EMPLOYEE & REVENUE GROWTH
 
 Cincy's Tristate Success Awards were founded on the premise that the Tristate's strength as a thriving business center is built on the growth and success of its businesses.
The third annual awards, with platinum sponsors Humana and First Financial Bank, honor the companies that grew in revenue and employees in the eight-county, three-state region. The information is self-reported or submitted by nominators.
 
The Tristate Success Awards not only honor the most successful and consistent companies in the Tristate, but serve as a forum for business and community leaders to connect with other decision makers on the issues and objectives that face the region.
 
 
You are invited to join Cincy.

April 24, 2012

SHARONVILLE CONVENTION CENTER
1355 Chester Road, Cincinnati

11 a.m.-Registration and Networking

12 p.m.-Lunch and Presentation

RSVP Deadline: Friday, April 13, 2012

Tickets are $40 for a single ticket, $300 for a table of eight

For more information call Barbara Bennett-Heck at 513-297-1350 or bbennett@cincymagazine.com.

 
Tristate Success Awards
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
 
President & CEO of Western & Southern Financial Group
JOHN BARRETT
 
 
Celebrating Success
Barrett Says Businesses Create Energy, Pride

His name is synonymous with executive leadership, political networking and community contribution.

A self-proclaimed dreamer, John Barrett's influence can be seen in Cincinnati's skyline: Great American Tower, a $400 million building whose base occupies an entire city block. Barrett, chairman, president and CEO of Western & Southern Financial Group, is the keynote speaker at Cincy's third annual Tristate Success Awards on April 24.

The event honors the region's most consistently successful companies in terms of employee and revenue growth in the past year. It will be held at the Sharonville Convention Center.

Barrett will address issues affecting the Tristate's business climate, along with the strategies for success that have transformed Western & Southern into a powerhouse with a net worth of $5.6 billion. According to the S&P, the one-time Midwestern life insurance company is now one of the eight highest rated insurance groups in the world.

But despite Western & Southern's success throughout his 20-plus years of oversight, Barrett has not forgotten about the importance of the smaller companies. "Every day, businesses of all sizes work hard to fuel Greater Cincinnati's economic vitality," he says.

"They are the driving force behind the positive energy and pride we share when we look at what Cincinnati has accomplished, the things that are in progress, and the plans being made for the future. I am honored to celebrate their success."

Barrett's contributions to Tristate business have landed him in the top rankings of the Power 100"”Cincy's list of the Tristate's most influential people"”annually. In 2009, he was inducted into the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Business Hall of Fame. Well recognized for his philanthropy, Volunteers of America presented Barrett with the Outstanding Community Service Award for his service to the Cincinnati community in 2007. He was also the recipient of the 2004 Award for Excellence for service to his alma mater, the University of Cincinnati.

Earlier this year, Barrett was appointed to the board of directors for the Financial Services Roundtable in Washington, D.C., a group aiming to promote pro-business public policy across the U.S. The board represents 100 of the largest financial services companies providing products and services across the country. Companies of roundtable members directly account for more than $1 trillion in revenue and 2.3 million jobs annually.

In his commencement speech at the UC last spring, Barrett told the graduates, "Dreams give you energy. They also give you faith in the future."
 

 WINNER PROFILE

Craftsmanship Counts
Aurora Casket Dedicated to Quality and Expanding Services

For more than 120 years they have been making caskets in Aurora, Ind. In fact, the Aurora Casket Company is the nation's largest privately-owned casket manufacturer.

While there have been high-tech advances, casket making at Aurora has not become an assembly line process. The company prides itself in a process where "the Aurora casket is crafted as one might create a family heirloom."

"You'd be surprised at the hand craftsmanship that still goes on in the making of our caskets," says Marty Strohoser, the company's director of creative services. "There are a few places where we have taken advantage of new technologies, but caskets are still largely constructed and assembled the way they have been for decades.

