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Lindner's 33rd Annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards Honors Region's Outstanding Leaders

Monday, May 21, 2018 3:21 PM
Cincinnati’s longest standing event recognizing accomplishment and service in the business community also paid homage to UC’s new business school building that will continue to carry the namesake and legacy of Carl H. Lindner Jr.

The University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business Alumni Board of Governors once again bestowed its annual Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards on May 10, 2018, in the Junior Ballroom at the Duke Energy Convention Center. As Cincinnati’s longest standing event recognizing business achievement and community service, business alumni and leaders were recognized for their contributions before a crowd of more than 450. The event raised more than $50,000 in student scholarships. 

The 33rd annual event highlighted the accomplishments and support of individuals and business partners who make an impact in the Lindner College of Business, the Cincinnati community and the global business world.
The 2018 event awarded honors for outstanding business achievement, distinguished service, business partnership and collegiate scholarships.
Leigh Fox, MBA ’01, president and CEO of Cincinnati Bell, received the college’s highest honor: The Carl H. Lindner Award for Outstanding Business Achievement. The award, presented to him by Ted Torbeck, retired Cincinnati Bell CEO, is given to a Lindner College of Business graduate, who best exemplifies an entrepreneurial spirit with commitment to business, community and the highest level of success within one’s profession.

Two Distinguished Service Awards were bestowed to Wendy Lea, Cintrifuse CEO, and Woodrow “Woody” Uible, BA ’75, Partner and Investment Advisor with Bartlett & Co. Lea and Uible were recognized for their commitment to the college, UC as a whole, and/or the Cincinnati community. David Adams, UC’s chief innovation officer, presented Lea her award; and Amanda Wait, BA ’00, and Svetlana Galvez, BA ’18, presented Uible with his award.

The Kroger Company, known as being among the country’s most charitable companies, received the Business Partnership Award for its substantial support to the Lindner College of Business. This year’s recipient was hailed for providing ongoing career opportunities for business students and graduates. Luke Lampe, BBA ’21, a Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS scholar, presented the award to Chris Hjelm, executive vice president and chief information officer
at Kroger.

In recognition of Lindner alumni who personify the PACE (professionalism, academics, character and engagement) ideals in their careers, three PACEsetter awards were given to Marvin Abrinica, BBA ’98, MBA ’02; Katie Paulin Schnieber, BBA ’09, MS ’10; and Tamaya Dennard, BBA ’12. Abrinica is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of Thrivera and Wunderfund, Schnieber is an audit manager for Clark Schaefer Hackett & Co. and Dennard is a Cincinnati City Councilwoman.

UC President Neville Pinto was on-hand to present the Carl H. Lindner Scholarship to Ethan Fernandes, BBA ’19. The scholarship, one of the oldest that bears the Lindner name, was given in recognition of Fernandes’ service to the UC and Cincinnati communities, as well as his involvement with Lindner’s Business Fellows and Circle of Excellence student groups.

A new scholarship, The Heart of William J. Keating Award, was given to
Kelly Higgins, BBA ’19. The award bears the name of the late Keating and honors his longtime service as president of Lindner’s Business Advisory Council, as well as to the University of Cincinnati, his alma mater. Keating's friend, Tim Fogarty, CEO of West Chester Holdings and a Lindner Business Advisory Council member, presented the award to Higgins.

On behalf of the UC Lindner College of Business Alumni Board of Governors, the college again congratulates all award recipients and thanks this year's many sponsors.

Leigh Fox

Leigh Fox, Cincinnati Bell President and CEO, receives Lindner's highest honor as recipient of the Carl H. Lindner Award for Outstanding Business Achievement.

Wendy Lea

Wendy Lea receives Lindner's Distinguished Service Award.

Woodrow Uible

Woodrow Uible receives Lindner's Distinguished Service Award.

PACEsetter Award

Tamaya Dennard, Katie Paulin Schnieber and Marvin Abrinica were recipients of Lindner's PACEsetter award.

Chris Hjelm

Chris Hjelm accepts Kroger's Business Partnership Award.

Ethan Fernandes

Ethan Fernandes receives the Carl H. Lindner Scholarship.

Kelly Higgins

Kelly Higgins, with award presenter Tim Fogarty, receives the inaugural Heart of William J. Keating Award.