Who has the power? Who wields the clout? Who not only has influence, but uses it effectively - often behind the scenes? Whose phone call would you never put on hold? This is our third annual survey of 100 most powerful Tristate people, from business exectutives and politicans to philanthropists and wheeler-dealers, ranked by the editors Choose to agree. Or disagree. Tell us who you think was overlooked. But don't miss the following pages, begining with the No. 1 power broker who would be...

1. Robert Castellini, Chairman Castellini Co.
In a town thirsting for "get-er-done" leadership, Castellini exudes character, determination and strength. The successful businessman raised expectations when he became majority owner of the Reds, and gave us hope when he took charge of The Banks Working Group last year. If that dream development begins to take shape on the downtown riverfront, and if the Reds win a pennant, well, is there room for a monument on the new Fountain Square?

2. A.G. Lafley, Chairman & CEO Proctor & Gamble
It's been a heady year for the chairman and CEO of Proctor & Gamble. As Procter merged the operations of Gillette Co. into the Cincinnati-based consumer products empire, that $57 billion deal alone catapulted the affable CEO into the titans of world industry. At home, Lafley is putting his stamp on numerous community ventures.

3. Lindner Family, American Financial Group
Sons Carl III and Keith are in the wings, but business mogul and philanthropist Carl Lindner Jr. showed in the past year that he's not ready to step back or down. And when the patriarch speaks"”or opens his checkbook"”everyone pays attention.

4. Charlotte Otto, External Relations, Proctor & Gamble
Our leadoff hitter last year, Otto is P&G's leading corporate voice in the Tristate community. She chaired the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and remains a major, respected force in various influential groups, including the 3CDC urban redevelopment corporation and Downtown Cincinnati Inc. She's a go-to teammate in tough games.

5. James Anderson, CEO, Children's Hospital Medical Center
Anderson moves up in the batting order as Children's booms as a research center, nabbing a big slice of state tech funding, and keeps a Top 5 national ranking. And among its civic commitments, Children's is a prime mover in the Uptown redevelopment initiative.

6. Bill Butler, CEO, Corporex
The CEO of Corporex has reinforced his standing as a major Tristate player with his firm's winning bid on the Newport development labeled "Ovation""”a $600 million office/hotel/retail complex at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers. While The Banks is still just an idea, Corporex plans to break ground on Ovation this spring.

7. John Pepper, CEO National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Pepper (father of David) can barely make room in his resume for all his job titles. In January he took over as chairman of the board of the Walt Disney Co. Add to his list former vice president of finance at Yale University and former chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble. But can he help the Freedom Center become financially sound? This is one over-achiever to root for.

8. George Schaefer, CEO Fifth Third Bank
Besides running one of the nation's largest banks, Schaefer has been a major voice in numerous civic committees and boards, including the United Way and the Fine Arts Fund. But Fifth Third's performance has been lackluster, and there's talk it could be an acquisition target: a big challenge for a corporate titan.

9. Mark Mallory, Cincinnati Mayor
Is the mayor ready and able to make big moves in 2007? Mallory's honeymoon is over. If people do not perceive a drop in crime, and if The Banks project is not under way by the end of the year, detractors will be calling the mayor much worse names than "empty suit."

10. Nancy Zimpher, President University of Cincinnati
Zimpher survived the PR disaster with Bob Huggins. Major campus construction projects were completed. Higher academic standards are making a difference, attracting more top-shelf high school graduates to UC. Zimpher serves on so many boards and committees (and she makes the meetings) that she must be cloning herself. But the Calhoun redevelopment project is stalled, leaving an ugly scar in heart of Corryville"”and another challenge for her.

11. John Boehner, Congressman
Inside the Beltway, Boehner lost power with the Democratic takeover of Congress. But he's by no means benched. The charismatic Republican congressman from West Chester knows how to leverage influence. He's still a player on Capitol Hill"”and he's certainly a major league player in Butler County.

12. Margaret Buchanan, Publisher
She's still at the helm of the Tristate's largest media empire. Gannett Co. owns The Enquirer, The Kentucky Enquirer, the two dozen Community Press weeklies, CINWeekly, other local print and web ventures"”and controls business operations of the Cincinnati and Kentucky Posts, which are due to shut down on or before Dec. 31. Cincy soon will be a one-daily newspaper town. But can Buchanan keep making print products profitable?

