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Northern Kentuckian of the Year to be Honored at May Ceremony

Andrew VonLehman, who was named the 2015 Northern Kentuckian of the Year earlier this year, will be honored on Thursday, May 7 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. The ceremony will include a reception at 11:15 a.m. and a luncheon at noon.

VonLehman was born and raised in Northern Kentucky, and his steadfast belief in family and his community is part of everything he does. Both privately, and as part of VonLehman CPA and Advisory Firm, he has worked tirelessly to help build a strong and vital Northern Kentucky community. Since 1946, the VonLehman firm has been an integral part of the regional business community - providing accounting, tax and business advisory services to thousands of individuals and hundreds of family-owned and family-managed companies. Now serving Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana, the firm is one of the largest private accounting and business advisory firms in the region. Through VonLehman's influence, the firm is also known as a generous and responsible corporate citizen, providing scholarships, financial and business support, and vigorous advocacy for our region’s not-for-profit community.

VonLehman joined the firm shortly before graduation from Thomas More College in 1975. Throughout the past forty years, he has been passionate about the firm’s commitment to helping and promoting the success of its entrepreneur clients, regardless of the business or industry. During his time as president of the firm, he implemented many strategic initiatives including expansion of consulting services for both commercial and not-for-profit clients. He now serves as chair of the firm’s Manufacturing and Distribution Service Group which includes various multi-generational family-owned and foreign-owned entities.

A compassionate leader with an extensive record of community and professional service, he has served as the past president and long term board member of The Point/ARC of NKY. In addition, he is a Trustee Emeritus of Redwood School, Vice-Chair of the Northern Kentucky Port Authority, has served as a member of the Major Gifts Committee of Thomas More College, and has participated on numerous Capital Campaigns for organizations with which he has been associated. VonLehman was a recipient of the 2011 Bishop Hughes Award and has chaired the Covington Diocesan Parish Annual Appeal. He is the former president of CPAmerica International, an association of leading, private CPA firms throughout the United States.

VonLehman is a 1971 graduate of Covington Catholic High School and played basketball on three consecutive Ninth Region Championship teams. He also pitched for CCH’s 1970 Ninth Region Champion baseball team. 

Andy and wife Barb have been married 39 years and are long-time members of St. Pius X.  They have two married adult children and five grandchildren.  

The Northern Kentuckian of the Year Award was established in 1996 to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves as leaders dedicated to the economic and social well-being of the Northern Kentucky region. The event benefits Covington Catholic High School’s financial assistance program. In 2014-15, 95 students were awarded $413,000 in financial aid.  Covington Catholic and its alumni positively impact the Northern Kentucky community, and the luncheon provides a vehicle for the business community to support Covington Catholic’s tradition of excellence in education. 

- Staff report/Photo: Andrew VonLehman (provided)