Sometimes it’s easy to forget that there are people behind the businesses that we interact with each day. We’re so busy buying our goods or services that we forget that there’s a story behind them.

This issue serves as reminder that there are fantastic stories and people within the businesses we interact with every day. We look at the past and future of Schneller Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning; the growth of GBQ; DePaul Cristo Rey’s Corporate Work Study Program; the changes at The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati; and more. This is an issue that is jam-packed with stories about local businesses. It’s a good reminder that our community businesses are comprised of people with lots of passion and enthusiasm.

Speaking of people, this issue also includes our annual Power 100 list of the 100 most powerful people in the Tristate. This year had several shake-ups so we’ve included a symbol to help you identify who’s new to the list. We’ve also profiled two of those powerful people: Carl H. Lindner III and Denise Driehaus.

Want to hear experts talk about people and the importance of diversity? We’ll be doing just that at our annual Power 100 Leadership Forum Feb. 16 at the Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza. Mary Stagaman, senior inclusion advisor, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber; Reuben Shaffer, chief diversity officer, The Kroger Co.; Chris Seelbach, council member, city of Cincinnati; and Daniel Knowles, president and CEO of the Tristate Veterans Community Alliance will be discussing those themes and answering questions.

Our community is all about people—let’s not forget it. Hopefully this issue (and our event!) serves as a reminder of how many great people live here.

– Corinne Minard, Managing Editor

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