13. James Votruba, President Northern Kentucky University
He set out to make Northern Kentucky University a respected institution of higher learning, and Votruba is succeding beyond most people's expectations. NKU's rise and Votruba's vision are helping feed the economic growth and development of the entire Northern Kentucky metro region.

14. Bill Cunningham, Talk Show Buzzsaw
You think a Republican defeat will hurt the Motor-Mouth King of WLW 700 radio? Quite the opposite, you Great American listeners. It's far more fun bashing liberal Democrats when they hold power. And if a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign materializes, be ready to turn down the dial.

15. Jean-Robert de Cavel, Restaurant Supreme
He who feeds the rich and powerful isn't always powerful himself. But chef-to-the-stars Jean-Robert wields clout as well as an egg-beater. His culinary empire includes the four-star Jean-Robert at Pigall's, Jean-Ro Bistro, Greenup Cafe and, moving to Covington from Oakley this year, Pho Paris. The Parisian makes friends and influences people through a variety of charitable good works. That, and the man knows his way around a black truffle.

16. Bill Seitz, State Representative
The west-side Republican famed for his no-nonsense bluntness has emerged as Southwest Ohi'™s most powerful representative in the Ohio legislature, rising to the majority whip position. Quick and sharp, Seitz can get his way and still earn opponents' respect. And don't forget: Ohio now has a Democratic governor, but the GOP still controls the Statehouse.

17. Power Couple: Todd Portune & David Pepper
After more than 40 years as onlookers, Democrats took over control of Hamilton County government when former city councilman Pepper beat Phil Heimlich for county commissioner. With a 2-1 majority, Portune is now board president"”and no longer a muzzled bench player. P&P have some bold ideas for revitalizing the county. Keep posted.

18. Joe Deters, Hamilton County Prosecutor
The Pepper-Portune triumph leaves Deters as the most powerful Republican in Hamilton County government. Violent crime is spreading into what once were tranquil county suburbs. Can Deters have any impact on reversing that? And what's the next political step for the man who once had an eye on running for governor?

19. John Barett, CEO Western & Southern Financial Group
A corporate suite veteran, Barrett epitomizes the kind of old-line Cincinnati executive who does a lot behind the scenes, sometimes with little recognition. His company maintains a good reputation, internally and externally. Watch to see what Western & Southern contributes to Cincy redevelopment efforts this year.

20. Otto Budig Jr., CEO and Arts Patron
Otto Budig Jr. is a major force in the Cincinnati non-profit world, donating some $23 million in recent years and sitting on the boards of the Ballet, Zoo, Playhouse and CAC. While Budig's day job is running Parsec Inc., an industrial transportation business, it's in the charitable arena where his star truly shines. The Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center in Covington is a credit to Budig's vision and will, cementing his role as a clutch hitter.

21. Ken Lowe, CEO, E.W. Scripps. Co.
The president and CEO of E.W. Scripps Co. is known within the giant media company for pioneering HGTV, the Food Network, the DIY channel and other bright spots in the corporate ledger books. Outside Scripps, Lowe maintains a high profile in the community, having chaired the 2005 Fine Arts Fund. Lowe is the executive wh'™ll make the final decision on the future of the Cincinnati Post when its operating agreement with the Enquirer expires this year.

22. Mike Brown, Owner, Bengals
Which is worse: overseeing a perpetual loser, or whetting fans' appetites for a title, only to have those hopes dashed? Brown's skills as a CEO will be tested in 2007"”by what happens with his football team (on and off the field) and  the ongoing legal challenges from Hamilton County over the stadium"”especially now that Todd Portune presides over county government. As for The Banks project, will Brown remain on the sidelines?

23. Rev. Daniel Pilarczyk, Archbishop
The Cincinnati Archidocese has had its share of the woes afflicting the Roman Catholic Church in recent years. And that makes the Most Rev. Pilarczyk's role as a spiritual and community leader"”and as a business executive"”more important than ever, especially in a region where so many Catholics want their faith sustained.

24. Kathryn Merchant, CEO Greater Cincinnati Foundation
The foundation she runs has come to the aid of numerous worthwhile community causes and initiatives that are vital to the community, managing and disbursing millions annually. But it's Merchant's intelligence, enthusiasm and abilty to turn lofty ideas into practical results that have boosted her stature in business and civic circles.

