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    February 16, 2016

    How much do you know about 2016's Great Living Cincinnatians?

    Since 1967, the Great Living Cincinnatian Award has been presented annually by the Chamber. The 2016 honorees join 143 august awardees chosen by the Chamber’s Senior Council for service to the community; business and civic attainment on a local, state, national or international level; leadership; awareness of the needs of others; and distinctive accomplishments that have brought favorable attention to their community, institution or organization.

    The 2016 honorees will be installed as Great Living Cincinnatians at the 2016 Chamber Annual Dinner, presented by PNC Bank, at the Duke Energy Center Grand Ballroom this Thursday, February 18, 2016. Former longtime TV news anchor, Clyde Gray, will return as emcee. See how much you know about each Great Living Cincinnatian, below:

    GLC Lorrence Kellar 80x120Lorrence T. Kellar

    You likely know…

    • Lorrence Kellar had a 31-year career with The Kroger Co.
    • He’s equally, or perhaps, better known as a great patron of Cincinnati arts.
    • Mr. Kellar and wife, Barbara, have supported the Cincinnati Ballet for over 40 years, playing an instrumental role in the Ballet’s 50th Anniversary endowment campaign.

    But did you know…

    • Lorrence Kellar quarterbacked the Danville Bears to a “perfect season?”
    • He answered a blind ad in the Wall Street Journal which ended up bringing him to the Kroger Co.?
    • His passion for the arts started “accidentally?”

    GLC Mithcel Livingston 80X120Mitchel D. Livingston, Ph.D.

    You likely know…

    • Mitchel Livingston has 14 years’ experience in the classroom – and 43 years as an administrator at six different universities.
    • He introduced the University of Cincinnati’s Just Community initiative, designed to inculcate core principles to students from very disparate backgrounds.
    • Some of Dr. Livingston’s fondest memories come from the support of young men in the Talbert House Fatherhood Program and the Young Men's Program at St. John Social Service.

    But did you know…

    • Mitchel Livingston’s father was the father of civil rights in Decatur, Illinois?
    • He is a journeyman carpenter?
    • Dr. Livingston helped Dick Fosbury revolutionize the sport of high jump?



    GLC Shannon Carter 80x120Shannon K. Carter

    You likely know…

    • As a member of Class 19 of Leadership Cincinnati, Shannon Carter convinced her project team to help create an initiative which evolved into Crayons to Computers.
    • She was the co-chair of the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati.
    • Ms. Carter helped create what is now the Arts Wave Sampler Weekend.

    But did you know…

    • Shannon Carter started a part-time catering business in high school?
    • She created a coffee table book on antiques, heirlooms and collections?
    • Ms. Carter is influenced by a Louis Armstrong song?

    GLC James Votruba 80x120James C. Votruba, Ph.D.

    You likely know…

    • James Votruba grew the student body at Northern Kentucky University by nearly 35% during his tenure as president.
    • He was involved in the formulation of Vision 2015 and Skyward, the regional visions for Northern Kentucky.
    • Dr. Votruba’s current community leadership includes chairing the St. Elizabeth Board of Trustees, Board of Directors of the Ohio National Mutual Holding Company, Co-Chair of the Northern Kentucky Kindergarten Readiness Task Force, and board member of the Kentucky Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.

    But did you know…

    • After becoming parents, James Votruba and his wife became parents again – just seven months later?
    • In high school, he cared much more about sports than he did about studying?
    • Rich Boehne, president & CEO of The E.W. Scripps Company says, Dr. Votruba “should’ve been a barge captain?”

    Hear the rest of the story at Thursday’s Annual Dinner.

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