Ohio Success Awards 2023

By the Editors

Presented by Ohio Business Magazine, the fifth annual Ohio Success Awards honors growth companies, nonprofits and governmental organizations across the state of Ohio. The Ohio Success Awards recognizes the accomplishments of companies that have demonstrated growth in revenue and employees, as well as having demonstrated involvement in their community and service in their industry; nonprofits that have made a significant impact upon the communities they serve; and governmental organizations that have created unique value or opportunities based upon their ingenuity, partnership and perseverance.

To celebrate their successes, Ohio Business Magazine plans to host a celebratory event soon. If you’re interested in learning more, subscribe to the Ohio Business newsletter at OhioBusinessMag.com to say up to date on all event news.

Nomination Process

For the 2023 Ohio Success Awards, a nomination form was emailed to businesses throughout the state, inviting them to self-nominate. A form was also posted online so that other businesses could participate. For-profit, nonprofit and government institutions were able to self-nominate. Nominees were asked to provide information on topics such as their revenue starting in 2020, company size starting in 2020, approximate profitability, and revenue and profit projections. The winners were then selected by committee and had to show growth in one or more of these categories. If you are interested in nominating your company next year, subscribe to the Ohio Business Magazine and newsletter (both of which are complimentary), at OhioBusinessMag.com.

Private Companies

CompanyDescriptionCityChief ExecutiveYear Established2022
AerosealAdvanced air and duct sealingMiamisburgAmit Gupta, CEO2010$25-$49 Million$10-$24 Million18088
Air Force OneCommercial HVAC and facilities services companyDublinGreg Guy, CEO1984$100-$249 Million$25-$49 Million221201
AtNetPlusManaged service providerStowJay Mellon, CEO1998$5-$9 Million$1-$4 Million4532
Consolidus, LLCSoftware and services companyAkronJeffrey Scott Jones, Founder & CEO2006$10-$24 Million$5-$9 Million2618
Custom Design BenefitsThird party administratorCincinnatiJulie D. Mueller, President & CEO1991$10-$24 Million$5-$9 Million6266
EASE LogisticsThird-party logistics providerDublinPeter Coratola Jr., President2014$250-$499 Million$100-$249 Million20092
Elite Biomedical Solutions LLCManufacturingCincinnatiJeff Smith, CEO2012$10-$24 Million$10-$24 Million5243
Evan’s Auto CareIndependent European auto repair facilityCincinnatiEvan Brodof, President1964$1-$4 Million$1-$4 Million128
Fahlgren MortineFull-service, integrated communications companyColumbusNeil Mortine, Chairman & CEO1962$25-$49 Million$10-$24 Million286156
Fleet ResponseSpecialized auto third party administratorHudsonScott Mawaka, CEO1986$10-$24 Million$5-$9 Million350250
GBQ Partners LLCTax, accounting and consultingColumbusDarci Congrove, Managing Director1953$25-$49 Million$25-$49 Million235212
Harvest Tax & AccountingAccounting and bookkeeping for small and mid-sized businessesMasonEric Bonney, Managing Shareholder2020Less than $1 MillionLess than $1 Million64
Hearth Products Controls Co.Outdoor and indoor fire product manufacturerMiamisburgSean Steimle, CEO1975$10-$24 Million$10-$24 Million5545
Legend Web WorksWebsite development and digital marketingKings MillsJesse Kankowski, President & COO2002$1-$4 MillionLess than $1 Million1710
M GenioFull service IoT, Mobile and Salesforce solutions implementation agencyClevelandSatish Ramade, President & CEO2012$1-$4 Million$1-$4 Million139
ODW LTSLogistics and transportationHamiltonJohn Guggenbiller, President2009$100-$249 Million$100-$249 Million12188
Oswald CompaniesInsurance brokerageClevelandRobert Klonk, CEO1893$100-$249 Million$100-$249 Million422370
PEOPLEfirst Talent & Retention ConsultingCulture and HR consulting servicesLovelandAlex Bowden, CEO2015Less than $1 MillionLess than $1 Million60
QualityIPManaged IT servicesKentRyan Markham, CEO2004$5-$9 Million$5-$9 Million6550
Realistar RealtorsReal estate brokerageBeavercreekRonnie Woodrow, Broker Owner2019$750-$999 Million$250-$499 Million5230
Sapphire Creek Winery & GardensRestaurant and event centerChagrin FallsKathleen Birkel Dangelo, President & Owner2018$1-$4 Million$1-$4 Million4540
Schmidt Auto CareAuto careSpringboroErich Schmidt, Owner2009$1-$4 MillionLess than $1 Million88
Small NationReal estate developerBellefontaineJason Duff, Founder & CEO2011$1-$4 Million$1-$4 Million1612
Spider LogisticsLogistics team and extensive carrier networkWest ChesterDuy Vu, Founder2019$1-$4 MillionLess than $1 Million72
Strategic HR Business AdvisorsOutsourced HR management firmCincinnatiRobin Throckmorton, Founder & Shareholder-in-Charge1995$5-$9 Million$1-$4 Million4020
Superior Dental CareGroup dental benefitsCentervilleAndrea Hogben, Lead, Medical Mutual’s Specialty Products1986$100-$249 Million$100-$249 Million5253
T&M AssociatesNational consulting, engineering, environmental, technical services and construction management companyColumbusGary Dahms, President & CEO1966$10-$24 Million$10-$24 Million5642
The Brown Company Of FindlayMotor vehicle product manufacturingFindlayMatt Brown, President2007$5-$9 Million$1-$4 Million108
The Wembley ClubFitness, tennis and pickleball clubChagrin FallsDavid Barr, Owner1989$1-$4 Million$1-$4 Million1915
THOMARIOS ConstructionConstructionAkronPaul Thomarios, President1948$100-$249 Million$25-$49 Million13553
Valley Automotive GroupAuto truck dealer/automotive groupClevelandBrian O’Donnell Sr., President & CEO1964$1-$4.9 Billion$500-$749 Million750+350+
Zeal40Marketing and design agencyCincinnatiStacy Koenig and Nicole Fariello, co-founders2015Less than $1 MillionLess than $1 Million64

