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March 13, 2020 , from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Co lumbus Capi tol Square

BY THE EDITORS Presented by Ohio Business magazine, the second annual Ohio Success Awards honors growth companies, nonprofits and governmental organizations across the state of Ohio. The Ohio Success Awards recognizes the accomplishments of companies that have demonstrated growth in revenue and employees, as well as having demonstrated involvement in their community and service in their industry; nonprofits that have made a significant impact upon the communities they serve; and governmental organizations that have created unique value or opportunities based upon their ingenuity, partnership and perseverance. Ohio Business Magazine will be holding the 2020 Ohio Success Awards event March 13, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Columbus Capitol Square. This event will bring together successful business CEOs, along with nonprofit and governmental leaders from across the state, and will feature informational breakout sessions, networking, a keynote speaker and lunch. The event is sponsored by Superior Dental Care, Custom Design Benefits and 10TV WBNS. Pete Scalia from 10TV will emcee the event. If you are interested in learning more or purchasing tickets for the event, please visit cincy.live or contact Stephanie Simon, events manager, at ssimon@ cincymagazine.com or 513-297-1346.

NOMINATION PROCESS For t he 2020 Ohio Success Awards, a nomination form was emailed to businesses throughout the state, inviting them to selfnominate. A form was also posted online so that other businesses could par ticipate. Forprofit, nonprofit and government institutions were able to self-nominate. Nominees were asked to provide information on topics such as their revenue star ting in 2016, company size starting in 2017, approximate profitability and revenue and profit projections. The winners were then selected by commit tee and had to show growth in one or more of these categories. If you are interested in nominating your company nex t year, subscr ibe to the Ohio Business magazine and newslet ter (both of which are complimentary), at OhioBusinessMag.com. w w w.ohiobusinessmag.com . S P R I N G 2 0 2 0

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London Computer Systems Incorporated in 1987 and headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, London Computer Systems (LCS) is a developer of business-critical software used in all 50 states and several markets throughout the world. LCS products include Rent Manager property management software, rmVoIP telephone systems and enterprise-level hosting solutions via its Sentry Data Center. LCS also provides complete network design, implementation and support services, and custom website development through its IT Services and Web Design Services divisions. With more than 30,000 users, LCS combines best technologies with best practices to create unique, affordable, customerfocused products and services. LCS works to change the way technology influences the property management industry by developing one-ofa-kind tools that property managers use to streamline and revitalize their everyday operations. Its founder’s goal has always been to offer the revolutionary freedom that customized software and IT solutions can provide to property owners/managers across the country.

ket will continue to demand open platforms and applications. Using the open API platform, LCS partners can create a seamless experience between Rent Manager and their product. For a vendor, this provides access to an exponentially larger audience by leveraging the software to supplement their niche product offerings. And for LCS customers, the API enables Rent Manager to truly custom-fit their business, rather than adapting their business to fit the software. LCS’ commitment to innovation also is applied to its workplace. LCS President and CEO Dave Hegemann painstakingly planned every minute detail of the LCS company headquarters in Deerfield Township. His goal was to create a high-tech atmosphere that reflects the work LCS does every day.

A nine-monitor high-definition video display is featured in the three-story lobby atrium, an impressive way to showcase company news and welcome guests to the state-of-the-art techcampus. From the smart-TV-equipped conference rooms, design rooms and huddle rooms, to the quiet and comfortable inspiration rooms, outdoor balconies and meeting perch, there is always a place to get work done. Factor in a gamers’ lounge, three coffee bars, a fitness room, indoor café with industrial refrigerators and freezers, and an inviting lakefront patio with built-in grill, and it’s no wonder that staff is pleased to call LCS their professional home.

CEO: Dave Hegemann CTO: Tony Little Location: Cincinnati Business: Property management software Employees: 320 Year Founded: 1987 Website: lcs.com

The companies flagship product is Rent Manager - an advanced software designed to be completely autonomous with a powerful property management database, integrated accounting, contact management, work orders, marketing solutions and much more. Rent Manager has helped alleviate the need for property managers to become experts in multiple software systems in order to run their business. Available as a stand-alone or cloud-based product, Rent Manager is proven software for companies that manage all types of properties—from multifamily apartment complexes and single-family homes, to manufactured housing communities and commercial properties. The future of property management technology must have “customer choice” as a top priority, as the mar-

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PRIVATE COMPANIES Year Founded

