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Journalism alum attributes career success to UC experience

September 20, 2021

Saleha Mohsin, the first student to graduate from the University of Cincinnati’s journalism program, knew from a young age that she wanted to do for a career. “My mom actually told me when I was 15, ‘I think you're going to be a journalist’,” she said. But when she enrolled at UC, the university did not have a journalism program – just a handful of journalism courses housed in the university’s English program. So she enrolled in 2001 first as an undecided student and then as an English major in the College of Arts and Sciences. It was during that first year when Mohsin became involved in the campus newspaper, The News Record.

Volunteer of the Year: Michael Miller of LCNB National Bank

September 16, 2021

We are proud and honored that the Goering Center is supported by over 200 professionals who volunteer their unique expertise, leadership, and perspective to the business community through our educational programs, our boards, and our committees. To recognize their outstanding effort, each year we present one of our volunteers with the Keith Baldwin Volunteer Award. This award was created to honor the extraordinary commitment of one our earliest and most dedicated volunteers, Keith Baldwin. Michael Miller, Executive Vice President & Chief Wealth Officer, LCNB National Bank, is the 2021 recipient of the Baldwin Award, acknowledging exemplary commitment and voluntary service to the Goering Center.

Building and strengthening community through social media

September 16, 2021

When the pandemic hit, Matthew Dooley witnessed many of his clients suffer – Dooley Social Studio quickly took action, mapping out those who were most at-risk and working with them to develop a plan of attack. Frequent, authentic communication with each client was key. Clients pulled closer to the studio, not only because of their existing relationships, but also because of the importance of communicating via social media during a time of social distancing.

Jack Brendamour, Junk King, Named 2021 Rising Leader

September 16, 2021

One of a leader’s key responsibilities is to identify and develop future leaders. The Goering Center demonstrates its commitment to the region’s future generation of leaders by bestowing the Larry Grypp Rising Leader Award. Named for past president Larry Grypp in acknowledgement of his leadership accomplishments, this award is given to one Rising Leader, nominated by their member company, for demonstrating success at advancing one of the Goering Center’s 10 Best Practices of Successful Family and Private Businesses. Jack Brendamour was nominated for the following Best Business Practices: for Business Growth by Cody Campbell and for Giving Back by Julie Heil.

Attention to detail, adaptability, and commitment to...

September 16, 2021

When quarantine was mandated in March of 2020, VonLehman’s number one concern was the safety of its employees and clients. All employees were sent home immediately, and the office was closed. Once the safety of the employees was established, VonLehman developed committees to ensure all steps going forward were taken with caution. A “Rapid Response Team” was formed to communicate to employees on a weekly, and sometimes daily, basis with updates on how COVID was impacting the firm. Transparency has always been a strong suit for VonLehman and that became more important than ever.

Necco’s superheroes donned their capes and made magic for...

September 16, 2021

11,200 children and families depended on Necco to receive support during the height of the pandemic. Foster care and mental health counseling are essential services. The physical safety and well-being of Necco’s clients and staff had to be weighed alongside their clients’ critical needs. Even in a pandemic, children need foster families, family crises happen, and mental health support needs staff to be face-to-face in the home. This was all non-negotiable. Necco quickly stepped up, leveraging technology to ensure that all staff, clients, and foster parents had the right tools to access needed educational, behavioral, and physical healthcare from their kitchen table.

When the hungry can’t come to Sweets & Meats BBQ, Sweets & Meats...

September 16, 2021

The food service industry was one of the hardest hit by the pandemic in 2020, and Sweets & Meats BBQ was no exception. In the early days of the pandemic, when everything was shut down, Sweets & Meats’ carry-out remained open – but that would not be enough to survive. They began offering online ordering and curbside pick-up, partnered with Kroger to sell packaged meats and sides in the deli department in their neighborhood store, and began taking their food trucks out to Cincinnati area neighborhoods. They would hit four neighborhoods a day within a 30-mile radius of their restaurant for a period of 15 months, offering family packages and individual meals for pick up from their food truck and trailer. This additional service kept them in business and broadened their audience.

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