Nominate Your “Rising Leaders”

In any business, family or private, 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 will honor one “Rising Leader” at its annual Family & Private Business Awards beginning with the September 12, 2017 gala.

Nomination Process & Award Criteria

The first annual nomination process takes place from November, 2016, and continues through July, 2017. Each month, an independent panel of judges will select one semi-finalist from a pool of nominees, identifying 9 semi-finalists in all. Semi-finalists will be chosen for their demonstrated success advancing one of the 10 Best Practices.

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.

Each month, 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.

Recognize Your Rising Leaders

To nominate your Rising Leader, click on the link below and complete the 10-minute survey. Nominations submitted by the last business day of every month will be considered for selection on the following month.

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


Semi-Finalists will be featured in Goering Center publications and at our live events.

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Rising Leader Semi-Finalists


June 2017


Zach Burns, President at The Motz Group, has been selected as the Rising Leader of June, 2017. A Goering Center panel of judges selected Zach for his work in Leadership Development.

Zach joined The Motz Group nine years ago as a field consultant in training. TMG identified Zach as a high potential employee from the start, and he jumped into the “trenches” to learn the business from the inside out. This attitude and commitment helped foster the organizational development Zach needed to prepare the business for ongoing expansion. As a result, the company’s revenue has more than doubled under his leadership.

“Due to his willingness to immerse himself into our frontlines Zach became intimately familiar with the what, why, and how our secret sauce is delivered. From this foundation he moved our organization from having been formerly led by our operational capacity, to that of our business development capacity. This fundamental change has resulted in an ever growing list of new heights.”

- Joe Motz, Chief Executive Officer
The Motz Group


May 2017



Greg Middendorf, Partner and Wealth Adviser at Hengehold Capital Management, is May’s Goering Center Rising Leader.  Greg has been nominated and chosen for his efforts advancing HCM’s Dynamic Business Strategy.

When the team met to craft the six month strategy, Greg helped to generate ideas among the team and facilitate conversation. He is supporting execution of the plan at Hengehold. This plan developed when the firm completed the Goering Center’s Next Generation Institute.

“Greg helped design and implement The HCM Strategic Plan, and communicates it effectively to our team members and clients. By combining his listening skills with proactive and high-frequency client contact, Greg helps our clients gain confidence about their financial well-being.”

- Michael Hengehold, President
Hengehold Capital Mangement


April 2017


Brandon Tackett
is Vice President of Slice of Stainless. He is recognized as a Rising Leader Semi-Finalist for his work advancing one of the 10 Best Practices of Family and Private Businesses – developing a performance management system.

Brandon implemented S.M.A.R.T. goals and monthly reviews for every employee, put into place weekly and monthly progress huddle meetings to share information, and managed an expansion project to double the size of the warehouse on time and on budget.


"Brandon achieved the best year for financial performance in the history of the company in 2016.”

- Jim Schneible, General Manager
Slice of Stainless


March 2017

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Angie Fischer's
role at Curiosity Advertising is Vice President of Client Services. She is awarded Rising Leader for March because of her work developing a dynamic business strategy.

Angie crafted a three-year vision and strategic plan, entitled "Curiosity 20/20." If success metrics are achieved, the plan will double the agency's revenue by 2020, and it also details five core pillars of the agency.

"I work closely with Angie, although we’re not related (everybody asks that). She helped us understand that a lot of our processes that worked when we were 50 people, had to change when we had 75 people. Her knowledge, experience, communication abilities, business savvy – all of it was a huge plus as she led this process for us."

- Matt Fischer
President & Chief Creative Officer
Curiosity Advertising


February 2017


Chase Daoud
served as District General Manager at LaRosa's Pizzeria for five years, and now serves as Chief Operating Officer. Chase is awarded Rising Leader for February in the category of Business Growth which he achieved by advancing the culture of customer service at LaRosa's and analyzing and applying data to provide solutions at various LaRosa's stores.

"Chase helped facilitate a profit growth in Florence of 127% in 2016 by focusing on getting food and labor costs in line. Chase has also developed a reputation where everyone feels comfortable coming to him with any questions and concerns. He has helped develop a culture where the team members help each other to help the customer."

- Tarik Daoud
President & CEO | Data Management dba LaRosa's


January 2017


Amanda Shults
serves as President at RiskSOURCE Clark-Theders. Named Rising Leader in the category of Performance Management, Amanda converted their company’s 22-member team to a performance-based compensation model. As a result, the RiskSOURCE Clark-Theders team knows where they stand in the big picture of the business’ goals and dreams. While messing with predictable and comfortable would be scary for many, with Amanda’s leadership the team embraced this foundational change.

"Amanda has been a true leader in every sense. We have had off the chart employee engagement reports, won best places to work in Cincinnati, Best workplaces in Ohio by Ohio Magazine, and Best for the World (workers) internationally from B-Corp. Goals are met and on target in every area she has in her responsibility.”

- Jonathan Theders
CEO | RiskSOURCE Clark-Theders


December 2016

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Sarah Grace Mohr
is the Operations & Communications Director at Mackey Advisors. Our judges selected Sarah Grace as the Rising Leader of November for her demonstrated success advancing one of the Goering Center's 10 Best Practices - Performance Management System.

"Grace has owned this area in the firm. She champions and coaches for our annual evaluation process, which has been converted to an annual coaching plan with monthly updates. She also has fostered a culture focused on our values and mission that surpasses any we have had in the past."

- Mackey McNeill
President & CEO | Mackey Advisors


November 2016


Rob Clippard
is the Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc. Our judges selected Rob as our first Rising Leader for his demonstrated success advancing one of the Goering Center's 10 Best Practices - Dynamic Business Strategy.

"For the first time in its history, Clippard has a strategic plan and can commence focusing on growth markets while continuing to serve the traditional markets that have driven its success for 70 years."

- John Campbell
President | Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc.



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