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Celebrate our 2022 Family and Private Business Awards Honorees in this special edition of our newsletter.

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Goering Center IN the News

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Quarterly Message from the President

Culture is a Company’s Strongest Tool

In this era of the Great Resignation and the Great Reawakening, it’s never been more important for companies to foster a compelling culture to attract and retain talent. There’s a quote that says culture is to recruiting and retention what product is to marketing. Just as customers are attracted to a great product, it’s abundantly clear that employees are choosing to join companies with a great culture. That’s why we are celebrating the power of company culture at the Goering Center 2022 Family and Private Business Awards.


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.

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In Memoriam

On February 7, 2021, the Goering Center lost its founder and friend John Goering. Those who knew him miss him terribly, and those who never met him wish they had. We are proud and bolstered to continue his legacy as tributes and fond memories pour in, and we would like to share his joy, his wisdom and his profound kidness with you as well

From UC News

Dr. Sidney Barton: John Goering Impact Award Recipient

September 9, 2022

When he worked as an engineering firm’s marketing VP, Dr. Sid Barton’s diverse team was extremely close and successful. His boss was known for hiring horses – people who take something and run with it – and he asked Barton his secret. “I said, ‘We have a lot of horses, but I am a jockey. I let these people run, but I’m here to help them.’” This perspective has helped drive Barton’s success over the years – both at the Goering Center and the University of Cincinnati’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business. Barton’s been in a variety of roles at the Goering Center since its inception in 1989, and he is the deserved recipient of the Center’s first ever John Goering Impact Award.

BRG Realty: Creating community with a foundation of caring

September 9, 2022

Not only is caring embodied in their mission statement, but BRG Realty team members exhibit it on a daily basis. During the COVID-19 pandemic, BRG helped ease some of their residents’ stress and uncertainty by waiving late and month-to-month fees, suspending rent increases, absorbing credit card transaction fees, and not processing evictions. Their ask was simple: communicate and demonstrate a hardship, and the team would offer flexibility.

In difficult times, Baxter Burial Vault embodies the Great...

September 9, 2022

Since 1924, Baxter Burial Vault Service provides an important piece of the final care for those who have lost loved ones, including during times of war, terrorism, natural disasters, and pandemics. The organization cares deeply for their customers and ultimately the families they serve. Positivity is essential – the leadership team brings humor and camaraderie into the workplace, encouraging employees to find light in the difficult times.

Crescent: Putting people first pays off in promising future

September 9, 2022

Over the course of its 170-year history, premier contract packaging and parts fulfillment company Crescent has prioritized its people. That focus hasn’t wavered, and under the guidance and leadership of fifth generation owner and founder Chris Taylor, Crescent’s people have made an art form out of living its cultural values of “Do it Right, Do it Safe, and Do it Well,” propelling Crescent to new heights in the process.

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