Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards

Honoring the Cincinnati business community’s finest.

The Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards, presented by the University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business Alumni Council, is the region’s longest-standing event that recognizes achievement in business as well as service to communities, both locally and globally. This flagship event for our college also directly impacts the Lindner student experience by raising funds for scholarships and financial assistance at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Our university has a rich, 200-year legacy of innovation and impact. The CBAAs are just one way our college honors those who embody UC’s strategic direction, Next Lives Here, while setting the stage for current and future students — the next generation of business leaders — to achieve success. 

2020 Highlights

The University of Cincinnati’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business held its 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards on Thursday, March 5, 2020. Read the full event recap and view the Photo Album on the Lindner College of Business Facebook page

 

2020 Honorees

Scott E. Anderson, BBA ’92 | President, HBH Holdings, Inc.

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Scott E. Anderson, BBA ’92

What does it mean for you to receive this award?

"I am humbled and proud to receive this award representing the UC and Enerfab. There are so many people that have provided me with amazing opportunities throughout my career and this is an awesome way to say, 'Thank You!'"

How has the Lindner College of Business impacted you personally or professionally?

"The UC co-op program got me started in the real world. It is a tremendous program. It attracts top employers and provides students with unique opportunities to gain valuable experience that helps secure employment upon graduation. My career at Enerfab began with an opportunity created by the UC co-op program. The rest was up to me."

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/DrmisddOh_A?rel=0

Howard Elliott | Founder and President, Elliott Management Group | Partner, WEB Ventures

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Howard Elliott

Why do you choose to spend time working with the college and our students?

"I learn and grow when I interact with the talented and smart faculty, students and staff of the college. I also strive to help the college develop a stronger relationship with the African American business community in Cincinnati."

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/1Qx0qjnVNRw?rel=0

Pamela Weber | Senior Vice President, PNC Bank Real Estate Banking

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Pamela Weber

Why do you choose to spend time working with the college?

"It really comes down to two things: community and people. You only have so many hours in a day. If the time I spend doing something doesn’t positively move my community forward or allow me to meet and know people with a vision for making a difference, I move on. Time spent at Lindner does both of those things and more. The energy, ideas and dreams of our students are the lifeblood of our future! If I can be just a little part of what feeds that energy and sparks those ideas and dreams, it’s worth every minute."

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/O08tYRTnuJw?rel=0

Enerfab

Enerfab was honored with a Business Partnership Award for its strong support of and investment in the Lindner College of Business and region’s workforce. Enerfab’s CEO, Aaron Landolt, BBA ’97, accepted the award on behalf of the company, discussing the role local companies have in strengthening the region’s talent pipeline through co-op.

Edita Dolan-Mayo, BBA ’04 | Director Of Marketing & Community Affairs, Powernet Co.

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Edita Dolan-Mayo, BBA ’04

How has the Lindner College of Business impacted you personally or professionally?

"Lindner has supported my growth by strengthening my ability in public speaking. After graduating, Lindner was actually the first place that provided me the opportunity to present to a class. Over time, I began to feel like I was making an impact. I choose to stay engaged as an alumna because I was once in the same shoes as today's students, trying to figure out what to do and how to do it."

Sammy Geroulis, BBA ’12 | Owner, SMG Marketing Consultancy, LLC

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Samuel Geroulis, BBA ’12

What does it mean to you to receive this award?

"I am deeply honored to be included among an outstanding list of past and present award recipients who have generated a genuine impact on UC students and the city as a whole. Uniting under the strengths of past, present and future members of the UC family is the only way to truly embrace the Boldly Bearcat call-to-action and I am overjoyed to contribute however I am able.

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/oUxhU5qZEdI?rel=0

Avery Abraham, BS ’21

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Avery Abraham, BS '21

Avery holds a double major in business analytics and international business. He has leveraged his co-op experiences in technology, finance and government throughout the country to not only gain experience but connect with UC alumni in those geographical regions.

On campus, he is involved with the University Funding Board and aims to make an impact on UC during his time at UC, cultivating leadership and empowering others to achieve their dreams. He leads by serving and mentoring younger students. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors mountaineering and working towards his lifetime goal of climbing the tallest mountains on every continent.