2018 Revenue

2016 Revenue

2019 Employees

2017 Employees

Diane L. Crecelius, CEO

1994

$10-24 million

$5-9 million

128

86

Engineering firm

Lisa Huang, President

1998

$10-24 million

$5-9 million

70

58

IT managed services provider

Jay Mellon, CEO

1998

$1-4 million

$1-4 million

31

28

Cleves

Asphalt paving and recycling

Joe Madden, CEO

2011

$10-24 million

$5-9 million

40

20

Cincinnati

Manufacturing

William A. Clippard, CEO

1943

$25-49 million

$25-49 million

219

215

Coastal Ridge Real Estate

Columbus

Commercial real estate owner, investors and management company

Ben Texler, President

2013

$10-24 million

$5-9 million

405

350

Component Repair Technologies

Mentor

Aviation repair - FAA repair station

Rich Mears, CEO

1985

$50-99 million

$50-99 million

446

424

Consolidus, LLC

Akron

Promotional products distributor

Jeffrey Jones, CEO

2006

$5-9 million

$1-4 million

17

18

Dos Hermanos Taco Truck LLC

Columbus

Mobile food

Lisa Gutierrez, CEO

2012

$1-4 million

n/a

25

17

Elite Biomedical Solutions

Cincinnati

Health care manufacturer and product development

Jeff Smith, CEO

2012

$10-24 million

$10-24 million

45

30

ERPA

Dublin

IT services

Srikanth Gaddam, CEO

2003

$50-99 million

$50-99 million

440

423

Everhart Advisors

Dublin

401(k) plan consulting, employee education and wealth management

Scott Everhart, President

1995

$5-9 million

$5-9 million

30

25

Fahlgren Mortine

Columbus

Communications company

Neil Mortine, President & CEO

1962

$25-49 million

$25-49 million

194

180

First Star Safety

Cincinnati

Construction and traffic safety supplier and subcontractor

Kelly Hollatz, President

2006

$1-4 million

$1-4 million

16

10

Fleet Response

Independence

Specialized auto third party administrator

Scott Mawaka, CEO

1986

$100-249 million

$100-249 million

179

115

Foundation Software

Strongsville

Software (accounting/job-costing for Fred Ode, Chairman & CEO construction) and payroll

1985

$25-49 million

$25-49 million

333

250

Gensuite

Mason

Cloud-based software

R. Mukund, CEO

2008

$25-49 million

$10-24 million

330

285

Gold Medal Products Co.

Cincinnati

Manufacturer and distributor of concession food equipment and supplies

Dan Kroeger, Chairman & CEO

1931

$100-249 million

$100-249 million

650

550

Improving

Columbus

Consulting company

Curtis Hite, CEO

2011

$10-24 Million

$10-24 Million

68

71

Lextant

Columbus

Research and design consultancy

Chris Rockwell, CEO

1998

n/a

n/a

47

56

Lifetime Smiles Cincinnati

Cincinnati

Health care

Sunny Pahouja, CEO

2015

$1-4 million

$1-4 million

10

8

London Computer Systems (LCS)

Cincinnati

Property management software

Dave Hegemann, CEO

1988

$25-49 million

$25-49 million

320

195

Main Street Gourmet

Cuyahoga Falls

Bakery manufacturing

Harvey Nelson, CEO

1987

$25-49 million

$25-49 million

153

140

2012

$1-4 Million

n/a

7

3

Name

Location

Business

Top Executive

ABC Pediatric Therapy Network

West Chester

Pediatric therapy

Advanced Engineering Consultants

Columbus

AtNetPlus

Stow

Cincinnati Asphalt Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc.

M Genio Inc.

Cleveland

Software development services

Jacob Glenn, Managing Director

Naya Clinics

Cincinnati

Health care

Hussam Fatahalla, CEO

2015

n/a

n/a

11

3

Next Generation Fuel, LLC

Middletown

Petroleum products wholesale

Bernita McCann, CEO

2013

$10-24 million

$5-9 million

3

2

Scene75 Entertainment Center

West Carrollton

Family entertainment center

Jonah Sandler, CFA

2012

$10-24 million

$10-24 million

200

100

Shoemaker Rigging & Transport, LLC

Akron

Rigging amd transportation

Steven G. Shoemaker, CEO

2013

$5-9 million

$1-4 million

34

22

strategic HR inc

Cincinnati

HR consulting

Robin Throckmorton, CEO

1995

$1-4 million

$1-4 million

17

11

Sunrise Treatment Center

Cincinnati

Behavioral health

Jeffrey Bill, CEO

2007

$10-24 million

$1-4 million

134

71

Superior Dental Care

Centerville

Group dental benefits

Andrea Hogben, CEO

1986

$50-99 million

$25-49 million

55

46

TACG

Beavercreek

Government consulting firm

Brian Chaney, President

2006

$25-49 million

$10-24 million

201

135

Taylor Logistics Inc.