Public Companies

CompanyDescriptionCityChief ExecutiveYear Established2022
Harrison’s Pro Tree ServiceTree pruning, removal and stump grindingFranklinJeffrey Harrison, Owner2008$1-$4 Million$1-$4 Million128
State and Federal Communications, IncPolitical compliance consulting firm and online guidebook serviceAkronElizabeth Z Bartz, President & CEO1993$5-$9 Million$5-$9 Million4339


Being successful means more than increasing revenue and employees—it also can mean making an impact. These nonprofits and governmental institutions demonstrated exceptional impact upon the communities they serve.

CompanyDescriptionCityChief ExecutiveYear Established2022
A Second Home For YouProvides transitional housing to emancipated youth while administering an array of support servicesClevelandGregory E. Jones, Founder2015Less than $1 MillionLess than $1 Million43
because I said I wouldProvides character development programs and volunteer projects.Rocky RiverAlex Sheen, Founder2012$1-$4 Million$1-$4 Million2515
Centerville-Washington Park DistrictTownship park districtCentervilleKristen Marks, Executive Director1959$5-$9 Million$5-$9 Million2624
Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually ImpairedHelps people adapt to severe vision loss and provides employment for people who are blind or visually impairedCincinnatiTeri Shirk, President & CEO1911$10-$24 Million$10-$24 Million183176
Dayton Christian SchoolPrivate K-12 schoolDaytonDr. John Gredy, Head of School1963$5-$9 Million$5-$9 Million171144
Kettering CollegeSmall, faith-based health care collegeKetteringNate Brandstater1967$5-$9 Million$1-$4 Million150150
Miami Valley MealsDistributes through a network of nonprofit partner organizations that feed the hungryDaytonAmanda DeLotelle, Executive Director2015$1-$4 MillionLess than $1 Million128
Ohio Valley Goodwill IndustriesEmployment and training servicesCincinnatiMark Hiemstra, President & CEO1916$25-$49 Million$25-$49 Million1,2061,206
Rosemary’s Babies CompanyTeen parent support organizationCincinnatiRosemary Oglesby-Henry, Founder & CEO2013Less than $1 MillionLess than $1 Million31
Saint Ursula AcademyCollege preparatory school for girls in grades 9-12CincinnatiLelia Keefe Kramer, President1910$1-$4 Million$1-$4 Million9999
The Cure Starts NowInternational charity that raises funds for cancer researchCincinnatiKeith Desserich, Chairman1997$5-$9 Million$1-$4 Million1212
Voices of Change 2018Nonprofit that develops and executes education programs to reduce the risk of abuse for children with disabilitiesHinckleyNicole Moehring, Founder2018Less than $1 MillionLess than $1 Million11
West Chester TownshipLocal governmentWest ChesterLarry D. Burks, Township Administrator1823$25-$49 Million$25-$49 Million270270
A Second Home For You

Success in 2022 was rooted in the passion of Gregory E. Jones, executive director, to help those facing homelessness. One of his quotes, “ Let something make you mad enough to do some good” is foundational to his drive. The organization strived for post-pandemic normalcy in 2022 with the young adults, while continuing to do fundraisers to assist them with their rent, groceries, college needs, transportation and more. Like family, the staff, board members, and supporters are full of encouragement and time to care.

Centerville-Washington Park District
Evan’s Auto Care

“Aeroseal’s success in 2022 was rooted in our ability to build and cultivate a world-class culture. This has been our most important investment as we work toward our mission to advance energy efficiency for the future of the built environment. From ensuring open communication through CEO office hours, retreats focused on promoting meaningful relationships and executives sitting in workspaces and war rooms with teams, we have been able to retain the feel of a start-up culture, rewarding courageous thinking and action. This has enabled our teams to do their life’s best work in our race against time to fight climate change.” – Amit Gupta, CEO

Consolidus, LLC
Kettering College
Oswald Companies

“Oswald Companies saw tremendous growth throughout Ohio last year due to strategic moves designed to perpetuate expansion. We enhanced our leadership team, engaged new partners and invested in talent. We have made great progress in diversity, equity and inclusion, which benefits our internal culture. Our unwavering commitment to employee engagement, inclusion and delivery of the Oswald client experience drives that unique culture that we are all so proud and grateful to be part of.” – Jessica Jung, President

Harrison’s Pro Tree Service
Superior Dental Care

“SDC was created in 1986 to help employers offer their employees affordable access to superior dental care, and this mission continues to guide our success today. Our expertly designed dental plans with a large national network allow companies across Ohio to provide valuable benefits to their employees in any economic climate. Our superior staff, all located right here in Ohio, prioritize quick, friendly and dependable service to keep the employers, members, dentists and brokers we serve smiling.” – Bettina Imes, Chief Dental Services Officer

Saint Ursula Academy
T&M Associates

“T&M Associates bolstered our expansion of practice lines and service offerings in 2022, resulting in revenue growth of 11%. In 2012, T&M’s Columbus office opened with five people and has since grown to 65. With a 98% retention rate and annually increasing growth, T&M’s mission to improve quality of life for employees, clients and communities is strengthened. T&M’s future is bright as we perform engineering and environmental projects to improve infrastructure, water quality and brownfields within our partner communities.” – Robert Pfendler, SVP, Regional Operations Manager

GBQ Partners LLC
The Wembley Club
Chagrin Falls
West Chester Township
West Chester