Welcome to Cincy’s Fifth Annual Power 100. Once again, we look at which people in Greater Cincinnati hold and use the most clout to benefit our communities and regional prosperity. And we take it a step further: Our rankings signal who is accomplishing more ... or less.

To be in this “movers and shakers” club you have to be moving — forward, around, ahead. Shakers aren’t content with the status quo. Especially in troubled times, Greater Cincinnati needs renewed energy from leaders who can do more than talk a good game: They produce tangible results that help our people and our communities realize their full potential, making the nation and world take notice.

1) John Barrett
CEO, WESTERN & SOUTHERN FINANCIAL GROUP
He exemplifies the Greater Cincinnati power executive’s concept of servant leadership. An astute businessman, canny political networker and community contributor, John Barrett is gregarious but prefers steering the spotlight to shine on others. The Queen City Square Tower taking shape Downtown is a huge undertaking for W&S, an encouraging symbol that our region is pushing upward in the 21st century. Barrett will credit everyone else, from his real estate development teammate Mario San Marco to the Lindner family and their American Financial Group (the prime tenant). We grant Barrett his humility — and toast his energizing drive.
Philanthropic Impact
The business college at Northern Kentucky University is vaulting upward, thanks in part to a $15 million gift from the Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation. A Haile grant to Know Theatre of Cincinnati capped ticket prices at $12 per show this season. Tim Maloney, foundation president and CEO, is fulfilling the Hailes’ vision exceptionally well.

Booster Bearcat
Leading the University of Cincinnati Bearcats to their first-ever Big East Conference football championship and a prime-time appearance in the BCS Orange Bowl in Miami, Coach Brian Kelly helped deliver prime-time marketing for UC worth millions. The term is overused in sports, but Kelly is truly a “class act.” He’s the first to credit others, even UC President Nancy Zimpher. The former linebacker, who passed up chances to move up to a bigger program, is making strides in community involvement. That’s an impact player.
 
Political Star Rising
Tom Niehaus, the Republican state senator from New Richmond, won re-election in November and moved up a notch in the GOP leadership, from majority floor leader to the No. 2 spot as Senate president pro tempore. This makes him Southwest Ohio’s most power-enabled member of the Ohio Senate. His challenges include a state budget crisis that worsens daily.
 
Buzz Machine
The musical milestones in the amazing career of William “Bootsy” Collins go back 30 years. His list of hometown community contributions keeps growing, too. Now, with the opening of “Bootsy’s Produced by Jeff Ruby” Downtown, he’s also a restaurant-club entrepreneur. This partnership venture should attract global buzz and pump up the fun meter on Walnut Street.
 
Workforce Energizer
As president of the Hamilton-based Butler Technology and Career Development Schools, Robert Sommers runs one of the two largest career technical education schools in Ohio. Now he wants to build the area’s first biomedical high school, to be located in West Chester.
 
Civic Stars Rising
• Margy Waller, the new vice president of the Arts and Culture Partnership of the Fine Arts Fund, is leading a new initiative to build public understanding of the value of arts and culture in our region.

• At age 28, Jason Riveiro already is state director and Cincinnati chapter founding president of the League of United Latin American Citizens. While working for The Spanish Journal (La Jornada Latina), he was instrumental in bringing the 2011 LULAC convention to Cincinnati.

Northern Healthcare Executives Square Off
For all the nice talk about providing the best in health care close to home, the medical boom in the northern suburbs is shaping up as a business battle of epic proportions. Watch how these power players strategize to gain their market-share objectives:
Atrium Medical Center:
Doug McNeill, president and CEO. Premier Health Partners.
Bethesda North Hospital:
John Prout, CEO of TriHealth, top executive for Bethesda North and Bethesda Medical Center at Arrow Springs in Lebanon.
Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Liberty Campus:
Char Maron, vice president.
Mercy Fairfield Hospital:
Tom Urban, president and CEO, Mercy Health Partners.
West Chester Medical Center and University Pointe Surgical Hospital:
Carol King of The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati is WCMC vice president and executive director of the surgical hospital, a partnership between UC Physicians and the Health Alliance.

2) James Anderson
CEO, CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER
Cincinnati Children’s, a nationally top-ranked pediatric hospital and emerging research center, is our brightest employment beacon, creating about 700 new jobs annually. Anderson is another humble leader with vision — and a treasure for our community.
 
3) Nancy Zimpher
PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
Despite financial strains, UC continues to surge forward in its mission to be a premier research university, making inroads on keeping young talent here. And Zimpher maintains a business and community service schedule that would exhaust most mortals.

4) Robert Castellini
CHAIRMAN, CASTELLINI CO.
No. 1 for the past two years, Bob Castellini remains a major business and civic force. With construction under way on The Banks project (he chairs that working group) and hopes rising for the Reds to improve (he’s majority owner), Castellini could soon be the talk of the town again.
 
