holden arboretumUnder the leadership of Clem Hamilton, Holden Forests & Gardens, the 12th largest botanical garden in the US, has undergone a tremendous transformation. In 2014, Clem led the merger between the Holden Arboretum and the Cleveland Botanical Garden. He then spearheaded the construction of Holden’s Canopy Walk and Emergent Tower. Since the opening of these two incredible attractions last September, Holden has increased its visitation rates by 100% – from 80,000 last year to 160,000 this year. People are traveling from far and wide to get a bird’s eye view from above the trees in Kirtland.

What makes someone worthy of the 2015 Game Changer Award?

Judging is based on the following criteria:

  1. Reside in or have a business located in Lake or Geauga County
  2. Be a cutting edge, forward thinking individual, business or business group that has “Changed the Conversation” resulting in casting Lake or Geauga County in a positive light
  3. Successfully completed one of the following:
    • Improved or renovated a process
    • Changed the delivery of service
    • Demonstrated cutting edge thought in some aspect of technology or manufacturing
    • Invented or created a new product
    • Started a unique business to meet the need of our changing economy

The Game Changer Award is sponsored by: