Announcing Columbus CEO's Future 50 class of 2022 of visionaries, leaders, doers

Katy Smith
The Columbus Dispatch

It's my favorite time of year: We're proud to announce the 2022 class of Columbus CEO's Future 50.

This outstanding group of people has the determination, the vision and the heart to help usher the region into a brighter future. This annual endeavor brings together the region’s most innovative thinkers and doers to offer their leadership as we confront issues like the wealth gap, racism, education and how the arts can bring us closer together. 

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These are the people who aspire to make Columbus the great American city of the coming decades. These are professionals, public servants and entrepreneurs whose voices are rising. They are leaders already making a difference with bold ideas, creativity, altruism and achievements that will define our region as it evolves.

Last year's winners:Meet Columbus CEO's Future 50 class of 2021

How do we choose the Future 50?

Future 50 members are identified by the previous class (2 votes) and Columbus CEO editorial staff (1 vote) based on their achievements, generosity of spirit (and deed) and ideas for creating lasting social impact.

Program's origin:Here's the inaugural Future 50 class of 2020

Future 50 Annual Projects

Each year the Future 50 will work together to complete projects of their choosing. Projects should be specific and achievable within one year. The idea is that the project creates meaningful, quantifiable change in the Columbus region. The project embodies the Future 50 core values—achievement, altruism, boldness, creativity and inclusivity.

The 2021 class of Future 50, sponsored by CoverMyMeds, has been working since February on projects that help people in the community. The first project involved a group offering sessions on leadership to children who participated in the Greater Columbus Sports Commission’s camp week at Berliner Park in June.

Meet more Ohioans doing good:Recognizing 25 Central Ohio difference-makers as Everyday Heroes

A second Future 50 group has a vision to bring fresh food to people who need it via the creation of unstaffed community refrigerators that can be accessed 24/7. Here's their GoFundMe if you would like to support it.

And a third group is working on making the internet accessible to more residents of Columbus who need it. See the latest on their project at their Facebook page and find out how you can donate to their effort through the Columbus Foundation.

Here is the Future 50 class of 2022

• Abdul Akel, CEO and co-founder, T-cetra

• Alex Ditty, Head of Content & Marketing, Ohio State University Alumni Association

• Alida Smith, Chief Marketing Officer, Pelotonia

• Almar Walter, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer, Columbus State Community College

• Amanda Turner, Executive Director, Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation/Tobacco 21

• Amit Chandna, President & CEO, HLG

• Amy Gordon, Executive Director & CEO, Communities In Schools of Ohio

• Andrea Devier, Associate Vice President of Grants and Data Management, LifeCare Alliance

• Andrew Mills, Assistant Head of School & Head of High School, Harvest Preparatory School

• Ariana Ulloa-Olavarrieta, Executive Coach - LIGHTS Regional Innovation Network, Ohio University

• Aslyne Rodriguez, Director of Government Affairs, Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA)

• Ben Kelley, partner at Kelley Cos., owner of Emmett's Cafe

• Betsy Bankhurst, President, Basement Doctor

• Brad Kaplan, Founder, CEO, Dough Curator & Driver, Lion Cub’s Cookies

• Brian Higgins, principal, Arch City Development

• Brian Pierson, Vice President of Community Health and Well-being, Mount Carmel Health System

• Charles Hill, Vice President, Programs and Operations, Columbus Urban League

• Chevonne Harris, Founder & CEO, Brand Strategist, ThriveIN

• Chris Suel, Assistant Director of Community Affairs, Office of the Mayor, City of Columbus

• Dean Tran, CEO, Cultivate Geospatial Solutions

• Devin Schaffer, VP (Legal) - Corporate/M&A/Securities, Cardinal Health

• Ian Labitue, director of business development and strategy, Kaufman Development

• Imran Nuri, Founder & CEO, 52 Million Project

• Janet Chen, CEO, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra

• Jennifer Sanders, Portfolio Manager, Midwest Regional Office, AmeriCorps

• Jim Bruner, Sultan of Systems/Alpha Farmer, Mezzacello Urban Farm, PAST Foundation, Ohio Invention Convention

• Karen Hewitt, Associate Director, Leadership Columbus

• Kashif Smiley, VP, Community & Affordable Lending, JPMorgan Chase

• Keryna Johnson, Project Coordinator for Convergence Columbus, Mortgage Bankers Association

• Kevin Grabeman, shareholder/consultant, McGohan Brabender

• Latisha Chastang, Deputy Chief, Community Services, Ohio Department of Development

• Marty McDonald, Executive Vice President, Fahlgren Mortine

• Melissa Starr, Chief Program Officer, Jewish Family Services

• Michael Swepston, president, Atlas Butler

• Mike Hochron, Social Program Administrator, Franklin County CSEA

• Neethi Johnson, VP, Digital Strategy, JPMorgan Chase

• Nikki Stead, Vice President, People Services, Donatos

• Noelle Arnold, Senior Associate Dean, Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology

• Paula O'Reilly, Office Managing Director/Financial Services Lead Midwest, Accenture

• Rachel Bloomekatz, Principal & Founder, Bloomekatz Law

• Rick Ricart, President, Ricart Automotive

• Sangeeta Lakhani, Executive Director, Service! A Relief Effort for Hospitality Industry Workers

• Sara McKinniss, Marketing Director, FST Logistics

• Sarah Townes, Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer, Experience Columbus

• Sarai Exil, co-founder and president, Student Success Stores

• Shyam Rajadhyaksha, Principal, Xcellium

• Spencer Jordan, Vice President of Leasing, Steiner + Associates

• Toni Bell, President/CEO, Phoenix Consulting Co.

• Trent Smith, Executive Director, Franklinton Board of Trade

• Ukeme Awakessien Jeter, Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister