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Brian Yeager Wins Columbus Smart 50 Impact Award

People-focused and community-driven values lead CEO of The Champion Companies to be named a Columbus Smart 50 executive and Impact Award winner.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (July 26, 2021) – Brian Yeager, CEO and co-owner of The Champion Companies, a leading multi-family investment, development and management company in Central Ohio, was announced as a Smart 50 honoree and winner of the 2021 Impact Award.

The Columbus Smart 50 Awards recognize top executives throughout Central Ohio for their exceptional leadership and success in growing, thriving businesses. Recipients are honored for their commitment to and passion for their communities, industries and organizations. 

Yeager also won the Impact Award, which is one of three specialty awards given to outstanding honorees each year. With this award, Yeager and The Champion Companies were recognized for their commitment to community outreach and philanthropy.  

Yeager’s personal commitment to giving back and people-first business approach has guided Champion’s philanthropic efforts and impact in the community. Most recently, he serves as the campaign co-chairman for the Milo-Grogan Boys & Girls Club, where he is leading efforts on a brand new, state-of-the-art facility. With support from Champion and other community business partners, the nearly $13.5 million project is expected to be completed by the end of the year. 

“As a leader, I have learned the impact of building an organization that makes a difference. Raising my own children has heightened my passion for supporting our community’s youth. At Champion, we look for ways to move the needle in Columbus so that all children can have equal opportunities, regardless of their upbringing. These values are ingrained in Champion’s culture, and I am honored to have been recognized by the community for our efforts,” said Yeager.

Yeager’s community involvement and people-first approach have positively impacted Champion’s business, too. Champion’s growth into a market-leading real estate investment, development, and management firm has been guided by Yeager, along with his sister and business partner Michelle Yeager-Thornton, since its founding in 2010. Under Yeager’s leadership, Champion has been recognized eight consecutive times as a Fastest-Growing Private Company in Central Ohio by Columbus Business First. His innovation, savviness, and effective leadership continue to show through Champion’s success and reputation. 


About The Champion Companies:

In 2010, siblings Brian and Michelle Yeager founded The Champion Companies, a multi-family investment, development and management firm in Central Ohio. Over the last decade, The Champion Companies built a real estate profile worth over $750 million with nearly 5,000 Class A and B+ multi-family units. The Champion Companies’ mission is to deliver the best investment, career and living experience ever. 

In addition to providing quality customer service and awesome experiences for its residents, Champion is committed to serving the greater Columbus community. In 2014, Champion established its philanthropic foundation, Champion Cares, and has since partnered with a multitude of charities, including YWCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, Children’s Hunger Alliance, Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Ohio and The Reeb Avenue Center. 

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