The 2021 Annual Meeting of the Greater Cleveland Partnership Presented by Lubrizol

On Thursday, August 5th, we went to the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse to attend the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) that was presented by Lubrizol and presided over by its President and CEO, Mr. Eric Schnur who is also the GCP Board Chair.

The theme for this year ‘s meeting was “All In” meaning that all local public, private, and philanthropic institutions must work together if Cleveland/Northeast Ohio is to fully recover from the damage caused from the pandemic and realize its potential.

Regarding the pandemic, it was noted that all of the above have so far done a remarkable job particularly the health care industry.

Thus, it was only fitting that the Richard A. Shatten Professional Leadership Award (celebrating public/private partnerships) be granted to all the health care workers of the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospital, and MetroHealth.

The “all in” theme was explored further in an address by Mr. Baiju R. Shah, GCP President and CEO, who said that we must come together by embracing the values of inspiration, innovation, involvement, interconnection, inclusivity, integrity, and unity.

Continuing, Mr. Shah said that by utilizing these values we can transform our city and region into an epicenter for dynamic business transactions as well as business confidence, recognition of abundant talent, inclusive opportunity, and appealing communities.

Likewise, the topic of “building a winning culture” was explored in a panel discussion wherein the participants were Mr. Paul Joseph Dolan, CEO of the Cleveland Indians; Mr. Andrew Berry, General Manager of the Cleveland Browns; and Mr. Len Komorski, CEO of the Cleveland CAVS.

During the meeting, we shared a table with our good friend, Mr. Marco Grgurevic-Pujana who is now GCP’s Director of Minority Business Growth.

Later, we visited with several people including a person who immigrated to the United States from China and had once consulted with Margaret W. Wong & Associates LLC on an EB5 visa.

We also bumped into Mr. Eric Gordon, CEO of CMSD, and spoke with him about a possible increase of refugee/immigrant youth in the Cleveland schools.

Mr. Gordon assured us that valuable partnerships have been formed with Global Cleveland, Catholic Charities, and Refugee Response and, moreover, believed that all would be well because Cleveland is a city that is “welcoming and prepared.” In short, we are “all in!”

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