2021 Rising Leader Finalists

Rising Leader Finalist for November 2020 is Bobby Slattery, Co-Owner 50 West Brewing

In full swing of the Covid pandemic, Fifty West opened the newest addition to their food, beer and entertainment venues in April 2020, with The Burger Bar. They opened with an online, walk-up restaurant located in Mariemont, alongside the Miami bike trail, Miami river canoeing, park grounds, volleyball courts, and running group meeting points. Upon opening, Fifty West Burger Bar did more business in a day than they projected in a week.  Socially distanced, with an eye on fun with and through great atmosphere, food, beer and root beer, Fifty West is the place to enjoy life again. Bobby Slattery has led his team through some of the most difficult times ever experienced by the restaurant industry. Under Bobby Slattery's leadership, Fifty West has mastered the best of being social during social distancing and also taking leadership to the new normal restaurant / entertainment strategy.

Bobby was nominated by Susan Whitman of Truist Bank.

December Rising Leader Finalist: Lindsay O'Bryan, Financial Controller, Solid Blend Technologies, Inc.

Lindsay O’Bryan was brought on to fill the controller role at Solid Blend Technologies just two years ago in 2018. 14 months prior to her employment, the company had purchased a performance management system, and had many difficulties implementing it. When Lindsay was brought onto the team, she was handed “this mess to try and sort out,” explains Ken Elrich, VP. She dove into the program, engaged with the developer and brought in an outside expert to help her. After many months of dedication and a "Don't Quit" attitude, she brought this large investment to life. Solid Blend Technologies now have financial data that can be trusted, service operations that can be accurately job costed and they are now able to track goals and organizational KPI's. “She tells us that there are more capabilities of this system that she wants to implement,” adds Elrich, “and we're confident her true grit and never give up attitude will give us more than we thought we could out of this system.”

Lindsay was nominated by Ken Elrich, Solid Blend Technologies, LLC