Columbus Business First rolled out the red carpet this week for its “Forty Under 40” Class of 2012. The annual award recognizes some of Columbus’s best and brightest, a dynamic group of young people serving in business, professions, government and the arts. With great delight, all of us at TriAd congratulate our own Janine Robinson, VP of Creative Services, as one of this year’s honorees.
The 2012 Awards Program was held May 23 at the Columbus Athenaeum and a gala event it was. Tasty food and drink, great camaraderie and a well-produced program – everything you would expect. And all upstaged by the honorees themselves just as it should be. What an incredible group of individuals!
Anyone listening to the introductory profiles for each honoree knew immediately that Forty Under 40 encompasses far more than exceptional job performance. It’s about very full, well-rounded lives and passionate individuals who look far beyond themselves to contribute to the greater good. In addition to outstanding professional achievements, virtually every honoree devotes time and talent to nonprofit and community involvement. And it’s huge amounts of time and talent. The list of institutions, causes, foundations and organizations they serve would literally go on for pages. These are committed people with the right stuff.
Which brings us to Janine – we can’t end this post without some serious, well-deserved kudos! She is devoted to family, dedicated to her profession and passionate about her causes. And whether at home, work or volunteering, she knows how to make a difference.
The late Hal Riney, legendary adman and founder of Hal Riney & Partners, once noted that two types of people manage ad agencies – statesmen and trench workers. It’s fair to say that TriAd gets both with Janine. As our VP of Creative Services, she manages, organizes, counsels, supports and encourages. She gets the job done with a leadership style that is always participatory and never autocratic. Or as she once shared, “I’m not afraid to cut bait.” That says a lot – about the person as well as the working environment at TriAd.
Janine’s willingness to “jump in and do” extends to life outside the office. Her volunteer work with The Childhood League Center and the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Development Board is very much hands-on, achieving measurable results year after year. Her efforts with both organizations reflect her ongoing commitment to making an impact – the kind of tangible difference that affects people’s lives for the better.
So congratulations, Janine! You are an extraordinary colleague, a friend to all, and to paraphrase your prop from the Forty Under 40 photo session, definitely “Doing something!”
Janine Robinson was one of Columbus Business First’s 40 under 40 honorees for 2012.