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Champion’s leaders were born and raised in Westerville and have developed many strong partnerships in the community.
WESTERVILLE, OH – The Champion Companies is honored to have been named the 2019 Large Business of the Year by the Westerville Chamber of Commerce for their annual awards program.
The Westerville Chamber selects one large and one small business per year to highlight, based on the company’s leadership and organizational culture, business growth and support of other Westerville-based businesses, innovation in the marketplace, and level of community engagement. Notably, Champion founders Brian Yeager and Michelle Yeager-Thornton were born and raised in the city of Westerville and purposefully chose to establish their business in their hometown.
“When Michelle and I were deciding where to headquarter Champion, without hesitation we chose Westerville because it’s where we grew up, and is a great place for building a business,” said Brian, Champion’s President and CEO. “It’s an honor to be recognized for our contributions to the city that we hold dear.”
As Champion is a company that was built on personal relationships, many of the firm’s senior leadership team also grew up in Westerville. It’s these trusted relationships that formed the solid infrastructure for Champion’s award-winning company culture and “people-first” business practices.
“Strong, long-lasting relationships are our secret ingredient,” said Michelle, Champion’s Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer. “We’re thankful to Westerville for helping us build the foundation of our company, and for continuing to support us in all of our endeavors.”
About The Champion Companies
Founded in 2010, The Champion Companies is a market-leading multi-family investment, management and development firm. Champion currently owns and manages 5,000 Class A and B+ multi-family units in Central Ohio’s fast-growing suburbs. Champion has been named a Columbus Business First Fast 50 company for eight consecutive years, as well as the #1 Best Place to Work in Central Ohio in the large company category for two years in a row. Champion has also been recognized for its philanthropic efforts, receiving a Columbus Business First Corporate Citizenship Award in 2018 and 2019 and a Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service in 2017.