Who has the power? Who wields the clout? Who, if they called you for a favor and left a message, would you immediately call back?

In this"”our second annual survey of which executives, media pundits, sports figures, politicians and non-profit leaders actually boast true influence"”the editors of Cincy Business rank the Tristate's Top 100.

You can choose to agree. Or disagree. But don't choose to miss the following pages, beginning with the No. 1 power-broker, who would be ...

1. Charlotte Otto

Global External Relations Officer, Procter & Gamble

Arguably the most powerful woman at the consumer products giant, Otto could be in line to become the next CEO of a company that largely caters to female consumers. Otto is the one, if anyone can, to shatter the glass ceiling at this traditional male power structure. She's the new chair of the board of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and has leadership roles with Downtown Cincinnati Inc., the Greater Cincinnati Development Authority and the 3CDC urban redevelopment group, making her the ultimate mover and shaker in the local community.

2. Robert Castellini

Chairman, Castellini Co.

Robert Castellini is making headlines as the new majority owner of the Cincinnati Reds. The combative CEO made news right out of the starting gate, canning the Reds GM only a few days after buying the team. He wants to put his personal stamp on the team, and will surely do so. What's more, he passionately loves the game of baseball and even more passionately wants to win"”an attitude the Cincinnati team sorely needs. Castellini has been president of the Cincinnati Zoo, chairman of Good Sam Hospital and a benefactor for Xavier University"”he cares about the community. And, as the largest private land-owner of Cincinnati riverfront, he might actually get a riverfront development project jump-started.

3. A.G. Lafley

Chairman & CEO, Procter & Gamble

Duh, you might be saying right now. And yes, putting Lafley on this list is something of a no-brainer. As Procter merges the operations of Gillette Co. into the Cincinnati-based consumer products empire, that $57 billion deal alone catapults the affable CEO into the titans of world industry. At home, Lafley is putting his stamp on any number of community ventures. For many Cincinnatians, though, the ultimate measure of a Procter CEO is how their P&G stock is doing. After those shares lost half their value in 2000, the company under Lafley's leadership returned $11 billion in dividends, increased shareholder value another $60 billion, and returned those beloved stock splits.

4. John Boehner

United States Congressman

The West Chester Republican is the new majority leader in Congress, making him certainly one of the top Ohioans"”if not the top Ohioan"”on Capitol Hill. Boehner has carefully crafted scores of relationships among fellow lawmakers, and even gets grudging respect from some Democrats. What does this mean for the Tristate? How about that new I-75 Brent Spence Bridge spanning the Ohio River? Or perhaps "Boehner for President in 2008"?

5. Mark Mallory

Newly elected Mayor of Cincinnati

Mallory took office in December as Cincinnati's first directly elected African-American mayor. He's only the second person to hold that office since the city adopted a "strong mayor" form of government. Many hope he will make better use of that power than his predecessor and fellow Democrat, Charlie Luken"”especially on The Banks project. Mallory has political capital to spend, but 100 days into his new role, The Banks was stalled and Mallory declared "the honeymoon is over" with City Council"”and he had pledged to make that body function more effectively.

6. John Pepper

CEO, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Pepper, newly returned from his provost gig at Yale University, is already making waves as the new CEO at the Freedom Center, realigning priorities and charting a new course. The former Procter & Gamble CEO also is likely to renew his influence in the city's business leadership structure, and is the best chance to turn the flagging fortunes of the Freedom Center around.

7. Carl Lindner III

Co-CEO, American Financial Group

Business giant Carl Lindner Jr. turns 87 this year. Early last year, he began his succession plan when sons Carl III and Craig were named co-CEOs of their American Financial Group Inc. Carl III heads Great American Insurance Co., while Craig oversees American Financial Resources Inc. But which one will emerge as the prime heir to the dynasty"”in the eyes of the public, the politicians and the business world? It's just guesswork, but we're betting on the brother who is two years older because the name itself"”"Carl Lindner""”resonates power.

