Business Person of the Year
Steinhausser leads venerable club into future
Clintonville Woman's Club 'her passion'
An organization that was formed in 1930 is being thrust into the 21st century and returning to its roots at the same time.
The members of the Clintonville Woman's Club greatly appreciate the efforts of Kristen Steinhausser toward this task -- so much so that they nominated their director of sales and catering as the Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce's 2013 Business Person of the Year.
"She's just constantly reaching out to keep up not only awareness for the club, but also our involvement in Clintonville," said second-generation member Judy Robinson, who signed her name to the nominating form.
"I was totally shocked," Steinhausser said last week. "I did not know I was nominated.
"I've known about the chamber award, but I never saw myself as a person who would get it."
Steinhausser, who has worked for the venerable community organization since 1981, will receive the Business Person of the Year Award March 1 as part of the annual Celebrate Clintonville Awards Dinner and Silent Auction at the Fawcett Center.
"It's just her passion for the club," Robinson said. "She just goes above and beyond in making the community aware of the best-kept secret sitting back there behind Whetstone Park."
Just being nominated, let alone receiving the honor, is gratifying, Steinhausser said.
"It makes me feel really good," she said. "I feel like I'm doing a good job."
Steinhausser, who has been director of sales and catering for the past six years and was assistant to the director for the six years prior to that, is a Clintonville native, as was her father.
"She grew up in Clintonville, loves Clintonville, even though she now lives in Gahanna," Robinson said.
As director of sales and catering, Steinhausser has helped to raise the profile of the Clintonville Woman's Club and the facilities the organization offers for events while at the same time involving the organization in more and more community activities, particularly those related to the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center and the Clintonville Historical Society, Robinson said.
"She just is there constantly," Robinson said. "She kind of moved us into the tech world with creating websites and blogs to get the word out about us and have other people share their enjoyment after using our facility for receptions and meetings.
"She's also gotten the club involved in community events."
That was the basis for the organization's founding 83 years ago, Robinson said.
"I really like working with all the people," Steinhausser said. "The club members are really great; they're like a family. The staff has all been together for a long time."
She also enjoys interacting with the people who rent the club's facilities for events such as wedding receptions, anniversary dinners, business retreats, birthday parties and class reunions.
"It's usually a social celebration kind of thing that people are planning," Steinhausser said. "It's rewarding to put together an event that people want."
She and her husband of nearly 24 years, Jack, have a 21-year-old daughter, Sara, who is studying marketing at the University of Kentucky; and a son, Justin, 18, who will graduate from high school this spring.
Steinhausser, who now has worked for the Clintonville Woman's Club for nearly 32 years, said her husband has been with the same heating and cooling company for more than three decades.
"So we're not big on change," she said. "We're pretty settled."
Others honored recently as the chamber's Business Person of the Year include Laura Zimmerman of the Clintonville Farmers Market; Carmen Rincones of California Concept Cuts; Dr. Brian Kvitko; Mary Leavitt, the "Flag Lady"; and Dr. Paul Knapp of Knapp Veterinary Hospital.
The chamber's March 1 event also will spotlight the Clintonville Donatos Pizza store, named Business of the Year; and the ThisWeek Booster Community Volunteer of the Year, to be featured in next week's Booster.