Bernie Stevens, of PowerNet Global, hoists heavy hardware at Medical Mutual 2011 Pillar Awards, Cincy v1.0: joined by Englander, Ginsburg, Rugless, Spitler and Wrassman

Bernie Stevens, winner of the 2011 Kent Clapp CEO Leadership Award

Bernie Stevens of PowerNet Global Communications took home the heavy hardware at tonight’s Medical Mutual 2011 Pillar Awards for Community Service, presented by Small Business Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky and the Small Business Network.

Allison Stevens, Bernie’s daughter and COO of PowerNet Global ( accepted the award on her father’s behalf. Bernie Stevens was out of town on business.

David Ginsburg - Downtown Cincinnati Inc. (DCI).

The Smart Business Pillar Awards, hosted by Smart Business Cincinnati/NKy. Executive Editor Dustin Klein, honor companies and individuals who exhibit a stellar commitment to community: leadership by example, and helping to improve the quality of life for all in Greater Cincinnati.

God put companies in business to give back. My father has always believed that,” said Allison Stevens.

Stevens was joined by a host of other award winners such as Owen Wrassman, the Non-Profit Board Executive of the Year from The Miracle League of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, and four Non-Profit Executive Directors of the Year:

Shepard Englander, the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati;

David Ginsburg with Downtown Cincinnati Inc.;

Sean Rugless with the African-American Chamber of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky; and

Sean Rugless - African-American Chamber of Greater Cincinnati/NKy.

Doug Spitler with Episcopal Retirement Homes.

The event was sponsored by the Smart Business Network (, Medical Mutual, the Duke Energy Center, CVS/Caremark and Hughie’s Audio-Visual.

Table sponsors were the Cincinnati Reds; Clark-Theders Insurance Agency; CVS Caremark; Downtown Cincinnati Inc.; Duke Energy Center; dunnhumby USA; Episcopal Retirement Homes, Fifth Third Bank; Frost Brown Todd; iSqft/Construction Software Technologies; the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati; Medical Mutual of Ohio; Messer Construction; Robert W. Baird & Co.; Smart Business Network; Systems Evolution; The Eisen Agency and the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati.

This year marked the first year that Small Business Network has held its Pillar Awards in Cincinnati; the program began in SBN’s hometown of Cleveland, and recently expanded to Columbus.

“If this is the way Cincinnati does it,” Klein told the crowd, estimated at 300-350 professionals, “we can’t wait to be back.”

Doug Spitler, Episcopal Retirement Homes.

The Medical-Mutual Share Award was given to Clark-Theders Insurance Agency.

The winner of the CVS Samaritan Award was Messer Construction.

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