March 5, 2020.

In his opening remarks, UC President Neville G. Pinto, PhD, discussed the legacy of experiential learning, such as through co-op, and innovation at the Lindner College of Business. He thanked the business community for their support of the college and UC as a whole in pursuing these endeavors such as through the investment in the new Carl H. Lindner Hall and the 1819 Innovation Hub. He also addressed the important role the CBAAs plays in raising scholarship funds that directly impact the student experience.

UC President Neville Pinto stands and speaks from a clear podium on a stage, wearing a dark suit and a red tie

University of Cincinnati President Neville G. Pinto, PhD, commended the Lindner College of Business for its deep collaboration with the regional business community.

“Scholarships are important because they acknowledge and celebrate not just where a student has been, but where they are going,” said Pinto. “They are investment in a student’s potential, often providing new and otherwise unimaginable opportunities.”

Yet another highlight took place during the opening remarks from Lindner College of Business Dean Marianne W. Lewis, PhD. She shared an excerpt of a letter written in 1915 by Frederick Hicks, the first president of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Commerce and former UC president (1920-28).

In the letter, Hicks shares with its intended recipients — the region’s business leaders of the day — that he needs their help to “combine practice and theory,” stressing that “the success of our efforts depends largely upon their willingness to consider joining us in this undertaking.”

A letter excerpt with three paragraphs of writing: "Dear sir: This letter is written in the hope of securing your interest and cooperation in our efforts to give the young men of Cincinnati advantages for business training such as are already available in many of our rival commercial centers.  To supply these advantages, the University of Cincinnati has organized the College of Commerce. The fundamental idea in its plan is to combine practice and theory. To that end, classes are held in the late afternoon from 5:00 to 7:00, and in the evening from 7:30 to 9:30, so that the students may give their time to business until 4 o'clock each day. The success of our efforts depends largely upon the willingness of the business men of Cincinnati to employ a limited number in accordance with this part-time plan. Will you kindnly let me know whether you are willing to consider joining us in this undertaking? I shall very much appreciate an opportunity to confer with some representative of your firm on this matter."

A 1915 letter from past College of Commerce and UC president Frederick Hicks invited the business community to work with the university in creating experiential learning opportunities for business students of the day.

Lewis shared that, while some radical changes have taken place since Hicks’ 1915 letter, there were common threads that connected this piece of history to Lindner in 2020.

“This letter confirms that what we need for the future is what we’ve always had in our past: a commitment to solving problems together,” said Lewis. “We have more clarity than ever about who we have always been and where we are right now, and the CBAAs celebrate that we are already moving towards what needs to happen next.”

Dean Marianne Lewis stands with award winner Scott Anderson, wearing a dark suit and a red tie and holding a framed medal of his award

Dean Lewis with Scott Anderson, BBA '92, who earned the college's highest honor, the Carl H. Lindner Award for Outstanding Business Achievement.

Scott Anderson, '92, president of HBH Holdings Inc., received the college’s highest honor: The Carl H. Lindner Award for Outstanding Business Achievement. The award is presented to a Lindner College of Business graduate who best exemplifies an entrepreneurial spirit with commitment to business, community and the highest level of success within one’s profession.

“I really enjoy sharing my story because it’s about opportunities and what you do with them,” said Anderson, who started working at Enerfab in 1990 as a UC co-op student. “This recognition and this award is the best way for me to say ‘thank you’ to the university, to Enerfab and, really, to everybody along the way who has ever said to me, ‘Scott, here’s an opportunity.'"

Two Distinguished Service Awards were bestowed to Howard Elliott, founder and president of Elliott Management Group and partner at WEB Ventures, and Pamela Weber, senior vice president of PNC Real Estate Banking.

Elliott’s service to the college started as a brainstorm with a former dean about how the college could engage with Greater Cincinnati’s African American business community, evolving to Elliott’s service on Lindner’s Business Advisory Council and a mentor for Business Fellows.

Weber’s recognition stems from her long history of service to UC, from frequenting the classroom as a guest speaker or case competition judge, to serving as the Premier Partner liaison between PNC and the UC Real Estate Center, and her current service as a mentor to students, a member of the UC Real Estate Roundtable, UC Real Estate Executive Advisory Council and UC Board of Executive Advisors in Real Estate.

Enerfab was honored with a Business Partnership Award for its strong support of and investment in the Lindner College of Business and region’s workforce. Enerfab’s CEO, Aaron Landolt, BBA ’97, accepted the award on behalf of the company, discussing the role local companies have in strengthening the region’s talent pipeline through co-op.

Eleven employees from award-winning company Enerfab stand and smile on a stage with a UC backdrop

Enerfab brought several team members to celebrate the company's achievement of earning the Business Partnership Award, as well as support Carl H. Lindner Award for Outstanding Business Achievement Awardee Scott Anderson.

