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    March 26, 2013

    Outstanding Blue Ash companies recognized

    The Cincinnati USA business community gathered at the Cooper Creek Event Center in Blue Ash on March 21st to recognize the winners of this year’s Blue Ash Business Awards.

    With presenting sponsor, Flynn & Company (CPAs & business consultants), and excellence sponsor, Peak10 (data center solutions provider), the luncheon ceremony featured keynote speaker, Yousuf J. Ahmad, Divisional Senior Vice President and Chief Network Transformation Officer for Mercy Health. Dr. Ahmad set an encouraging tone for the event with stories of his own unconventional career path and eventual accomplishments. His message for the audience was to find the people in your life who you can really trust, who genuinely care about you, who will be honest with you, and will be your tireless supporters as you work to achieve your ambitions. He closed his remarks with reminders that, “Innovation is a function of ideas and relevance,” and that, “There is no replacement for hard work.”

    About the Winners:

    Kathryn Kendell, ProSource2013 Corporate Community Service Award - ProSource
    ProSource (document solutions provider) was honored with the 2013 Blue Ash Community Service Award. “ProSource employees donated over $90,000 and supported more than 50 organizations throughout the region,” said President and CEO, Brad Cates, “Supporting our community is a way of life at ProSource and we are grateful to be recognized."




    Dennis Robb, UC Health | Samir Kulkarni, Solica Construction2013 Business Mentor of the Year Honoree – Dennis Robb
    Dennis Robb, Senior Vice President, Business Operations & Chief Supply Chain Officer for University of Cincinnati Health was honored as the 2013 Blue Ash Business Mentor of the Year. In his remarks, Robb encouraged everyone in the audience to “accept the choice of mentoring.” He made a poignant analogy that likened the lives of children and young people to arrows, and described mentors, teachers and parents as the bows that arrows rely upon to give them momentum and proper direction toward their targets in life. He repeated his call to mentoring by saying, “Even as we love the arrow that flies, we should embrace the bow that is our life.”


    Rich Kurz, Ascendum2013 Corporation of the Year – Ascendum Solutions

    Ascendum (global information technology solutions) was recognized with the 2013 Blue Ash Corporation of the Year Award. Director of Marketing and Creative Service, Eric Weissmann, said, “The infrastructure and business diversity of Blue Ash helps us attract and retain the best talent. As a result, our business has a wealth of experience that allows us not only to provide IT staff augmentation to our clients, but to position ourselves as an IT solutions provider as well. That unique combination allows us to solve business problems leveraging technology, a process which has positioned us to grow exponentially.”


    Michael Loban, InfoTrust LLC2013 Emerging Business of the Year – InfoTrust LLC
    Vice President and Co-Founder, Michael Loban, accepted the 2013 Emerging Business of the Year Award on behalf of InfoTrust LLC (digital marketing analytics, integration, training services). Loban cited the recent receipt of two highly prestigious professional certifications by, and strategic agreements with, Google as a key driver for recent growth of the business. The company is Google Analytics Certified Partner and has also been certified (meeting the strictest criteria, over and above Google’s certified partner requirements) to become one of only 15 in the world to be Google Analytics Premium Reseller. This means they are trusted by Google with day-to-day support of their highest level users of their analytics products.

    Jeff Thomas, Priority Dispatch2013 Business of the Year (51-250 employees) – Priority Dispatch
    Entering its 40th year, Priority Dispatch (delivery and logistics services) was recognized with the 2013 Business of the Year Award (51-250 employees). President and CEO, Jeff Thomas pointed to a company-wide initiative launched two and a half years ago where they refocused their commitment to providing superior customer service as a recent turning point for the business. These new efforts further refined the company’s vision, and as a result, the business has experienced exponential growth from both organic and strategic opportunities.


    Janel Carroll, TruePoint, Inc.2013 Business of the Year (1-50 employees) – Trupoint, Inc.
    The 2013 Blue Ash Business of the Year Award (1-50 employees) was accepted by Principal, Janel Carroll on behalf of Truepoint (wealth management services). She says this recognition, “affirms Truepoint’s focus on continuously improving the client experience.” The company’s growth has further enhanced service to three subsets of clients: female investors, P&G employees approaching retirement, and business owners.



    Full list of honorees:
    2013 Corporate Community Service Award
    Winner: ProSource
    Runner up: Abstract Displays
    Finalist: Axiom
    2013 Business Mentor of the Year Honoree
    Dennis Robb, U.C. Health
    2013 Emerging Business of the Year 
    Winner: InfoTrust LLC
    Runner up: Arthur Murray Dance Studio
    2013 Corporation of the Year
    Ascendum
    2013 Business of the Year (51-250 employees)
    Winner: Priority Dispatch
    Runner up: Integrity Express Logistics
    Finalist: The Business Backer
    2013 Business of the Year (1-50 employees)
    Winner: TruePoint
    Runner up: APTech
    Finalists: Axiom, Cassady Shiller & Associates


    See photos from the event.



    The 2013 Blue Ash Business Awards were presented by
    Flynn & Co.

    Excellence Sponsor
    Peak 10

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