Goering Center News September 2019 | 20th Annual Family & Private Business Awards Edition

Goering Center Honors Region’s Top Businesses at its 20th Annual Awards

September 11, 2019 – The top businesses in and around the Greater Cincinnati region were honored Tuesday evening at the 20th annual Goering Center Family and Private Business Awards at JACK Casino, Cincinnati. Nearly 700 people from the Goering Center for Family and Private Business network of business owners, volunteers, community leaders and corporate partners attended the celebration.

An independent panel of four judges selected businesses in each of six categories that were best able to articulate the legacy they sought to create and express how they fit into the fabric of a successful business community.

To be considered, companies were asked to provide thoughtful reflection and comment on a big business breakthrough that set their business on a new trajectory; an approach to leadership and employee development that shows their commitment to personal growth; how they shaped a culture for performance, inclusion and engagement; community development; and job growth and investment.

More than 500 businesses were nominated for the awards. An independent panel of judges had the challenging task of identifying 75 semifinalists, and then naming three finalists in each of three family and three private business divisions. The three finalists and the winner of each division were revealed at the awards ceremony.

WINNERS & FINALISTS: Family Business Division

1-20 Employees

  • Winner: The Wildflower Cafe
  • Finalists: Sweets & Meats BBQ and Salix Data

Pictured: John Goering (Goering Center, Founder), Todd Hudson (The Wildflower Cafe), Carol Butler (Goering Center, President), Mark Signorelli (Cincinnati Growth Partners, Managing Partner)

21-100 Employees

  • Winner: Trophy Awards
  • Finalists: Kingsgate Logistics and Batesville Products Inc

Pictured: John Goering, Jenny Bumgartner, Landon Martin, Jason Bumgartner (Trophy Awards), Carol Butler and Mark Signorelli

101+ Employees

  • Winner: Best Upon Request Corporate Inc
  • Finalists: Crescent and Taylor Logistics

Pictured: John Goering, Natalie Lima Hall, Tillie Hidalgo Lima (Best Upon Request Corporate Inc), Carol Butler, Mark Signorelli


1-20 Employees

  • Winner: TorchPrep
  • Finalists: Beyond Exercise and Max Technical Training

Pictured: Rhett Barbour, John Goering, Mark Treas (TorchPrep), Carol Butler and Mark Signorelli

21-100 Employees

  • Winner: Steinhauser
  • Finalists: Emersion Design; The Garage Group

Pictured: John Goering, Tara Halpin (Steinhauser), Carol Butler and Mark Signorelli

101+ Employees

  • Winner: Cincinnati Incorporated
  • Finalists: Riegler Blacktop Inc and Horan

Pictured: John Goering, Jeff Herman (Cincinnati Incorporated), Carol Butler and Mark Signorelli


This year’s judges were Mike Miller, LCNB National Bank; Paul Heagen, Defining Moments Consulting; Lisa Hinton, Mellott & Mellott, PLL; and Rex Wetherill, Hydrotech.

Awards were also given to businesses and individuals who have made a significant contribution to the Goering Center and Greater Cincinnati.

Greater Cincinnati Family Business Hall of Fame

Home City Ice

Cliff Riegler, Jay Stautberg, Ted Sedler, Tom Sedler, Joe Sedler, Tommy Sedler and Greg Geiser

Home City Ice was inducted into the Goering Center’s Greater Cincinnati Family Business Hall of Fame in recognition of the contributions they have made to their industry, our community and as a model of everything the Goering Center values and teaches.

Keith Baldwin Volunteer Award

Jeanne Bruce

Jeanne Bruce

The Keith Baldwin Volunteer Award for 2019 was given to Jeanne Bruce. Bruce has spent a decade volunteering for the Goering Center, lending her expertise in branding and marketing to the Center’s efforts. Notably, she chaired an 18-month project to enhance the Goering Center brand and refine our marketing strategies. Her energy and big ideas helped shape the Goering Center that we know today.

Larry Grypp Rising Leader Award

Eric Arling, Integrity Express Logistics

Kelly Backscheider, Eric Arling and Larry Grypp

Finally, Eric Arling, director of operations with Integrity Express Logistics, was named the 2019 recipient of the Larry Grypp Rising Leader Award.

An estimated 4,500 family and private businesses operate in the Cincinnati region. Membership in the Goering Center is not a prerequisite for the awards or for nominations.

New members

As usual, we'd like to close this newsletter in welcoming our newest members.

Upcoming events

9/24 - Overview Breakfast - NGI

Call Steve McLemore for more info or register below.
  • Sept. 19 Social + Learning Event - Rediscover Purpose REGISTER
  • Sept. 24 Overview Breakfast - Next Generation Institute REGISTER
  • Oct. 3 Educational Forum - Lift! 2020 REGISTER
  • Oct. 15 Roundtable Overview Meeting REGISTER
  • Oct. 24 Luncheon - How to Grow Your Business: The Reality Vs. The Dream REGISTER
  • *Nov. 7 Core Member Breakfast - Finish Big: How to Make Your Retirement Meaningful REGISTER

*Goering Center Core Members exclusive event

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Awards photos by Jay Yocis, University of Cincinnati.