A joint project of Columbus C.E.O. and Columbus Monthly magazines celebrating the bicentennial of Columbus, Ohio.
a c o m m e m o r at i v e c e l e b r at i o n 20 0 2 0 1 2 A supplement to Columbus Monthly Honor. Celebrate. Innovate. The Official Bicentennial Guide THRIVES LOCALLY ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: We're committed to helping the community and everyone who lives here achieve more than ever. That's why we're proud to support the Columbus Bicentennial Celebration. To learn more about PNC, stop by your local branch, call 1-877-CALL-PNC, or visit pnc.com ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: �2011 The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. All rights reserved. PNC Bank, National Association. Member FDIC. ACHIEVEMENT is a registered mark of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. COMMSERV AD JUN 2010 013 CELEBRATING OUR COMMUNITY! Every day, The Columbus Foundation works with dedicated individuals, families, and businesses--champions for our community who support the people and places that make Columbus a remarkable city. Over the past six decades, this spirit of generosity has helped strengthen local nonprofit organizations, and will continue to provide valuable support for generations to come. The Columbus Foundation has served as the trusted philanthropic advisor� to more than 1,800 individuals, families, and businesses since 1943. Visit www.columbusfoundation.org to learn how The Columbus Foundation can help you achieve your charitable goals and strengthen the community. Photo: �Randall L. Schieber Global reach, Ohio roots. From humble beginnings in 1971 right here in central Ohio, Cardinal Health has grown to become one of the largest healthcare companies in the world. As the business behind healthcare, we equip healthcare providers with the products and services that enable them to focus on what matters most -- their patients. And while much has changed over the past 40 years, our dedication to the people and community of the central Ohio region has remained constant. With the support of the community, Cardinal Health continues to grow right where our roots are firmly planted. � 2011 Cardinal Health. All rights reserved. CARDINAL HEALTH, the Cardinal Health LOGO, and Essential to care are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cardinal Health. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. Lit. No. 5BR7734 (10/2011) cardinalhealth.com the date just 6280 Sawmill Road, just south of 161 Easton Town Center, across from McCormick & Schmick Columbus has just reached its bicentennial and Kroger wants to say congratulations! We're proud to be committed to a community as vibrant as Columbus. � The Kroger Co. 2012 BEST CANCER HOSPITAL ADULT HOSPITAL HEART HOSPITAL DOCTORS PERIOD Nationally ranked in 11 specialties in the recently released 2011-12 U.S.News and World Report rankings, including cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, rehabilitation, women's health (gynecology), nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, urology and ear, nose & throat. 95% of central Ohio's Top Doctors who treat adults are at Ohio State. These rankings showcase the incredible advances happening here at Ohio State that benefit you and your health. BUT FOR OHIO STATE, NONE OF THIS WOULD BE POSSIBLE. A great moment in time inspires not just one of us...but all of us. For more information, please contact: Jeff Hastings Market President Commercial Banking Manager 614-232-2249 Karen Bigelow Government Banking 614-232-8078 Jerry Archambualt Business Banking 614-232-8079 Adam Szuszkiewicz District Manager Traditional Banking West 614-232-2646 Robyn Norris District Manager Traditional Banking East 614-232-8139 Regina Masoni District Manager In-Store Banking 614-232-8072 Bob Lovell The Private Client Reserve 614-232-8045 Sean Whalen Treasury Management 614-232-2647 John Hart Commercial Real Estate 614-232-8093 Scott Stuart Home Mortgage 614-232-2235 Our strengths have never been more aligned with the needs of our community...and our nation. At U.S. Bank, we take great pride in our employees � and our company � and reaching out to all of our Columbus neighbors and communities. That's why we are pleased to commemorate this monumental occasion honoring, celebrating and envisioning our city's 200th birthday. A bicentennial year of engagement and inspiration. Here's to the next 200 years of an even brighter future...with us. usbank.com Member FDIC. �2011 U.S. Bancorp. All rights reserved. 