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 56th Columbus Award recipient is Cathy Lyttle, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Worthington Industries.

The Columbus Award Hall of Fame

2020 Lisa Bachmann 1991 Richard Moore Ross and Elizabeth McKeever Ross
2019 Cathy Lyttle 1990  Robert M. Duncan
2018 Jim Kunk 1989  Melvin L. Schottenstein
2017 Steve Rasmussen 1988 Daniel M. Galbreath
2016 David Blom 1987 John W. Kessler
2015 Jack Partridge 1986 John E. Fisher
2014 Tanny Crane 1985 Robert Lazarus, Jr.
2013 Michael B. Coleman 1984 Frank Wobst
2012 John P. McConnell 1983 Rep. Chalmers P. Wylie
2011 Michael Curtin 1982 German Village Society
2010 Michael Morris 1981 John H. McConnell
2009 Carl Kohrt 1980 Dr. Joseph L. Davis
2008 David Meuse 1979 C. Kenneth Smith
2007 Alex Shumate, Esq. 1978 Rowland C. W. Brown, Mayor Tom Moody
2006 Jerry Jurgensen 1977 Walter English, Robert S. Crane, Jr.
2005 Don M. Casto III 1976 Walter C. Mercer, Clair E. Fultz, John G. McCoy2000
2004 William J. Lhota 1975 Sherwood L. Fawcett, Dean W. Jeffers
2003 Dimon McFerson 1974 Chief Justice C. William O’Neill, John C. Elam
2002 E. Linn Draper, Jr., Ph.D. 1973 Edward F. Wagner, James Ralph Riley, Robert K. Levy, Sr.
2001 Robert D. Walter 1972 Charles Y. Lazarus, William S. Guthrie
2000 Ronald A. Pizzuti 1971 Novice G. Fawcett
1999 Paula Spence 1970 Harrison M. Sayre, Paul R. Gingher
1998 Jo Ann Davidson 1969 W.W. “Woody” Hayes
1997 Bob and Dorothy Teater 1968 Everett D. Reese
1996 John B. Gerlach 1967 Gov. James A. Rhodes
1995 John B. McCoy 1966 Mayor M.E. Sensenbrenner
1994 Leslie H. Wexner 1965 Bertram D. Thomas, Jack Nicklaus, William E. Knepper
1993 John F. Wolfe 1964 Jerrie Mock, Robert Lazarus Sr., John W. Galbreath
1992 Vern Riffe