Great Living Cincinnatians - Annual Dinner

Legacy and Leadership 300The 2016 Annual Dinner, our premier business event of the year, was highlighted by the induction of the newest class of Great Living Cincinnatians, and marked the changing-of-the-guard of the Chamber’s key volunteer leaders.

This year's event, presented by PNC, was held on Thursday, February 18, 2016. This years honorees were: Shannon K. Carter, Lorrence T. Kellar, Mitchel D. Livingston, Ph.D., and James C. Votruba, Ph.D.

“The actions and passions of these honorees have truly made Cincinnati USA a unique and enticing place to be,” said Jill P. Meyer, President & CEO, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. “Their contributions have enhanced our region and others, calling attention to the creativity and tenacity of our citizens – and telegraphing the fact that ours is a region where people make a difference. On behalf of our Board of Directors and 4,000 members, I’m humbled by their accomplishments and proud to express our gratitude by bestowing the designation of ‘Great Living Cincinnatian’ on these four leaders.”

Since 1967, the Great Living Cincinnatian Award has been presented annually by the Chamber. The 2016 honorees joined 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.

Join us at our next annual dinner on Feb. 16, 2017.  View the photos from our 2016 Annual Dinner.

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The 2016 Great Living Cincinnatians

Carter, Shannon smShannon K. Carter
Shannon Carter is a force of nature, filled with ideas, energy and the ability to make things happen. She is also a woman with a highly refined sense of decorum who loves antiques, cooking and entertaining. And, because she is married to Lee Ault Carter, also a Great Living Cincinnatian, Kathy Merchant, retired CEO of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, points out that the two are “practically a packaged deal” who work together tirelessly to make Greater Cincinnati a better place. Read full bio

Kellar, Lorrence smLorrence T. Kellar
Lorrence T. Kellar had a 31-year career with The Kroger Co., but 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. Their three-plus decades of support for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra have helped grow corporate sponsorship and they have supported Cincinnati public television for nearly 50 years. Read full bio

Livingston, Mitchel smMitchel D. Livingston, Ph.D.
For Dr. Mitch Livingston, the commitment has always been to building up community. Whether as a teacher or college administrator, a leader of not-for-profits, or as an individual citizen, he has worked to bring people together across social divides. With 14 years’ experience in the classroom – and 40 years as an administrator at six different universities – being responsible for student affairs meant that he and his team could influence the way that the university impacted and instilled values in students, from the very moment that they stepped foot on the campus to the time that they graduated.Read full bio

Votruba, James smJames C. Votruba, Ph.D.
Over the past 40 years, Northern Kentucky redefined its place in metropolitan Cincinnati and also in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It is not by accident that this growth accompanied the founding and maturation of Northern Kentucky University (NKU). The simple fact is that for any community to reach for greatness, it needs a strong university as an anchor institution. Read full bio

See list of past Great Living Cincinnatians

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