Fifth Generation

The company was founded in 1890 by John Backman, whose son, William, and son-in-law, William Barrott, continued the business. A fifth generation of Barrotts and Backmans still owns the company with William Backman III as the current CEO.

The company now has more than 1,000 employees, 400 employed at the Aurora headquarters, with 67 distribution and service centers around the country.

Aurora Casket has faced the same economic challenges shared by the end-of-life care industry as a whole. They include the trend toward less expensive cremation and increasing life expectancy, resulting in fewer people dying. And the Chinese have entered this market as well with cheaper caskets.

"This business is not recession-proof, contrary to what some may think," says Strohoser. "In tough times families often don't have the money to spend on a funeral they might otherwise in better times."

Services to Funeral Homes

Aurora Casket has responded with a commitment to service, positioning itself as a partner rather than simply a casket vendor.

For example, Aurora offers a wealth of services to funeral homes including assistance with marketing, continuing education, showroom design and online solutions such as database administration and web site construction. Strohoser says such services are becoming as important to funeral homes as traditional casket and urn products.

"Most funeral homes are small businesses that have been run by a family for a couple generations just like we have. They can't always afford to have a marketing director, or their own IT staff," he says. "So, we can bring marketing and technology solutions that provide value-added services beyond a good quality casket."

As part of that service strategy, the company recently acquired a Pennsylvania printer that specializes in memorial stationery. It has also broadened its traditional casket business by acquiring a Canadian supplier of wood, cloth and cremation caskets, and this year bought two casket distributors in the Carolinas, strengthening its marketing in the southeast.

The company is known for its programs to facilitate collaborative charitable donations from families and funeral directors that can benefit several charities, including breast cancer and veterans organizations. It also established the Positive Choice program, to promote safe teen driving.

Aurora Casket was awarded the 2011 Smart Business and Medical Mutual of Ohio Pillar Award for Community Service for its efforts to help families memorialize their loved ones and donate to a cause close to them.ick Bird

 
 
 

2012 WINNERS

These winners were selected from many nominations in a review by their peers in business
and economic development. All winners are either locally headquartered or reported local figures.

