A dentist known for his big heart has been named small-business person of the year by the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce.

A dentist known for his big heart has been named small-business person of the year by the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce.

Anthony Lordo, D.D.S., has been in business in Worthington for five years. By Worthington standards, he still is a newcomer, but his generous spirit, his principle-based business, his volunteerism and continuing acts of charity have made him known throughout the community.

"He has a heart that has no boundaries," chamber director Kathryn Paugh said in presenting the award during a May 24 luncheon at the Worthington Inn.

Local businessman Dan Lacey said he has known Lordo for many years and constantly is impressed with all that he does as a professional, volunteer and family man.

"He must have 36 hours in his day," Lacey said.

Lordo moved his practice to Worthington in 2006, when he purchased the dental office of Chuck Schindler, D.D.S. More recently, he purchased the office of James Pardi. They will merge their practices at 1000 High St. on June 13.

He also has a practice in Mansfield and is a part-time faculty member at the Ohio State College of Dentistry Nisonger Dental Center, treating patients with multiple handicaps and developmental challenges.

He has been active in the chamber since 2006. He has sponsored events, advised young professionals, participated in health fairs, donated door prizes and volunteered at Taste of Worthington and Market Day.

He was elected to the chamber's board of trustees in 2009.

Lordo graduated from Leadership Worthington in 2008 and currently serves on the board, helping recruit new class members.

He also has raised money for muscular-dystrophy groups, sponsored Little League teams and given his time, energy and money to causes and organizations too numerous to list.

He and his wife, Kimberly, also started a home renovation and rental business in the campus area, and they renovated the Clintonville home where they live with 4-year-old daughter, Lucia.

Lordo said he was humbled to be named small-business person, giving credit to his office staff members, who turned out in force to support their boss on Tuesday.

"With a team like that, it is easy to look good," he said.

He encouraged other small-business owners to come up with a core-value statement, which could be referred to daily in deciding how to treat people and how to face challenges.

"We help people smile" is his value statement. Those words hang on a plaque in his office and guide him and his staff daily, he said.

Lordo is the 25th annual recipient of the award, which recognizes those who are succeeding, have shown growth and are involved in the betterment of the Worthington community.