5838 200COLUMBUS the Bicentennial is a community-wide celebration. Hundreds of people and organizations are involved in the planning for 2012, investing their time, talent and resources. Major contributors as of November 2011 include: A n i n t r o d u c t i o n FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS AND 200COLUMBUS PARTNERS, There is a spirit to our nation's great eras, one that's also evident in the emergence of America's greatest cities. It's a collective passion that unites citizens toward a shared future. We're proud to see that spirit ignited in Columbus, where every day our citizens hone new ideas, launch new projects, start new businesses and expand their creative horizons. We are working to build upon that energy and amplify it during 200Columbus the Bicentennial--a year we dedicate to honoring our 200 years of history, celebrating the city we live in today and envisioning our future. We stand at the beginning of an exciting new era for Columbus, and 200Columbus offers a rallying cry for each of you to get involved and play a role in it. This is a bicentennial like no other, and it will be so much more than just a birthday party. Now is the time for our doors to swing open wide as we celebrate all the great things we love about Columbus. 2012 also is about engaging residents in a thoughtful discussion of how we create a lasting legacy for Columbus. We are working to bring together the entire region to make our hometown a national leader in economic prosperity, environmental stewardship, entrepreneurship, social justice and quality of life. In doing so, we will leave a historic mark to be remembered by generations to come, as Columbus takes its place among the nation's innovative leaders. Meet some of the city's visionaries, enjoy stories of our past and see how all the 200Columbus plans and events are coming together in the pages of this special bicentennial publication. We look forward to seeing you engaged in our city like never before as we celebrate with neighborhood and cultural festivals, world-class arts events, music, fireworks, celebrations of our culinary, design and innovation industries and much, much more. Sincerely, Join . Visit 200Columbus.com --there will be numerous opportunities to participate throughout the year. Michael B. Coleman Mayor, City of Columbus Ty D. Marsh Chair, 200Columbus the Bicentennial Jamie A. Greene Program Manager, 200Columbus the Bicentennial 2 0 0 C O L U M B U S 9 "Banking may have changed, but people haven't." At Heartland Bank, we're proud to have been part of Columbus for more than 100 of its first 200 years. In that time, we've all seen our little corner of the country grow and change. But there's one thing that hasn't changed: the integrity and caring of the people who live here. Heartland offers a variety of sophisticated banking solutions and remains a close knit part of the communities we serve. G. Scott McComb President and CEO Always just one j call away from y e President Locally owned local decisions Capitol Square Croton Dublin Gahanna Grove City Johnstown Newark Reynoldsburg Stygler Road Westerville West Columbus (614) 416-0244 (740) 893-2191 (614) 798-8818 (614) 337-4605 (614) 875-1884 (740) 967-6500 (740) 349-7888 (614) 416-0400 (614) 475-7024 (614) 839-2265 (614) 351-2100 Strong commitment to community Team effort The latest Preferred Call today or visit heartlandbank.com technology SBA lender Member FDIC "Where Banking Feels Good" � DAN TRITTSCHUH 20 0 WE'RE HAPPY TO GIVE Lucas Sullivant his due. After all, he is credited with founding Franklinton in 1797 near the confluence of the Olentangy and Scioto rivers, setting the stage for the establishment of Columbus. But let's also pause to acknowledge a lesser-known figure instrumental in the city's origin: Gen. Joseph Foos, a tavern owner and state senator living in the area in 1812 when it was decreed this plot of land in the center of Ohio would become home to the state capital. Apparently, if not for him, we all could be living or working in a town called Ohio City (a popular choice at the time). Instead, Foos, a big fan of Christopher Columbus, succeeded in persuading enough folks to name this new place after the famous explorer. And so with a tip of the cap to Foos, we welcome you to this special publication honoring the 200th anniversary of Columbus. This joint effort by Columbus C.E.O. and Columbus Monthly celebrates the city's past, present and potential by focusing on the known and not-so-well-known people, events, landmarks and businesses, among others, that have combined to make Columbus, well, Columbus. Revel in 200 memorable moments of the city's history. Find out about Columbus's favorite icons. See how the city rates compared to its peers. Discover 10 historical figures you should know but most likely don't. Get a glimpse of possibly the next great downtown spaces. Learn about the events throughout 2012 celebrating the bicentennial. Visit with familiar folks such as Jack Hanna and Aminah Robinson. And turn to the last page for a bit of insight by the city's most famous author, who, thankfully, never had to write about a town named Ohio City. Jill Hawes, senior editor, Columbus Monthly Julanne Hohbach, editor, Columbus