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Columbus Chamber of Commerce Announces its Second Elevate Cbus Cohort

September 8th, 2020


Hope Cotter, Director of Marketing

Columbus Chamber of Commerce Announces its Second Elevate Cbus Cohort 

Columbus, OH: The Columbus Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce its second cohort of Elevate Cbus, a member-exclusive professional development program.

Elevate Cbus is a six-month series which allows participants to master the business communication skills necessary to elevate themselves throughout their professional career.

“We are thrilled to continue the momentum with our second cohort of Elevate Cbus,” said Don DePerro, Columbus Chamber president and CEO. “This is a great opportunity for our Central Ohio business leaders to invest in their associates and the future of their organizations, a need that has never been greater.”

Elevate Cbus is operating as a virtual hybrid model this session in adherence with CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19. The program will be re-evaluated at a later date to consider implementing socially distanced sessions at venue host LA Catering.

“We’ve taken extra steps to ensure the safety of our participants while still maintaining the high quality experience of the program and we are proud to be able to offer development opportunities to our business community during this unique time,” said Taylor Exner, Senior Engagement Manager at the Columbus Chamber and Elevate Cbus coordinator.

Participants will have the chance to gather at a number of socially distanced networking meet ups in small groups for networking. All sessions will be led by Andrew Kingery, founder and CEO of White Stone Consulting and facilitator of Elevate Cbus.

Below are the businesses and individuals involved in the fall 2020 Elevate Cbus cohort:

AEP                                                        Kyle Vanderhoff

AEP                                                       Kellie Rhodebeck

Barnes & Thornburg                              Kevin O’Donnell Stanek

BakerHostetler                                       Marissa Peirsol

Buckeye Interactive                               Taylor Cochran

Burns & McDonnell                               Gabe Smith

City Year                                                  Zandra Casto

Columbus Chamber                               Courtney West

Columbus Chamber                               Zakee Bashir

Columbus Urban League                      Christina Boulding

Columbus Urban League                      Lorenzo Brent

Columbus Urban League                      Rhonda Gaines

CoverMyMeds                                        Meg Moorer

Danis                                                        Brandon Reese

Event Marketing Strategies                  Ellie Mruzek

GBQ                                                          Tobin Perrill

GREENCREST                                           Chris Thornton

Heartland Bank                                       Kailyn McComb

Heartland Bank                                       Michael Amerine
HMB                                                         John Sohner

HMB                                                         Austin Moore

KeyBank                                                   Clay Daney

LifeCare Alliance                                     David Imwalle

Messer Construction                             Andy Hoh

Miller Valentine Construction              Amy Elsea

Motz Engineering                                   Nora Miller

OhioHealth                                              Kelli Robertson

Oswald                                                     William Grebenc

Palmer-Donavin                                     Parker Cantwell

Performance Columbus Automotive Group               Madeline Chilton

PNC                                                           John Flaherty

Sedgwick                                                  Tracy Harvey

sparkspace                                              Harris Atha-Simonton

Trustmark                                               Ashley Pond

Williams Lea                                           Dwayne Penceal

Yard Solutions                                        Quinn Schaller

Thank you to our 2020 Elevate Cbus sponsors: AEP | Heartland Bank | and Sedgwick.

For more information, visit or call (614)221-1321 and ask for more information on Elevate Cbus.


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.