Nominate Your “Rising Leader” for 2018

Cultivating bench strength is critical to long-term success. By investing in a rising generation of leaders, we lay a foundation for succession, and by acknowledging the accomplishments of these rising leaders, we create highly engaged and motivated teams. These new leaders shape the future of our companies and collectively grow our regional economy.

To demonstrate its commitment to this region’s future generation of leaders, the Goering Center honors one “Rising Leader” at its annual Family and Private Business Awards.



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Recognize Your Rising Leaders

Click here to nominate your Rising Leader for 2018. Nominations submitted by the last business day of every month will be considered for selection on the following month.

Nomination Process & Award Criteria

The second annual nomination process began August 1, 2017, and continues through July 31, 2018. Over these months, an independent panel of judges will select 9 semi-finalists from a pool of nominees, one each month from November - July. Semi-finalists are chosen for their demonstrated success advancing one of the 10 Best Practices of Family and Private Business.

A nominee must be an employee of a Goering Center Core Member company who is on a leadership track, or succession track, of a family or private business.

The Goering Center will showcase semi-finalists in our publications and live events. By publicly acknowledging their accomplishments we will help establish them – and the companies they work for – as Rising Leaders in Greater Cincinnati’s business community.

For more information about the Rising Leader Award, contact Lisa Jonas at or 513.556.7403.

Rising Leader Semi-Finalists for 2017-2018


April 2018

Don Prysi

Don Prysi, President of Indy Honeycomb, has been selected as the Rising Leader for April for his work on their Performance Management System. Don researched industry specific market rate compensation, and developed a system of pay rates that worked toward these rates for all employees.

"Job descriptions were made or revised to become uniform and consistent then Don effectively communicated a measured plan to integrate/introduce them into routine performance evaluations."

Steve Barnett
CEO, Indy Honeycomb


March 2018

Mike McCullough

Mike McCullough, President of TRAK Group, has been selected as the Rising Leader for March for contributing to the best practice of 'Giving Back' at TRAK. Mike has encouraged his team to volunteer by fostering volunteering options during the workday.

"This has allowed for our staff to grow as a team both personally and professionally. It is a wonderful feeling to have a president who cares about supporting and giving back to a community we are all a part of. Everyone has chosen to be a part of these events because it feels great to give back, but it has also allowed TRAK to develop a positive reputation as a business."

Tiffany Sheibley
Office Assistant, TRAK Group


February 2018

Eric Scherzinger

Eric Scherzinger, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Scherzinger Pest Control, has been selected as the Rising Leader for February, 2018 for contributing to the best practice of 'Giving Back' at his company. Eric has been instrumental in increasing Scherzinger's community involvement. He coordinated employee participation at the "Scherzinger Butterfly Garden," outside of the Krohn Conservatory each year.

"The response from getting the employees engaged in these activities has been great. We have had a large amount of participation and employees volunteering to help. [...] When we have donated the bed bug services to the families associated with the Dragon Fly Foundation we have actually had too many volunteers and had to let them work in shifts."

Eric Scherzinger


January 2018

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Jay Stautberg, Chief Financial Officer at Home City Ice, has been selected as the Rising Leader for January, 2018 for his work in the area of 'Family Council.' Jay has has helped the family business to improve dialogue with one another, thus improving the future decisions of the business.

"Jay has been instrumental in unifying the family, enabling the business to grow into its next plateau."

Cliff Riegler, COO
Home City Ice


December 2017

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Valerie Webster, President of USGreentech, is being recognized as Rising Leader for December 2017. She has advanced the "Turf Infill Experts" company by planning a Dynamic Business Strategy (one of the Goering Center's listed Best Practices for family and private businesses).US Greentech is an operating division of The Motz Corporation, led by CEO Joe Motz. Motz credits Valerie with revising USGreentech's strategic focus, complete with an in-depth dashboard model with a "strategic business/people plan." This vision for the future has been the foundation for the dynamic growth both The Motz Corporation and USGreentech are realizing.


November 2017

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Lauren Bunn, Chief Operating Officer of Appro-RX, is the Rising Leader Semi-Finalist for November 2017. Lauren is being recognized for her work advancing the best practice of Business Growth at her organization.

Nominations are open for the Goering Center's second annual Rising Leader Award, and we are announcing our first Semi-Finalist for the 2017-2018 season: Lauren Bunn, COO of Appro-RX! Congratulations to Lauren and her team on this achievement.

"Lauren, under her direction and leadership, has maintained the daily operations of Appro-Rx through a time of unprecedented growth. She has maintained our core book and existing foundation of business during this growth and acquisition of new clients, a 2400 square foot remodel addition to our existing offices and has trained and directed all the new employees added to Appro-Rx."

Kyle Fields
CEO, Appro-Rx