C.E.O. Ray Paprocki, editor, Columbus Monthly FROM THE EDITORS: COLUMBUS 2 0 0 C O L U M B U S 11 20 0 contents COLUMBUS OHIO STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY WEXNER CENTER FOR THE ARTS/PHOTO � BRAD FEINKNOPF 19 Present Profiles of the people, places and businesses that make up the city of Columbus. TIM JOHNSON 99 12 2 0 0 C O L U M B U S Future Reimagining downtown spaces 100 Columbus2020 109 Calendar of events 116 �� STATEAUTO.COM Proud to be a part of Columbus' past, present and future COURTESY OHIO STATEHOUSE PHOTO ARCHIVE contents COURTESY OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY 125 COURTESY COLUMBUS METROPOLITAN LIBRARY, GENEALOGY, HISTORY & TRAVEL DIVISION Past 200 memorable moments 10 people you should know 127 135 143 14 By the numbers Ranking Columbus icons How the city rates Growth stats 145 148 150 2 0 0 C O L U M B U S 20 0 EDITORIAL ADVERTISING COLUMBUS # Honor. Celebrate. Innovate. The official bicentennial guide Group Publisher Roy Biondi Associate Publisher/Advertising Director Rheta Gallagher Editors Jill Hawes, Julanne Hohbach, Ray Paprocki Editorial Staff Michelle Davey, Emma Frankart, Dave Ghose, Jennifer Wray, Ben Zenitsky Editorial Contributors Richard Ades, Melissa Dilley, Ed Lentz, Eric Lyttle, Brett Nuckles, Jon Theiss, Steve Wartenberg Account Executives Mindy Bates, Jenna Cameron, Holly Gallucci, Susan Kendall, Evi Lopez, Bryan McMahan, Crystie O'Neil, SueAnn Shetler Marketing/Events Manager Ashley Curl DESIGN AND PRODUCTION Production Director Roy Gray Design Director Craig Rusnak Senior Graphic Designers Kimberly Colston-Woodruff, Kyle Seyfferth Contributing Photographers Tim Johnson, Jeffry Konczal, Dan Trittschuh BUSINESS Controller Charles Hause Accountant Leanne Brandell Accounts Receivable Manager Sarah Novak Accounting Clerk Amy Snyder Systems Administrator Charles Berry Receptionist Barb Mason C I R C U L AT I O N Circulation Manager Jim Campbell Circulation Assistant Christine Dougal All contents of this magazine are copyrighted � 2011; all rights reserved. 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THIRD GENERATION AND FAMILY-OWNED SINCE 1947 Proudly affiliated with Transamerica Building Company, General Contractors since 1962 Congratulations to Columbus for 200 years of greatness! COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ART AND AQUARIUM FRANKLIN PARK CONSERVATORY AND BOTANICAL GARDENS COSI Adventure. Innovation. Discovery. Columbus. From inspiring art and horticulture, to wildlife and wild science, Columbus is a vibrant center of learning and creativity with endless opportunities to explore new worlds. Happy Birthday, Columbus! F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N , V I S I T 2 0 0 C O L U M B U S . C O M / E V E N T S 200COLUMBUS Present People DAN TRITTSCHUH Jack Hanna Putting the zoo on the map WHEN JACK HANNA is at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, he might be a bigger attraction than any of the animals. This summer, the zoo's director emeritus gave a reporter and photographer a glimpse of Jack Hanna's Base Camp, a Mongolian-style yurt inside the zoo grounds that includes mementos from Hanna's three decades in Columbus. Word spread that Hanna was there. Faces pressed against the windows. People waved to friends to come down. As always happens at the zoo--or anywhere else in Columbus, for that matter--a crowd greeted Hanna, pens ready, once he left the yurt. Today, the zoo is one of Central Ohio's most beloved institutions, a nationally acclaimed tourist destination with a solid financial base and top-of-the-line facilities and animal care. A lot of people contributed to those achievements, of course, but it's no exaggeration to say Hanna did more than anyone else (excluding the animals). When Hanna arrived in 1978, the zoo was struggling. It had one claim to fame--the home of Colo, the first captive-born gorilla--but that was pretty much it. Hanna worked tirelessly; 18-hour days were common in the early years. His energy, enthusiasm and PR skills put the zoo on the map, if for no other reason than he was an interesting and charismatic guy. 20 2 0 0 C O L U M B U S : P R E S E N T His motto was if the people weren't coming to the zoo, he'd bring the zoo to the people. The results were unpredictable. Hanna always seemed to be flirting with disaster: losing animals, getting bitten. But Columbus loved his goofy charm. And so did national TV producers. He became a regular on "Good Morning America" and David Letterman's shows. Hanna also was no slouch as an administrator. Under his stewardship, attendance skyrocketed and funding stabilized with the passage of several zoo levies. In 1993, Hanna passed on day-to-day oversight to even more skilled managers who've continued to grow the institution: Record numbers of guests (more than 2.4 million in 2010) visit the zoo and its