Alexandra Hart, Sales & Marketing Co-op
Alexandra Hart joined the Goering Center in August 2017 as a Sales & Marketing Co-op. Her roles include producing marketing materials to assist the Operations Team and publishing new content on the Goering Center's website. Alexandra is currently in her third year at the University of Cincinnati, majoring in both Marketing and International Business at the Lindner College of Business and minoring in Spanish. She is from Cincinnati, so she has really been a UC Bearcat her entire life.
Jacob Fortner, Marketing Coordinator
Jacob’s role at the Goering Center is marketing coordinator. He develops marketing communications to inform and engage the business community using the Center's website, eNewsletter and social media. Jacob is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and gained co-op experience from HORAN Associates and SHP Leading Design. He lives in Madison Place with close friends.
Larry Grypp, President
Larry serves as President of the Goering Center for Family & Private Business. In this encore career role, Larry combines his desire to make a significant community contribution and to be involved with business – in this case supporting hundreds of family businesses and advisors in the Cincinnati region. Larry served for 38 years in the financial services industry, concluding his traditional career as President and CEO of two Western & Southern companies.
Mary Beth Hammond, Assistant Director
Mary Beth “MB” joined the Goering Center Team in 2000 and has been employed at UC since 1994. As assistant director, MB coordinates all Goering Center events, edits the eNewsletters, manages the website and database, and acts as a liaison to the Center’s board members, various committees and numerous volunteers. MB loves to golf, snorkel and garden. MB's favorite part of her job is interacting with the Center's members and being part of a great team that helps fulfill the Center's mission.
Steve Hater, Membership Director
Steve Hater, a seasoned executive, began his second act at the Goering Center as a volunteer in 2008. He joined the management team as Membership Director in 2009. Steve’s responsibilities include membership growth and coordination of the Center’s member roundtables. Steve’s prior experiences are invaluable to his Goering Center role. He worked for 34 years at his family’s manufacturing business, Hater Industries. Steve says he has found his passion at the Goering Center: “Working with family businesses is as rewarding and fulfilling as life gets.”
Susan Heilmayer, Accountant
Sue joined the University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business Economics Center in 2012 as the Business Manager, and later that year, expanded her role to include Goering Center. Sue's responsibilities include all accounting functions, as well as strategic long and short range forecasting and budgeting. Sue received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1990 from the University of Cincinnati. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Lisa Jonas is Operations and Program Director. She is a senior marketing and communications leader with extensive experience in executive and employee communications, organizational change management, public and media relations, as well as digital and traditional marketing. She is a Cincinnati native and graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English.
Steve McLemore, Engagement Director
Steve McLemore is the Engagement Director. Throughout his career Steve has demonstrated a talent for quickly grasping the big picture, developing concrete plans for success, and perhaps most important to his role, building organizational momentum. Most recently, Steve served as Vice President for Pomeroy where he led a 320-plus Field Services and Operations team. He has a proven track record in strategy development, operations, and revenue generation, working in a wide variety of enterprises including Computer Associates, Xerox Global Services and Martin Marietta (formerly GE Aerospace).
Patty West, Executive Administrative Assistant
Patty, formerly of KeyBank Trust Department, has a B.S. degree in English Education and Communication from Purdue University. She is also certified in Corporate Law and has extensive training and experience in Trust Administration. A mother of three adult children, Patty is a long-time Cincinnatian, currently residing in Anderson Township. Patty is integral to the successful operation of the Goering Center, providing front-line support to the Center’s three directors and the president, helping the Center maintain high levels of service.