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    2017 Over-the-Rhine Annual Awards               

Each year, OTR Chamber's Annual Awards*, recognizes outstanding individuals and businesses who have contributed to the revitalization of OTR, and are dedicated to the OTR community. The event itself draws over 400 attendees, and the 2017 keynote is Bobby Maly, COO of Model Group, and leader to some of the largest recent urban revitalization projects in Greater Cincinnati. Bobby is also an influential civic leader for organizations including the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce, and founder of Cincinnatians for Progress.

This year, we are hosting our OTR Annual Awards event at 4 p.m. in the newly renovated Memorial Hall! Registrations will include local bites, drink tickets, and exploring the historic Memorial Hall – plus, a brief program featuring our inspirational keynote speaker, new video and the presentation of awards, leaving plenty of time for networking and enjoying local eats and drinks!

*The OTR Chamber's Annual Awards (previously the "Star Awards"), will be announcing a new name at the 3/15 event.

Nominate an individual or business Register here today / Sponsorship Opportunities


Memorial Hall, Wednesday, March 15th, 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

4 p.m. Doors open / Registration / Drinks
4:30 p.m. Keynote and awards presentation in the Anderson Theater (2nd floor).
5:00 p.m. Networking, food & drinks in the Ballroom (1st floor).
6:30 p.m. Reception Ends


Congratulations to the 2016 Star Award Recipients:

  • MORTAR, Chairperson’s Award
  • Woodward Theater, Norma Petersen Arts and Culture Award
  • Chatfield College, Property Development of the Year
  • Sundry + Vice, New Business of the Year
  • The Transept, Business of the Year
  • Red Door Project, Individual Contribution of the Year
  • OTR Community Housing, Nonprofit of the Year
  • Cydney Rabe, Off the Vine and Core Movement Studio, Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Taft’s Ale House, Restaurant of the Year
  • Future Leaders OTR, Community Impact of the Year

Thank you to our 2016 sponsors:
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2015 Star Award Recipients:
Holtman’s Donuts, Chairman’s Award
FotoFocus, Norma Petersen Award
Peg Wyant, Grandin Properties for Emanuel Center, Property Development of the Year
Greater Cincinnati Film Commission, Community Impact of the Year
Maverick Chocolate Company, New Business of the Year
HighStreet, Business of the Year
Jai Washington, Individual Contribution of the Year
Elementz, Nonprofit of the Year
Rachel Roberts for Yoga on the Green, Entrepreneur of the Year
Salazar, Restaurant of the Year

2014 Star Award Recipients:
John Hueber Homes, Property Development of the Year
Believe in Cincinnati, Community Organization of the Year
Rhinegeist, New Business of the Year
Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, Job Creation of the Year
Pet Wants, Business of the Year
Haile / U.S. Bank Foundation, Chairman's Award
Josh Heuser and Andrew Salzbrun, Agar, Individual Contribution / Ambassador of the Year
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Norma Petersen Award
James Fisher, Roadtrippers, Entrepreneur of the Year
Sweet Petit Desserts, Food Industry Award

2013 Star Award Recipients:
A&L Properties, Chris Lacey and Lisa Altenau, Property Development Award
ArtWorks, Nonprofit of the Year
Bakersfield OTR , New Business of the Year
CORE Resources, Inc., Job Creation of the Year
Lang Thang Group, Business of the Year
Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., Chairman's Award
Joseph Schlimm, PNC Bank, Individual Contribution
KellyAnn Nelson and Christopher Eanes, YPCC, Norma Petersen Award
OTR Matters, Blogger / Media / Outreach Award
American Legacy Tours, Ambassador of the Year Award
Sara Bornick, streetpops, Entrepreneur of the Year
Schickel Design Company, Architecture Award