25. Dr, O'Dell Ownens, Hamilton County Coroner
A coroner in our starting lineup? You bet. When Dr. Owens was elected in 2004, he quickly proved he was not going to be dispassionate about body bags. He emerged as a strong, respected voice against violence. His impressive resume includes Yale, Harvard, medical achievements and civic commitments, such as president of Project GRAD. He has a big political future if he wants it.

The Other 75
Jeffrey R. Anderson, retail developer
Susan Arnold, vice chair, P&G
Louis Beck, banker
Jeff Berding, Cincinnati councilman
Rosa Blackwell, school superintendent
Doug Bolton, publisher, Business Courier
Kim Borcherding, president, Borcherding Enterprises
Chris Bortz, Cincinnati councilman
Tony Brown, CEO, Uptown Consortium
Bill Burleigh, Scripps director
Butch Callery, Covington mayor
Dan R. Carmichael, CEO, Ohio Casualty Corp.
Jerry Carroll, owner, Kentucky Speedway
Jack Cassidy, CEO, Cincinnati Bell
Stan Chesley, class action attorney
David Dillon, CEO, Kroger Co.
Scott Donnelly, CEO, GE Aircraft Engines
David Drees, CEO, Drees Co.
Ralph Drees, Kenton County Judge-Executive
Jocile Ehrlich, CEO, Better Business Bureau
Scott Farmer, CEO, Cintas
Michael Fox, Butler County commissioner
James C. Garland, president, Miami University
David Ginsburg, president, Downtown Cincinnati Inc.
Victoria Buyniski Gluckman, director, United Medical Resources
Michael J. Graham, president, Xavier University 
Thomas L. Guidugli, Newport mayor
John W. Hayden, CEO, Midland Co. (chair, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber)
Thomas D. Heekin, managing partner, Taft, Stettinius & Hollister
Joseph A. Hinson, president, West Chester Chamber Alliance
Jim Huff, CEO, Huff Realty
Dr. Stanley Kaplan, physician & arts patron
Jerry Kathman, CEO, LPK
Eric Kearney, state senator
Dr. Dean Kereiakes, leading cardiologist
Marvin Lewis, Bengals head coach
Ross Love, CEO, Blue Chip Enterprises
Steven R. Love, CEO, African-American Chamber
Terry Lundgren, CEO, Federated Department Stores
Richard Mahoney, CEO, Cornerstone/Frontgate
Mary McCullough-Hudson, president and CEO, Fine Arts Fund
Sandra Meyer, president, Duke Energy Ohio-Kentucky
H.C. Buck Niehoff, GOP leader, UC trustee
James '™Brien, CEO, Ashland Corp.
James Orr, CEO, Convergys
Joe Pichler, former Kroger CEO, 3CDC mover
Mark Policinski, executive director, OKI Regional Council of Governments
Rob Portman, director, U.S. Office of Management & Budget (OMB)
T. Michael Price & Michael McCuen, National City Bank executives
Maribeth Rahe, CEO, Fort Washington Investment Advisors
Robert C. Reifsnyder, CEO, United Way of Greater Cincinnati
Brewster Rhoads, political strategist
William T. Robinson, Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC
Dick & Lois Rosenthal, philanthropists
Jack Rouse, CEO, Port Authority of Cincinnati and Rouse Associates
Bill Rumpke Sr., CEO, Rumpke Consolidated
Mario San Marco, CEO, Eagle Realty
John J. Schiff Jr., CEO, Cincinnati Financial Corp.
Jim Scott, WLW radio host
James E. Schwab, president, US Bank
Mark Serrianne, CEO, Northlich
Chuck Slater, president, Anthem Blues Cross & Blue Shield of Ohio
Steve Stevens, president, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Neil Tilow, CEO, Talbert House
Rev. Brian Tome, Crossroads Community Church
Thomas Urban, CEO, Mercy Health Partners Southwest Ohio
Ellen van der Horst, president, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
Nicholas J. Vehr, chief strategic officer, Jack Rouse Associates
Charlene Ventura, CEO, YWCA
James Wainscott, CEO, AK Steel
Dick Weiland, lobbyist
James Wiseman, VP external affairs, Toyota
Ron Wright, president, Cincinnati State
Jack Wyant, managing director, Blue Chip Venture Co.
Jeff Wyler, chairman, Jeff Wyler Automotive Family, Inc.