"I thought it was an extraordinary experience to be exposed to such a diverse group of community leaders."
- Mark Jahnke, president and CEO, Katz, Teller, Brant & Hild
Katz, Teller, Brant & Hild's Story
Established in 1980, Katz, Teller, Brant & Hild is recognized for the energy, passion and creativity that they bring to every client’s concern. With a reputation built on results, they attract clients who appreciate the value of quality, proactive legal counsel – in business and in life.
Along with valuing their clients, Katz Teller is also dedicated to serving the community. They believe it is success in life that really matters. They frequently accept leadership positions with non-profit organizations and donate at leadership levels.
Why the Chamber?
Katz, Teller, Brant & Hild made the decision to join the Chamber 10 years ago because the interests of the Chamber mirrored those of the firm and its clients.
One common interest that caught their attention is the commitment to serving the Cincinnati community. The Chamber offers many opportunities, like Leadership Cincinnati, for members to get involved with community issues. Along with this program, Katz Teller has taken advantage of other great benefits like the ChamberComp workers compensation program and the WE Lead program which focuses on leadership development for women.
Katz, Teller, Brant & Hild attorneys Mark Jahnke, Cynthia Gibson and Wijdan Jreisat have all taken advantage of several programs offered by the Chamber.
Attorney Mark Jahnke was the first from his company to experience the Leadership Cincinnati program. “I thought it was an extraordinary experience to be exposed to such a diverse group of community leaders. We had the opportunity to learn first hand about community issues, problems and solutions that other organizations were making happen.”
“The best part for me was meeting and forming lifelong relationships with my classmates. I would not have come in contact with most of the group members in my everyday life had it not been for the program.” In fact, Mark’s experience was so powerful, he went on to encourage two of his partners, Cynthia Gibson and Wijdan Jreisat, to get involved.
When Cynthia Gibson began Leadership Cincinnati program, she found it a tremendous opportunity to meet exceptional people. “You develop a bond in the class that has been very valuable personally and professionally,” she says. “I have met a number of people and have had business relationships and referrals come from that. With only 50 people per class you develop close friendships.”
Gibson said, “One of the most meaningful parts of Leadership Cincinnati is the public service projects each class performs to better the Cincinnati community.” Each year, approximately five or six project teams are formed from the members of the class to deliver significant support to various segments of the Greater Cincinnati community.
Wijdan Jreisat chose to participate in a few Chamber programs as well. Her first program was WE Lead because it had more of a personal focus on career development. Her experiences in WE Lead encouraged her to participate in Leadership Cincinnati which is more of an outward focus on learning about the community and meeting those who form and shape the business community.
According to Jreisat, she has met such a diverse group of people that she never would have come into contact with outside of the program. “It is interesting to see the unity of experiences that people share and how they experience many of the same issues and struggles. Through participating in these programs, I have formed a pretty tight network of people.”
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