February 19, 2013
Annual Dinner: Celebration of Legacy & Leadership Thursday
Over 1,000 business-owners and decision-makers from throughout the Tristate will gather Feb. 21 at Duke Convention Center for a "Celebration of Legacy & Leadership". The 2013 Chamber Annual Dinner serves to honor the region's newest Great Living Cincinnatians, thank outgoing Chamber chair Julie Janson for her service, and publicly install the 2013 Chair, Kay Geiger, President, PNC Bank.
The Great Living Cincinnati honor has been presented annually since 1967. Leadership, vision, tenacity and love of community are hallmarks shared by the recipients, who are chosen for their community service, business and civic attainment, awareness of the needs of others and distinctive accomplishment that bring favorable attention to the region.
The 2013 Great Living Cincinnatians are Thomas G. Cody, Edwin J. Rigaud, Richard H. Rosenthal and Phyllis J. Weston. Cody, a navigator, collaborator and go-to-guy, helped lead, with fellow GLC Ross Love, the Community Action Now commission after the city's civil unrest in 2001. He retired from Macy's in 2010, and serves today as chairman at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Change agent, builder and renaissance man Rigaud, a chemist by trade, rose through the ranks at P&G and culminated a 30-year career helping make the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center museum a reality; today his EnovaPremier tire and wheel assembly manufacturer is the largest of its kind serving the auto industry. Champion, activist and committed partner Rosenthal, former owner of F&W Publishing, established the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Foundation, responsible for free admission to the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Institute for Justice/Ohio Innocence Project, the Contemporary Arts Center, and Uptown Arts Foundation. Visionary arts patron and ambassador Weston, former director of Closson's and owner of Weston gallery, shared her gift of recognizing great art to curate a corporate collection of Cincinnati artists for P&G, and helped found the Post-Corbett Awards and Young Friends of the Arts, precursor to Enjoy the Arts.
"The Great Living Cincinnatian Award is the preeminent regional honor, and these four very worthy recipients join 131 prior honorees as the who's who of Cincinnati's leaders," said Ellen van der Horst, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. "Members of the class of 2013 have enjoyed tremendous professional success, and they enhanced our region by advocating change and growth - particularly at some of our most respected institutions. They are true life-sized heroes and we are delighted to spotlight their accomplishments and contributions."
Register now for the 2013 Celebration of Legacy & Leadership