Two in LC 2018 receive Oswald Companies President’s Award

Jamie Cole, a Vice President of The Adcom Group, Inc., and Tom McNair, Executive Director of Ohio City, Inc., have been named recipients of the Oswald Companies President’s Award from the Cleveland Leadership Center. The award is in recognition of their civic achievement and involvement with Leadership Cleveland, a program of Cleveland Leadership Center.

The award is given each year to the most recent elected Leadership Cleveland class president. Cole and McNair, who were chosen as co-presidents by their classmates in the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2018, were recognized at the CLC Board of Trustees annual meeting on June 28, 2018, by Oswald CEO Robert J. Klonk (Leadership Cleveland 2016), who is a CLC Board member. Cole and McNair will be invited to address the Board at its fall meeting.

The award was created in 2013 by Oswald Companies Chairman Marc S. Byrnes, who at the time was also Board Chair of CLC. “I believe in the ability of an organization and an individual to be a force for good in the community,” Byrnes said in establishing a fund at CLC to perpetuate the award. “The endowment and the award are structured to maximize impact,” he said.

CLC President and CEO Marianne Crosley said the recognition sets the course for ongoing service by the class presidents and their classmates, including inspiring them to remain engaged in creating positive change in Cleveland.

“The award furthers CLC’s efforts to develop leadership capital that creates positive change for Cleveland and for future generations of civic leaders,” Crosley said. “It celebrates all of Cleveland’s leaders and inspires them to further impact.”

Previous recipients are: Coast Guard Rear Adm. June Ryan (retired), 2017; Annemarie Grassi, CEO of Open Doors Academy, 2016; Melanie Shakarian, Director of Development & Communication at the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, 2015; and former Lyndhurst Mayor Joseph M. Cicero and Ndeda N. Letson, VP, Midwest Community Development Manager at Citizens Bank, 2014. Stuart Rosenberg, Group Innovation and Strategy Leader at Westfield, was the award’s inaugural recipient in 2013.

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About Oswald Companies: Oswald Companies, established in 1893, is one of the nation’s largest independent, employee-owned insurance brokerage firms. Its core values of passion for excellence, integrity, resourcefulness and commitment to community are visible in all its work.

About the Cleveland Leadership Center (CLC)
The Cleveland Leadership Center’s mission is to build a continuum of civic leaders committed to our community’s excellence by serving as a catalyst for civic engagement. CLC provides leadership and community engagement opportunities across a wide spectrum of life and career stages to inspire, connect, and challenge individuals to make a positive community impact.

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