Profiles

Good people are his foundation
Phil Huff loves to build things. Teams of people. Projects for clients. Whole businesses.

Building is about accomplishing goals for Huff, who must have been wired for competition from birth. From lawn mowing and paper routes to painters cap productions in college – all the way through the founding of eLynx and its $40 million sale five years ago — he has always enjoyed the allure of assembling a successful project… read more

An Entrepreneurial Import
Frenchman Olivier Fischer came to Ohio for an education and stayed for opportunity.
Since then he’s founded two Cincinnati software companies.
Entrepreneur Olivier Fischer did not plan to settle in Ohio when he went to Ohio State University 25 years ago to earn his Ph.D. in computer science… read more

The Founder’s Dilemma
One lesson of Randy Wilhelm’s success is, perhaps, that entrepreneurs can come from anywhere.

Before launching Thinkronize in 1999, Wilhelm was an insurance salesman – a career path often characterized as unimaginative and beset by heavy-handed management… read more

Entrepreneurship is a journey, Collette says
In the early years when Cincinnati entrepreneur Mike Collette was launching OnTarget Media, he was driving a Honda Civic with 100,000 miles and living off what had been his life insurance policy.

His key asset was his stereo… read more

Pushing ahead with perseverance
John Bostick is still thinking big.

The founder of two Greater Cincinnati IT companies, Bostick has seen his share of struggles as the economy has sputtered. But the serial entrepreneur remains undeterred… read more

Invention before innovation
The early years of Ethicon Endo-Surgery were exciting times for Mike Hooven and others who helped launch the company in Cincinnati 20 years ago.

The energy among its engineers was contagious, the money was flowing from parent company Johnson & Johnson and the startup-like culture spurred innovative ideas and products long before “innovation” was the catchphrase of corporate America… read more