It takes a region to build a competitive economy, and within that region, it takes talented and dedicated leaders willing to stand up when duty calls.
One such leader is Bill Christopher, who retired from his senior executive position with Alcoa in 2011. Among his many civic activities since then has been chairing a collaboration of business and philanthropy determined to forge a regional competitiveness strategy.
Without fanfare or public recognition, Bill has worked diligently to build an effective team out of our often-fractious region. Bill has now passed the chairmanship of that effort to the two of us, an obvious demonstration of the size of his figurative shoes.
In this moment of transition we must express our gratitude and admiration to Bill not just on our own behalf but also on behalf of northeast Ohio, most of whose citizens do not even know what a profound impact he has had on their lives.
- Ward J. Timken Jr., chairman, The Timken Company, Canton; David T. Abbott, executive director, The George Gund Foundation, Cleveland