If I were as perfect as I’d like to be – a know-it-all whose shirt-tail is always tucked-in – I never would have met my new friend, Katy Crossen. Former recipient of the Cincinnati Business Courier’s prestigious 40-Under-40 Award, Katy is in charge of marketing and communications for Al. Neyer LLC and she sent me an email yesterday with the subject line: “hello and coffee?” She wanted to get together this morning. Early. As-soon-as-possible early. And I knew I messed-up something.
Turns out “Neyer” is not one thing in Cincinnati. It’s a lot of different companies, most of them competitors. This is a picture of the last three generations of the Neyer family tree with their various professional associations.
Some of the other Neyer-but-very-very-separate companies are NeyerAdvisors, LLC (John R. Neyer), Neyer Properties (Dan Neyer), Neyer Management (John E. Neyer) and Neyer Building Development (Tom Neyer, Jr.).
Al. Neyer LLC has been around for 120 years and as of last year is owned by its 50 employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Program. Katy spent almost two hours talking to me about why she is so proud of her company and what they do for our community, the role they are playing in the future of this city. Her boss, Jim Neyer, went down the list of 109 names I’d found on the Ohio State site for business registrations and only recognized one of them. I don’t know what the name and address changes for those entities to a single agent mean – and I’ll check it out with the state. But for right now the most important thing is to share the classy way Al. Neyer reached out to help me (us) better understand the development process.
59 years old and I’m not perfect yet. But if I was, would there have been a reason to have coffee with Katy Crossen? Sometimes goof-ups lead to good things.