Company

City

State

Top Executive

Year Founded

2010 Revenue

2011 Revenue

2010
Employees

2011
Employees

Aquarius Professional Staffing
Full Service Staffing

Cincinnati

OH

John Carroll, CEO/President

2006

$842K

$1 million -
$4 million

4

8

Abstract Displays, Inc.
Sales/Marketing

Cincinnati

OH

Carla Eng, CEO/President

2000

$1 million -
$4 million

$1 million -
$4 million

24

25

ATC
Telecommunications/Utilities Firm

Mason

OH

David Goodwin, CEO/Co-founder

1999

$1 million -
$4 million

$1 million -
$4 million

11

12

Aurora Casket Company
Manufacturing/Funeral Services

Aurora

IN

William Backman III, CEO

1890

$100 million - $249 million

$100 million - $249 million

900

950

Burd Brothers, Inc.
Transportation/Logistics

Batavia

OH

J. Richard Burdick, CEO

1993

$5 million -
$9 million

$5 million -
$9 million

42

52

Business Benefits Insurance Solutions
Health Insurance

Fort Mitchell

KY

Gary Beatrice, CEO/President

1984

$1 million -
$4 million

$1 million -
$4 million

18

20

CarePoint Partners
Independent Infusion Therapy Provider

Cincinnati

OH

Dana Soper, CEO

2007

$100 million - $249 million

$100 million - $249 million

250

550

Carew International, Inc.
Sales Technologies

Cincinnati

OH

Jeffrey Seeley, CEO

1976

$5 million -
$9 million

$5 million -
$9 million

16

19

C-Forward, Inc.
IT Consulting

Covington

KY

Brent Cooper, CEO/President/Owner

1999

$1 million -
$4 million

$1 million -
$4 million

20

26

dbaDIRECT, Inc.
Computer/Technical/Internet Services

Florence

KY

John Bostick, CEO

1999

$10 million - $24 million

$10 million - $24 million

84

88

DotLoop
Technology Innovation Service

Cincinnati

OH

Austin Allison, CEO

2009

$5 million -
$9 million

$5 million -
$9 million

30

40

Eagle Specialty Vehicles, LLC
Manufacturing Services

Amelia

OH

Timothy Lautermilch, CEO

1982

$25 million - $49 million

$25 million - $49 million

99

110

Electronic-Interiors
Audio/Visual & Security Engineering

Hebron

KY

Ellen Smith, CEO

2010

$1 million -
$4 million

$1 million -
$4 million

3

4

ElitAire, Inc.
Sustainable Design/Energy Efficient HVAC System Engineers

Cincinnati

OH

Rick DeWitt, CEO/Principal

2008

$5 million -
$9 million

$5 million -
$9 million

17

19

Emerge Technologies, LLC
Computer/Technical/Internet Services

Erlanger

KY

Richard Brown, Managing Partner

2004

$5 million -
$9 million

$5 million -
$9 million

22

31

EST Analytical
Global Manufacturing

Fairfield

OH

James Murphy, CEO/President

1990

$5 million -
$9 million

$10 million - $24 million

47

51

Flagel, Huber, Flagel & Co.
Accounting/Consulting Services

Cincinnati

OH

Randall Kuvin, CEO/Managing Partner

1933

$5 million -
$9 million

$5 million -
$9 million

43

45

Flottman Company
Full Service Graphic Communications

Crestview Hills

KY

Tom Flottman, CEO

1921

$5 million -
$9 million

$5 million -
$9 million

46

49

Flynn & Company, Inc.
Accounting/Consulting

Cincinnati

OH

Richard Flynn, CEO/President

1994

$1 million -
$4 million

$1 million -
$4 million

8

12

Furlong Building Enterpises LLC
Commercial Construction

Florence

KY

Jude Hehman, President

2010

$1 million -
$4 million

$1 million -
$4 million

3

7

General Data Co., Inc.
Manufacturing

Cincinnati

OH

Peter Wenzel, CEO

1981

$25 million - $49 million

$50 million - $99 million

196

235

Gus Perdikakis Associates, Inc.
Full Service Staffing Firm

Cincinnati

OH

Gus Perdikakis, CEO/President

1979

$5 million -
$9 million

$5 million -
$9 million

200

250

HiFive Development Services, Inc.
Construction/Engineering/Real Estate Services

Mason

OH

Mark Davis, CEO

2001

$10 million - $24 million

$10 million - $24 million

16

19

Housh, Inc.
Retail/Trade Services

Monroe

OH

William Housh IV, President/Founder

2005

$1 million -
$4 million

$1 million -
$4 million

3

5

Innovative Labeling Solutions
Digital Packaging Specialist

Hamilton

OH

Jay Dollries, CEO/President

1996

$10 million - $24 million

$10 million - $24 million

56

58

Intelligrated, Inc.
Manufacturing Services

Mason

OH

Christopher Cole, CEO

2001

$250 million - $499 million

$250 million - $499 million

1730

1878

INTRUST GROUP
Computer/Technical/Internet Services

Cincinnati

OH

Tim Rettig, CEO/CTO

1992

$5 million -
$9 million

$5 million -
$9 million

44

45

Kaeser & Blair, Inc.
Advertising Specialties/Promotional Product Services

Batavia

OH

Kurt Kaeser, CEO

1894

$50 million - $99 million

$50 million - $99 million

129

130

Kenwood Dealer Group, Inc.
Auto Dealership

Cincinnati

OH

Robert Reichert, CEO/President

1975

$250 million - $499 million

$250 million - $499 million

725

740

LOTH Inc.
Full Service Workspace Solutions

Cincinnati

OH

Rick Naber, CEO

1891

$25 million - $49 million

$50 million - $99 million

120

140

ML Bannard, Inc.
Commercial Construction Contractor

Cincinnati

OH

Mike Bannard, CEO

1992

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