Goering Center names new program director and executive administrative assistant

Jim Bax and Nita White to succeed Lisa Bosse and Patty West as Goering Center begins its 33rd year in operation.

Jim Bax has been named Program Director, and Nita White has been named Executive Administrative Assistant of the University of Cincinnati’s Goering Center for Family & Private Business. Jim and Nita succeed Lisa Bosse and Patty West who served together for seven years throughout a time of significant change.

As the Center’s Executive Administrative Assistant, Patty operationalized the corporate partner benefits program, and orchestrated activities for the Board of Advisors and Board of Directors. Most recently, following the Center’s implementation of a new operating system, Patty streamlined invoicing and the Accounts Receivable process, and onboarded new team members serving as a great point of continuity during a time of significant transition. She will be retiring at year’s end and looks forward to traveling, reading and visiting with family and friends.

As Program Director, Lisa redesigned the Center’s flagship program, the Next Generation Institute® 2.0, bringing it into a hybrid environment following the pandemic. Throughout her tenure, Lisa collaborated with thought leaders in the community to bring new programs like Financial Fluency, Scrappy Culture, Pricing Power, the Communication & Culture Institute, BLUEPRINT™, and more than 100 educational events to Goering Center members. Lisa will fully transition program director responsibilities to Jim by the end of the year, at which time she will open a private practice, coaching families struggling with conflict and communication. She will continue to lead the Center’s Roundtable Program as an independent contractor.

“I am very grateful for the tremendous contributions Patty and Lisa have made to the Goering Center, our members and our team. They will be greatly missed. I am excited for them both as they enter the next chapters of their lives,” said Carol Butler, President.

Jim Bax is a 30-year veteran of program development and training and most recently owned and subsequently sold his own small business – Echo Therm. He developed licensing and certification programs and served for five years as the VP of Program Development for the International Code Council, a 50,000-member non-profit for building and construction professionals.

Nita White has 25 years of extensive administrative experience from her former role as Executive Assistant, US Postal Service. Nita is essential in support of the Goering Center's president, directors and staff. Originally from Pickerington OH Nita settled in Cincinnati after attending Miami University. She has two grown children, twin toddler granddaughters, and a pair of French Bulldogs. Her interests include growing flowers, travel and football.

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About the Goering Center for Family & Private Business

Established in 1989, the Goering Center serves more than 400 member companies, making it North America’s largest university-based educational non-profit center 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 Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati 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.

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