Volume 4  |  July 13, 2017
We Make People and Companies Happier by Bringing Them Together
I love what I do! I have the opportunity to make people and companies happier by bringing them together through my recruiting services and with Hire Learning Leadership. I've been in recruiting for 20 years and I like working on big gigs or on junior roles that I know will help boost someone's career. Let's talk about creating happiness for you and your organization!

In this issue:
  • Mary dodges squirt guns
  • Ron paints Prince 
  • Tim sells and sings

Proust Pop Quiz
takes the quiz this month. Mary is the Editor of Columbus CEO Magazine.

When and where were you happiest?

Happy is my default mode, so it’s tough to pick a single happiest time and place. All of the typical life-defining events would be in the running—marrying my high school sweetheart, having two healthy babies and watching them grow, being at my daughter’s wedding and on family vacations over the years. I just had a week’s vacation with my daughter, son-in- law and two grandsons visiting my sister, my mother and my son on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Soaking up the sun on a raft in my sister’s pool, relaxing with other family members nearby, hearing my grandsons playing—and occasionally dodging their squirt guns and splashes—is

one of my best happy times.


What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Being able to find personal and professional fulfillment in my chosen field and in my hometown feels like great achievement to me. My love of writing goes back to early childhood. I was fortunate to get a career-launching internship at the Columbus Dispatch while I still had a year to go at The Ohio State University and then I enjoyed almost two decades as a reporter. An opportunity to work in public affairs for the Ohio Hospital Association gave me broad new experience working on the other side of media. Now being back in journalism completes the circle and allows me to write again and make content decisions as a publication editor. My job doesn’t always feel like work because I enjoy what I do.


What is your current state of mind?

I’m an ongoing optimist, so my outlook is positive and forward-facing. I’m refreshed from vacation with my family. Columbus CEO continues to win top journalism and design awards—two first-place honors from a national conference of regional business publications, four from one statewide contest and another first place from another statewide competition, plus several second and third-place awards. The robust central Ohio business community offers plenty to write about, and our team is inspired to keep producing a great magazine. It’s all good!


Friends in the Biz
I love to hear about all of the good things going on with the unique people who are a part of my life. New roles, great ideas, accomplishments and whatever else that gives me a kick are celebrated and shared here. 

"The potential for creativity is everywhere. And often in the places where you'd think least possible - or simply counterintuitive," says Ron Kellow. He works with a lot of B2B clients and he loves it. Forget the idea that these clients are "less sexy" because Ron believes that people are people. Their emotions drive their behavior. And their behavior drives their decisions. "This is when great creative thinking wins the day." 
Ron started and leads The Open Table Food Pantry which has been a labor of love and creative joy for him. From serving hot meals to setting out tables of clean, gently-used clothing, this ministry has quadrupled in size in its seven years - all by encouraging ideas.
Lastly, Ron's paintings have been a huge creative outlet for him. Most of his work are pop-art portraits (Prince, by Ron on right). He's enjoyed seeing his style change over the years - as well as gaining a bit of a following through word-of-mouth commissions. He does portraits of family and friends, too. "Knowing that I can use my skills to create something that people will enjoy, or even help feed the community, makes me feel one thing: blessed." Check out Ron's paintings at Mars Flat Black

Lisa Arledge Powell, President and Co-Founder of the content-focused PR firm MediaSource , continues to push for more innovation in the ever-changing PR industry. They're based in Columbus and their firm takes a different approach to public relations, focusing on discovering and creating strategic content which gets national exposure. Lisa recently brought to Columbus one of the industry’s top creative and innovation thought leaders, Duncan Wardle most recently the VP of Innovation and Creativity for the Walt Disney Company, to work with the MediaSource team and clients to foster innovation and creativity. The event was held at the company’s in-house multimedia production studio. The forward-thinking appears to be paying off for the firm, which has been named the  Health Care Agency of the Year  for the past four years by national communications powerhouse Ragan. Lisa, a PR thought leader, is a sought after speaker. Some of her upcoming speaking engagements include the Public Relations Society of America's (PRSA International Conference in Boston where she will be giving tips on how brands can survive in the “fake news” era, as well as at the the digital marketing and interactive design conference  DOYO Live .


Greg Cunneyworth co-founded Makeway in January 2010 out of a local Starbucks (before they had free wi-fi) and has since helped grow the agency from a small two person web shop to a full-service creative agency with seven employees. Makeway has an office in Rochester, NY and as of two years ago, Columbus, OH. He's across Pearl Alley from my building. The agency has a modern take on traditional design methods, and puts an emphasis on communication and collaboration with their clients. It doesn’t matter if they're designing a logo, developing brand strategy, launching an award-winning website, or executing a full-blown, soup-to-nuts ad campaign—Makeways' clients get nothing short of their A-game. Recently, Makeway won an American Marketing Award for a campaign with a significant ROI, launched an 80" interactive touchscreen for the Swedish-based appliance company, Electrolux and has been working on projects in the virtual and augmented reality space which is an exciting addition of the agency's services.


Lacey Picazo is the Founder and Principal at ZoCo Design, a leading brand strategy and user experience design agency. ZoCo has built a reputation in preparing brands for what’s next—identifying opportunities that incite transformation and growth through design for nonprofits and startups to Fortune top 50 clients. ZoCo recently celebrated their fourth anniversary and next month we will be moving to a new office on Grandview Ave, located above Stauf's. Congratulations, Lacey! Of late, ZoCo has focused on user experience and digital design, some of which includes the websites for VentureOhio and Facilities Management Express, as as the product design and development for an upcoming innovation dashboard for Singularity University. Bringing detailed strategy to every project is a hallmark of ZoCo Design and is utilized across all organizations the team is a part of - including in the accelerator Lacey cofounded, Lumos. In addition to supporting the core Lumos brand, ZoCo has also worked with the startups in the Lumos Accelerator, such as developing the brand for BYBE from Class 1. With the second class of the Lumos Accelerator nearing its completion, make sure you keep an eye out for updates which you can find via the Lumos twitter account @Lumosinnovation. Lumos has also updated its location this summer and now resides in the former Print Syndicate space at 107 S. High Street.


Tim Farrel is Director of Business Development for Hart in Columbus which acquired 50 year-old agency Conrad | Phillips | Vutech (CPV) last fall.  The merger brought together two companies with shared values and deep experience spanning over 100 years combined in the Columbus and Toledo market.  Hart, which now employs 80 associates between the two cities, is poised to take Columbus by storm as they enter Q3 with some very big wins.  When Tim is not marketing and developing relationships for Hart, you can find him on the local music scene.  Tim’s career as a singer/songwriter spans almost 30 years where he has shared a stage with the likes of Chicago, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and many others.  You can find him playing on the patio at Local Roots in Powell during the summer and fall months as well as many other venues.  When not working or playing music Tim enjoys spending time with his wife Jamie and six (yes that’s 6) teenagers. Tim would love to share Hart’s vision and depth so reach out to him and say hello at: tfarrel@hartinc.com. Biz Dev people absolutely love it when you call them.

 


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