As many of you may already know, the Greater Cincinnati Minority Counsel Program ("GCMCP") is losing its long time Co-Chair Mark Stall. Mark has accepted a new position as General Counsel of Toyota Industries North America in Indiana and will be focusing all of his time and attention on the challenges of his new position. The good news is that we will be welcoming Dave Horn, General Counsel of AK Steel, as the new GCMCP Co-Chair. So, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Mark for all of his many contributions to GCMCP during his tenure as Co-Chair and to welcome Dave to his new role with GCMCP.
Mark has served on the board of the GCMCP since Xpedx first joined as a member and has served as Co-Chair since 2010. From the beginning, Mark brought a tireless energy to his service on the Board and was never satisfied with the status quo. Mark always looked at the challenges the organization faced with an attitude of what can be done to overcome these issues and what can we do differently to move the organization forward. Mark has helped GCMCP grow through pursuing programming that highlights the outstanding diverse lawyers at member firms, providing interesting and relevant programming, and actively and continuously recruiting new corporate and firm members.
For example, during his service as Co-Chair, Mark has helped revamp the marketing material for the organization, developed an innovative pricing structure for new members, and personally met with a number of representatives of corporations to recruit them as new members. As a result of Mark's efforts, the GCMCP welcomed eight new corporate members during his tenure as Co-chair and an additional two new law firm members.
In addition to revitalizing the organization with new members, Mark has also helped implement several innovative ideas to increase the exposure and interaction between diverse outside counsel and in-house counsel responsible for assigning legal work. Some of these ideas include lunch and breakfast meetings with diverse attorneys at member firms and the in-house legal teams of corporate members. These meetings allowed the in-house and outside counsel to get to know each other and their practice areas in a focused and intimate setting. This is just one example of the type of ideas that Mark has brought forward to help develop relationships that are so important to attaining the mission of the GCMCP - to increase the value, volume, and significance of legal work being handled by diverse attorneys for GCMCP corporate members.
Mark's creativity, tireless energy, and dedication to the GCMCP will be sorely missed. I am sure that I speak for everyone involved in the GCMCP when I say that the organization owes Mark its endless gratitude for his efforts over the last three years. We all wish Mark the best in his new position and hope we can continue to count him as a friend of the GCMCP.
Although we will miss Mark's leadership - when one door closes, another one opens. With Mark's departure, we have the opportunity to welcome Dave Horn as the new GCMCP Co-Chair. Dave is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of AK Steel Corporation. He joined AK Steel in 2000. Prior to that, he was a partner in the Cincinnati law firm Frost Brown Todd LLC, where he was a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Yale University and a Juris Doctorate degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Law, from which he graduated Order of the Coif.
Since AK Steel joined the GCMCP, Dave has shown the kind of top-level leadership that the organization needs to fulfill its mission. In addition to this work with GCMCP, Dave is currently a member of the Board of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Mercy Health Foundation. He also is a member of the Advisory Board of the Cincinnati Child Health-Law Partnership. He is a past board member of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati Opera Association, and the University of Cincinnati Center for Information Technology and Law. As you can see, Dave has plenty on his plate and we appreciate his willingness to add the GCMCP Co-Chair position to his many leadership roles.
I want to again thank Mark for his service and I look forward to working with Dave in continuing to move the GCMCP forward in 2014.
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