Rising Leader Award

Nominate your Rising Leader for 2019

Cultivating bench strength is critical to long-term success. By investing in a rising generation of leaders, we lay a foundation for succession, and by acknowledging the accomplishments of these rising leaders, we create highly engaged and motivated teams. These new leaders shape the future of our companies and collectively grow our regional economy.

To demonstrate its commitment to this region’s future generation of leaders, the Goering Center honors one “Rising Leader” at its annual Family and Private Business Awards.

Nominations submitted by the last business day of every month will be considered for selection on the following month.

Nomination process and award criteria

The second annual nomination process began August 1, 2018, and continues through July 31, 2019. Over these months, an independent panel of judges will select nine semifinalists from a pool of nominees, one each month from November through July. Semifinalists are chosen for their demonstrated success advancing one of the 10 Best Practices of Family and Private Business.

A nominee must be on a leadership or succession track of a family or private business.

The Goering Center will showcase semifinalists in our publications and live events. By publicly acknowledging their accomplishments we will help establish them–and the companies they work for–as Rising Leaders in Greater Cincinnati’s business community.

For more information about the Rising Leader Award, contact Lisa Jonas at lisa.jonas@uc.edu or 513-556-7403.

Rising Leader Semi-Finalists

December 2018

  • Paul Carrier, Operations Manager at KC Robotics, is being recognized as December's Rising Leader for contributing to his company's "Dynamic Business Strategy," one of the Goering Center's ten best practices for family and private business. "Paul worked tirelessly to create a business strategy that would improve three major business areas: company culture, customer satisfaction and increased sales," says KC Robotics CFO, Connie Carrier. He has also helped to improve recruiting, performance reviews, employee development and communication. "KC Robotics' sales has increased by 30 percent over the previous year for the past two years [and] customer satisfaction surveys have been positive."

November 2018

  • Janice Scheid, Controller at Melink Corporation, was selected as November's Rising Leader for contributing to "Business Growth," one of the Goering Center's ten best practices for family and private business. Jan's efforts as Conroller enabled CEO Steve Melink to sell the company to the employees through an ESOP. "Improved output from our Administrative and Finance team, through individual performance and improved processes, have enabled the business to grow by double-digits in 2017 and 2018, we project," says Melink President, Craig Davis.