• Best “Non-Marketing” Marketing Program: The “Why” Behind Our Work, by SageSure Insurance Managers
  • Best Brand Launch or Rebranding Effort: Xavier University Re-brand, by the Xavier Marketing and Communications Office
  • Best Collegiate/Student Marketing Plan, Campaign, or Program: “Exploring the Power of the Ghost” by Northern Kentucky Marketing Association Club at Haile/US Bank College of Business, Northern Kentucky University
  • Best Customer Experience Execution: Fast Park & Vehr Communications: Customer Experience in the face of Hurricane Harvey
  • Best Integrated Marketing Campaign: Humanizing Healthcare Finance, by First American Healthcare
  • Best Overall Digital Strategy & Execution: Premier Health – Premier Health Now
  • Best Scrappy Marketing Campaign: Xavier University Office of Marketing and Communications, Orientation Blessing Video
  • Best Use of Content for Inbound Marketing and Engagement: Vehr Communications and Cincinnati Public Schools, IamCPS
  • Best Use of Technology for Sales Enablement: The Wastewater Customer Journey map by Start Something Bold for their client VEGA Americas

Special Merit Recognition

  • Special Merit, In-House Warrior: Sons of the American Revolution – Richard Montgomery Chapter, from Dayton, Ohio, Finalist in Best “Non-Marketing” Marketing Program
  • Special Merit, Research/Insight Catalyst: The new Mercy McAuley brand, by Madison Design and Consumer Clarity, Finalist in Best Brand Launch or Rebranding Effort
  • Special Merit, Research/Insight Catalyst: “Winning the Millennials’ Hearts Back” by Northern Kentucky Marketing Association Club from Northern Kentucky University, Finalist in Best Collegiate/Student Marketing Plan, Campaign, and/or Program
  • Special Merit, Research/Insight Catalyst: “Problem Gambling: It’s a Disorder, Not A Decision, by Northlich for the Ohio Lottery” by Northlich, Finalist in Best Customer Experience Execution
  • Special Merit, In-House Warrior: Premier Health – Jenny’s Journey, from Dayton, Ohio, Finalist and Winner in Best Overall Digital Strategy & Execution
  • Special Merit, In-House Warrior: The #HonestPlumbing Campaign by Ryan Eten and Jolly Plumbing, Finalist in Best Scrappy Marketing Campaign

2018 Cincinnati Marketing Legends

We recognized our second class of Cincinnati Marketing Legends: Jane Garvey, Dave Knox, and Ric Sweeney. Read more about them.


  • Best “Non-Marketing” Marketing Program: Fast Park and Vehr Communications
  • Best BRAND Launch or Rebranding Effort: Barefoot Proximity: Cincinnati Children’s Embrace Equity Campaign
  • Best COLLEGIATE/STUDENT Marketing Plan, Campaign, and/or Program: eBay Case Study University of Cincinnati American Marketing Association
  • Best INTEGRATED Marketing Campaign: Barefoot Proximity’s Jennie-O’s “Make the Switch” Campaign
  • Best Overall DIGITAL Strategy & Execution: Barefoot Proximity’s Cincinnati Children’s Liberty Center Campaign
  • Best SCRAPPY Marketing Campaign: WordCamp Cincinnati 2016 Marketing Campaign
  • Best Use of CONTENT for Inbound Marketing and Engagement: Fast Park & Vehr Communications’ “Your Travel Partner” Blog
  • Best Use of INSIGHTS to Drive Experience, Engagement and/or Innovation: Persona Study for the Grandpa Soap Co. by Sund + Co.
  • Best Use of Technology for SALES Enablement: The Cincinnati USA Virtual Reality Experience by the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau

View Finalist showcase.

Cincinnati Marketing Legends

  • Linda Antus
  • Bob Gilbreath
  • Kendra Ramirez

Read more about our inaugural Cincinnati Marketing Legends class.


  • Content Marketing: Vehr Communications – 2015 Social CEO Study
    • Runner Up: EyeMed Vision Care – EyeSiteOnWellness.com
  • Integrated Marketing: First Student w/ Vehr Communications – Safety Dog Bus Tour
    • Runner Up: Standard Textile Marketing Department – DermaTherapy®: Redefining the Standard of Care
  • Social Media: Alan See, CMO Temps, LLC – Freelancer-Powered Social Media Marketing
    • Runner Up: The Health Carousel Marketing Team – Passport USA
  • Web & SEM: Ascribe w/ The Sound Press, SEO Exposed and Steady On Sales – New goascribe.com Website
    • Runner Up: EyeMed Vision Care – EyeSiteOnWellness.com
  • Small Business: Multi-Craft – Knock Knock, Who’s There
    • Runner Up: Alan See, CMO Temps, LLC – Freelancer-Powered Social Media Marketing for Small Business
  • Non-profit: Desky Team – Queen City
    • Runner Up: St. Elizabeth Healthcare – Nutrition in a Minute Video Series
  • Collegiate: NKU Students, Tom Garcia and Bluezzoon’s Rubicoin Dream Team – Rubicoin Ambassador Dream Team
    • Runner Up: NKU Student Megan Pickett – Hot God and the Seven Dogs


  • Content Marketing: Alan See, CMO Temps, LLC
  • Integrated Marketing: Standard Textile Marketing Department
  • Social Media: Life’s Eyes Media “The Lauren Hill Hospice Story”
  • Web & SEM: Jay W. Sanborn Jr., Corbus LLC “Order to Cash Landing Site Strategy”
  • Large Business: Lighthouse Youth Services
  • Small Business: Intrinzic in partnership with Everything But The House
  • Non-profit: Xavier University
  • Collegiate: University of Cincinnati AMA Competition Team


  • Collegiate: Alexandra Smith (NKU)
  • Non-profit: Daniel Graff (Giveunity)
  • Small Business: Mimi Rasor (Rasor Marketing)
  • Marketing Dept of One: Mary Hall (Legion Logistics)
  • Large Business: Bob Reiss (Procter & Gamble)


  • Large Business: Fifth Third Bank
  • Marketing Dept of One: Ed McMasters, Flottman Co.
  • Non-profit: Cincinnati Zoo
  • Collegiate: Jessie Swanson (NKU)


  • Large Business: Paycor
  • Small Business: Multi-Craft
  • Non-profit: Mercy Health
  • Collegiate: Jessica Moore


  • Large Business: Hobsons
  • Small Business: Docustar Rebranding Campaign
  • Non-profit: Lighthouse Youth Services
  • Collegiate: University of Cincinnati, AMA Regional Conference