Cincinnati

Logistics

Rex Taylor, President

1850

$25-49 million

$10-24 million

170

90

The Matrix Companies

Cincinnati

Risk management

Brent Messmer, President & CEO

2000

$5-9 million

$5-9 million

80

71

Thomson-MacConnell Cadillac Inc.

Cincinnati

Automotive

Chris MacConnell, CEO

1953

$50-99 million

$50-99 million

85

80

Total Wealth Planning, LLC

Cincinnati

Financial planning

Rob Siegmann, CEO

1989

$1-4 million

$1-4 million

13

12

Two Labs Pharma Services

Powell

Pharma consulting services

Rich Wartel, CEO

2003

n/a

n/a

130

95

Zeal40: The Creative Agency

Cincinnati

Creative/marketing agency

Stacy Koenig & Nicole Fariello, CEOs

2015

$1-4 million

$1-4 million

6

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PUBLIC COMPANIES Year Founded

2018 Revenue

2016 Revenue

2019 Employees

2017 Employees

James Foster, Chairman & CEO

1947

$100-249 million

$100-249 million

1,272

1,075

Filip Geeraert, President & CEO

1969 U.S. Operations

$100-249 million

$100-249 million

570

561

Name

Location

Business

Top Executive

Charles River Labratories

Ashland

Contract research organization (research facility)

Deceuninck North America

Monroe

Window and doors profiles extruder

NONPROFITS/GOVERNMENT Being successful means more than increasing revenue and employees—it also can mean making an impact. These nonprofits and governmental institutions demonstrated exceptional impact upon the communities they serve. Year Founded

Name

Location

Business

Top Executive

Cincinnati Public Schools, Student Dining Services

Cincinnati

School district department

Jessica Shelly, Director

1898

Cardinal Credit Union

Mentor

Credit union

Christine Blake, CEO

1953

Community Health & Wellness Partners

Bellefontaine

Health/medical services

Tara Bair, President & CEO

2014

Experience Columbus

Columbus

Destination marketing organization

Brian Ross, CTA

1941

Levitt Pavilion Dayton

Dayton

Nonprofit outdoor music venue

Lisa Wagner, CEO

2015

Lifebanc

Cleveland

Health care

Gordon Bowen, CEO

1986

North Community Counseling Centers

Columbus

Mental health agency

Katrina Kerns, President & CEO

1968

Ohio’s Hospice, Inc.

Dayton

Network of palliative and supportive care providers for terminally ill patients and their families

Kent Anderson, President & CEO

Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries

Cincinnati

Employment and training

Sharon Hannon, CEO

1916

Primary Health Solutions

Hamilton

Federally qualified health centers

Marc Bellisario, President & CEO

1999

Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) of Ohio

Columbus

Child and family services provider

Will Matt, President & CEO

1984

The 2nd & 7 Foundation

Columbus

Philanthropic

Amy Hoying, Executive Director

1999

West Side Catholic Center

Cleveland

Human services agency

John Litten, Executive Director

1977

2013

WINNER PROFILES Advanced Engineering Consultants

COLUMBUS

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Company Name: Main Street Gourmet CEO: Harvey Nelson CFO: Robert Ecker Location: Cuyahoga Falls Business: Bakery manufacturing Revenue: $25-49 million Employees: 153 Year Founded: 1987 Website: mainstreetgourmet.com One of the reasons for the success of Main Street Gourmet has been its workforce development program that has created a diverse and productive workforce, says Philip Plumley, human resources administrator. Main St reet Gour met is a custom wholesale bakery providing frozen baked goods—including muff ins, cook ies, granola and brownies—to retail in-store bakery and specialty foodservice customers across the United States. Despite the bakery industry’s workforce turnover that averages about 40 annu-

ally, Main Street Gourmet’s workforce development program has led to an annual turnover rate of 17, says Plumley. “Since 2008, diversity and inclusion has been a deliberate program aimed at our recruiting and retention strategy,” he says. “By seeking out a broad cross-section of our local population we have created a workforce rich in cultural flavor.” The workforce development program included a recognition award for employees whose actions supported diversity, interpreters and translators, and a citizen-

ship assistance policy for its foreign-born employees wishing to become U.S. citizens that pays 50 of the fees associated with obtaining citizenship, says Plumley. “Our immigrant and refugee population comprises 42 of our total workforce,” he says. “The same ambition they applied to bringing themselves and their families to America is apparent in the motivation they display in taking the employment opportunities offered to them and becoming loyal and productive workers.” – ERIC SPANGLER