8. Bill Cunningham

Professional Mouth

As the host of his own afternoon radio show on the city's top station, WLW, Cunningham wields public influence. But his true power rests in his role as program director at the radio station: 50,000 watts of airwave power is at his command. Now that WLW is on XM Satellite radio coast-to-coast, "Willie" is able to tell thousands of new callers "You're a great American." Conservatives love him (he's a regular guest on Fox's Hannity and Combs). Others label Cunningham a race-baiter (Federal Appeals Court Judge Nathaniel Jones labeled his show "trash and filth and profanity"). Regardless, some oddsmakers think this former attorney may have a future in politics.

9. Bill Butler

CEO, Corporex

Bill Butler, our No. 1 last year, is no longer in that lead position. That has largely to do with the fact that last year he was a newspaper publisher as well as CEO of Corporex. As owner of the Northern Kentucky Sunday Challenger, he posed the only formidable threat to Gannett's dominance of the region's newsprint media. Last month, Butler gave up the good fight and closed the weekly, citing Gannett's tripling of sales staff in Northern Kentucky after purchasing the Recorder newspapers. Furthermore, Butler was poised to be the man who made The Banks project a reality"”then backed off. No other corporate titan has yet stepped forth to fill that void.

10. Nancy Zimpher

President, University of Cincinnati

Zimpher has dropped from No. 3 to No. 10, largely based on mangled public relations. The university executive reknowned for her carefully groomed public persona and smooth operating style went and, well, blew it in her handling of coach Bob Huggins and his forced resignation. We're not saying Huggs deserved to stay. But the way it was done cost Zimpher points in her community-relations tally. As that story fades, she will be judged on her more important accomplishments"”and her agenda remains ambitious.

11. Margaret E. Buchanan

Publisher, Cincinnati Enquirer

Buchanan directly controls the business future of just about every piece of newsprint in the region. Gannett Co. owns The Enquirer, The Kentucky Enquirer, the two dozen Community Press weeklies, CINWeekly and"”through a joint operating agreement set to expire Dec. 31, 2007"”controls business operations of the Cincinnati and Kentucky Posts. When the Post closes on or before Dec. 31, 2007, you'll be getting your local newspapers from Buchanan, or you won't be getting one at all.

12. George Schaefer

President and CEO, Fifth Third Bank

In addition to running one of the nation's largest banks, Schaefer volunteers on dozens of civic boards, including the United Way, the Dan Beard Council Council of Boy Scouts, the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and more. This year, Schaefer is chairing the all-important Fine Arts Fund campaign. He's the ultimate go-to guy in this part of the world, if you want something done.

13. Eric Kearney

Publisher, Cincinnati Herald, Ohio state senator

Kearney already wielded enormous influence as the owner of Cincinnati's African-American weekly newspaper. Now, as newly appointed state senator, the attorney brings that clout to the Statehouse. He and his wife, Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney (the editor of the Herald) are making a point of getting out into the community at large.

14. Jeffrey R. Anderson

Founder, Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate, Inc.

Anderson is one of the, if not the, most successful retail real estate developers in the city. Tutored by Wendy's Dave Thomas, Anderson cut his chops selecting sites for the fast-food chain. A fifth-round draft selection in the NFL who had a brief career with the Washington Redskins, he founded Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate and is the brains behind Rookwood Pavilion, Rookwood Commons, Deerfield Towne Center and other high-end shopping centers.

15. and 16. Ken and Rosa Blackwell

Power Couple

One of Cincinnati's most important CEOs is married to the man who could be the next governor of Ohio. Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell approaches May's Republican gubernatorial primary showdown against Attorney General Jim Petro with a strong lead in the polls. As a rising force in Cincinnati city politics in the 1970s, Blackwell was a reform Democrat. Now he's a conservative Republican who chaired Ohi'™s Bush-Cheney campaign. His wife, Rosa, also is a model of perserverance. After decades working through the ranks of Cincinnati Public Schools, she broke through the understudy role in 2005 and secured a contract as superintendent. This chief executive is responsible for a $428 million annual budget, a $1 billion capital project to build and renovate schools, and more than 7,000 employees, making her boss of the sixth-largest employer in the Tristate. If this doesn't define power couple, what does?

