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Columbus Chamber of Commerce Names 2022 Columbus Award Recipient

March 2nd, 2022

Guy Worley to be recognized at Chamber Annual Meeting, March 31

The Columbus Chamber of Commerce will honor Guy Worley, retired CEO/President of the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation and Capitol South, as this year’s recipient of the Columbus Award.

Guy will be recognized during AMPLIFY, the Chamber’s 2022 Annual Meeting, presented by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

The Columbus Award has recognized exceptional community leadership and business success since 1964. Past honorees have included Stephanie Hightower, Lisa Bachmann, Cathy Lyttle, and Jim Kunk.

“Guy Worley’s leadership of the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation changed the face of downtown,” said Don DePerro, president and CEO of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. “Guy will forever be recognized as the architect behind The Columbus Commons, Scioto Mile, conversion of the Lazarus Department Store to an important office building, the $500 million Scioto Peninsula project, and so many, many more projects. Our Columbus Chamber is thrilled to honor Guy Worley with the 2022 Columbus Award.”

Guy will receive the award during the Chamber’s AMPLIFY program on March 31 at the Mershon Auditorium.

The 2022 recipient of the Small Business Leader Award – presented by First Merchants Bank – will also be recognized at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting. This year’s finalists include: 

Bill Balderaz, Futurety

Peter Coratola, Jr., EASE Logistics 

Crystal Hughey, Corporate Cleaning, Inc.

Each finalist was selected following an extensive vetting process by a committee of judges who consider a competitive set of criteria.

The Chamber’s 2022 Annual Meeting will feature keynote presentations from Kenny McDonald, David Staley, Eric Pennington, and Tom Grote. Registration information for this year’s event can be found at

The Chamber would like to thank the following partners for their support of AMPLIFY:

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | First Merchants Bank | Huntington Bank | Columbia Gas of Ohio | City of Columbus | Columbus State Community College | M+A Architects | USI | Calfee | Medical Mutual | Sedgwick | Sedgwick MCO | Live Technologies | LocaliQ | Sheetz | Wexner Center for the Arts | Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea
Current as of 3/2/2022


About the Columbus Chamber
The Columbus Chamber of Commerce is a mission-driven nonprofit organization serving more than 2,100 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.

About the Annual Meeting
The Columbus Chamber’s Annual Meeting is Central Ohio’s premiere event for the business community. Presenters include leaders from the Columbus Region’s leading companies each year, and the program honors innovation and service with the Columbus Award and Small Business Leader Award.