Columbus, OH— The Columbus Chamber of Commerce held its 2016 Annual Meeting on Thursday morning, celebrating a year of achievement and collaboration, while looking ahead at how Central Ohio will find success during this pivotal moment for the region’s business community.
The event began with the highlighting of The Art of Business, a collaborative project between the local arts and business communities. With help from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Chamber paired 10 artists with 10 CEOs to transform inspirational quotes into artwork as a dedication to the city’s artistic roots and progressive business culture.
“I’ve enjoyed my service to the Chamber and look forward to continuing to serve as a Board member,” McEwan said, “but it’s time to hand over the reins to our incoming Chairman of the Board, and I could not think of a more engaged, enthusiastic and inspiring business leader to take my place.”
Sopp has shown commitment as a business leader in the Central Ohio business community for nearly three decades.
“As a business owner, I have my feet on the ground every day and understand the challenges that businesses big and small face,” Sopp said. “I am eager to lead the Board and am honored to accept this position.”
“To say I’m thrilled about this opportunity is an understatement,” DePerro said. “I have many ideas that will benefit our members—ideas that will open the doors to more business and more operational knowledge. In the coming months, I hope to bring these ideas forward and build on the economic vitality I see every day.”
David Blom, president and chief executive officer of OhioHealth, was awarded the 2016 Columbus Award for his dedication to the welfare of Ohio’s communities. Blom has been with OhioHealth for more than 30 years while serving on numerous boards, including the Chamber Board from 2004 to 2012.
“OhioHealth is committed to promoting the civic and economic vitality in this city,” Blom said. “The spirit of collaboration over the past several years is really quite remarkable and not found in too many cities in this nation.”
Leo Ruberto, president and owner of Feazel, was award the 2016 Small Business Leader Award. CEO of Feazel, Ross Appeldorn, accepted the honor on Ruberto’s behalf, giving thanks to the effort and value that small businesses provide throughout the region.
Alex Frommeyer, chief executive officer of Beam Dental, interviewed Mark Kvamme, co-founder and partner of Drive Capital, discussing topics such as how Columbus can continue feeding its economic ecosystem and how the city can use its natural and human capital for success going forward.
“All great companies are started with little insights,” Kvamme said. “I truly believe Columbus is the best place to do business, but we’ve got to keep risking. You have to try big things to find big rewards.”
The Columbus Chamber of Commerce is a resources-based non-profit organization serving over 1,300 businesses in Central Ohio. Providing support in areas such as research, marketing, talent advisement, networking, and government affairs, the Chamber has been in existence for 132 years, helping businesses thrive every step along the way.
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