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The Goering Center

Family & Private Business Awards


16th Annual Tri-State Family &
Private Business Awards
August 25, 2015
Cincinnati Music Hall



Photos of the gala available here.


Private Business Division:

0-15 Years in Business:

Winner:  Curiosity Advertising

Runners Up: BRG Realty Group and Amend Consulting, LLC

16-51 Years in Business:

Winner: DeanHouston, Inc.

Runners Up:  Meyer Capital Management and Johnson Investment Counsel

51+ Years in Business:

Winner:  Pilot Chemical Company

Runners Up:  Diehl Steel Co., Inc. and LOTH, Inc.


Family Business Division:

0-15 Years in Business:

Winner:  BM2 Freight Services, Inc.

Runners Up: Appro-Rx and Rasor Marketing Communications

16-51 Years in Business:

Winner: Hydrotech, Inc.

Runners Up: CIMx and Mesa Industries, Inc.

51+ Years in Business:

Winner:  Modern Office Methods

Runners Up:  Smyth Automotive and Perfection Group, Inc.

Family and privately owned businesses have a tremendous impact on the nation's total economic climate. In fact, they account for more than half the total employment, new job creation and Gross Domestic Product.

To honor the enormous positive contributions made by family and privately owned companies, both large and small, the University of Cincinnati and the Goering Center for Family & Private Business each year presents the annual Tri-State Family and Private Business of the Year Awards.

Applicants are judged by an independent panel of judges on several of the 10 best practices of family and private businesses as defined by the Goering Center.  Seventy-five companies will be selected as Finalists out of all the applicants.  Awards will be presented in two divisions, Family Business Division and Private Business Division.  Three category winners in each divison will be announced: 0-15 years in business; 16-50 years in business and 50 plus years in business.  Winners and Runner Ups will be revealed at the August 26 gala.

The 2014 Greater Cincinnati Family Business Hall of Fame Award

This award recognizes companies or individuals who have made a long-term community impact, through their commitment to philanthropy, community service, growth of employment and community image.

The Original Board of Advisors for the Goering Center was presented the 2014 Greater Cincinnati Family Business Hall of Fame Award on June 25, 2014.  Recipients are:

Elroy BourgrafJohn B. Goering, Founder
Herbert H. Seilkop
Otto M. Budig, Jr.Robert F. HoewelerJack Steinman
Dave FreytagThomas H. HumesCarson R. Whiting, PhD
James J. FunchDavid M. LanceSteven A. Wilson
Dean GaudinC. Oscar Schmidt, Jr.Jeffrey L. Wyler
Charles W. GoeringMelvin L. SchulmanSidney L. Barton, PhD      Executive Director

Thanks to our Corporate Partners

Cassidy Turley

Fifth Third Bank

USI Insurance