adjacent water park, Zoombezi Bay. Meanwhile, Hanna has kept up what he does best: promoting the zoo. He spent 260 days on the road in 2010--making speeches, appearing on TV shows, filming episodes of his nationally syndicated program, "Jack Hanna's Into the Wild." He says he plans to keep up the demanding schedule for at least three or four more years as long as his health remains good. "I love what I do," he says. --Dave Ghose To some, 200 years of innovations and success is an accomplishment. To us, it's just the beginning. We have a proud history full of freethinking individuals and innovative events. And now as we celebrate our 200th year, it's time to take stock, not only in what we've accomplished, but the amazing things that await us in the future. Working together, we'll make Columbus an even stronger, more vibrant place to live and do business. Here's to another 200! The Columbus Partnership, Columbus Chamber and Columbus2020 wish Columbus a happy bicentennial. FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO HAVE DOTTED THE "I" IN THE OSU MARCHING BAND'S SCRIPT OHIO AT Ohio Stadium INCLUDE BOB HOPE, JOHN GLENN AND WOODY HAYES. 22 2 0 0 C O L U M B U S : P R E S E N T Places COURTESY OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY 2 0 0 C O L U M B U S 23 People JEFFRY KONCZAL kenneth ramos Cop and community activist THE PANORAMIC VIEW of Columbus from a hovering helicopter has given veteran police officer, community activist and entrepreneur Kenneth Ramos a clear vision and some perspective on his adopted city. "Columbus is a city of opportunities; that's why I moved here in 1987 and it's still the same way," he says. Ramos--whose parents came from Puerto Rico and settled in Cleveland--has kept an especially keen eye on the city's Latino population. "When I moved here, there wasn't much of a Hispanic community," he says. "Now, we have the second and third generations here, graduating high schools and going to college and getting jobs here." He was a helicopter mechanic with the Ohio National Guard when he came to Columbus. The National Guard later sent him to flight school, fulfilling his boyhood dream to be a pilot. Ramos joined the Columbus Division of Police in 1993, and, after three years as a patrol officer, he became a pilot in the helicopter unit. Ramos also has served as a board member of the Hispanic Chamber of Columbus, the Ohio Hispanic Coalition and the Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS). And in his spare time, he and his daughter, Kristin, run KRamos Photography, which specializes in aerial imagery. He is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration to license would-be helicopter pilots, too. "Of the 21 pilots with the police helicopter unit, I've licensed 18," he says. "I take pride that when you look up and see a police helicopter, the chances are I licensed that pilot." A few years ago, Ramos decided he wanted a groundlevel view of Columbus, so he became a community liaison officer. "I loved the helicopter unit, but I felt a need to participate more directly in the community," he says. "Now, I'm dealing with every possible issue, from a neighbor's dog barking to speed enforcement to neighborhood block watches." And Ramos continues to keep a watchful eye on the Hispanic community. "I can talk to them in their own language and this job allows me to stay connected throughout my day," he says. "There's still a long way to go, but now I see Hispanic people in every part of the community--in government, owning restaurants and bakeries and grocery stores. They're financial consultants and jewelry store owners. . . . We are part of the fabric of the community." --Steve Wartenberg 24 2 0 0 C O L U M B U S : P R E S E N T Wishing you a happy 200 th! You don't know what you've meant to Thank you, Columbus, for playing such a big role in making us the company we are today. As one of the only truly full-service marketing and communications companies in the country, we're proud to tell the 2012 Columbus Bicentennial story. Please join us in celebrating all the great things that make Columbus Columbus. People amanda harper Learning to lend a hand AMANDA HARPER was on duty as a pharmacy volunteer at the Columbus Free Clinic when a doctor burst in, asking if anyone spoke Spanish. A patient needed care, and the clinic's only translator was occupied. Just back from studying abroad in Chile, Harper raised her hand. She was thrilled to help, though she longed to be the one in the white doctor's coat--the person calling the shots at the Columbus Free Clinic. Today, Harper helps run the clinic, where Columbus residents can see a doctor and receive medical care free of charge. A student in OSU's medical scientist training program, she's one of nine graduate students who make up the clinic's steering committee. The Columbus Free Clinic is a place where first-year med students