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Goering Center IN the News

  • December 16, 2022: The sweet spot: Iconic Cincinnati confectionary is ready to expand (link to pdf)
  • October 14, 2022: Greater Cincinnati Nonprofit of the Year Awards 2022 (link to pdf)
  • August 15, 2022: Bengals’ Blackburn sisters give peek at what’s new for fans this season This year the Bengals are focused on making the newly renamed Paycor Stadium even louder than it was last season. [...] That was one of the key points Elizabeth Blackburn, Bengals director of strategy and engagement, and her sister Caroline Blackburn, Bengals senior manager of digital, discussed at a sold-out Goering Center for Family and Private Business quarterly event at Rhinegeist Brewery on Thursday. The event drew about 200, marking the biggest such event the organization has had since the pandemic began. (link to pdf)
  • August 5, 2022: Business Succession Forum: Discussion Recap The Cincinnati Business Courier held a forum focused on leadership succession, organization succession, and transferring businesses to the next generation or to new ownership that featured a panel of three local experts, including Carol Butler, Goering Center President. (link to pdf)
  • March 28, 2022: 4th Generation to Lead Cincinnati Container into the Future On May 1, 2022, Lauren Johnson-Lake of Cincinnati Container Company assumed the role of President. Formerly Vice President of Operations, she succeeded her father, Paul Johnson, as the fourth generation president of the company. Paul is staying on as Vice President of Technology and Chairman of the Board. [...] In January 2022, Lauren was nominated for the Rising Leader Award at the Goering Center for her work with outside boards, one of the 10 Best Practices of Successful Family and Private Businesses. (link to pdf)
  • March 16, 2022: ABC Announces Its 2022 Young Professional of the Year Luke Perry was recently named the Associated Builders and Contractors 2022 National Young Professional of the Year. Before Luke’s tremendous national recognition by the ABC, he and his father Jim Perry became poster children for the Goering Center, literally. If you have attended any of our events, you will have seen Jim’s smiling face on one of our three pop-up banners, and they both grace our Next Generation Institute (NGI)® flyer. Perry Contracting joined the Goering Center in 2016 with the ultimate goal of preparing for the transition of the business from Jim to Luke. (link to pdf)
  • December 2021: Not Always All in the Family Family businesses, including treasured local brands, often benefit from outside advice, non-family directors, and the younger generation trying other careers before returning to lead. In Realm: The Journal for Queen City CEOs, David Holthaus interviews Carol Butler, Goering Center President, and features stories of Cincinnati family businesses. (Story begins on Page 36) (link to pdf)
  • November 24, 2021: Greater Cincinnati doctor passes down 35-year-old practice to son A Greater Cincinnati doctor who has been practicing in the region for more than 40 years is handing down the reins to his private practice, and his successor is a familiar face. In this Cincinnati Business Courier piece, learn how the Goering Center helped educate the Hill family on the succession process. (link to pdf)
  • November 19, 2021: Newport executive search firm names new President Centennial Talent Strategy & Executive Search announced the promotion of Marcus Gardner from Chief Growth Officer to President. In 2008, the Sipple family started their business succession journey with the Goering Center's Next Generation Institute (NGI)®. Hear how NGI helped Mike Jr. and Mike Sr. to evaluate their future and determine what was best for their business and families. (link to pdf)
  • November 12, 2021: FAST TRACK: Tire Discounters wants to become a national tire retailer. But to do so, it’ll need to burn a little rubber. In this Cincinnati Business Courier feature, learn why Carol Butler believes family-owned Tire Discounters is well-positioned for growth. (link to pdf)
  • August 6, 2021: Cincinnati Business Courier Business Succession Forum Carol Butler, Goering Center President, joined a panel of four experts from different fields to discuss the challenges of and best practices for a successful business transition. (link to pdf)

Quarterly Message from the President

The power of community to combat uncertainty

If someone were to compile a list of the most used words over the past three years, I suspect “uncertainty” would rank near the top. It’s a word I’ve used repeatedly in recent times to describe the state of the world, and the continuing noise, excitement, and confusion we see not just in our country, but globally.

Read quarterly Presidential Letter here.

2020 Economic Impact

Our first Core Member Economic Impact Study has been published. Goering Center members and Corporate Partners were surveyed in October 2020 and the results published in April 2021.

Learn more about Economic Impact Study here

From UC News


UC 1819 Innovation Hub fuels Cincinnati’s startup success

July 8, 2024

An impressive 33% of the startups featured in this year's Cincy Inno’s Top Startups to Watch list and finalists for the Business Courier’s Cincy Inno Fire Awards are either founded by University of Cincinnati alums or are associated with UC’s corporate investor partners. UC has strategically identified and developed programs centered around fundamental influences for startup success.


UC alum delivers virtual startup in e-commerce fulfillment

April 2, 2024

University of Cincinnati alumnus Jason Harbert attended the College of Engineering. He is the co-founder and chief technology officer (CTO) of Flowspace, partnering with CEO Ben Eachus. They combined their passion, skillsets and experience to create a cutting-edge full-service fulfillment management solution for direct-to-consumer (DTC) and business-to-business (B2B) models.


Tech titans Tembo and Fireroad stake claim in the Silicon...

February 12, 2024

In a strategic alliance at the forefront of technological advancement, the University of Cincinnati 1819 Innovation Hub welcomes the collaboration and shared residency of Tembo and Fireroad, two pioneering companies poised to redefine the landscape of Ohio's inaugural innovation district, the Cincinnati Innovation District.


WBUR’s On Point: Are paid commutes the next big trend in...

January 18, 2024

As return to office mandates continue to spread, the debate surrounding employee compensation for their commutes to the office is growing. Laurens Steed, PhD, Carl H. Lindner College of Business assistant professor of management and John and Gloria Goering Professorship in Family & Private Business, weighed in on the complexities of the matter with NPR affiliate WBUR’s On Point podcast.


Is your personal data protected?

December 13, 2023

From phishing attacks, malware and account hijacking to removable media, denials of service and intellectual property theft, cybersecurity incidents are constantly evolving and the impacts are becoming more severe.


Empowering small businesses through innovative resources

November 8, 2023

Entrepreneurs, managers and businesses eager for substantial growth can leverage the center's rich offerings, backed by the University of Cincinnati's distinguished faculty, driven students and a network of regional corporate and professional affiliates.


Focus on employee wellness to increase work readiness

October 10, 2023

Employees who struggle physically, financially, or emotionally are less likely to be engaged, take more sick days, spend more work time focused on personal issues, have higher medical costs and have higher turnover rates.


Your financial advisor: A key succession planning partner

October 10, 2023

Many business owners have spent years building wealth within their companies by intently focusing on maintaining happy employees and growing their businesses. Often, that means neglecting some of the most critical issues at hand — planning for a future business succession and their own retirement needs.

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