5) A.G. Lafley
CHAIRMAN & CEO, PROCTER & GAMBLE
Since taking the helm of P&G, Lafley has turned away from shaky startups and refocused on the core businesses and higher-margin arenas such as health and beauty. While people speculate about Lafley’s successor, it’s good to know an experienced hand is on the helm in this unsettling economic environment.

6) James Votruba
PRESIDENT, NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
Academics, faculty, athletics, enrollment, research, impact on regional economic development — by all these measures and more, Votruba continues to guide NKU upward, as symbolized by the recently opened multipurpose arena, The Bank of Kentucky Center.

7) Lindner Family
AMERICAN FINANCIAL GROUP
The influence and philanthropy of Cincinnati’s most powerful financial family continues to reach into every corner of the city’s business, political and social fabric.

8) John Boehner
MINORITY LEADER, U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Holding on to his post as House minority leader says much about Boehner’s positioning in the Republican Party and national politics. The world will be watching how the 8th District congressman from West Chester works with the Obama administration and the Democratic majority in Congress. The stakes couldn’t be higher.

9) S. Kay Geiger
REGIONAL PRESIDENT, PNC BANK
Last year she made the Top 25 for the first time, having become the first woman president of a major Cincinnati bank. Now that PNC has acquired National City Bank (which has a bigger presence here), and the global financial and credit mess has no end in sight, Geiger will have plenty of challenges to embrace.

10) Milton Dohoney Jr.
CINCINNATI CITY MANAGER
By the measures of getting things done and earning respect from powerful interests, he leapt well ahead of expectations. Now facing a City Council challenge over his appointment authority, will Dohoney be more assertive about his rightful role?

11) Mark Mallory
MAYOR, CITY OF CINCINNATI
He performs well as the affable goodwill ambassador for his city, but to quote the old standard tune, “Is That All There Is?” By our measure of shaking things up and achieving major, tangible results, Mallory has not yet made the most of his abilities.

12) Susan Arnold President, Global Business Units, P&G - Bob McDonald Chief Operating Officer, P&G
The oddsmakers place these two high achievers as the leading contenders to succeed Lafley as the top executive of Greater Cincinnati’s most famous company. But what if Lafley stays on and other companies make irresistible offers to this successful pair?

13) Jack Rouse
CEO, ROUSE ASSOCIATES
He’s moving and shaking things up, from chairing the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority to championing the possible development of a new performing arts center near Fountain Square. The status quo will never satisfy Rouse.

14) Joe Deters
HAMILTON COUNTY PROSECUTOR
He may have overshot his challenge to early voting procedures in the November election, but don’t forget: Deters is still the top law official in the Tristate.

15) James Wainscott
CHAIRMAN AND CEO, AK STEEL
The steel industry is being battered, and AK Steel is no exception. Will Wainscott be able to overcome the hurdles and preserve heavy-metal manufacturing in our region?

16) Otto Budig Jr.
CEO AND ARTS PATRON
Otto Budig and his family foundation are to Greater Cincinnati musical culture what Richard and Lois Rosenthal are to visual arts in our communities — indispensable friends and benefactors.

17) Bill Cunningham
MEDIA MOTORMOUTH
WLW radio’s class clown — with the biting wit of the attorney he is — sports the biggest ego and an audience to match, along with a listener base now growing globally through satellite radio.

18) Margaret Buchanan
PUBLISHER, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER
She insists “Enquirer Media” will survive despite the continual downsizing of the newspaper and its staff. No one envies being in Buchanan’s shoes.

19) Rev. Dennis Schnurr
ARCHBISHOP IN WAITING
The Most Rev. Schnurr has arrived from Minnesota as the new “coadjutor archbishop” for the Archiocese of Cincinnati, the heir to the retiring Most Rev. Daniel Pilarczyk. In this region, even a newcomer archbishop is automatically blessed with an ark-full of influence.

20) Kathryn Merchant
CEO, GREATER CINCINNATI FOUNDATION
Charitable giving may be depressed, but that makes Merchant’s role as leader of the Tristate’s largest community foundation more critical than ever. The needs for foundation assistance certainly will grow in this climate.

21) Ellen van der Horst
CEO, CINCINNATI USA REGIONAL CHAMBER
She’s proving her toughness at the chamber’s helm; however, if the Agenda 360 regional plan is to be her crowning achievement, van der Horst needs to get out in front to make it the talk of the town in 2009.
 
22) Steve Stevens
PRESIDENT, NORTHERN KENTUCKY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Northern Kentucky’s economic surge is attributable to many reasons, but don’t underestimate this sharp, smart leader. He runs an exceptional organization. And Stevens’ lobbying skill gets chamber priorities the kind of support from Frankfort that Cincinnati leaders should be seeking from Columbus.

23) Mark Policinski
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OKI REGIONAL COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS
He sees the big picture and sweats the details. From getting the Brent Spence Bridge replaced to advancing Greater Cincinnati as a transportation hub, Policiniski’s agenda is crucial to what this region will become in the 21st century.