can get their hands dirty. Harper recalls the nerve-racking experience of donning her white coat and stethoscope for the first time. Though a team of experienced doctors make the final call on patient diagnosis and treatment, the stakes for her are higher than ever before. For Harper, volunteering at the clinic was more than a chance to diagnose illnesses. It was her first opportunity to experience the human side of medicine, working face-to-face with sick, worried patients. And they couldn't be happier that she is there to listen. When one Hispanic patient got a new inhaler, an item he never could afford on his own, he was so grateful he gave her a kiss on the cheek and asked to bring his family in to meet her. The clinic serves dozens of low-income and unemployed patients each week. But meeting people who are down on their luck and suffering critical health conditions only energizes Harper. She thinks back to her senior year of high school, living in the small town of Ironton, when a girl at her church was diagnosed with melanoma. Despite a poor prognosis, Harper watched her friend survive and thrive thanks to a quick diagnosis and expert care. She felt inspired and soon applied to OSU's biomedical science program. Harper has a long road ahead before she can fulfill her dream of running her own private practice and researching cures for cancer. But she cherishes the lessons she has learned during her time at the clinic: Never forget the difficult times patients are going through, and always be eager to lend a helping hand. --Brett Nuckles TIM JOHNSON 26 2 0 0 C O L U M B U S : P R E S E N T celebrating the arts in Columbus Places Franklin Park Conservatory, A VICTORIAN-STYLE GLASS HOUSE, OPENED TO THE PUBLIC IN 1895. ANIMALS LATER WERE KEPT IN THE LOWER ROOMS FOR A BRIEF PERIOD, DEPARTING IN 1929 TO BECOME PART OF THE NEW COLUMBUS ZOO. BRAD FEINKNOPF/COURTESY FRANKLIN PARK CONSERVATORY 28 2 0 0 C O L U M B U S : P R E S E N T Battelle "THERE'S VERY LITTLE THAT YOU TOUCH that we haven't somewhere along the line had something to do with," said Battelle President and CEO Jeff Wadsworth--speaking about you, and pretty much everyone you know. The Wadsworth quote, told to Columbus C.E.O. for a September 2010 story, isn't corporate hyperbole. The world's largest independent research and development organization has had a hand in the development of copying machines, compact discs, UPC bar codes, reusable insulin injection pens, cut-resistant golf balls, solar energy, fiber optics and even no-melt chocolate. For much of its history, which began in 1923, Battelle Memorial Institute and its scientists and researchers were content to remain in their labs and out of the spotlight. Battelle was a bit of a secret outside the scientific community, even in Central Ohio. This began to change under former CEO Carl Kohrt (2001-08) and now Wadsworth. Battelle forged partnerships with Ohio State University and other local and national organizations--and began to encourage and support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in schools. In recent years, the not-for-profit organization (formed in the will of Gordon Battelle) has annually donated between $17 million and $20 million to help FILE/TODD YARRINGTON Business create the next generations of technology workers, with the bulk of the money remaining in Central Ohio. More than 80 years after its birth as a small, metallurgical laboratory, Battelle is now responsible for more than 5,000 industrial and governmental projects for 1,500 corporate and governmental clients. Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide and manages or co-manages seven national laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and one international nuclear laboratory in the United Kingdom. All this fee-for-service research and management adds up to more than $6 billion in annual revenue. Battelle's current focus is on the development of alternative energy sources; advances in medicine and health care; national security and defense; laboratory management; and promoting STEM education. In 2009, Battelle announced plans to invest nearly $200 million to expand and renovate its local facilities and create an additional 200 local jobs. The centerpiece of that plan, the $90 million Center for Life Sciences Research in West Jefferson, opened in September 2011. --Steve Wartenberg Tailored luxury with a glamorous twist. Elegance: A Signature Lifestyle. MCVAY'S AN AUTHORIZED ETHAN ALLEN RETAILER 6767 NORTH HIGH STREET WORTHINGTON 888.8865 MON., WED. 10-8 TUES., THURS., FRI., SAT. 10-5:30 SUN. NOON-5 ethanallen.com �2011 Ethan Allen Global, Inc. 2 0 0 C O L U M B U S 29 People Gordon Gee Back home again TIM JOHNSON 30 2 0 0 C O L U M B U S : P R E S E N T IT SEEMS ODD to describe the relationship between the 15th-largest city in the United States and a geeky looking university president as a