Hall of Honors to induct Brent Cooper, Covington Education Foundation 2017 Person of the Year

A bomber pilot, a doctor, a philanthropist, a lawyer and a public relations expert will be inducted into the Holmes High School Hall of Honors this year.

The Hall was established in 2000 to honor distinguished graduates and/or friends of Covington Schools for their achievements and contributions to society.

The winners will be recognized during the Hall of Honors event at 6 p.m., June 14, at the Drees Pavilion.

In the days leading up to the event, the Tribune will recognize each of the Covington Education Hall of Honors winners with a profile of accomplishments and contributions.

The Covington Education Foundation’s 2017 Person of the Year, Brent Cooper


Brent Cooper, is a busy man who plays leading roles in organizations that extend far beyond C-Forward Information Technologies, the managed service provider that he founded in 1999 and which now has offices in downtown Covington and in Lexington.

Over the years, Cooper has established himself as a friend of the Covington schools and a friend of education in a number of ways. He chairs the education and workforce committee for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, serves on the boards of the Northern Kentucky Education Council, the Northern Kentucky University Foundation Board, the Strive Partnership of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and is a former board member of Gateway Community and Technical College.

Late in May, Cooper agreed to serve as the interim president of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce after Trey Grayson announced that he was stepping down as president and CEO to pursue other interests.  Cooper had played a similar role three years ago when Grayson’s predecessor, Steve Stevens, had resigned to take another job.

Cooper, a University of Kentucky graduate who lives in Ft. Thomas with his wife Lisa and their two daughters, also serves on the boards of the Baptist Health Board and the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

The 2017 Hall of Honors winners will be recognized during the celebration event at 6 p.m., June 14, at the Drees Pavilion.  This will mark the first year for the Hall of Honors, which combines the Hall of Distinction and the Covington Education Foundation’s Person of the Year.  The revamped event is designed to honor alumni, celebrate supporters of the school – all while raising funds to support the foundation’s efforts to help students succeed by providing scholarships, paying college fees and assisting with the district’s mentoring program.   Ticket price $55 per person.  Tables and advertisements are also available.

For information, sponsorship opportunities and ticket prices, click here or contact Janice Krumwiede at, Janice.krumwiede@covington.kyschools.us or 859 392-3182.

C-Forward Receives Cool Tech Award

On September 29th, 2015, C-Forward received the “Cool Tech Award” from Cincinnati Magazine.  The event, attended by C-Forward President Brent Cooper and C-Forward Vice President Scott Johnson, was attended by technology leaders from all over Kentucky and Ohio.  C-Forward received the award for it’s recent support innovations and “60 Sec of Tech” show.

Click here for link to Cincy Magazine Award page

C-Forward Cool Tech Award Scott & Brent

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C-Forward Manager receiving NKY Chamber Award

C-Forward is proud to congratulate Dale Silver on being selected as the NKY Chamber’s 2015 Pieschel Award winner. The Walter L. Pieschel Award is named in memory of the Northern Kentucky Chamber’s first volunteer leader.

The award recognizes an individual Chamber member who exemplifies outstanding service to the Chamber for the past 12 months.

Brent Cooper, C-Forward’s President and past Chair of the NKY Chamber Board, said, “This is a tremendous & well deserved honor for Dale. She continues to serve the NKY Chamber, and the community at large, in so many ways. She is caring, hard working, and wants to make a positive difference for our community. That’s who she is. For over 25 years she’s been helping lead the way. I feel so blessed to get to work with her, and I’m just thrilled she’s being honored.”

Dale has enjoyed representing the NKY Chamber since 1993 on numerous boards.

Most notably, the Board of Directors Executive Committee, Leadership NKY, and the Women’s Initiative. She is also extremely involved in the community, representing the Rosie Reds, Hoxworth Blood Center and Covington Business Council. Her motto “Be truly passionate about the cause you are involved with, as the organization’s success is the ultimate reward.”

Dale will be honored at the NKY Chamber’s Annual Dinner on Thursday, September 17th being held at the NKY Convention Center.

Please join our C-Forward employees and customers in congratulating Dale on this tremendous honor.

Cooper is honored to win 2 awards

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The year has been a very rewarding one for Brent.  Due to his extensive involvement and philanthropic efforts in our region, he received two awards in the last month.

He was honored to receive the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce “Unity” Award which was given at the Chamber’s annual dinner on September 18.  With his activity in supporting the Northern Kentucky region, he was the natural candidate to receive this award.

Brent was also recognized as one of the five recipients of the Ruth A. Eger Leader of Distinction Award at the Leadership Northern Kentucky 35th anniversary.  The celebration was held at the Syndicate on September 27.   This award is given to those individuals for their significant and notable contributions to the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region.  Other recipients include Carrie Chandler, Lee Flischel, Tom Prewitt and Rhonda Whitaker.

Congratulations to Brent from all the staff at C-Forward!




A Historic Award

The Year’s Best Preservation & Restoration Projects in the River Cities

C-Forward was honored with the River Cities Historic Preservation Award in the City of Covington.  The awards are handed out each year in May which is recognized as National Historic Preservation Month. The theme of Preservation Month this year was “New Age of Preservation: Embark, Inspire, Engage”.

Our company is proud to be located in Covington and support the community efforts of revitalization of the neighborhood.  Brent Cooper, president, is committed to improving both the exterior and interior of our historic building.