The Ohio State University at Marion

Alber honors area businesses and organizations at annual awards luncheon

May 30, 2018
Alber honors area businesses and organizations at annual awards luncheon

Myra Wilson, Alber Enterprise Center, congratulates Naomi Taniguchi and Gage Gorman of Sakamura USA Inc., on their Excellence in Organizational Transformation Award.

May 30, 2018 - Marion, Ohio -- Several organizations and two individuals received honors during a luncheon and awards ceremony recently for their Outstanding Achievement and Excellence by Alber Enterprise Center at The Ohio State University at Marion. “We’re thrilled to be able to honor these clients and partners for their commitment to continuous improvement and pursuit of excellence in their respective industries,” stated Myra Wilson, MS, SHRM-SCP, Director.

Sakamura USA Inc., Marion, Ohio, was honored for Excellence in Organizational Transformation. The company’s leadership team shows dedication to positively impact organizational change in order to improve the quality of customer services. Sakamura’s expansion plans are a sign that these efforts are making an impact.

Hardin Leadership, Inc., Kenton, Ohio, received an award for Embracing a Strengths-Based Culture. Since 1993, Hardin Leadership has been helping leaders develop their leadership skills. The organization was recognized for their vision and commitment in identifying the Top 5 CliftonStrengths® of the participants in the classes of 2017 and 2018, thereby providing them with the knowledge and insights to do their best work every day.

National Lime & Stone Company, Findlay, Ohio, received an award for Investment in Learning Resulting in Positive Impact on Business. This company has successfully utilized the Center’s skilled trades advancement program, as well as enhanced safety training and customer service assessments. As a result, National Lime & Stone has maintained an excellent safety standard, and several employees have achieved the American Welding Society AWS D1.1 Welding Certification. Additionally, customer service continues to be a primary focus.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, received an award for Ongoing Commitment to Human Capital Investment. Since 2016, WPAFB has partnered with the Center toward a commitment to investing in personal with communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Evaluations demonstrate that employee engagement has been ignited, creating an environment where employees encourage each other. It’s evident that WPAFB places high value on people, at all levels.

Four long-term care organizations were recognized with the Collaboration in Developing the Future Workforce Award. Ohio Living (Columbus), National Church Residences (Columbus),

Ohio Eastern Star Home (Mount Vernon), and United Church Homes (Marion), all participated in the Elder Care Certificate (ECC) pilot program – a grant-funded, professional development program for frontline direct care employees. The result of this pilot was that participants felt valued, which can lead to improved morale and less employee turnover. Additionally, participants indicate a better understanding of the aging population that they’re serving. And, the ECC pilot program is expanding to be offered across other industries in Ohio and gaining statewide recognition.

In addition to the above awards, two Alber Enterprise Center solutions providers, Obra Horn and Kyle Weygandt, received recognition for Excellence in Service to the Voice of the Customer. Each of these professionals exemplifies the guiding principles of the Center, and strives to make a tangible, positive impact on the organizations they serve.

The Ohio State University’s Alber Enterprise Center mission is to enable organizations to build internal strengths and remove obstacles for success through leadership development, continuous improvement and innovative culture. Among the Center’s guiding principles is to serve as a catalyst for change, innovation and progress, positively impacting individuals, organizations, and communities. To learn more about the Alber Enterprise Center, go to or call 740-725-6325.