love affair. But how else to explain the affection that bonds Columbus and Gordon Gee? This romance began in 1990 when the self-described Orville Redenbacher clone (complete with ever-present bow tie) became Ohio State's 11th president and swept the region off its feet with a comic's timing for a punch line, irreverent antics and endless energy. There was substance as well as style: He battled with the state legislature for more funding for higher education, outwitted the city of Columbus to secure $15 million from the state to construct the Schottenstein Center and aggressively improved the university's academic reputation. While the city cheered his accomplishments, it also seemed to forgive his stumbles (such as calling the football team's 13-13 tie with Michigan "one of our greatest wins ever"). And it grieved with him during times of tragedy. In 1991, his wife, Elizabeth Gee, died at age 46 of breast cancer, leaving him to raise his teenage daughter, Rebekah. But like most storybook affairs, there came a dramatic breakup. In 1997, Gee left for an uptown suitor, Brown University, leaving Columbus with a broken heart. Ten years passed as Gee moved on to Vanderbilt and OSU presidents came and went (Brit Kirwan and Karen Holbrook). Then came the cinematic twist and happy ending. In a stunning move, Gee returned to Ohio State in 2007 for his second tenure as president. It felt like a hero's welcome as a city celebrated. Although there were doubts about the wisdom of trying to rekindle the romance, Gee returned as energetic and bold as before, pushing for big changes, from overseeing a $1 billion building project at the medical center to launching a $2.5 billion fundraising effort. Sure, there still have been missteps, most notably the scandal in 2011 that derailed the football program and Gee's now famous tone-deaf quip--"I'm just hopeful the coach doesn't dismiss me"--in defending Jim Tressel, who later was forced to resign. But through good times and bad, the love affair seems to grow stronger. Maybe the city and Gee are just made for each other. As Gee emotionally acknowledged in his first speech during his second stint as president: "I thank all of you for letting me come home." --Ray Paprocki GROVE CITY Southern Gateway to Columbus visitgrovecityoh.com 2 0 0 C O L U M B U S 31 TIM JOHNSON People Aminah Robinson Artistic brilliance at work AMINAH ROBINSON'S ART is rooted in family, community and history. Her work has become a familiar sight at the Columbus Museum of Art and other institutions in Central Ohio--and beyond. She is an intrinsic part of the artistic face Columbus presents to the world. Robinson has been most inspired by Poindexter Village, the east-side housing project in which she was raised in the 1940s. But she also has sought to capture the essence of other neighborhoods--past and present--in her work. The art itself is a diverse mixture of formats and materials. Handmade books are a favorite medium, as are paintings, scrolls and installations. Materials range from conventional paint, ink and charcoal to rags, animal skins, found materials and a concoction called "hogmawg," which is made from mud, grease and other ingredients. Robinson learned how to make the latter material from her father, a school custodian. No doubt inspired by his artistic propensities, as well as those of her seamstress mother, she began teaching herself how to make art at an early age. Later, she studied her craft formally at the future Columbus College of Art & Design, Ohio State University and other institutions, in addition to being mentored by Columbus barber and legendary folk artist Elijah Pierce. As a result of her formal education, she's technically not a folk artist, though her work's homespun quality and local focus sometimes fool people into giving her that label. Over the years, her reputation slowly grew and spread. Robinson received an Ohio Arts Council grant in 1979, and in the early 1980s she began exhibiting in museums and galleries. Sales of her art soon brought in as much as $20,000 per piece. Then, in 2004, she was the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation award--more commonly known as the genius grant. The world had discovered what many in Columbus already knew. --Richard Ades 32 2 0 0 C O L U M B U S : P R E S E N T C a r d i n a l H e a lt h WHEN HE STARTED HIS COMPANY IN 1971, Robert D. Walter had no idea he'd end up running one of the top 20 companies on the Fortune 500. But 40 years later, Cardinal Health--Ohio's largest company-- is omnipresent in the health-care industry. If you've passed through a hospital in the last decade, you've likely seen the Cardinal Health name on something--a box of gloves, a suction canister hanging on the wall or that bag of supplies for new patients. Walter, a St. Charles Preparatory School grad, earned a mechanical engineering degree at Ohio University. An