17. Mike Brown

Owner, Cincinnati Bengals

Brown isn't necessarily out in the community. He sometimes gets ripped for not serving on his fair share of charitable boards. But there is no doubt Brown's fortunes, and the waterfront's fortunes, are forever intwined. As Cincinnati moves forward"”or slouches forward"”on The Banks development project, Brown's voice will be heard.

18. Scott Farmer

President and CEO, Cintas Corp.

Farmer represents the next generation at the multi-billion dollar uniform laundering company, which has posted 36 years of uninterrupted sales and profit growth. Now that founder Richard Farmer"”who added $1.5 billion to his personal fortune over the years thanks to the success of the company"”has stepped back and handed the reins to his son, the younger Farmer is poised to become the newest influence on corporate Cincinnati.

19. Ken Lowe

President & CEO, E.W. Scripps Co.

Lowe is known within Scripps 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. Perhaps most notably, Lowe is the executive wh'™ll make the final decision on the future of the Cincinnati Post, the city's afternoon newspaper, when the Joint Operating Agreement with the Enquirer expires on Dec. 31, 2007. Lowe has the power to keep us a two-newspaper town"”or not.

20. Michael McCuen

President, National City Bank of Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky

As president of the city's newest corporate entity, McCuen controls the purse strings for community sponsorships. He also serves on the board of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, the Cincinnati USA Partnership and other linchpin development organizations. On the community side, McCuen is co-chair of the annual fundraising campaign for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

21. John Barrett

CEO, Western & Southern Financial Group

Barrett's powerhouse company is behind the construction of downtown's first new highrise in the better part of a decade, at Third and Broadway. That fact alone puts Barrett in esteemed company when it comes to city development. Closer to home, Western & Southern consistently ranks as one of the companies that truely treasures its employees and the community at large. Sponsorship of Western & Southern Women's Open and Western & Southern ATP Masters is clear evidence of that.

22. William T. Robinson III

Member-in-charge, Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC

The Covington lawyer recently assumed new duties as treasurer of the American Bar Association, and is chairman of the Kenton County Airport Board, which acts as a board of directors to oversee the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. All this in addition to serving as an advisory trustee of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and on the boards of the Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts and Mount St. Joseph College.

23. Mark Policinski

Executive Director, OKI

If you drive on Greater Cincinnati's highways or cross one of the bridges, then Policinski"”who heads the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI for short)"”should matter to you. Any transportation project that gets a penny of federal funding"”most notably the critical Brent Spence Bridge project"”must first win this organization's stamp of approval.

24. Jean-Robert de Cavel

Owner/Chef, Jean-Robert at Pigall's

The media-hungry chef presides over an ever-growing culinary dynasty. With the demise of the five-star Maisonette, his restaurant on Fourth Street is now the place to see and be seen. The name "Jean-Robert" (pronounced zahn robare) is now a Cincinnati brand. As the area's new restaurateur to watch, he continues to open new ventures, and has his own cooking show ("The Dish" on Channel 12). Jean-Robert is Cincinnati's best chance to regain a five-star restaurant standing.

25. Rev. Brian Tome, Senior Pastor

Crossroads Community Church

As pastor of the fastest-growing Protestant church in Ohio, and one of the Top 100 in America, Rev. Tome is on a roll. Crossroads and similar new wave interdenominational Christian churches such as The Vineyard are attracting envy, criticism and imitation from old-line houses of worship. With an $18 million expansion of the Oakley church nearing completion, Tome and Crossroads are expected to attract even more of the teens, young professionals and young families who helped jump-start massive retail redevelopment and sent housing values soaring in that "near Hyde Park" neighborhood.

Fernando Aguirre, president and chief executive officer, Chiquita Brands International

James M. Anderson, CEO and president, Children's Hospital Medical Center

Jeff Berding, newly elected councilman and vice president for public affairs, Cincinnati Bengals

Doug Bolton, publisher, Cincinnati Business Courier

Kim Borcherding, CEO, Borcherding Enterprises

Jim Borgman, editorial cartoonist, The Enquirer

Neil Bortz, partner, Towne Properties

Ronald D. Brown, chairman and CEO, Milacron Inc.

