And the winners are... - Conway Center for Family Business

And the winners are…

Family Business Award Winners

Sutphen awarded family business of the year; howard smith recognized for lifetime achievement

The Conway Center for Family Business and more than 500 business leaders honored leading Central Ohio family businesses at the 21st Annual Family Business Awards Program on Wednesday, November 13 at the Hilton Columbus in Easton Town Center, 3900 Chagrin Drive, Columbus, Ohio.

In addition, luncheon guests and more than 50 family businesses and advisers networked and showcased products and services at the Family Business Expo before the annual awards program.

The Family Business Awards Program was established in 1999 to recognize excellence in family business and has honored over 250 Central Ohio family businesses in the last 21 years. The 2019 awards program recognized 27 Central Ohio businesses in eight categories. Angela An, Channel 10 morning anchor, emceed the event. 2019’s honorees included:

Family Business of the Year

Sutphen Corp.

Lifetime Achievement

Howard Smith, Wilson Bohannan Lock Company

Community Engagement

Outreach Promotional Solutions

Next Gen

Chris Ahlum, Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation


Watkins Printing Company

Rising Star

Andy Wasserstrom, Advance Sign Group

Succession Planning

  • Johnson’s Real Ice Cream – Small Sized Company
  • Gordon Flesch Company – Large Sized Company

Milestone Awards:

  • 10 years – C&A Benefits Group
  • 20 years – Choice Property Resources
  • 25 years – Advance Sign Group
  • 25 years – Eclipse Corp
  • 30 years – Jendco Safety Supply Inc,
  • 30 years – IGS
  • 35 years – Flood Heliarc
  • 35 years – Air Force One
  • 35 years – PATH
  • 40 years – Mid Ohio Strategic Technologies
  • 40 years – Warman Productions
  • 40 years – Cashmans Horse Equipment
  • 40 years – Suburban Steel Supply Co. LLC
  • 50 years – Charles Penzone Incorporated
  • 65 years – DaNite Sign Company
  • 70 years – Kirk Williams Co.
  • 100 years – Harrop Industries
  • 100 years – Lynd Fruit Farm
  • 100 years – The Fred D. Pfening Company
  • 115 years – Stolly Insurance

The Family Business Awards Program is made possible through the generous support of Dispatch Media Group, First Merchants Bank, Gryphon Financial Partners, Ricart Automotive, Rider + Reinke Financial Group, and Taft/.

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