Leadership is the essence of the Columbus Award. Since 1964, this award has been presented by the Chairman of the Columbus Chamber to individuals who have enjoyed business success or provided outstanding community leadership. The 54th Columbus Award recipient is Steve Rasmussen, CEO of Nationwide.

Columbus Award Hall of Fame

2018

2017

Jim Kunk

Steve Rasmussen

2016 David Blom
2015 Jack Partridge  
2014 Tanny Crane  1989  Melvin L. Schottenstein
2013 Michael B. Coleman 1988 Daniel M. Galbreath
2012 John P. McConnell 1987 John W. Kessler
2011 Michael Curtin 1986 John E. Fisher
2010 Michael Morris 1985 Robert Lazarus, Jr.
2009 Carl Kohrt 1984 Frank Wobst
2008 David Meuse 1983 Rep. Chalmers P. Wylie
2007 Alex Shumate, Esq. 1982 German Village Society
2006 Jerry Jurgensen 1981 John H. McConnell
2005 Don M. Casto III 1980 Dr. Joseph L. Davis
2004 William J. Lhota 1979 C. Kenneth Smith
2003 Dimon McFerson 1978 Rowland C. W. Brown, Mayor Tom Moody
2002 E. Linn Draper, Jr., Ph.D. 1977 Walter English, Robert S. Crane, Jr.
2001 Robert D. Walter 1976 Walter C. Mercer, Clair E. Fultz, John G. McCoy
2000 Ronald A. Pizzuti 1975 Sherwood L. Fawcett, Dean W. Jeffers
1999 Paula Spence 1974 Chief Justice C. William O’Neill, John C. Elam
1998 Jo Ann Davidson 1973 Edward F. Wagner, James Ralph Riley, Robert K. Levy, Sr.
1997 Bob and Dorothy Teater 1972 Charles Y. Lazarus, William S. Guthrie
1996 John B. Gerlach 1971 Novice G. Fawcett
1995 John B. McCoy 1970 Harrison M. Sayre, Paul R. Gingher
1994 Leslie H. Wexner 1969 W.W. “Woody” Hayes
1993 John F. Wolfe 1968 Everett D. Reese
1992 Vern Riffe 1967 Gov. James A. Rhodes
1991 Richard Moore Ross and Elizabeth McKeever Ross 1966 Mayor M.E. Sensenbrenner
1990   Robert M. Duncan 1965 Bertram D. Thomas, Jack Nicklaus, William E. Knepper
1964 Jerrie Mock, Robert Lazarus Sr., John W. Galbreath