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August 24, 2022
And the winners are…

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the inaugural Generation NEXT Awards presented by John Carroll University Boler College of Business! The Generation NEXT Awards honor the companies and individuals working diligently to attract, engage and retain young professional talent to Cleveland. Winning companies and individuals will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at The City Club of Cleveland.

Company of the Year

Small: Bostwick Design Partnership

Mid-size: Code3

Large: Union Home Mortgage

Nonprofit/Government/Public Sector: NOPEC

Program of the Year

Mid-size: Summer Internship Program, GNCO, Inc. (photo right)

Large: Emerging Professionals Group, Oatey Co.

Nonprofit/Government/Public Sector: Cleveland LEADs, Cleveland Council on World Affairs

Young Professional of the Year

Small: Bill Baraona, Owner, Flex Media

Mid-size: Rachael Ossovicki, Search Advertising Strategist 2, Code3

Large: Sophie Hall, Talent Management Specialist, Swagelok

Nonprofit/Government/Public Sector: Laura Mottor, Donor Relations Officer, Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Mentor of the Year

Small: Tom Krause, Director, Corrigan Krause CPAs and Consultants

Mid-size: Laurie Ferrante, Senior Advisor, Closing Strategy, Fund That Flip

Large: Elizabeth Newman, Chief of Staff, CBIZ

Nonprofit/Government/Public Sector: Kim Gillan Shafron, Director of Communications and Public Relations, Hospice of the Western Reserve

Engage! Cleveland Employer Member of the Year

Small: Staffing Solutions Enterprises

Mid-size: MIM Software Inc.

Large: The Sherwin-Williams Company

Nonprofit/Government/Public Sector: The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Lifetime Achievement Award: Ira C. Kaplan


Engage! Cleveland’s current board member and past Board Chair, Ira C. Kaplan, is being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. Ira is the Executive Chairman and serves as a member of the Executive Committee at Benesch. Mr. Kaplan is often referred to as someone who is a strong advocate for the young professional community.

Join us in congratulating each of these companies, organizations, programs, and people that are making Cleveland a great place to live, work and discover!

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