2021 Rising Leader Finalists

Casey Lysaght headshot and Rising Finalist badge for Dynamic Business Strategy

Casey Lysaght has been in his Wealth Manager role at Eukles Wealth Management, LLC for six years. Casey has developed and implemented a new and progressive marketing strategy aimed at the next generation of clients for his wealth management practice. The ability to connect with the future recipients of the greatest wealth transfer in history is essential to the growth of their business. Casey has uniquely positioned the practice to capture the attention of future clients through dynamic technology outreach and communication tools customized to tomorrow’s consumer. Currently, Casey’s leadership has resulted in the connection to family members of Eukles’ baby boomer client base. In the future, Eukles Wealth Management anticipates retention of client assets as they pass to these family members. This retention, in addition to entering into the wealth planning phase for the next generation, will enable their practice to grow exponentially as current assets are retained and new assets are required.

Casey was nominated by Tim Lysaght of Eukles Wealth Management, LLC. 

Jim Samocki headshot and Rising Finalist badge for Business Growth

Jim Samocki has been in his role as Doran Manufacturing's president since June 2020. In spite of the real challenges brought on by Covid-19 in 2020, Jim energetically stepped into his new role and got Doran Manufacturing back on track after a slight dip in sales in the second quarter of 2020. Jim refused to let his team accept marginal results because of the Covid-19 situation, and allowed them to do what needed to be done in order to produce sales for the company. He encouraged all Doran employees to take online classes (at Doran's expense) while working from home in order to improve themselves. His leadership kept the Doran Manufacturing team fully employed during the pandemic and they are now looking to expand their team. Doran Manufacturing's fiscal year begins in October and thanks to Jim Samocki's leadership throughout the early part of the pandemic the first month of their fiscal 2021 is the second largest sales month in the company's 67 year history.

Jim was nominated by Tim Mullen, Doran Manufacturing.

January Rising Leader Finalist for Giving Back is pictured with Logos

Jessica is relentlessly committed to supporting people find a career they will love, which has become increasingly more challenging over the last year.

As well as driving growth of ALINITI’s talent acquisition department, Jessica has dedicated countless hours of personal time to support individuals in the community that need help the most in finding employment. Rather than simply letting unsuccessful job applicants go back into the marketplace lost and unguided, she has taken it upon herself to coach, advise and guide dozens of job seekers on a one-on-one basis with resume editing, interview preparation and other best practices to help them find employment in one of the most challenging job markets in decades.

Her hours of selfless coaching have not gone unnoticed by those she has helped, supported and impacted over this last year, with many now finding employment. "Her work has been truly life changing for those that once felt a sense of despair and helplessness in their seemingly never-ending search for employment," says Lewis Waitt, Director of Client Solutions at Aliniti. "She is a true inspiration to me and the rest of the ALINITI team."

Jessica was nominated by Lewis Waitt, Aliniti 

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

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.