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Goering Center IN the News

  • December 16, 2022: The sweet spot: Iconic Cincinnati confectionary is ready to expand (link to pdf)
  • October 14, 2022: Greater Cincinnati Nonprofit of the Year Awards 2022 (link to pdf)
  • August 15, 2022: Bengals’ Blackburn sisters give peek at what’s new for fans this season This year the Bengals are focused on making the newly renamed Paycor Stadium even louder than it was last season. [...] That was one of the key points Elizabeth Blackburn, Bengals director of strategy and engagement, and her sister Caroline Blackburn, Bengals senior manager of digital, discussed at a sold-out Goering Center for Family and Private Business quarterly event at Rhinegeist Brewery on Thursday. The event drew about 200, marking the biggest such event the organization has had since the pandemic began. (link to pdf)
  • August 5, 2022: Business Succession Forum: Discussion Recap The Cincinnati Business Courier held a forum focused on leadership succession, organization succession, and transferring businesses to the next generation or to new ownership that featured a panel of three local experts, including Carol Butler, Goering Center President. (link to pdf)
  • March 28, 2022: 4th Generation to Lead Cincinnati Container into the Future On May 1, 2022, Lauren Johnson-Lake of Cincinnati Container Company assumed the role of President. Formerly Vice President of Operations, she succeeded her father, Paul Johnson, as the fourth generation president of the company. Paul is staying on as Vice President of Technology and Chairman of the Board. [...] In January 2022, Lauren was nominated for the Rising Leader Award at the Goering Center for her work with outside boards, one of the 10 Best Practices of Successful Family and Private Businesses. (link to pdf)
  • March 16, 2022: ABC Announces Its 2022 Young Professional of the Year Luke Perry was recently named the Associated Builders and Contractors 2022 National Young Professional of the Year. Before Luke’s tremendous national recognition by the ABC, he and his father Jim Perry became poster children for the Goering Center, literally. If you have attended any of our events, you will have seen Jim’s smiling face on one of our three pop-up banners, and they both grace our Next Generation Institute (NGI)® flyer. Perry Contracting joined the Goering Center in 2016 with the ultimate goal of preparing for the transition of the business from Jim to Luke. (link to pdf)
  • December 2021: Not Always All in the Family Family businesses, including treasured local brands, often benefit from outside advice, non-family directors, and the younger generation trying other careers before returning to lead. In Realm: The Journal for Queen City CEOs, David Holthaus interviews Carol Butler, Goering Center President, and features stories of Cincinnati family businesses. (Story begins on Page 36) (link to pdf)
  • November 24, 2021: Greater Cincinnati doctor passes down 35-year-old practice to son A Greater Cincinnati doctor who has been practicing in the region for more than 40 years is handing down the reins to his private practice, and his successor is a familiar face. In this Cincinnati Business Courier piece, learn how the Goering Center helped educate the Hill family on the succession process. (link to pdf)
  • November 19, 2021: Newport executive search firm names new President Centennial Talent Strategy & Executive Search announced the promotion of Marcus Gardner from Chief Growth Officer to President. In 2008, the Sipple family started their business succession journey with the Goering Center's Next Generation Institute (NGI)®. Hear how NGI helped Mike Jr. and Mike Sr. to evaluate their future and determine what was best for their business and families. (link to pdf)
  • November 12, 2021: FAST TRACK: Tire Discounters wants to become a national tire retailer. But to do so, it’ll need to burn a little rubber. In this Cincinnati Business Courier feature, learn why Carol Butler believes family-owned Tire Discounters is well-positioned for growth. (link to pdf)
  • August 6, 2021: Cincinnati Business Courier Business Succession Forum Carol Butler, Goering Center President, joined a panel of four experts from different fields to discuss the challenges of and best practices for a successful business transition. (link to pdf)

Quarterly Message from the President

The power of community to combat uncertainty

If someone were to compile a list of the most used words over the past three years, I suspect “uncertainty” would rank near the top. It’s a word I’ve used repeatedly in recent times to describe the state of the world, and the continuing noise, excitement, and confusion we see not just in our country, but globally.

Read quarterly Presidential Letter here.

2020 Economic Impact

Our first Core Member Economic Impact Study has been published. Goering Center members and Corporate Partners were surveyed in October 2020 and the results published in April 2021.

Learn more about Economic Impact Study here

From UC News


Spring cleaning for your business finances

June 7, 2023

The spring season is a great time to check on your business’ financial health, see how you are tracking against your goals, and identify ways to increase your bottom line


Important legacy planning considerations

June 7, 2023

The concept of legacy planning can mean many things to many people. Today I’ll shed some light on some of the less discussed items that are more prevalent in this day and age, but not often discussed


Student entrepreneurs display innovation, ambition at pitch...

April 13, 2023

The Carl H. Lindner College of Business’ Center for Entrepreneurship held its annual IQ-E Pitch Competition and its first New Venture Championship on April 6 in Lindner Hall. Students from across the university came together to pitch their business ideas to a panel of entrepreneurs and members of the Cincinnati business community to compete for more than $30,000 in prizes.


Goering Center announces staff and board changes

April 12, 2023

The Goering Center recently hired Nancy Schreiner as its Membership Development Manager primarily responsible for new Member recruitment and member lifecycle management reporting to David Miller, Membership Director. Nancy’s start date is April 10, 2023.


Middle market business leaders brace for economic downturn in...

April 7, 2023

When KeyBank surveyed middle market business leaders in September 2022, they expressed optimism despite ongoing economic uncertainty: 78% reported that the outlook for their businesses was either very good or excellent. But by the end of the year, that optimism was waning. In KeyBank’s December survey of 400 owners and executives of businesses with $10 million to $2 billion in revenues, respondents revealed greater apprehension about the outlook for their companies over the next 12 months and expressed the lowest outlook for the broader U.S. economy since the first quarter of 2021. With inflation, supply chain disruptions, higher energy costs and other factors exerting pressure on middle market businesses, many are working through significant challenges in 2023.


The longevity question: Retirement’s most impactful unknown

April 7, 2023

In our wealth planning discussions with clients, there’s an old and somewhat morbid joke that comes up when helping them with the vexing question on when to claim their Social Security benefits: “If you tell me the exact date of your death, I’ll tell you exactly when to claim your Social Security!” Of course, the exact dates of death are unknowable, which is part of the not-so-funny joke. But the joke is intended to illustrate just how difficult it is to pinpoint an optimized strategy when one of the driving variables is unknowable.


Hybrid work considerations: A cheat sheet for small business

April 7, 2023

Hybrid work, which blends remote and on-site work, is the way forward. Many companies are adopting a hybrid model that can fundamentally change and improve their business. But is this a good idea, or will it only make things more complicated? Let’s look at some of the pros of hybrid work, while also taking into consideration some of the hidden “gotchas.”


Personal guaranties: The enemy of limited liability

March 3, 2023

The limited liability protections that corporations, limited liability companies and other business entities afford their owners is one of the driving engines of our entrepreneurial economy. As long as the owners mind certain formalities and steer clear of fraudulent conduct, the limited liability feature of these business entities will protect the owners from any personal liability with respect to their business activities. It goes without saying, that this dynamic by itself allows entrepreneurs to take risks they otherwise might not take.

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