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National Number Ones Recognized by The Columbus Foundation

 Margaret Robinson, The Columbus Foundation National Number Ones Recognized by The Columbus Foundation
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The Columbus community rallied behind a lengthy list of national champions and nationally-recognized individuals, teams, and organizations at The Columbus Foundation’s recent event. Celebrating the accomplishments of 2014, civic leaders and community members joined together to honor these champions, to lift up the community’s progress, and to envision an even bigger and better future Columbus.

“We have an obligation to do our part, to pursue excellence and achievement, and to leave things better than when we received them in order to be the best that we can be,” said Doug Kridler, president and CEO. “And we are proud to shine a light on those who are doing so, at the highest levels of achievement in America, if not the world.”

Helping to do just that are this year’s National Number Ones:


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  • Mayor Michael Coleman
    #1 City—Places to Make Your Mark
    Forbes Magazine
    Defender of Equality, Perfect Score
    Human Rights Commission, Municipal Equality Index
  • Dee Anders
    CEO and Executive Director,
    Ronald McDonald House
    Largest Ronald McDonald house in the world
  • Jeni Britton Bauer
    “Most Creative People in Business”
    Fast Company
  • Kelley Griesmer
    COO, Pelotonia
    Largest single-event cycling fundraiser benefiting cancer
  • Gene Smith
    Director of Athletics
    The Ohio State University
    2015 Football National Champions & OSU National Champion Athletes
  • Ken Schnacke
    General Manager and President
    Huntington Park/Columbus Clippers
    Huntington Park: Ballpark of the Year
  • Patrick Losinski
    CEO, Columbus Metropolitan Library
    Library Journal American Star Libraries, 5 Star Library
  • Mark Kvamme
    Partner, Drive Capital
    Largest Inaugural Venture Capital Fund
  • David Dean
    Street Luge World Champion
    International Downhill Federation
  • Katherine Bovee, Team CaptainDr. Giorgio Rizzoni, Faculty Advisor and Director of the Center for Automotive Research, & David Emerling, Industry Collaborations Director
    Ohio State EcoCAR 2
    Winner EcoCAR Challenge
  • Columbus Children’s Theatre & Emma Lou Andrews
    Top Production Award and Best Female All Festival Performance
    Junior Theatre Festival, Atlanta
  • New Albany Arts Council & Mitchell Kallner
    Top Production Award and Freddie G Award for Excellent Individual Performance by a Male
    Junior Theatre Festival, Atlanta
  • Julie Bray, Ashton Cofer, & Luke Clay
    Gahanna Students
    First Place, eCybermission/Earthquake Resistant Structures
    U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command

The National Number Ones event is held each February, commemorating the birthday of the City of Columbus. This year’s luncheon also recognized the day of Mardi Gras, with special guest Byron Stripling, and the 75th birthday of Aminah Robinson, a local artist of conscience and international acclaim. Ending with a panel of business, government, and athletic expertise from leaders Nancy Kramer, founder and leader of the country’s largest independent, digitally led marketing agency, Resource/Ammirati, Gene Smith, Athletic Director for The Ohio State University, and Mayor Michael B. Coleman, the longest serving mayor in the country, the event captured The Spirit of Columbus and inspired all to strengthen and improve our community.

For more information, visit www.columbusfoundation.org.


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