Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber celebrates Great Living Cincinnatians

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Last week, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber held their Annual Dinner where they honored four community leaders as Great Living Cincinnatians at Duke Energy Center with more than 1,000 in attendance. Since 1967, the Great Living Cincinnatian Award has been presented annually by the Chamber.

The 2018 honorees joined 151 previous awardees chosen by the Chamber’s Senior Council for service to the community; business and civic attainment on a local, state, national or international level; leadership; awareness of the needs of others; and distinctive accomplishments that have brought favorable attention to their community, institution or organization. This year's class includes: Robert J. Kohlhepp, Chester C. Pryor II, M.D. FACS, John F. Steele, Sr and Judith B. Van Ginkel, Ph.D.  

Robert J. Kohlhepp
If you attend a Xavier University basketball game, you’ll run across Robert J. Kohlhepp’s name. The players will be running across it, too – as the Cintas Center hardwood is now named “Kohlhepp Family Court.

Chester Pryor, MD
When confronted by racism, Dr. Pryor looks to the wisdom of his mentor, the late Dr. Raymond E. Clarke, the first black doctor to perform surgery in a white hospital in Cincinnati. “Even if they’re wrong, always do right. Always do your work. Always be respectful. Always be honest and never plot revenge.” As Mark Curnutte wrote for the Enquirer in 1998, “no excuses” was Dr. Pryor’s creed.

Judith Van Ginkel, Ph.D.
Judith VanGinkel, Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics and president of Every Child Succeeds, grew up in West Virginia, where her father, a pediatrician, took her along on house calls. The experience ignited her lifelong passion for improving the health of children and their families and culminated in her current role leading Every Child Succeeds, an evidence-based home visitation program designed to ensure an optimal start for high risk children, ages 0-3.

John Steele Sr.
John F. Steele, Sr. is the strategic advisor for Hilltop Basic Resources, Inc., a company owned by his parents and now run by his son, John Steele, Jr. Hilltop was name Tri-State Family Business of the Year in 2006.