The Top 25
01 Delos “Toby” Cosgrove
The Power 100 List
Greater Akron, Cuyahoga County, Lake and Geauga County, Lorain County, Mahoning Valley
Major health care system CEOs Toby Cosgrove and Tom Zenty prepare for big changes in their industry.
With Frank Jackson's successful levy, Eric Gordon's Cleveland schools are challenged with implementing sweeping change.
Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald is putting a lot on the line in his pursuit of the governor’s office.
With Dan Gilbert's casino drawing people downtown, a new convention center and hotel investments booking up, David Gilbert is tasked with bringing visitors into Cleveland.
After a series of careful acquisitions and a relentless focus on efficiency, Mooney has helped reshape and refocus banking after the financial crisis.
After 15 years in the job, Proenza will leave the University of Akron June 30. In that time, he’s increased the university’s profile and enrollment, improved the school’s relationship with the city and worked to build the regional economy.
Douglas sits at the helm of the Austen BioInnovation Institute, a 5-year-old collaboration of Akron hospitals and universities to innovate and commercialize new medical and biomaterial products.
Smith has run Cleveland Hopkins International and Burke Lakefront airports since 2006, when he arrived from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
, president and CEO, Cleveland Clinic
02 Thomas Zenty III
, CEO, University Hospitals
03 Christopher Connor
, chairman and CEO, The Sherwin-Williams Co. ♦ Cleveland’s most civically involved corporate CEO had a high-profit year at his company and provided respected, assertive leadership as chair of the Greater Cleveland Partnership. But Mexico rejected Sherwin-Williams’ big proposed merger with Comex. At home, Connor’s top civic project, Cleveland’s lakefront, hasn’t seen a groundbreaking yet.
04 Frank Jackson
, mayor, Cleveland
05 Beth Mooney
, chairman and CEO, KeyCorp
06 Anthony J. Alexander
, president and CEO, FirstEnergy Corp. ♦ Still Akron’s go-to CEO for civic projects, Alexander unveiled a new strategy for FirstEnergy in 2013. He’s got political clout, including in Columbus, where FirstEnergy’s lobbying has pushed to scale back Ohio’s green-energy law.
07 Alexander “Sandy” Cutler
, chairman and CEO, Eaton Corp. ♦ With his involvement in the Business Roundtable of top CEOs, Cutler’s influence is national more than local these days. He’s often quoted on subjects such as Washington budget battles and the national debt. He and Eaton had a good 2013 as acquisitions, such as Cooper Industries, helped fuel record profits.
08 Ed FitzGerald
, Cuyahoga County executive
09 Dan Gilbert
, majority owner, Cleveland Cavaliers; chairman, Quicken Loans Inc.; chairman, Rock Gaming LLC ♦ His casino has boosted downtown foot traffic, and its new skywalk, erected despite protests, proves he has the power to get what he wants in Cleveland. Detroit’s No. 1 business leader, Gilbert also exerts himself in his second city, playing a role in Positively Cleveland’s efforts to boost the hospitality industry. But will he ever make moves here on the scale he has in Detroit? And when will he set a timetable for building the casino’s second phase?
10 Albert Ratner
, co-chairman emeritus, Forest City Enterprises Inc. ♦ Still a trusted power broker with connections in the state capital as well as Cleveland, Ratner advocates for Northeast Ohio to welcome immigrants and played a major role in negotiating the Cleveland Metroparks’ takeover of the city’s lakefront parks from the state. But offering Tower City up for possible sale is a setback for him.
11 Ronn Richard
, president and CEO, The Cleveland Foundation ♦ Awarding more than $90 million in annual grants makes a lot of civic dreams happen. Richard proved his dedication to education again in 2013 with a big donation to the new Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine building. He’s pushing diversity forward in the region too. The foundation will be a presenting sponsor of the 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland.
12 Sherrod Brown
, U.S. senator ♦ Now in his second term, Brown has allied with manufacturers, especially the auto business, understanding their supply chains and advocating for better workforce development.
13 Umberto Fedeli
, president and CEO, The Fedeli Group ♦ The longtime Republican fundraiser is getting increasingly bipartisan, introducing many local CEOs to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.
14 Barbara Snyder
, president, Case Western Reserve University ♦ Snyder led the negotiations with the Cleveland Clinic to forge the historic agreement that will give CWRU a new medical school building on the Clinic’s campus. The school is setting new fundraising records as it nears a billion-dollar campaign goal.
15 Paul Clark
, regional president for Cleveland, PNC ♦ Continuing to rise as a civic leader, Clark succeeded Tim Timken as chair of Team NEO in 2013.
16 Don Plusquellic
, mayor, Akron ♦ In his seventh term, the strongman mayor is still forging deals such as a $40 million downtown hotel project and lending his voice to causes such as gun violence.
17 David Abbott
, executive director, The George Gund Foundation ♦ Abbott thinks big, advocating for regional cooperation among governments and experimentation with new educational models. Under his leadership, the Gund Foundation has made significant grants to arts organizations in recent years.
18 Sandra Pianalto
, president and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland ♦ Though she’s leaving the Fed in the new year, few expect Pianalto, 59, to truly retire. Speculation has begun about where she might land next.
19 Roy Church
, president, Lorain County Community College ♦ Respected throughout Northeast Ohio for using LCCC as a base to support new economy ventures and education outside his county, Church has earned a new round of admiration for his work on the Regional Competitiveness Council.
20 Joseph Roman
, president and CEO, Greater Cleveland Partnership ♦ As a spokesman for the business community, Roman stepped up in 2013 on issues from immigration to the traffic jam of tax levies in Cuyahoga County.
21 Ronald Berkman
, president, Cleveland State University ♦ The university’s influence on downtown Cleveland keeps expanding under Berkman’s leadership, from new housing to partnerships with the Cleveland schools to the groundbreaking for a new Northeast Ohio Medical University building on CSU’s campus.
22 Dan Walsh
, president, Greater Cleveland region, Huntington Bank ♦ While carrying out Huntington’s strategy of expansion and low-fee banking, Walsh continues to increase his visibility as a civic leader. He’s on boards from the Greater Cleveland Partnership to Positively Cleveland.
23 Ward J. “Tim” Timken Jr.
, chairman, The Timken Co. ♦ After spending years making himself a civic force beyond Stark County, Timken will take on a prominent new business role soon. When the company spins off its steel business, likely in 2014, he’ll be the new company’s president and CEO.
24 Eric Gordon
, CEO, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
25 Nina Turner
, state senator ♦ From her co-sponsorship of the Cleveland school reform law to her run for secretary of state to her frequent appearances on MSNBC, Turner is emerging as one of Cleveland’s most prominent younger political leaders.