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Business briefs: GCF workplace certification, Roderick joins Heritage, VIVA is Bengals hard seltzer

GCF earns silver-level Queen City certification

As companies across the U.S. – including right here in Cincinnati – continue to grapple with providing a workplace culture that guarantees an equal playing field for all employees, regardless of race or gender, Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has proven that it can be done.

GCF has earned silver-level certification from Queen City Certified, an organization that assesses companies’ and organizations’ workplace practices and awards certifications based on their success in promoting gender and race equity.

As a silver-level employer, GCF has achieved significant progress in creating a more inclusive and equitable workplace. Employers certified as “Leaders in Gender Equity” walk the walk. According to Queen City Certified, these companies implement research-based strategies to create workplaces where people of all genders can thrive regardless of race, sexual orientation, income, age or family status.

“I continue to be inspired by our employers’ ongoing commitment to evaluation, collective learning, and action,” shared Nicole Armstrong, founder of Queen City Certified. “Certification sends a clear message to employees, peers and the community that equity in the workplace matters and it’s time to raise the bar.”

In addition, GCF has a solid framework of policies and practices in place and has implemented them well, as demonstrated by high levels of satisfaction and engagement among employees. It also has action plans that include two-year and four-year equity goals.

Meghan Cummings, executive director of the Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation, sits on the advisory board of Queen City Certified. “I am incredibly proud that GCF has demonstrated that it ‘walks the talk,’ providing a workplace where all employees can thrive,” she shared. “It is an honor to set an example and prove that, yes, equity in the workplace is achievable.”

Tony Roderick joins Heritage Bank

Tony Roderick has joined Heritage Bank as Vice President, Head of Consumer Lending. Roderick will oversee an expanding team and product portfolio aimed at optimizing Heritage Bank’s consumer loan volume in the regional market.

Tony Roderick

“After a decade as Vice President and Regional Manager at Fifth Third and six years as KeyBank’s Senior Vice President, Cincinnati and Dayton District Retail Leader, I believe Tony is well equipped to capitalize on Heritage Bank’s untapped opportunities in consumer lending,” said Lytle Thomas, president, Heritage Bank. “In addition, his fundraising and development work on behalf of two of the region’s leading nonprofit organizations – The Cincinnati Museum Center and Thomas More University – demonstrate his passion for improving the community. Tony’s values align with Heritage Bank’s values.”

Roderick earned a bachelor’s degree at Northern Kentucky University where his studies focused on marketing and management, then completed a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in finance at Xavier University, Williams College of Business.

“Tony brings a wealth of people management expertise and a track record for meeting aggressive financial goals,” said Chris Caddell, chairman, Heritage Bank. “He’s also a versatile and adaptive leader – qualities essential in a fast-growing community bank.”

Braxton’s VIVE is Bengals official hard seltzer

VIVE, a nationally acclaimed hard seltzer, announced its title as Official Hard Seltzer of the Cincinnati Bengals today. During the 2019 football season, fans will be able to find VIVE Hard Seltzer flavors at Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Bengals.

This partnership ultimately brings two Cincinnati favorites together, just in time for tailgating season. In celebration of the partnership, and in support of the Bengals, the brand will unveil new ways to enjoy VIVE throughout the month, culminating in a major tailgate party this August.

As Official Hard Seltzer of the Cincinnati Bengals, VIVE continues to establish itself as a regional leader within the hard seltzer category. At its launch earlier this year, VIVE reshaped the hard seltzer scene, making Braxton Brewing Co. Ohio and Northern Kentucky’s first brewery to embark on such an endeavor.

Each can boasts 5% ALC/VOL, is gluten free, just 100 calories and two grams of carbs. As a lighter alternative to other alcoholic beverages, VIVE refuses to compromise, making it an ideal partner for the Bengals as they embark on the 2019 season.

“Every year, it’s easy to see the passion and devotion of the Bengals fan base. With the support and influence of this team on the community, pairing VIVE Hard Seltzer and the Bengals just made sense,” said Jake Rouse, CEO of Braxton Brewing Company.

Inside and outside Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium, consumers can find VIVE in four naturally flavored varieties; Mango, Lime, Dragonfruit and Grapefruit. The spiked sparkling drink tempts beer drinkers with a light delight, which Kroger shoppers can look for as a 12-count Variety Pack of 12 oz. slim cans, a six-count Mango Pack of 12 oz. slim cans and a six-count Lime Pack of 12 oz. slim cans.

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