2021 Career Achievement Honoree

May 25, 2021 – John Goering, Cincinnati, was selected as Delta Sigma Pi's 2021 Career Achievement recipient.

Sadly, Brother Goering passed away shortly after being named with the honor. Executive Director Bill Schilling, therefore, presented the award to John Goering’s daughter, Sue Hill, during the John Goering Family Business Center’s annual leadership retreat in May (pictured left).

The Deltasig Career Achievement Award is presented to Delta Sigma Pi members who have most distinguished themselves in business, government, or education, and through their accomplishments have furthered a higher standard of commercial ethics, culture, and the civic and commercial welfare of the community. Review other Deltasig Career Achievement Award Winners.

Brother Goering (pictured right) was a Cincinnati business icon and philanthropist. He was also the second generation of the Goering family to be a Deltasig, following in the footsteps of his father. John’s father, Albert Goering, was a founder of Alpha Theta Chapter at the University of Cincinnati, initiate number 3, in 1924.

Through high school and college, Goering worked alongside his father and uncle, brothers and cousins, in the family meatpacking business. By the time his family sold the business in 1956, Goering was in his senior year at UC. Because of the business sale, he accepted an offer to teach accounting in the College of Business Administration, and his lifelong affiliation began as a professor, registrar, president of the alumni association and UC Foundation trustee. In 1958, he was initiated as a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati. Around the same time, he and his brothers shared ownership of two successful businesses: a manufacturing firm in Los Angeles and a lumber company in Erlanger, Kentucky.

In 1985, Goering met with Leonard Arnoff, the dean of UC’s business school. He shared his concern of how to support family-owned companies and decided to conduct a community survey. The results told them that while there were programs that focused on entrepreneurship and minority- and women-owned businesses, there were not resources focused exclusively on family business. This led, John and his wife, Gloria, to found the Goering Center for Family and Private Business in 1989. Affiliated with the University of Cincinnati’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business, its mission is to nurture and educate family and private businesses to drive a vibrant economy. Dr. Sidney Barton, Cincinnati, an assistant Professor of Management, joined the project as Executive Director. The Goering Center serves more than 400 member companies, making it North America’s largest university-based educational non-profit center for family and private businesses. Goering Center members receive real-world insights that enlighten, strengthen and prolong family and private business success.

The purpose and mission of the Fraternity are in lock-step with the way Dad lived,” said Sue Hill, John’s daughter and member of the Goering Center’s Board of Directors. “And his legacy will continue within the University of Cincinnati and the family and private business community.”

 For more information on the Center, participation and membership visit goering.uc.edu

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