AAF Columbus - Beers with Your Peers

AAF Columbus gathered a crowd last night at Wolf’s Ridge Brewing - Taproom for Beers with Your Peers. Spacejunk was last night’s hero because they bought the first round…thank you! These events are an easy, fun way to connect with the advertising and marketing crowd in Columbus. Check it out and come on out to the next one. No charge to join in and maybe your first beer will get picked up by an awesome creative company!

 Beers with my peers (from left to right) Bethany Beaman, President of AAF Columbus & Account Leader at treetree along with a trio from Fechtor Advertising: Dave Rogers, Creative Director, Stephen Fechtor, Founder & President and Amy Thompson, Writer/Producer/Project Manager.

Beers with my peers (from left to right) Bethany Beaman, President of AAF Columbus & Account Leader at treetree along with a trio from Fechtor Advertising: Dave Rogers, Creative Director, Stephen Fechtor, Founder & President and Amy Thompson, Writer/Producer/Project Manager.

November Newsletter Has Stories to Tell

Interesting stories about the President of American Whistle Co., an attorney turned author telling his tale of government corruption, and a new role for an experienced advertising agency pro are all in our newsletter this month. Also, small boast about our recent recognition. Thanks for checking it out! Click here to read it.

 Kelly Davirro, President of American Whistle Co. takes the Proust Pop Quiz this month.

Kelly Davirro, President of American Whistle Co. takes the Proust Pop Quiz this month.

Columbus CEO - Best of Business 2018

We’re proud to have been recognized in Columbus CEO Magazine’s Best of Business Readers Survey 2018 as a Runner-up in the category: Best Executive Search Firm. We weren't listed on the original ballot. But, because of YOU and your write-in vote, we're in the company of Columbus heavyweights. Thank you to everyone who voted and to those who support what we do! Sincerely, Cochran Executive Search

 Thank you for the recognition!

Thank you for the recognition!

CCAD Professional Practice HR Event

Last night, I was on the campus of the Columbus College or Art & Design (CCAD) participating in their Professional Practice HR Event. The panel I was a part of included Recruiters/HR Pros from Pixel Park, Root Insurance, Bath & Body Works, Fahlgren Mortine and Dawson. Lots of great advice from the panelists was shared that will hopefully, help the students be better prepared for their upcoming job searches and interviews.

 Here’s a shot of the audience from the panelists’ table. I’d like to think that the four in front got the most out of last night’s program.

Here’s a shot of the audience from the panelists’ table. I’d like to think that the four in front got the most out of last night’s program.

Creative Mornings - Honesty

Creative Mornings Columbus held their monthly gathering this morning at the Wells Barn at Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Matthew Heaggans, Chef & Co-Owner of Preston’s: A Burger Joint spoke about this month’s theme, Honesty. Relating his industry to that of creatives, criticism was discussed and the impact that it can have on honesty…and relationships. Critiques of one’s art can be heavy, but Matt was all about finding that bit of information that you can benefit from and build upon.

If you haven’t attended a Creative Mornings event, go out of your way to do so!

 Matthew Heaggans (L) and David Staley discussing Honesty at this morning’s event.

Matthew Heaggans (L) and David Staley discussing Honesty at this morning’s event.

Conscious Capitalism - Columbus Chapter

Conscious Capitalism - Columbus Chapter held their monthly meeting tonight at Assured Partners that drew a crowd of people who were interested in hearing more about the organization and discussing the ideas and businesses associated with Conscious Capitalism.

Here’s the Conscious Capitalism credo:

We believe that business is good because it creates value, it is ethical because it is based on voluntary exchange, it is noble because it can elevate our existence and it is heroic because it lifts people out of poverty and creates prosperity. Free enterprise capitalism is the most powerful system for social cooperation and human progress ever conceived. It is one of the most compelling ideas we humans have ever had. But we can aspire to even more.

As I shared with one of the board members, tonight’s discussion had me thinking of how I could do even more through our business’s purpose: We make people and companies happier by bringing people together.

 John Lowe, CEO of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (standing on right) and Josh Harrison, President of Improving - Columbus (standing far left) led tonight’s Conscious Capitalism presentation.

John Lowe, CEO of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (standing on right) and Josh Harrison, President of Improving - Columbus (standing far left) led tonight’s Conscious Capitalism presentation.

DRAC - Downtown Residents Association of Columbus

The Downtown Residents Association of Columbus held their monthly meeting last night at the Southern Theater. Quite a few of the members, over appetizers and cocktails following the speakers and the tour of the theater, that it was a “good one.” After getting to hear about the happenings around downtown, German Village news and the history of the theater (including the tour), I agree that it was a “good one.”

The description of last night’s event along with info about the organization:

We are excited to announce our much anticipated October DRAC Event, an evening at the Southern Theatre and Westin Whiskey Bar with the Jazz Arts Group.

