Four well-known residents honored as ‘great living Cincinnatians'

CINCINNATI - The Reds CEO, a local icon, an accomplished doctor and a business pioneer all received recognition for their impact on the Cincinnati-area at a ceremony Thursday evening.

Robert Castellini, Nick Clooney, Beatrice Lampkin, M.D., and James Zimmerman were named the Great Living Cincinnatians of 2012 at the Cincinnati Regional Chamber's annual dinner.

(Watch the video in the player above for a full profile interview of each Great Living Cincinnatian.)

The Great Living Cincinnatian Award is presented to residents who have helped shape the community through service, business, leadership, involvement and other factors. The four honorees join a list of 126 other great living Cincinnatians.

"Members of the class of 2012 enjoyed terrific success in business, medicine, sports and entertainment, and also made an indelible impression on the community,"said Ellen van der Horst, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber in a news release. "They are true life-sized heroes and we are delighted to spotlight their accomplishments and contributions."

Castellini may be best known as the principal owner, president and CEO of the Reds, but this Cincinnatian has also helped develop businesses in the area. Castellini's business expertise helped projects like The Banks thrive.

Clooney, father of movie star George Clooney, has worked hard to make a difference locally. Clooney got his start as a reporter, but since then has helped shape media coverage and turned attention toward local, national and world concerns. To view the 2012 Great Living Cincinnatian: Nick Clooney click here .  

When Lampkin first came to Cincinnati's Children's Hospital in 1963, she was the only pediatric hematologist/oncologist. Now, through Lampkin's leadership, the Division of pediatric Hematology/Oncology has grown tremendously and helped care for about 1,500 children and adolescents a year.

Over the last almost 40 years, Zimmerman worked his way to the top leadership of his company, Federated and at the same time, became a local leader. Zimmerman has been active in community affairs while setting an example through his business.

The ceremony took place at the Duke Energy Center Grand Ballroom and about 1,200 community and business leaders attended the event.

For more information about the winners and the event, go to http://www.cincinnatichamber.com/cham_a.aspx?menu_id=150&id=16247 .

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