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NKU Honors Reds CEO Castellini as Master Entrepreneur

The Northern Kentucky University Fifth Third Bank Entrepreneurship Institute announced Tuesday that Bob Castellini has been selected as the Master Entrepreneur for the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region for 2013. 

Castellini has lived in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region his entire life and has been a strong supporter of entrepreneurial education as well as an engine for economic and civic growth and pride, a news release said. Castellini is president and CEO of the Castellini Group of Companies and has owned the Cincinnati Reds since 2006. 

The Master Entrepreneur is chosen by NKU entrepreneurship students after careful due diligence, the release said. The students’ choice is then evaluated and ultimately approved by members of the institute’s advisory board.

An important criterion for this award is that the individual has thrived and developed multiple ventures in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area and has solid evidence of giving back to our community. As students performed their research on the many important and successful candidates in the area, Castellini’s success in business, careful stewardship of the beloved Reds and generous philanthropy quickly distinguished him, the release said. John McIlwraith, president of the advisory board, said the clear choice for this important distinction belongs this year to Castellini. 

The honor will be conferred at the Master Entrepreneur Awards Program on Feb. 20 at the NKU Votruba Student Union Ballroom. This gala, black-tie event will showcase Castellini’s life and contribution to our region and give NKU students the opportunity to meet and network with entrepreneurs as well as business and civic leaders.

Photo: Bob Castellini