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Columbus Business Executives Will Be Honored for Leadership and Commitment to Columbus

Junior Achievement of Central Ohio will induct Steve Steinour and Mark Corna into the 2017 Business Hall of Fame for their significant and positive impact on the central Ohio community.

Columbus, OH, June 20, 2017 – Steve Steinour, Chairman, President, and CEO of Huntington Bancshares Inc., and Mark Corna, retired CEO of Corna Kokosing Construction Company, were selected by their peers to become the newest laureates in Junior Achievement of Central Ohio’s Business Hall of Fame. For thirty years, the Business Hall of Fame has honored Central Ohio community leaders who demonstrate business excellence, courageous thinking and action, vision and innovation, inspiring leadership, and community mindedness – Steinour and Corna embody all of these qualities.

“Both Steve and Mark exemplify outstanding leadership in their professional lives while, at the same time, also inspiring and uplifting our entire community, said Dwight Smith, CEO of Sophisticated Systems Inc., JA Board Chair, and 2012 Hall of Fame Laureate. “These gentlemen, with their tireless and unselfish efforts and passion for excellence, serve as role models to current leaders as well as those who will lead our community in the future. Their contributions to central Ohio are invaluable.”

Today’s Leaders Inspiring Leaders of Tomorrow

Steinour became the President and CEO of Huntington in 2009. During that time he has put a strong focus on diversity and inclusion – recently signing the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion pledge alongside150 other CEOs nationwide. His workforce has demonstrated diversity since he came into leadership with females comprising 49.7 percent of Huntington’s workforce. Steinour has also provided leadership to numerous other Ohio companies, serving on the Boards of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, L Brands Inc., Exelon Corporation, and the Financial Services Roundtable. He is also a Trustee of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and the Vice Chair of the Ohio Business Roundtable. Over the years, Steinour has benefitted the non-profit community as well, chairing the 2014 American Heart Association’s Ignite Heart Ball and the 2016 Central Ohio United Way Campaign as well as co-chairing for the Community Shelter Board Campaign. Steinour also leads a large Huntington team of riders every year for Pelotonia, raising more than $18 million for innovative cancer research since 2009.

Corna, retired CEO of Corna Kokosing, started his company in 1976. Over the past 40 years Corna Kokosing has made a significant impact on Columbus – building many of the city’s high rises and parks, providing an excellent work environment for employees (a two-time winner of Columbus CEO’s “Top Workplace”), and being a strong proponent of diversity (employing a large number of engineers, over which 40 percent are female). Corna is also personally involved with the community, serving on the boards of The Martin Luther King Arts Complex, Brookside Golf & Country Club, Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD), Cristo Rey Columbus High School, Fifth Third Bank and Reitter Stucco.

Event Details

This year the Central Ohio Business Hall of Fame will take place the evening of Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton. The event will begin at 6:00 PM and end at 8:30 PM. All proceeds from the Hall of Fame will go towards creating real-world experiences that teach kids in central Ohio financial literacy, ignite an entrepreneurial way of thinking, and build skills for success in careers and in life.

About Junior Achievement Central of Ohio

Junior Achievement (JA) of Central Ohio is an affiliate of JA USA – the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provides relevant hands-on experiences that give kids from kindergarten to high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness. JA of Central Ohio was founded in 1950 as one of only nine affiliates in Ohio, maintaining a long history of leadership in the state’s education community. In the 2016-2017 school year JA of Central Ohio delivered programs to 1,047 classes and more than 24,000 students across 14 Ohio counties. Visit for more information.


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