Central Ohio’s Smart 50 make success happen by being on target

col_JordanMillerJordan A. Miller Jr.
President and CEO
Fifth Third Bank (Central Ohio affiliate)
Jordan A. Miller Jr., Central Ohio affiliate president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank, strives to run his business similar to how he was raised — caring for employees and the community.
For example, one of the bank’s flagship programs is the Young Bankers Club, geared towards fifth graders. This year, employees volunteered 1,034 hours and helped provide basic budgeting classes in 15 schools.
Fifth Third Bank distinguishes itself through its affiliate model where the Central Ohio affiliate has a team of local experts in each line of business to make decisions locally. Thus, the bank has the local focus of a community bank but the resources of headquarters in Cincinnati to compete in the larger regional space.
Miller works diligently with senior leaders and bank officers to ensure each division has a team engagement plan and regularly checks for accountability.
Leaders also are required to take part in leadership development courses.

col_ChadMonninChad Monnin
Mission Essential Personnel
Chad Monnin co-founded Mission Essential Personnel in 2004 with just a few hundred dollars. As CEO, he grew the Columbus company to more than 3,000 employees with over $400 million in annual revenue by 2009.
He also was the EY Entrepreneur Of The YearTM 2006 Ohio and Kentucky Region award winner.
MEP serves defense, diplomatic, intelligence community and law enforcement customers, as well as multinationals and friendly foreign governments using the most advanced technology to deliver mission essential, innovative solutions. It serves its customers at both the strategic and tactical levels.
The business leverages top talent and its partners, as well as low overhead, a flat organized structure and real-time decision-making and action, to deliver the plan. It has demonstrated agility and efficiency by overcoming obstacles that encumber large complex operations.
Monnin resigned as CEO in January 2010 but continues to serve on the company’s board of directors.

col_CurtMoodyCurtis Moody
President and CEO
Moody Nolan
In 1982, Moody Nolan was just another startup company with a two-person staff.
Today, it’s one of the most respected architectural firms in the nation and the country’s largest African-American-owned architectural firm.
While the firm has designed structures for universities, cities and schools around the country, the project that lies closest to President and CEO Curtis Moody’s heart is the construction of the Schottenstein Center.
As a former college athlete and Columbus native, it was Moody’s dream project to design the city’s largest and most visited arena. Winning the project was attributed to his firm’s impressive work, but more importantly to his sincere passion for the project.
Moody Nolan has captured so many projects because it has surrounded itself with some of the industry’s brightest minds and has strived to make inclusiveness a hallmark of the firm, enhancing the company’s ability to understand the diverse nature of its clients.

col_NeilMortineNeil Mortine
President and CEO
Fahlgren Mortine
In 2009, Fahlgren Mortine felt the sting of the recession with the loss of some major accounts. In just five years Neil Mortine, the marketing and communication agency’s president and CEO, turned the ship around, growing agency revenues by 53 percent with an unwavering focus on attracting talent that fits the firm’s collegial, collaborative culture.
Associates at all levels have freedom to take risks and are immersed in their accounts, visiting clients’ offices to become intimately familiar with their brands. Mortine often accompanies his employees, whether it’s a large client or pro bono.
Some nonprofits that Fahlgren Mortine provides marketing and communications expertise to include: Ronald McDonald House Charities, Pelotonia, Buckeye Ranch and the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
Under Mortine’s leadership, Fahlgren Mortine has received numerous accolades. The company also announced in January 2014 the acquisition of a boutique travel, tourism and active lifestyle public relations firm, Turner PR.

col_JackPartridgeJack Partridge
Columbia Gas of Ohio
Under the leadership of President Jack Partridge, Columbia Gas of Ohio has enhanced its position as one of the top-performing companies of NiSource Inc. and as one of the natural gas industry’s most progressive, innovative and employee-friendly companies.
As part of Partridge’s and the company’s commitment to innovation, 1.4 million homes were modernized and updated with automated meter reader devices.
The company also launched a 25-year infrastructure improvement program that upgrades aging steel pipelines with plastic pipe.
Columbia Gas has negotiated an infrastructure improvement program with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio that allows the company to recover the costs for maintenance, repair and replacement of hazardous customer-owned service lines and certain prone-to-fail gas risers.
In its initial five years, this program has replaced over 827 miles of priority pipe, as well as 92,000 associated service lines and 82,000 hazardous customer-owned service lines.