RESTART: A Regional Task Force to Recover and Regain Momentum Post-COVID-19


The RESTART Task Force was convened in March 2020 by the Cincinnati Regional Chamber, the Cincinnati Business Committee, Cincinnati Regional Business Committee, and REDI Cincinnati. Led by more than two dozen business and community leaders, the task force is working to ensure the Cincinnati region recovers strongly and regains the momentum it had before the COVID-19 crisis.

At the same time, our community must rally now to help ensure that our local economy strongly navigates the short- and long-term challenges of this crisis. As efforts are being coordinated to help individuals and businesses address the short-term challenges, we must also keep our efforts focused on the long-term: continuing as best we can, and in many cases restarting, our economy and commerce. This pandemic will pass, and our community will rise again. When we do, it will be a changed world.  Our recent momentum gives us a strong base. And business leaders in the Cincinnati region must mobilize intentionally and thoughtfully now both to ensure we keep focus on the current importance of our continuing economy and to ensure that we emerge from this crisis with that momentum still driving us into the future.

For questions about the RESTART Task Force please contact Brendon Cull at


John Barrett, Western & Southern

Cynthia Booth, COBCO

Kerry Byrne, TQL

Greg Carmichael Fifth Third Bank

Phil Castellini, Reds/CMC

John Cranley, Cincinnati Mayor

Keith Dailey, Kroger

Michael Fisher, Cincinnati Children’s

Tim Fogarty, WCM Holdings

Delores Hargrove-Young, d.e. foxx & Associates

Brian Hodgett, P&G

Kris Knochelmann, Kenton Co. Judge Exec

Patrick Lafley, Constellation Wealth Advisors

Joe Lanni, Thunderdome

Rick Lofgren, UC Health

Candace McGraw, CVG

Rodney McMullen, Kroger

Mary Miller, Jancoa

Bimal Patel, Rolling Hills Hospitality

Dr. Neville Pinto, University of Cincinnati

Carl Satterwhite, RCF Group

Steve Shifman, Michelman

Tim Spence, Fifth Third

David Taylor, P&G

Paul Verst, Verst Logistics

Tom Williams, North American Properties


Kimm Lauterbach, REDI

Gary Lindgren, CBC/CRBC

Jill Meyer, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Brendon Cull, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber