December 05, 2017
Celebration of legacy and leadership Feb 22
The 2018 Annual Dinner, our premier business event of the year, is highlighted by the induction of the newest class of Great Living Cincinnatians: Robert J. Kohlhepp, Chester C. Pryor II, M.D. FACS, John F. Steele, Sr and Judith B. Van Ginkel, Ph.D.
Since 1967, the Great Living Cincinnatian Award has been presented annually by the Chamber. The 2018 honorees join 151 previous 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 2018 honorees will be installed as Great Living Cincinnatians at the 2018 Chamber Annual Dinner, presented by PNC Bank, at the Duke Energy Center Grand Ballroom on Thursday, February 22, 2017 5:30-8:30 pm. Former longtime TV news anchor, Clyde Gray, will return as emcee. Learn more about each leader below, and reserve early: a capacity audience of 1,200 community and business leaders attends this preeminent honor event annually. Register here.
Mr. Kohlhepp is a Xavier alumnus and former longtime Cintas executive. He first joined Cintas as controller in 1967. In 1979, he was appointed executive vice president and in 1984, became president and chief operating officer. In 1995, he became chief executive officer, the position he held until becoming vice chairman in 2003. He became Chairman of the Board in 2009, a position he held until his retirement in 2016. Read full Robert J. Kohlhepp bio.
Dr. Pryor became the First African American ophthalmologist in Cincinnati, the first African-American to intern at a private Cincinnati hospital, the first African American certified ophthalmologist in Ohio, the first African American treasurer of the Academy of Medicine in Cincinnati, the first African American president of the Cincinnati Eye Society and the first African American faculty member of the Academic Faculty of the UC Department of Ophthalmology. His story is highly featured in the book, “Breaking the Color Line in Medicine, African Americans in Ophthalmology.” Read full Chester C. Pryor II, M.D. FACS bio.
During his tenure at Hilltop Basic Resources, Inc, John Steele aggressively expanded the business to market ready-mix concrete and aggregates in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia, and the downtown Cincinnati plant. He and his team literally helped build Cincinnati as Hilltop worked on projects including Great American Ball Park, Paul Brown Stadium, Fort Washington Way, the I-471 Bridge, Central Street Bridge, 312 Walnut, Covington Riverfront Developments and the University of Cincinnati Molecular Studies Building. Read full John F. Steele, Sr bio.
At age 60, Dr. Van Ginkel became the founding president of Every Child Succeeds, which in its first 18 years has provided 600,000 home visits and served more than 25,000 families. Based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and with co-founding partners United Way of Greater Cincinnati and Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency, Every Child Succeeds has gained national attention for its academic research partnerships, innovation and results. Read full Judith B. Van Ginkel, Ph.D. bio.
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