Logan Davis, BBA ’21

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Logan Davis, BBA '21

Logan is a Cincinnati-native and fourth year Lindner Honors-PLUS Scholar, studying marketing and business analytics. She serves as the President of Lindner Women in Business, where she empowers 170+ members to cultivate personal and professional success. Logan is also a marketing co-op at Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub and has held previous roles at Paycor, Phillips Edison & Company and 84.51°, where she plans to return this summer.

Logan is extremely passionate about social justice, public health and Lindner’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, which she demonstrates through involvement with both Lindner Women in Business and Fernside: A Center for Grieving Children. After graduation, Logan plans to attend law school and aspires to be a changemaker in the community.


About the Awards

The highest honor bestowed at the Lindner College of Business’ annual CBAAs, the Carl H. Lindner Award for Outstanding Business Achievement recognizes a Lindner College of Business graduate who best exemplifies an entrepreneurial spirit with commitment to business, community and the highest level of success within one’s profession.

Honoring commitment to the college, UC and the community, the Distinguished Service Awardees have given generously of their time, talent or treasure, directly impacting the Lindner student experience and helping students succeed beyond graduation. Past award recipients have served as long-term mentors for student programs and organizations, or have gone beyond funding a scholarship and led initiatives at the college. 

This award recognizes a business or organization that supports the college and local communities. Past award winners have been recognized for their long history of participating in college networking events or career fairs, or providing career opportunities for students and graduates. Others have encouraged employees to serve as guest speakers in business classes or mentor students.    

The Lindner College of Business weaves four values throughout the student experience: Professionalism, Academics, Character and Engagement (PACE). The college believes that helping students cultivate these values along with their knowledge and skills will help them grow into the professionals employers want to hire and the leaders others want to follow.

This award recognizes alumni who practice and set the PACE for success in both their professional and personal lives.

As one of the oldest scholarships at UC that bears the Lindner name, the Carl H. Lindner Outstanding Junior Scholarship recognizes an undergraduate student who best exemplifies the energy, commitment and creativity of Carl H. Lindner—shown through their work in the classroom, and their commitment and contribution to UC.    

This award and scholarship bears the name of prominent Cincinnati lawyer William (Bill) Keating, Jr., and honors his longtime service as president of the Lindner Business Advisory Council. When Keating passed away in 2017, Dave Szymanski, former dean of the Lindner College of Business, established the Heart of Bill Keating, Jr. award to recognize a junior business student for their outstanding service to the university and community.

“If you knew my dad, this was his life’s purpose: To make his community a better place for the next generation,” said Liz Keating, daughter of Bill Keating, Jr., during her remarks presenting the award at the 34th annual CBAAs in March 2019.


2020 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

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Great American Insurance Groups is a Premier Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

Gold Sponsors

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Enerfab is a Gold Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

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HBH Hholdings, Inc., is a Gold Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

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Western & Southern is a Gold Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

1906 Sponsors

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AK Steel is a 1906 Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards

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Ameritas is a 1906 Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

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The Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS program is a 1906 Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

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Cincinnati Bell is a 1906 Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

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The David J. Joseph Company is a 1906 Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

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Ernst & Young is a 1906 Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

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Johnson Investment Counsel is a 1906 Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

PNC company logo

PNC is a 1906 Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

PNC

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Sims Investment Management LLC is a 1906 Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

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Total Quality Logistics is a 1906 Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

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Transport National is a 1906 Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

UC Chief Investment Office

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The UC Center for Business Analytics is a 1906 Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

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UC Health is a 1906 Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

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UC Real Estate Center is a 1906 Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

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Uptown Rental Properties, LLC is a 1906 Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

Red & Black Sponsors

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AL. NEYER is a Red & Black Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

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The Cincinnati Insurance Company is a Red & Black Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

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Clark, Schaefer, Hackett & Company is a Red & Black Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

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F&M Manufacturing Company is a Red & Black Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

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Fifth Third Bank is a Red & Black Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

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HILLS Properties is a Red & Black Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

The Geroulis Family

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JLL's Josh Gerth and Todd Pease are Red & Black Sponsors for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

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Lenox Wealth Management is a Red & Black Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

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Miller-Valentine Group is a Red & Black Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

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Ryan Capital Global Advisors of Raymond James is a Red & Black Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

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The Tokarz Group Advisers (TTGA) is a Red & Black Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

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Uptown Consortium, Inc., is a Red & Black Sponsor for the 35th annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards.

 

Contact us

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Samantha Lake

Assistant Director of Development

513-556-5074