PACEsetters – 2020 Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards
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PACEsetters – 2020 Cincinnati Business Achievement Awards

Edita Dolan-Mayo’s story is one of family pride, grit and ownership of one’s life experiences. A transplant from Seattle-Washington, the business leader and community problem-solver we know today comes from a family that values hard work and creating better opportunities for future generations. While Edita’s close-knit family members were perplexed as to why she wanted to attend college across the country Edita and her parents knew that the University of Cincinnati would be the place where Edita would grow thrive. At UC, Edita threw herself into student life. She served as secretary of the Calhoun Residence Association and eventually expanded her extra-curricular activities into the Residence Hall Association, UC Student Government, Discover Philippines and Cincinati Women in Excellence and Spirit Together. Even though Edita graduated from the College of Business, she actually began her academic career in the College of Arts & Sciences. She credits College of Business Advisor Pamela Rogers and longtime UC career coach Julia Montier-Ball in helping her research potential career pathways and mentoring her through the rest of her college years and even after graduation in her job search. After graduating in 2004, Edita started her career in marketing and sales at COSTCO Wholesale. She eventually found her professional home with Powernet Communications Services. Edita quickly grew into her current role as director of marketing and community affairs in addition to managing Powernet’s charitable “Buy-One-Give-One” program. Edita’s access to technology has enabled her to problem-solve in the local community, such as bringing internet access to Lower Price Hill and Avondale. Because of these contributions, she has received the Pillar Award for Nonprofit Board Executive of the Year from Medical Mutual and has been included in United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s “Champions of Change” program. Edita continues to practice the qualities of PACE and actively instills them in future generations of business leaders. The “40 under 40” alumna continues to serve on local non-profit boards such as GRAD Cincinnati and the Council on Child Abuse. She has presented for Lindner Women in Business and mentors college students and Cincinnati transplants. As a hard-working woman, wife, mom, mentor, friend and proud Bearcat, Edita is a strong role model model for those pursuing their dreams and overcoming challenges. Congratulations, Edita! From his first moments on campus, Sammy Geroulis embraced everything the University of Cincinnati had to offer, and, in return, channeled his gregarious spirit into everything he did. In addition to maintaining a 4.0 GPA in the rigorous Lindner Honors-PLUS program, Sammy served in numerous student leadership positions in organizations such as UC’s Student Alumni Council, Student Government, Lindner Student Ambassadors and Men of METRO. As president of the business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, he oversaw membership grow to more than 115 members, achieved a budget surplus and helped the chapter earn its first-ever national recognition in its 90-year history for organizational performance. Sammy also honorarily initiated his father and UC alumnus Samuel Anthony Geroulis into the fraternity, an important milestone for both men. Sammy’s entrepreneurial spirit came to light when he co-founded the Alpha Chi Rho social fraternity, which quickly became one of the fastest-growing fraternities in UC’s history. Sammy also made time for UC’s signature experience: co-op, totaling to seven rotations with companies like Fifth Third Bank, LPK and Procter & Gamble. He received the John C. Hattendorf Outstanding Co-op award in 2011. Upon his graduation in 2012, Sammy was awarded the Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key the Lindner College of Business Outstanding Marketing Student Award and the Lindner College of Business Spirit of Community Award. His diverse co-op experience helped Sammy land at the management consulting firm AMEND. In 2016, he founded SMG Marketing. When he’s not serving his diverse portfolio of clients on marketing strategy or brand identity, Sammy leans into his passion of connecting with young alumni. He is currently serving his fifth consecutive term as president of UC Young Professionals. He also serves as the inaugural president of the Alumni Advisory Council for Alpha Chi Ro and is the district director for the Alpha Theta chapter at UC’s Delta Sigma Pi fraternity. You can also find Sammy out in the community as a Home Base Mentor for the Cincinnati Reds Community Fund or a Community Leader for the Red Cross. Sammy sets the PACE for young UC alumni. It’s not just what he does, but the way he does it, that has led to this standout recognition and accomplishment. Congratulations, Sammy!

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