Kevin Canafax, general manager, Fidelity Investments

Jerry Carroll, owner, Kentucky Speedway

Jack Cassidy, president and chief executive officer, Cincinnati Bell

Thomas G. Cody, vice chairman, Federated Department Stores

Phillip R. Cox, president and CEO, Cox Financial Corp.

Pat DeWine, vice president, Hamilton County Commissioners

David Dillon, president, Kroger Co.

Ralph Drees, chief executive, Drees Co.

Jocile Ehrlich, president and CEO, Better Business Bureau

Rich Eiswerth, president and general manager, WGUC

James C. Garland, president, Miami University

David Ginsburg, president, Downtown Cincinnati Inc.

Michael J. Graham, president, Xavier University 

Joe Hale, president, Cinergy Foundation

Thomas D. Heekin, managing partner, Taft, Stettinius & Hollister

Sandra Heiman, key Carl Lindner aide, American Financial Group

Phil Heimlich, president, Hamilton County Commissioners

Joseph A. Hinson, president, West Chester Chamber Alliance

Richard Homan, general manager, Turner Construction

Jim Huff, CEO, Huff Realty

Donna Jones-Stanley, president, Urban League of Greater Cincinnati

Simon Leis Jr., sheriff, Hamilton County

Marvin Lewis, head coach, Cincinnati Bengals

Carl Lindner and family, American Financial Group

Laura Long, executive director, Cincinnati Business Committee

Terry Lundgren, president, Chief Executive & Chairman, Macy's/Federated Department Stores

John Martie, vice president, Anthem

Mary McCullough-Hudson, president & CEO, Fine Arts Fund

Douglass W. McDonald, president and CEO, Cincinnati Museum Center

Kathryn Merchant, president and CEO, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Steven Monder, president, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Paul Muething, managing partner, Keating, Muething & Klekamp

James O'Brien, president and CEO, Ashland Corp.

James Orr, CEO, Convergys

Cliff Peale, business columnist, The Enquirer

Most. Rev. Daniel Pilarczyk, archbishop, Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Joseph Pichler, committee chair, Cincinnati Center City Development Corp., and chairman, Kroger

Rob Portman, U.S. Trade Representative and former Congressman representing the east side

Bill Price, chairman and CEO, Empower Media Marketing

Virgil Reed, president, Time Warner Cable

Robert C. Reifsnyder, president, United Way of Greater Cincinnati

Ed Rigaud, president, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Ron Roberts, behind-the-scenes powerbroker and consultant

Dick Rosenthal, philanthropist

Jack Rouse, board chairman and CEO, Port Authority of Cincinnati and CEO, Rouse Associates

Bill Rumpke Sr., president and CEO, Rumpke Consolidated

John Schiff Jr., president, Cincinnati Financial Corp.

Larry Schumacher, president, Schumacher-Dugan Construction

Mark Serrianne, CEO, Northlich

Tony Shipley, founder, Queen City Angels

Dennis Speigel, president, International Theme Park Services

Seiichi Sudo, president-CEO, Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America

Jim Tarbell, vice mayor of Cincinnati

John T. Taylor, president, PNC Bank and chairman of the board of directors, United Way of Greater Cincinnati

Neil Tilow, CEO, Talbert House

Gary Toebben, president, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Ronald Tysoe, vice chairman, Federated Department Stores

Ellen van der Horst, president, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Nicholas J. Vehr, vice president for economic development, Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce

Charlene Ventura, president and CEO, YWCA

Mahendra Vora, board member, Nielsen BuzzMetrics (formerly Intelliseek)

James Votruba, president, Northern Kentucky University

Dick Weiland, statehouse lobbyist

Allen H. Welch, president and CEO, Greater Cincinnati Convention & Visitors Bureau

Robin Wright, president and CEO, Great Oaks Institute of Technology

Jack Wyant, managing director, Blue Chip Venture Co.

Jeff Wyler, chairman, Jeff Wyler Automotive Family, Inc.