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Columbus Chamber of Commerce Announces Inaugural Elevate Cbus Cohort

October 11th, 2019


Cody Blair, Director of Marketing
Columbus Chamber of Commerce
(614) 225-6062

Columbus, OH: The Columbus Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the inaugural cohort of Elevate Cbus, a member-exclusive program designed to elevate business professionals through soft skill training, professional development and leadership development.

“We are excited to see what all that the participants will put into action once they complete the six-session series,” said Don DePerro, president and CEO of the Columbus Chamber. “Two Chamber associates, Ashley Bernatz and Taylor Exner, worked tirelessly at collecting data from Chamber members through focus groups and one-on-one meetings to create a program that can provide value and adapt to the needs of our business community for their rising stars, and I am happy to announce that Taylor and Ashley will be involved in the inaugural class as participants.”

Elevate Cbus is open exclusively to Columbus Chamber members and sessions are limited to 40 participants.

“It’s exciting to see these sharp professionals coming together with high energy and growth mindsets,” explains Andrew Kingery, founder and CEO of White Stone Consulting. “Over the next six months, participants will expand their professional network, elevate their leadership skills and create value for their sponsoring organizations. I’m honored to be part of their journey!”

Below are the businesses and individuals involved in the inaugural cohort.

AEP, Liberty Schindel

AEP, Madison Sagan

Atlapac, David Healey

AWH, Katherine Gioffre

BakerHostetler, Jeremy Hart

BakerHostetler, Andrew Samuels

Blue Laser Digital, Adam DePerro

CBRE, Brandon Ellis

Change 4 Growth, Marina Elliott

City Year, Ruth Lomax

Columbus Chamber, Ashley Bernatz

Columbus Chamber, Taylor Exner

Dupler, Michael Cochran

EasyIT, Megan Criswell

Franklin University, Mary Beth Bertrand

FST Logistics, Annie Posgai

GREENCREST, Michele Lemmon

Hart, Morgan McKenzie

Hart, Zac Hart

Holbrook & Manter, Zac Anderson

Home Care Assistance, Tina Cummings

Home Care Assistance, Karen Mason

Honda Trading, Steve Oppy

Huntington, Nick Pavlik

IBI, Mike Murray

KeyBank, Chad Nugen

KLH Engineers, Kevin Eldridge

Kubota Tractor Corp., Kara Manz

M+A Architects, Samantha Dickerson

Maven, Michelle Egan

Maven, Maureen Brown

OhioHealth, Meghan DiSanto

Ohio State University, Emily Law

Oswald, Steffan Moody

Palmer-Donavin, Tom Rodgers

Pixel Park, Hilary Buchanan

Pixel Park, Allison Maier

Ruscilli, Frank Pinciotti

Serendipity Labs, Caroine Arnos

Sparkspace, Leah Senecal

WestCamp, Dustin Bennett

For more information or to submit an application for our next series, visit or call (614) 221-1321.


About the Columbus Chamber

The Columbus Chamber of Commerce is a mission-driven nonprofit organization serving over 2,000 organizations throughout Central Ohio. The Chamber, founded in 1884, is committed to advancing a thriving Columbus Region and provides support in the areas of research, government affairs, marketing, education and workforce development.