Kelly Backscheider receiving Rising Leader award, pictured with John Goering and Larry Grypp.

Kelly Backscheider, BGR, 2018 Rising Leader winner, pictured with Eric Arling, Integrity Express Logistics, 2019 Rising Leader winner and Larry Grypp, Goering Center president emeritus. Photo/Jay Yocis/UC Creative Services.

Rising Leader Award

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 event. Nominations submitted by the last business day of every month will be considered for selection the following month and thereafter through the close of the nomination period.


March 2020

Headshot of Genevieve Kramer

Genevieve Kramer

Project Coordinator, Wm. Kramer & Sons

Best Practice: Dynamic Business Strategy

Genevieve has an ability to visualize business processes and excels at problem solving to achieve the best, most streamline ways to conduct business. She “eliminates the slack variable, if you will” explains Wm. Kramer & Sons president Steve Kramer. She has advanced Wm. Kramer & Son’s service department to mobile-friendly and paperless. Genevieve has developed extensive field and project experience as well as a clear understanding of accounting practices, which has allowed her to foresee and solve high level business problems.

February 2020

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Grant Taylor

General Manager of Warehousing, Taylor Logistics

Best Practice: Dynamic Business Strategy

Grant has expanded the Taylor Logistics network from one public warehouse to three contract warehousing solutions in Greater Cincinnati and Omaha. This expansion came with the hiring of 100 new Team Taylor members and an entirely new service portfolio for Taylor. Grant's project also led Taylor Logistics to reach an all-time high of $47.8 million in revenue in 2018, a significant increase from $27.5 million in 2017.

January 2020

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Kelly Ackerman

COO, Frame USA

Best Practice: Giving Back

Kelly has been a valuable leader for Frame USA in their annual Fill the Truck charity event. Frame USA CEO, Daniel Regenold says of Kelly’s recent work, “the complexity of running a major charitable initiative the last two months of the year while trying to also run a business has shown Kelly's keen leadership abilities, along with one of our core values of giving back through our monthly charitable giving program.” Kelly also led marketing efforts to bring in more than 51,000 items for last year’s charity event, filling over two semi-trucks.

December 2019

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Nick Enger

CTO & Senior Consultant, Advanced Technology Consulting, Inc.

Best Practice: Business Growth

Nick has played a major part in ATC's Ohio office seeing seven consecutive years of record revenue growth. He has secured more and larger clients for the company each year, trains junior consultants to support clients and bring in new clients, and develops strategies on sustaining explosive growth. "There isn't a lot Nick hasn't done to help with ATC's business growth," says David Goodwin, managing partner and co-founder of ATC.

November 2019

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Nichole Ramsey

COO, Woodhouse Day Spa

Best Practice: Leadership Development

"Nichole has created a truly amazing mentoring and leadership development program," says Chris Mann, owner of Woodhouse Day Spa. "She identifies internal talent and then works with them weekly on leadership skills, mentorship, emotional intelligence and a host of other skills." The company has grown from one store with $1 million in sales to three stores with over $7 million in sales in 2019, under Nichole's leadership.

Nomination process and awards criteria

The fourth annual Rising Leader nomination process is from August 1, 2019 until June 30, 2020. Over these months, an independent panel of judges selected nine semi-finalists from a pool of nominees, one each month from November through July. Semi-finalists 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 semi-finalists 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.