In recognition of alumni who personify Lindner’s PACE (professionalism, academics, character and engagement) ideals in their professional and personal lives, two awards were presented to Edita Dolan-Mayo, BBA ’04, and Sammy Geroulis, BBA ’12. Dolan-Mayo serves as director of marketing and community affairs for Powernet. Geroulis owns SMG Marketing Consultancy.

As one of the oldest scholarships at UC that bears the Lindner name, this year’s Carl H. Lindner Outstanding Junior Scholarship was awarded to Avery Abraham, BS ’21, for exemplifying the energy, commitment and creativity of Carl H. Lindner.

A young man stands next to Dean Marianne Lewis and a young woman on a stage with UC backdrop

Carl H. Lindner Outstanding Junior Scholarship winner Avery Abraham, BS ’21, with Dean Marianne Lewis and the Heart of William J. Keating Jr. Leadership Award winner Logan Davis, BBA ’21.

Logan Davis, BBA ’21, was honored with the Heart of William J. Keating Jr. Leadership Award for her leadership and advocacy both in the classroom as a Lindner Honors-PLUS student and her role as president of Lindner Women in Business.

“My dad always said, ‘If you want a degree, go to class. If you want an education, get involved,’” said Liz Keating, marketing director for The Jim Stengel Company and daughter of the late Bill Keating, Jr., who presented the award to Davis.

Davis shared how receiving this honor has brought her full-circle from when, as a first-year student, she applied and interviewed for a role with Lindner Women in Business and benefitted from the support of mentors in her life such as her mother, grandmother and Lindner Women in Business faculty advisor Karen Manning.

Join us in congratulating all of this year’s honorees:

  • Scott E. Anderson, BBA ’92, President, HBH Holdings Inc. – Carl H. Lindner Award for Outstanding Business Achievement
  • Howard Elliott, Founder and President, Elliott Management Group, and Partner, WEB Ventures – Distinguished Service Award
  • Pamela Weber, Senior Vice President, PNC Real Estate Banking – Distinguished Service Award
  • Enerfab – Business Partnership Award
  • Samuel Geroulis, BBA ’12, Owner, SMG Marketing Consultancy LLC – PACEsetter Award
  • Edita Dolan-Mayo, BBA ’04, Director Of Marketing & Community Affairs, Powernet Co. – PACEsetter Award
  • Avery Abraham, BS ’21 – Carl H. Lindner Outstanding Junior Scholarship
  • Logan Davis, BBA ’21 – The Heart of William J. Keating Jr. Leadership Award

The Lindner College of Business would also like to thank this year’s sponsors and partners:

Platinum Sponsor: 
Great American Insurance Group

Gold Sponsors:
HBH Holdings Inc.
Western & Southern Financial Group

1906 Sponsors: 
AK Steel
Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS Program
Cincinnati Bell
The David J. Joseph Company
Ernst & Young
Johnson Investment Counsel
Sims Investment Management LLC
Total Quality Logistics
Transport National
UC Center for Business Analytics
UC Chief Investment Office
UC Health
UC Real Estate Center
Uptown Rental Properties LLC

Red & Black Sponsors:
The Cincinnati Insurance Company
Clark Schaefer Hackett
F&M Mafco
Fifth Third Bank
HILLS Properties
The Geroulis Family
JLL’s Josh Gerth and Todd Pease
Lenox Wealth Management
Lindner Marketing Department
Miller-Valentine Group
Ryan Capital Global Advisors of Raymond James
The Tokarz Group Advisers
Uptown Consortium Inc.

Featured image: The 35th annual CBAAs recognized seven award winners and one employer partner, Enefab. Left to right: PACEsetter Awardee Sammy Geroulis, BBA ’12; The Heart of William J. Keating Jr. Leadership Award winner Logan Davis, BBA ’21; Distinguished Service Awardee Howard Elliott; Distinguished Service Awardee Pam Weber; Lindner College of Business Dean Marianne W. Lewis, PhD; PACEsetter Awardee Edita Dolan-Mayo, BBA ’04; Carl H. Lindner Award for Outstanding Business Achievement Awardee Scott E. Anderson, BBA ’92; Enerfab CEO Aaron Landolt, BBA ’97; Carl H. Lindner Outstanding Junior Scholarship winner Avery Abraham, BS ’21.

About the Lindner College of Business

At the Carl H. Lindner College of Business, we are committed to developing the next generation of business leaders. By nurturing business problem solvers for more than 110 years, we’ve served as catalysts for innovation and cutting-edge research. Through experiential learning and personalized career development, our students graduate with a competitive advantage in the workforce, ready to tackle global challenges. 

CBAAs Facebook Photo Album

View the Lindner College of Business Facebook photo album of all the honorees, speakers and special guests and the opening reception of the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

About the Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards

The Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards, presented by the University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business Alumni Council, is the region’s longest-standing event that recognizes achievement in business as well as service to communities, both locally and globally. This flagship event for our college also directly impacts the Lindner student experience by raising funds for scholarships and financial assistance at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.