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The Northern Kentuckian of the Year Award was established in 1996 to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves as leaders dedicated to the economic and social well-being of the Northern Kentucky region.

Friday, May 11, 2018

11:15 a.m. - 1:30 pm at

Northern Kentucky Convention Center

2018 Honoree

Mr. Garren Colvin



2018 Honoree Garren Colvin has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Elizabeth Healthcare since June 2015. In January 2011, Mr. Colvin was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to 2011, Mr. Colvin served in the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He has more than 30 years of experience in the industry.

Under his leadership and direction, St. Elizabeth Healthcare has shown a consistent financial increase and improvement each year. In 2009, this improvement reached new heights as Standard & Poor’s and Fitch upgraded St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s bond ratings to AA- (up from A+).

Mr. Colvin was instrumental in the merger of the former St. Luke Hospitals and St. Elizabeth Medical Center, as well as the consolidation and addition of key physicians groups to St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s mission.

Most recently, Mr. Colvin has been active in the transition of the Kentucky offices of OHC – Cancer and Blood Disorder Specialists – in Crestview Hills and Ft. Thomas in becoming part of the St. Elizabeth network. This is significant for oncology patients and the future of oncology care as St. Elizabeth will be establishing a roadmap for Northern Kentucky’s first-ever comprehensive cancer center.

In August 2016, Mr. Colvin was awarded Cincinnati Business Courier’s C-Suite Award, and was also named a Hero Against Heroin by Transitions Inc. and received a humanitarian award for his commitment and fight against the heroin epidemic.

Mr. Colvin is a founding member of the Kentucky Health Collaborative and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He serves on numerous professional and non-profit boards in the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati area.

Mr. Colvin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Business Administration from Thomas More College in 1986 and a Master of Business Administration from Northern Kentucky University in 1996.

Garren and Susan Colvin met while students at Thomas More College. They have been married for 26 years and are the proud parents of daughters Kylie and Hannah. Kylie is a senior at the University of Kentucky and will be entering medical school in August. Hannah is attending Wright State University where she is studying psychology and neuroscience and playing Division I volleyball.

The Northern Kentuckian of the Year luncheon benefits Covington Catholic High School’s financial assistance program. In 2017-18, 103 students were awarded $450,000 in financial aid. Covington Catholic and its alumni positively impact the Northern Kentucky community, and the luncheon provides a vehicle for the business community to support Covington Catholic’s tradition of excellence in education. Last year, the Northern Kentuckian of the Year Luncheon surpassed $1 million raised for tuition assistance since its inception. This support has helped hundreds of students experience an education rooted in strong Catholic values and academic excellence. For these students, the opportunity to attend Covington Catholic can be life changing and provides a solid foundation for a successful future.

Covington Catholic received the National Blue Ribbon Award , presented by the U.S. Department of Education, in 2016. It was only 1 of 2 high schools in Kentucky to receive the award, and is the ONLY high school in Kentucky to have received it TWICE in the past decade (previously awarded in 2007).

2018 Committee Members

Dan Groneck

Committee Chair

Jay Bayer

Bayer Becker

Christopher Bell ‘88

PNC Bank

Donald G. Benzinger

Central Bank

Chad Burke ‘95

GBBN Architects

Andrew C. Collins ‘86

Bannockburn Global Forex, LLC

John F. Curtin ‘66

Paul Hemmer Company

James J. Danneman ‘91

U.S. Bank

Michael Dennemann ‘88

U.S. Bank

Susan A. Finke

Covington Catholic High School

David W. Gronotte ‘93

Chase Bank

Bill Holocher ‘71

Roeding Group Companies

Sean McGee ‘06

USI Insurance Services, LLC

Benjie Pieper ‘93


Robert J. Rowe

Principal, Covington Catholic High School

Kyle Ruschman ‘98


Judith See Caldwell

Covington Catholic High School

Frank B. Sommerkamp, Jr. ‘47

Cincinnati Bell (Ret.)

Chad Summe ‘98

Quotient Technology

Thomas B. Thelen ‘88

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Andrew J. VonLehman ‘71

VonLehman & Co.

Drew VonLehman ‘98


Dan Groneck - 2017

Most Reverend Roger J. Foys - 2016

Andrew J. VonLehman - 2015

Buddy LaRosa - 2014

Paul T. Verst - 2013

Bob Hoffer - 2012

Bob Castellini - 2011

Dennis & Joyce Griffin - 2010

John Domaschko - 2009

Matth. Toebben - 2008

Joe Gross - 2007

John Yeager - 2006

Bill Robinson - 2005

Ray Biel - 2004

Ralph Drees - 2003

Paul Hemmer, Sr. - 2002

Bill Butler - 2000

Jim & Bert Huff - 1999

Wayne Carlisle - 1997