The Ohio State University at Marion

Businesses honored by Ohio State's Alber Enterprise Center

May 30, 2019 - Marion, Ohio -- Several organizations and two individuals received honors during a luncheon and awards ceremony on May 22nd for their Outstanding Achievement and Excellence by Alber Enterprise Center at The Ohio State University at Marion.

“Our clients are why we exist… these organizations understand the importance of improving their teams, developing leaders, and examining processes in order to thrive in a world that is constantly changing,” stated Anne Johnson, Senior Organization Development Consultant with the Center, adding, “ We are humbled and grateful to be collaborating with them for a better tomorrow.”

Otterbein SeniorLife, Lebanon, Ohio, was honored with the Visionary Strategic Leadership Development award. The long-term care organization was selected for its dedication to investing in the staff through a program they called “One Otterbein – Leading Together.” As well, they have demonstrated a willingness to help grow their existing leaders and those for the future.

Lois Mills, Chief People Officer/VP for Human Resources at Otterbein, also received an award: Excellence in Service to the Voice of the Staff for her leadership and expertise in shaping the One Otterbein program and bringing her compassion and skills to bear for the ongoing improvement of this organization.

Knox Community Hospital, Mount Vernon, Ohio, received an award for Ongoing Commitment to Human Capital Investment. The hospital was selected for this award because of their commitment over several years to actively developing their supervisors and directors. The impact of this leadership development has been improved communication across all levels and better team performance. As demonstrated through their partnership with the Center, KCH places a high value on investing in its people.

Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers, Fremont, Ohio, was honored with the Collaboration in Developing the Future Workforce award, because of their deep commitment to moving forward on the cutting edge of workforce development in the elder care industry. Their trust in Ohio State’s new Elder Care Certificate program, including Train-the-Trainer, shows an understanding that educators must develop effective young leaders to provide quality care for the aging Ohio population. In fact, Vanguard has submitted this program for an industry credential with the Ohio Dept. of Education.

Graham Local School District, St. Paris, Ohio, also received the Visionary Strategic Leadership Development award. The school was selected because they have shown a commitment to developing positive leaders through personal enrichment, expanding community networks, and recognizing future leaders with Ohio State’s Student Leadership Excellence program. Graham has submitted this program for an industry credential with the Ohio Dept. of Education.

Bundy Baking Solutions, Urbana, Ohio, was recognized with the award, Investment in Learning Resulting in Positive Impact on Business. Bundy was selected because they provide professional development and training to build stronger teams which has made an impact on internal communication, conflict resolution, respect and consideration for one another within the organization. More than 550 Bundy associates have been trained through Ohio State at their facilities in Ohio, Tennessee and Florida.

In addition, Cindy Bond, Co-Leader of The BRIDGE Signature Program, was recognized. An OSU Extension Assistant Professor based in Guernsey County, she received the award for Excellence in Service to the Voice of the Customer, for her expertise in strategic planning and ability to actively engage audiences using the BRIDGE process. This process was formulated by Alber associates and is being introduced to Extension educators throughout Ohio as a tool for creatively solving complex issues.

Each of these organizations and individuals exemplifies the guiding principles of the Alber Enterprise Center by demonstrating the importance of their people, making a tangible, positive impact on their organizations, and investing in future leaders.

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.

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