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– Unbridled Fun – • Toyota Motor Manufacturing KY, Inc. Tour • Country Boy Brewing • Bourbon 30 • Picturesque Downtown • Specialty Shops • Antiques • Cafes and One-of-a-kind Restaurants • Georgetown & Scott County Museum • Ward Hall • Golf • Elkhorn Creek • Yuko-en on the Elkhorn • Scott County Geocaching Trails • Nearby Wineries and Bourbon Distilleries • Close proximity to the Ark Encounter

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Coastal Ridge Real Estate C O LUM B US Increased revenue, from $5-9 million to $10-24 million Increased employees, from 350 to 405

Fahlgren Mortine COLUMBUS Increased employees, from 180 to 194

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Company Name: Cincinnati Public Schools’ Student Dining Services Director: Jessica Shelly Location: Cincinnati Business: School district department Revenue: $1-4 million Employees: 328 Year Founded: 1988 Website: cps-k12.org/families-students student-dining-services

As any parent could tell you, getting kids to eat vegetables is a challenge. But it’s a challenge that Cincinnati Public Schools’ Student Dining Services is winning. “It’s dipping our toes in and giving the kids an empowerment of choice,” says Jessica Shelly, CPS’ Student Dining Services director. To do this, the CPS’ Dining Services has added garden bars into all schools so that student can discover different vegetables to see what they like. Another addition is spice stations in each cafeteria so that students can flavor their food, including their vegetables, the way they prefer.

“They can make their own choice for flavoring their vegetables and that’s really helped our consumption for vegetables,” she says. “But in them kind of experimenting their own ways of flavoring them, we’ve really opened the doors to a lot of our kids trying things like roasted mushrooms. Who would have ever thought that our oven-roasted mushrooms would be one of our most popular side items for our kids?” Students aren’t just eating more vegetables—they’re eating more school lunches period. High school lunch participation went from 48 to 79 in 2019, which brought district participation to the highest levels in over two decades at 87. As CPS’ Dining Services’ labor hours are tied to how many meals are served, this increase in participation has enabled the department to increase its employees from 266 to 328 over the last two years. “Success for us is fueling lifelong learners and ensuring every student has the

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nutrition they need throughout the day to learn,” says Shelly. “The stigma of the ‘traditional school lunch’ is challenging to overcome, but Student Dining Services works diligently to provide exciting menu options, new marketing initiatives and continuously improve food choice and quality.”

Levitt Pavilion DAY TON Increased full-time employees, from 1 to 3

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Company Name: Everhart Advisors CEO: Scott Everhart CFO: Barb Miller Location: Dublin Business: 401(k) plan consulting, employee education and wealth management Revenue: $5-9 million Employees: 30 Year Founded: 1995 Website: everhartadvisors.com More than 10 years ago, CEO and founder Scott Everhart made a decision that has led to Everhart Advisors’ continued growth and success—he pivoted the firm from being a comprehensive financial planning firm to one that specializes in advising on retirement plans. The firm has grown to 30 employees and now oversees more than 300 retirement plans. “We have now become one of the largest independently owned retirement plan advisory fi rms in central Ohio if not the entire country,” says Brian Hanna, partner

and executive vice president of retirement plans for the fi rm. Another decision that’s helped Everhart Advisors grow was an acquisition in the Dayton market in early 2016. “We added a geographic location and presence, which also has helped with that continued growth,” adds Hanna. And the firm sees no signs of this growth

slowing. It’s projecting a revenue increase of 25 and an employee increase of 10 in the coming years. Hanna says that the firm will do this by continuing to stick to its mission. “Our mission is to help as many people as possible reach fi nancial security,” he says. “The number of people that we serve is how we defi ne that success.” – CORINNE MINARD

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Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries London Computer Systems C I N C I N N A TI Increased employees, from 195 to 320