uninspiring first job prompted him to get an MBA from Harvard Business School. At the suggestion of his food broker father, Walter rounded up $135,000 and bought a small food distributor named Monarch. A subsequent lack of opportunities in that industry led him into health care. Walter's 1980 acquisition of a family-owned Zanesville drug company saw Cardinal Foods take flight as Cardinal Distribution. Cardinal Health has made nearly 70 subsequent acquisitions. An initial public offering in 1983 provided capital to expand. At the time, the company had $200 million in annual revenue-- $170 million of it in food. By 1988, pharmaceutical distribution had become double the size of the food segment, so the latter was sold. Revenue topped $1 billion for the first time in 1991. COURTESY CARDINAL HEALTH Business But in the last decade, Cardinal has experienced some growing pains, including inquiries by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Attorney and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The company restated multiple years of earnings, underwent a major restructuring and defended itself against multiple class-action lawsuits filed by employees and shareholders. Ultimately, Cardinal paid more than $867 million in fines and settlements to resolve the issues. Cardinal's founding father stepped down as president and CEO in April 2006, replaced by R. Kerry Clark. (Walter remained on the company's board of directors until 2008.) One of Clark's first major moves was an expansion of the company's Dublin headquarters, a $50 million, 250,000-square-foot West Campus facility that incorporates an open environment, a fitness center and walking paths. In 2009, Cardinal spun off its clinical and medical products divisions as CareFusion Corp. Clark retired after the deal was finalized. Today, Cardinal is led by chairman and CEO George Barrett, whose tenure so far has been sure and steady. In fiscal year 2011, the company posted record revenue of $102.6 billion and increased operating earnings by 16 percent to $1.5 billion. It was ranked No. 19 on the 2011 Fortune 500. --Julanne Hohbach 2 0 0 C O L U M B U S 33 People Jeni Britton Bauer Entrepreneur extraordinaire JEFFRY KONCZAL 34 2 0 0 C O L U M B U S : P R E S E N T IT'S LUCKY for Central Ohioans that Jeni Britton Bauer didn't make a career at Graeter's. Otherwise, we--and the world-- may never have known the decadent bliss of Salty Caramel, Thai Chili or Queen City Cayenne. Fortunately for local ice cream connoisseurs, Britton Bauer has an entrepreneurial spirit as well as a flair for flavor. Britton Bauer co-founded Jeni's in 2002 with then-fianc� Charly Bauer. (The two have since married.) She dabbled in the dessert business behind the counter at Graeter's, then moved to La Chatelaine French Bakery & Bistro, where high-quality ingredients became her mantra. In her spare time, Britton Bauer experimented with homemade ice cream. Britton Bauer opened Scream Ice Cream in the North Market in 1996 at friends' suggestion, but it closed after four years and she and her business partner parted ways. She dreamed of opening another shop, but one thing stood in her way: a $1,200 ice cream maker. Bauer, though, bought her the machine as a gift in 2001. The pair opened Jeni's at the North Market the next year. Bauer's brother Tom signed on as a partner. More shops followed. Local restaurants added her inventive flavors to their menus. More shops followed. Now, thanks to a mailorder business, customers can get their Jeni's fix, even if they're thousands of miles from one of her 10 stores. Yet as the Jeni's empire grew, its namesake found herself pulled away from the part of her job she loved most. And so Britton Bauer handed the CEO reins to John Lowe in 2009 so she could focus on the creative aspects of the business. From the start, Britton Bauer has refused to compromise on quality, crafting her artisan ice creams and ice cream sandwiches from scratch in small batches. Local ingredients, including cream from Snowville Creamery near Athens, rule. Britton Bauer's 2011 cookbook, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home, hit the New York Times' nonfiction bestseller list. Her flavors have been touted by Bon Appetit, Food Network's "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" and the Washington Post, which opined "Ice cream perfection in a word: Jeni's." But perhaps the company's Facebook page describes Jeni's best: "Kick ass ice creams built from the ground up with tasty and compelling ingredients." Short, sweet and perfectly crafted, just like her unique desserts. --Julanne Hohbach WE'RE HERE FOR GOOD! Serving Columbus since 1855! ymcacolumbus.org YOUR GUIDE TO CULTURAL EVENTS, ORGANIZATIONS AND ARTISTS IN CENTRAL OHIO A SERVICE OF THE GREATER COLUMBUS ARTS COUNCIL More Arts. More Culture. 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