Lightning in a Bottle

It can't be possible...or can it?

Social & Learning Event | 4.18.18 | New Riff Distilling (Newport)

Doug Bolton is moderating the "Lightning in a Bottle" panel on April 18, 2018.

Could your business capture lightning in a bottle?
Could you harness 5,000,000,000 joules of energy, and channel it through a highly functioning team? To implement a far-reaching strategy? Making an unbelievable impact for the greater good?

The Goering Center says you can!

If you have an entrepreneurial heart and want to be inspired, join us April 18 at New Riff Distilling. We’re planning one electrifying happy hour, filled with stories from Cincinnati leaders who have transformed their organizations, their industries, and our community.

Each has captured “lightning in a bottle,” realizing incredible returns, in difficult environments, because they believed they could do the impossible.


Key Takeaways:

  • Learn how the Greater Cincinnati region became a magnet for new businesses, and existing businesses, wanting to expand.
  • Tap into the resources entrepreneurs need to build thriving businesses – like community partners, economic development experts, and access to other top business leaders.
  • Hear how Crossroads became the fastest growing church in our region – a community of 30,000 with 14 locations in Ohio and Kentucky.
  • What’s behind Health Carousel’s 84 percent growth rate? And how have they become one of the fastest growing health care companies in the nation?
Panel of Speakers

Doug Bolton, Bill Deville, Johnna Reeder, Kathy Beechem

Meet Doug, Our Moderator:

Doug Bolton is a community volunteer, looking to take his volunteerism to a new level. This long-time friend of the Goering Center has been a volunteer, a member and a corporate partner, devoting great energy to Cincinnati’s family and private business community. Most recently, Doug was managing principal of the Cincinnati and Dayton offices for Cushman & Wakefield, helping them grow to become the largest local commercial real estate firm in the region. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Doug spent 25 years in the media business, including nearly 11 years as publisher as Cincinnati Business Courier.

Meet Our Panel:

Bill DeVille is CEO of Health Carousel, the 20th largest healthcare staffing company in the United States. Founded by Bill in 2004, the Cincinnati company has enjoyed an 84 percent CAGR over the last five years, and in 2017, was recognized as a Fast 55 company in Cincinnati, number 624 on the INC 5000, and a Best Place to Work company in Cincinnati. Prior to forming Health Carousel, Bill was the co-founder and chief operating officer of Health Personnel Options, which was one of the largest and fastest growing travel staffing companies in the country, and a pioneer of Rapid Response staffing. He is a past president of the American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment (AAIHR).

Johnna Reeder is president and CEO of REDI Cincinnati. She was named to her current position in April 2014. Johnna was previously the vice president of community relations and economic development for Duke Energy, Ohio and Kentucky. Prior to joining Duke Energy, Johnna led community relations, government affairs and foundation giving for Citi Corporation in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. REDI Cincinnati has received many accolades and awards under Reeder’s leadership, including 2017 Mac Conway Award for Excellence in Economic Development and Top Economic Development Organization in both 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Site Selection magazine. Johnna was named one of North America's Top 50 economic developers by Consultant Connect in 2016.

Kathy Beechem is a commissioned pastor and the director of multi-site Oakley, Crossroads Community Church. She joined the church’s team in 2011 following the death of her husband, Pete Nadherny, but she has always been highly involved in our community. Kathy has served on numerous boards, including the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, the Greater Cincinnati YWCA, Ocean Accelerator and the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative. Prior to joining Crossroads, Kathy served as Executive Vice President of US Bank, and in 2004 was named one of “The 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking.” In 2002, she was selected by the YWCA as a Career Woman of Achievement and in 2011, was honored with The Enquirer Woman of the Year. 

Anything Else I Should Know?

When: Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
What: Panel discussion in a casual and social environment. Appetizers and refreshments provided.
 Business casual.
  New Riff Distilling, 24 Distillery Way, Bellevue, KY 41073
Who should come:
 Goering Center Core Members, Associate Members, Corporate Partners and anyone interested in the subject matter. Open to the public.
 Members: $59; Non-members: $119.

Thank you to our featured sponsors:

Oxford Financial Group, U.S. Bank / Ascent Private Capital Management
and Wood & Lamping