Our evening will begin in the beautiful Southern Theatre where our check-in table will be available beginning at 6:15 PM. Located at 21 E Main St, our Membership team will be waiting to greet you right inside the theater.

Arrive early and take advantage of happy hour pricing in Westin's new Whiskey Bar inside the stunning lobby of the Westin. Adjacent to the Southern, our hosts will open the doors to the lobby where we are welcome to enjoy the ambiance or a flight of Whiskey from anywhere in the world. 

Our meeting will begin promptly at 6:50 under the chandeliers and elegance of the Great Southern Theatre. Opening on September 21, 1896 the Southern is the oldest surviving theater in Columbus. During our business meeting we will hear from Kim Goodman from JAG, the Jazz Arts Group, which is one of the groups who call the Southern Theatre home. We will then have the privilege of hearing from Michael R Hurwitz, historian and documentarian and author. Michael will be giving us a tour of the theater and sharing stories from his documentary about the theater "The Great Southern Theatre, Revival of a Legend.” It is an exciting time for JAG as they will be starting their brand new season the day after our visit.

After our tour we will move onto the stately Westin for time in their Whiskey Bar and lobby. Enjoy sounds of the Jazz Arts Group and 1940s swing while sampling some of the fabulous food available at Westin private events. We will hear from Tom Graffeo, Director of Food and Beverage with some great behind the scenes information about the Hotel and its significant place in Columbus history.

To wrap up our splendid evening our hosts and business members have donated terrific raffle items, including tickets to opening night of the new JAG season, CD's, DVD's and more. We will have our raffle at 8:45, and all are welcome to stay in the Whiskey Bar for beverages after.

Come and feel the elegance of these Columbus treasures, learn more about the history of the downtown we love, and enjoy socializing with your neighbors. Sounds fancy but please come as comfortable or sophisticated as you prefer. We look forward to seeing you!

When: Wednesday, October 17th - 6:30 PM
Where: 21 E Main St

If you aren't a DRAC member yet - join here now so you don't miss out on this amazing event!


GOT TALENT?
If you have a skill set or passion that would benefit the DRAC community that you would love to share, please contact us at dracolumbus@gmail.comto see about getting involved in one of our volunteer committees! 

CALLING ALL BUSINESS MEMBERS!
If you have an event, sale, or promotion happening soon and would like to have us announce it at our next event, please email dracolumbus@gmail.com with a short brief on what you would like announced.

We encourage you to bring a guest to this event! If you would like to become a member, join here or you may join at the door of the event.

 I got a shot from the stage as part of the tour of the Southern Theater.

I got a shot from the stage as part of the tour of the Southern Theater.

The Pitch 2018

I had the opportunity last Friday to volunteer for AAF Columbus’ student advertising competition, The Pitch 2018. A team of college students get the opportunity to tour the advertising agency that they’re assigned to for the day and then work with the agency pros to produce a marketing/advertising plan for a local non-profit. This year, the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio was the client.

I was based at Ologie for the day where I got to watch the students collaborate with an outstanding group of Ologists to come up with a great big idea. Ologie won last year’s The Pitch competition. I talked with the team of students afterwards and they would all recommend The Pitch to other students. Thanks to all of the participating agencies: Fahlgren Mortine, IBM iX, Ologie and Ron Foth Advertising. It was a great day!

 The students and the pros from Ologie collaborating to (hopefully) win The Pitch 2018.

The students and the pros from Ologie collaborating to (hopefully) win The Pitch 2018.

American Marketing Association - The Root Insurance Story

The Columbus Chapter of the American Marketing Association held their monthly luncheon meeting yesterday at Franklin University. The featured speaker was Cristol Rippe, VP of Marketing at Root Insurance.

I pulled this from the event invitation:

Root Insurance is the nation’s first licensed insurance carrier powered entirely by mobile and founded on the principle that car insurance rates should be based on how you drive, not who you are. Through smartphone technology and data science, Root measures driving behavior, and uses it as the primary factor in determining rates. The result is personalized car insurance for good drivers, better rates, and a seamless mobile app experience. Cristol Rippe, VP of Marketing at ROOT Insurance will explain how Root Insurance has disrupted the auto insurance category.

Cristol Rippe, VP Marketing at Root Insurance, is a versatile business executive with a proven track record of building and leading teams to drive sustained business growth. Cristol has held senior marketing roles at 2Checkout, Abbott Nutrition and Capital One. She started her career in management consulting at L.E.K Consulting in Boston. Cristol is a graduate of the Wharton Business School and served as a volunteer at the Wellington School and Pelotonia.

 Cristol Rippe presenting at the AMA Columbus luncheon.

Cristol Rippe presenting at the AMA Columbus luncheon.