President’s Greeting and Congratulations

Larry Grypp

Larry Grypp, President of the Goering Center

One of the best things about working at Goering Center is the diversity of our team. Some of us are enjoying “encore careers” following traditional careers in other industries. We have a few in mid-career, one brand new graduate, as well as a steady stream of interns and co-ops through our affiliation with the Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati.

This makes us typical of businesses in the early twenty-first century. We are experiencing a shift in workplace demographics as more and more Millennial and Generation Y workers join our teams and advance into management roles. The expectations and motivations for these newer employees are causing businesses to re-evaluate their hiring and employment practices as they try to seamlessly blend the generations into cohesive teams.

At this year’s Family and Private Business Awards – our 17th annual – we celebrated regional businesses who have mastered this demographic mix. An independent panel of judges evaluated applicants’ hiring and employment practices, and whether those practices helped them unify a multigenerational workforce.

From 570 nominated companies, 75 were chosen as semifinalists, and on September 13, 18 companies were recognized for their success and resourcefulness at our awards gala at JACK Cincinnati Casino. We offer our hearty congratulations to these companies and are happy to honor them again today in this publication.

Another highlight of the evening was the induction of Drees Homes into the Greater Cincinnati Family Business Hall of Fame. Drees Homes was selected for outstanding achievements in four areas: community service, community image, employment growth and philanthropy.

Over its 85 years in business, the company – spanning three generations of the Drees family – has given back to the community via extensive contributions to the entire Northern Kentucky region.  This unwavering commitment, along with their philosophy to treat vendors, employees and clients with unqualified respect, has enabled Drees to become the nation's 10th largest privately-owned homebuilder, as well as our Hall of Fame honoree.

Family businesses create more than 70 percent of the new jobs in the U.S. economy. Ninety-five percent of family businesses are philanthropic, supporting their chosen causes. Likewise, our volunteers and corporate partners share their treasured time and resources with the Goering Center.

Fifth Third Bank, USI Insurance and Cushman Wakefield were the premier sponsors of this celebration. Their generous support enabled us to host more than 700 guests – from Millennials to Boomers and everything in between – who make up, or support, the family and private businesses in our community.

Please join me, together with the rest of the Goering Center’s diverse team, as we congratulate the companies featured today.