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2021 John F. Barrett Entrepreneur Vision Award Finalists Announced

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John Barrett at podium at EO event

Twelve local entrepreneurs in four categories have been chosen as finalists for the 2021 John F. Barrett Entrepreneur Vision Award. The award, established by the Entrepreneurs’ Organization of Cincinnati (EO Cincinnati) in 2012, is given annually to one outstanding entrepreneur who truly embodies the entrepreneurial vision and spirit of Cincinnati in its evolution as a world-class city. 

2021 award finalists by category are:

Entrepreneurship in the Enterprise
Mahendra Vora, Ascendum Solutions
Elisha Herrmann, Bayer Corp Science

Minority & Women-Owned Businesses
Nandagopal Jayaram, CoStrategix 
Bertie Ray III, Switch Lighting & Design
Crystal Marie Render, Magnificent Morsels Catering

Family & Privately Held Businesses
Anirudh Mohan, Valley Transport 
Matt Scherocman, Interlink Cloud Advisors, Inc. 
Johnathan E. Taylor, Seasons Best Landscaping

Start-Up Businesses
Brian J. Kilgore, BK Medical LLC
Swamy Sriperumbudur, MapRecruit.ai
William Schumacher, Uprising Food

EO Cincinnati established the John F. Barrett Vision Award to highlight entrepreneurial leadership among its members to honor the inspirational work and lifetime achievements of Western & Southern Financial Group Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer John F. Barrett. In 2014, Western & Southern and Lead Tribune Media Group partnered to expand the awards program to include entrepreneurs from across the Greater Cincinnati region. Individuals and businesses chosen as category finalists and an overall winner of the now-named John F. Barrett Entrepreneur Vision Award are nominated by area business leaders and entrepreneurs and chosen by a select panel of judges.

The 2021 John F. Barrett Entrepreneur Vision Award recipient and the four category winners will be named at a small evening reception hosted by invitation for entrepreneurs, community and business leaders; elected officials; and guests on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at The Lytle Park Hotel (311 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202).

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