CINCINNATI

Increased employees, from 789 to 811

North Community Counseling Centers C OL U MBU S

Increased revenue, from $1-4 million to $5-9 million Increased employees, from 56 to 98

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WINNER PROFILES Company Name: Experience Columbus CEO: Brian Ross Location: Columbus Business: Destination marketing organization (regional tourism) Type: Nonprofit, partnership Revenue: $10-24 million Employees: 56 Year Founded: 1941 Website: experiencecolumbus.com As CEO of Experience Columbus, Brian Ross has had a front row seat to the vast impact that travel and tourism has on Columbus’ economy. The city welcomes 42 million visitors each year, who spend about $7 billion in the community. The visitor and tourism industry also supports 78,000 jobs in the area. Two events in recent years demonstrate the rising profile of Columbus as a destination in the Midwest. The city hosted the 2018 NCAA women’s basketball Final Four and quickly proved itself as one of the best

host cities of the annual event the tournament has ever seen. In August 2019, Columbus welcomed the American Society of Association Executives for their annual meeting—literally a massive meeting of meeting planners. “We look at it as the Super Bowl of meetings,” Ross says with a laugh. “You have the executive directors, you have presidents and CEOs and COOs of associations around the U.S. and some global.” Members of organizations such as the American Banking Association or the

American College of Surgeons came to the event for continued education. At the same time, many of the 5,400 participants appraised the host city—in this case, Columbus—for its suitability to host their own conferences and symposiums. Ross says that the potential is there for Columbus to secure over $500 million in business from these meeting organizers bringing their own events to the city. He says many qualities of Columbus from its structure to its inclusiveness left a great impression on ASAE conference visitors.

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“That’s one of the great things about our community,” Ross says, “is that we have very distinct and diverse experiences we can prov ide indiv idua ls.”

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Shoemaker Rigging & Transport, LLC Steven Shoemaker was in a bit of a quandary in 2013. Having just walked away with a lucrative payoff from selling his interest in the Wisconsin software company he helped launch in 2002 as a founder, he was looking for something else to do. While having coffee with his father Gary and Gary’s best friend, Joe Winkleman—both in their 70s—they told Steven that he would be “good fit” to own a rigging company. Both gentlemen were in the rigging business for over 30 years, and had worked at Keller Rigging and Construction, which was in the process of closing its doors at the time due to retirements. Steven had been a top dealmaker at FirstEnergy prior to his starting his software company, so industrial sites were not foreign to him. Wanting to do something completely different, Steven formally started S. Gary Shoemaker Rigging and Transport LLC in late 2013. While Steven’s middle name is Gary, he came up with the name as an ode to his father. Steven jumped in with both feet. It was quickly confirmed that starting a rigging company is an expensive proposition, having to purchase semi-tractors

and trailers, cranes, large tow motors, as well as tools, chains, straps, licensing, insurance, etc. Having Gary and Joe as trusted advisers, he assembled a team of key management and rigging personnel and began operations in June of 2014. “I had already spent about a million dollars before we even got started and I didn’t know much about rigging,” says Steven, “but then I remembered that I knew little about the software business when I first started, so I just forged ahead. I pretty much burned the bridge behind me.” He bought a plant in Green, Ohio later that year, as they outgrew their first building in six months. While most rigging companies traditionally stay local, Shoemaker began specializing in heavy machinery rigging and moving in the U.S. and abroad. The company performs projects for large Fortune 500 companies to small family-owned shops. The company’s revenue has grown nine times from 2014 through 2018 at 56% per year.

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Their clients understand that it is best to have the same personnel who removed their complicated, heavy machinery be the same craftsmen to reinstall it at their desired location— whether across a plant or across the globe. Company personnel have followed clients’ large machine lines overseas to ensure that the items were put back together correctly. Gary passed away unexpectedly in 2016, but not before he saw his son’s company hit the ground running with explosive growth. Gary’s friend, Joe Winkleman, still comes in every morning.

CEO: Steven G. Shoemaker CFO: Scott Dodson Location: Akron Business: Rigging and transportation Employees: 34 Year Founded: 2013 Website: shoemakerrigging.com

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COMPANY TYPE

2% Government

22% Nonprofit

69% Private

6% Public

LOCATION

8% Akron

43% 12% Cincinnati

Cleveland

22% Columbus

10% Dayton

4% Other

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

35% Less than 50

35% 50-200

31% More than 200

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