2022 John F. Barrett Entrepreneur Vision Award Winner Announced

Western & Southern Financial Group •
EO reception 2022

Jim Gavigan of Clarity Retail Services, LLC was named recently as the recipient of the 2022 John F. Barrett Entrepreneur Vision Award, given annually to one outstanding entrepreneur who embodies the entrepreneurial vision and spirit of Cincinnati in its evolution as a world-class city.

Twelve local entrepreneurs were chosen as finalists for the award across four categories. A winner was chosen in each category, and Gavigan was chosen among that group as the 2022 winner of the John F. Barrett Entrepreneur Vison Award.

The 2022 award finalists by category were:

Entrepreneurship in the Enterprise
Tom Daskalakis, Chief Administrative Officer, West Chester Hospital, UC Health 
Ruben Fairman, Consulting Engineer, GE Aviation  
*Jeffery “Butch” Sullivan, Area Lead, Lithko Contracting

Minority & Women-Owned Businesses
*Tracey Artis, CEO, I Hear Music Inc./Jaz Jordan, Inc.
Kai Lewars, Principal/Founder, Kaiker Development + Construction
Barbara Smith, President, Journey Steel, Inc.

Family & Privately Held Businesses
Anthony Breen, CEO, Synergistic
Patrick Coyne and Javon Harrison, Co-Founders, Black Sheep Performance
*# Jim Gavigan, CEO, Clarity Retail Services LLC

Start-Up Businesses
*Zach Ball, President, TZ Containers
Ginger Conway, COO and Founder, High Enroll LLC
Somesh Saxena, Founder/CEO, Pantomath Inc.

* - Category winner              # - Overall winner

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 2022 John F. Barrett Entrepreneur Vision Award recipient and the four category winners were named at a small evening reception hosted by invitation for entrepreneurs, community and business leaders; elected officials; and guests on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, at The Lytle Park Hotel (311 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202).

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