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The Columbus Award

Recognizing Outstanding Business and Community Leadership

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 Columbus Award Hall of Fame

2022Guy Worley1992Vern Riffe
2021Stephanie Hightower 1991Richard Moore Ross and Elizabeth McKeever Ross
2020Lisa Bachmann 1990Robert M. Duncan
2019Cathy Lyttle 1989Melvin L. Schottenstein
2018Jim Kunk 1988Daniel M. Galbreath
2017Steve Rasmussen 1987John W. Kessler
2016David Blom 1986John E. Fisher
2015Jack Partridge 1985Robert Lazarus, Jr.
2014Tanny Crane 1984Frank Wobst
2013Michael B. Coleman 1983Rep. Chalmers P. Wylie
2012John P. McConnell 1982German Village Society
2011Michael Curtin 1981John H. McConnell
2010Michael Morris 1980Dr. Joseph L. Davis
2009Carl Kohrt 1979C. Kenneth Smith
2008David Meuse 1978Rowland C. W. Brown, Mayor Tom Moody
2007Alex Shumate, Esq. 1977Walter English, Robert S. Crane, Jr.
2006Jerry Jurgensen 1976Walter C. Mercer, Clair E. Fultz, John G. McCoy
2005Don M. Casto III 1975Sherwood L. Fawcett, Dean W. Jeffers
2004William J. Lhota 1974Chief Justice C. William O’Neill, John C. Elam
2003Dimon McFerson 1973Edward F. Wagner, James Ralph Riley, Robert K. Levy, Sr.
2002E. Linn Draper, Jr., Ph.D. 1972Charles Y. Lazarus, William S. Guthrie
2001Robert D. Walter 1971Novice G. Fawcett
2000Ronald A. Pizzuti 1970Harrison M. Sayre, Paul R. Gingher
1999Paula Spence 1969W.W. “Woody” Hayes
1998Jo Ann Davidson 1968Everett D. Reese
1997Bob and Dorothy Teater 1967Gov. James A. Rhodes
1996John B. Gerlach 1966Mayor M.E. Sensenbrenner
1995John B. McCoy 1965Bertram D. Thomas, Jack Nicklaus, William E. Knepper
1994Leslie H. Wexner 1964Jerrie Mock, Robert Lazarus Sr., John W. Galbreath
1993John F. Wolfe