2023 Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards

The Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards (CBAAs), 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.

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 directionNext Lives Here, while setting the stage for current and future students — the next generation of business leaders — to achieve success. 

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.

Save the Date for the 2023 CBAAs

The 2023 Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards will be held Thursday, March 2, 2023 at the Cincinnati Museum Center in Union Terminal.

The 2023 event also marks the Center for Entrepreneurship's 25th anniversary. Check back here for more information about event details and awardees.

Award Descriptions


Left to right: Lindner Dean Marianne Lewis (far left) and UC President Neville G. Pinto (far right) with 2022 CBAA award winners and honorees. Photo by Lauren Meisberger.

Carl H. Lindner Award for Outstanding Business Achievement

The highest honor bestowed at the 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.

Distinguished Service Award

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. 

Business Partnership Award

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.    

PACEsetter Award

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.

Carl H. Lindner Outstanding Junior Scholarship

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.    

The Heart of William J. Keating Leadership Award

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 third-year 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.

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Victoria Kuhlman

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