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    2018 OTR Made Awards          

Each year, OTR Chamber's OTR Made Awards, recognizes outstanding individuals and businesses who have contributed to the progress of OTR, and are dedicated to the OTR community. The night includes a happy hour, awards program (including a keynote speaker), and post-party celebration. We are thrilled to announce the 2018 keynote is Paula Froelich (see full bio below) a world’s foremost expert in travel. 

This year, we are hosting our OTR Annual Awards event on March 15th at 5 p.m. in the newly renovated Memorial Hall! Registrations will include heavy bites, drink tickets, and exploring the historic Memorial Hall – plus, a brief program featuring our inspirational keynote speaker, video and the presentation of awards, leaving plenty of time for networking and enjoying eats and drinks!


Memorial Hall, Thursday, March 15th, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
Register here today!

5 p.m. Doors open / Registration / Drinks
5:30 p.m. Keynote and awards presentation in the Anderson Theater (2nd floor).
6:30 p.m. Networking, food & drinks in the Ballroom (1st floor).
8:00 p.m. Reception Ends

More about our 2018 keynote Paula Froelich: 

Whether it’s creating content, building a social following, speaking publicly or telling branded stories across the globe, Paula has been credited with developing an entirely new travel category – from the known to the unknown and inspiring people to, “Be Bold. Be Brave. Reclaim Yourself.” Named one of Folio’s Top Women in Media in 2015 and considered one of the world’s foremost experts in travel, Paula is developing creative strategy, building partnerships and expanding “A Broad Abroad” across multiple platforms, online and off.

After 10 years as Deputy Editor for Page Six, New York Post’s famed gossip column, Paula was named senior correspondent for Newsweek before beign brought on as editor-in-chief, Yahoo Travel to relaunch the company’s travel site. Under Paula’s unique vision and leadership, the travel section developed from a landing page with a booking engine into a must-read destination for anyone interested in being inspired, entertained, and motivated to engage the world.

In four short months, Yahoo Travel became the largest travel content portal in the world, winning awards and consistently ranked #1 in the travel category under her leadership. Paula also oversaw video strategy across travel and launched several shows, including her video series, “A Broad Abroad,” the first female-hosted, travel adventure series of its kind. It averaged over one million views per week. In it, Paula invites viewers to explore the unknown and discover the unexpected in both familiar and exotic locales around the world. Merging storytelling with current culture, Paula’s unique perspective of a woman traveling abroad connects to both men and women in a way no other show has.

A gifted orator, Paula has been a featured speaker at the White House, the New York Times Travel Summit, the Mashable Media Conference, Advertising Week, PhoCusWright, Pure, TBEX, ATMEX, ATWS and more. In 2016 Paula was also hired by Maybelline to star in its Dream Velvet Master Class series  and is currently a Brand Ambassador for the American Express Platinum Card.

Paula is originally from Ohio and Kentucky

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors

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Congrats to our 2017 OTR Made Award Winners! 
Ensemble Theatre, Norma Petersen Arts and Culture Award
Artichoke, Property Development of the Year
Spruce Nail Salon, New Business of the Year
Four Entertainment Group (4EG), Business of the Year
Wendy Lea (Cintrifuse), Individual Contribution of the Year
Cincinnati Squash Academy, Nonprofit of the Year
James Avant (OCD Cakes and Bakeologie), Entrepreneur of the Year
Findlay Kitchen, Food Innovator of the Year
Red Bike, Community Impact of the Year
Taste of Belgium, Job Creation of the Year
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

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