24) Melody Sawyer Richardson
CIVIC LEADER EXTRAORDINAIRE
A former Wall Street attorney, Richardson returned here to succeed in real estate and became a passionate champion of the arts. This dynamo serves numerous organizations and chairs the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority.
 
25) Bill Butler
CHAIRMAN, COPOREX COS.
Butler may not be involved in the day-to-day operations and its various affiliated companies as he once was, but he's still a power player on both sides of the river.
 
75 More Power Players in the Tristate
Rich Boehne, CEO, E.W. Scripps Co. &
Ken Lowe, CEO, Scripps Networks Interactive*
Doug Bolton, publisher, Business Courier*
Chris Bortz, Cincinnati City Council member
Mike Brown, owner, Cincinnati Bengals*
Tony Brown, CEO, Uptown Consortium
Jack Cassidy, CEO, Cincinnati Bell*
Thomas G. Cody, vice chair, Macy’s
Alfonso Cornejo, president, Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA
Susan Croushore, CEO, Christ Hospital
Edward Diller, partner-in-charge, Taft Stettinius & Hollister
David Dillon, chairman & CEO, Kroger Co.*
Scott Donnelly, CEO, GE Aircraft Engines
David Drees, CEO, Drees Co.
Ralph A. Drees, Kenton County judge executive*
Steve Driehaus, congressman
Jocile Ehrlich, CEO, Better Business Bureau
Scott Farmer, CEO, Cintas*
Bruce Flore, tournament director, Western & Southern
Financial Group Masters & Women’s Open
Kevin Ghassomian, Greenebaum attorney, co-chair Agenda 360
Beth Guttman, president, Jewish Federation
Michael J. Graham, president, Xavier University*
Mark Hayden, member-in-charge Greenebaum Doll &
McDonald, and Campbell County (Ky.) commissioner
John L. Henderson, president, Cincinnati State
Joseph A. Hinson, CEO, West Chester Chamber Alliance*
Erin Hoeflinger, president, Anthem Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Ohio
Karen Hoguet, CFO of Macy’s & chair, Fine Arts Fund
David Hodge, president, Miami University
Jim Huff, CEO, Huff Realty*
Kevin T. Kabat, CEO, Fifth Third Bancorp
Eric Kearney, state senator*
Dr. Dean Kereiakes, cardiologist
Stephen Leeper, CEO, 3CDC
Simon Leis Jr., Hamilton County sheriff
Dan Lincoln, CEO, Greater Cincinnati Convention & Visitors Bureau
Gary Lindgren, executive director, Cincinnati Business Committee
Christine Matacic, Liberty Twp. trustee
Jim May, CEO, Mercy Health Partners Southwest Ohio
Mary McCullough-Hudson, president, Fine Arts Fund*
Douglass McDonald, CEO, Cincinnati Museum Center
Gary W. Moore, Boone County judge executive
H.C. Buck Niehoff, Peck Shaffer attorney, UC trustee
James O’Brien, CEO, Ashland Corp.*
Charlotte Otto, Global External Relations, P&G*
O’Dell Owens, Hamilton Co. coroner
David Pepper, Hamilton Co. commissioner
Rob Portman, politician*
Todd Portune, Hamilton County commissioner
Roxanne Qualls, Cincinnati City Council member
Maribeth Rahe, CEO, Fort Washington Investment Advisors
Robert C. Reifsnyder, CEO, United Way of Greater Cincinnati*
Brewster Rhoads, SW Ohio representative for Gov. Strickland
Dick & Lois Rosenthal, philanthropists
Jeff Ruby, super restaurateur*
Sean Rugless, CEO, Cincinnati-N Kentucky African-American Chamber
Bill Rumpke Sr., CEO, Rumpke Consolidated*
Mario San Marco, CEO, Eagle Realty
George Schaefer Jr., chairman, Fifth Third Bank*
Jean Schmidt, congresswoman
James E. Schwab, president, US Bank
Bill Seitz, Ohio House Majority Whip
Christopher Smitherman, president, Cincinnati NAACP
Dr. David Stern, dean, UC College of Medicine
Pete Strange, chairman, Messer Construction Co. &
2009 board chair, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
Thomas Streicher, Cincinnati police chief
Thomas Terp, managing partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister
Neil Tilow, CEO, Talbert House
Rev. Brian Tome, Crossroads Community Church
Matthew Van Sant, CEO, Clermont Chamber of Commerce
Charlene Ventura, CEO, YWCA*
George Vincent, board chair & managing partner, Dinsmore & Shohl
H. Lawson Walker II, Frost Brown Todd & chair, CVG airport board
Robin White, CEO, Great Oaks Institute of Technology & Career Development
Chad Wick, CEO, Knowledge Works
James Wiseman, Toyota VP external affairs