JTM Food Group is Named Goering Center's Greater Cincinnati Family Business Hall of Fame Inductee for 2017

The University of Cincinnati’s Goering Center for Family & Private Business reveals the

 JTM Food Group is the 2017 Family Hall of Fame Honoree.

Cincinnati, Ohio – June 1, 2017  The Goering Center each year awards a company, family or individual with induction into Cincinnati’s exclusive Greater Cincinnati Family Business Hall of Fame.  Since 2011, honorees have included LaRosa’s, The Castellini Companies, Graeter’s and now for 2017 the Goering Center names the JTM Food Group as recipient of this award.  The JTM Food Group is being honored for their dedication, faith, hard work, community service, sustainability, family and commitment to excellence.

Four Maas brothers, Jack, Joe, Tony and Jerry currently own and operate this fourth generation, international food-processing company, headquartered in Harrison, Ohio.  JTM is a manufacturer of foodservice, school, military, restaurant and retail food products serving markets across the globe.  JTM originated as Maas Brothers Meats, founded in 1960 by Jack Maas, Sr.  In 1974 the company was renamed Jack Maas Meats and then in 1980 to reflect the continued growth and diversification of the company, it became known by its present
name JTM Food Group.  Since the company’s inception it has remained a family affair, from JoAnn and Jack Sr. (Mom and Dad) to seven children and now inclusive of fifteen grandchildren.  The family and the entire team of professionals at JTM pride themselves on delivering great tasting, high quality foods at the highest level of customer service.  Now with over 400 employees and revenues of over $160 million, JTM Food Group is one of Cincinnati’s largest family owned businesses and ranks 65th on the Deloitte Cincinnati USA list of top 100 private firms.

JTM Food Group embodies a commitment to serve the communities they live and work in.  The Maas family’s tithed contributions assist more than thirty organizations and numerous altruistic movements across the nation including Ruah Woods, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Wounded Warrior Project.

“JTM Food Group’s community dedication, in addition to their sustainability efforts, product innovations, growth and service to their industry,” according to Larry Grypp, president of the Goering Center, “was an integral facet reflective of receiving the Hall of Fame Induction.”

The University of Cincinnati’s Goering Center for Family & Private Business, established in 1989, is a membership group dedicated to connecting and educating businesses across Southern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana.  The goal of the Goering Center is bringing together regional businesses to share real-world insights, develop collaborative forums and strengthen these businesses in an effort to drive a more vibrant economy.

To select the Greater Cincinnati Family Business Hall of Fame Award, the Goering Center reviews potential recipients from all over the tristate region based on their longevity, growth, commitment to success and community involvement.  The JTM Food Group will be only the fifth company to be inducted to the Goering Center Family Business Hall of Fame, joining fellow businesses: LaRosa’s (2011), The Castellini Companies (2013) and Graeter’s Ice Cream (2015).  The 2012 honoree was Otto M. Budig and in 2014 the Goering Center Hall of Fame inducted the entire Founding Board of Advisors including such distinguished business leaders, John Goering (Founder), Sid Barton PhD (Founding Faculty Executive), Otto M. Budig, Elroy Bourgraf, Dave Freytag, James Funch, Dean R. Gaudin, Charles W. Goering, Robert F. Hoeweler, Thomas H. Humes, C. Oscar Schmidt, Jr., Melvin L. Schulman, Herman H. Seilkop, Jack Steinman, Jeff Wyler, Carson R. Whiting PhD and Steve Wilson.

Induction to the Greater Cincinnati Family Business Hall of Fame will be September 12, 2017, at the 18th Annual Goering Center Family and Private Business Awards.  This year’s event will be held at the JACK Cincinnati Casino, Cincinnati, Ohio.  One winner and two finalists in each of the six business categories across two divisions will be selected.   The Goering Center will also honor the 2017 Baldwin Volunteer Award Winner.  An inaugural award will also be given to the individual named 2017’s Rising Leader.  The evening’s festivities, emceed by Drew Lachey, will include a social hour and award presentation.


About JTM Food Group

Family owned and operated since 1980, JTM Food Group specializes in menu solutions that deliver superior results to the food service industry.  Focused on customer service, quality and innovation, JTM serves thousands of schools, restaurants, military and government organizations, food distributors and retailer throughout North America.  In 2016, JTM was named the 65th largest private firm on the Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100 list.  For more information, visit www.JTMFoodGroup.com

About the Goering Center for Family & Private BusinessGoering.UC.edu  Established in 1989, the Goering Center for Family & Private Business has become the country’s largest university based educational resource for family and private businesses.  The Center’s mission is to nurture and educate family and private businesses to drive a vibrant economy. Affiliation with the University of Cincinnati’s and the University of Cincinnati’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business enables access to a vast resource of business programing and expertise.  The Goering Center provides its membership real-world insights with the goal to enlighten, strengthen and prolong family business success.  For more information on the Center, participation and membership visit Goering.UC.edu.

Media Inquiries

Lisa Jonas, Goering Center, 513-556-7403, lisa.jonas@uc.edu