Brent is honored as an Outstanding Business/Community Leader

NK-238The 2013 Excellence in Education dinner was held at the NKY Convention Center.  This event recognizes outstanding educators, community and business leaders who have made significant contributions to education.  Students were also honored who have “beaten the odds”, excelled in academic achievement and exhibited exemplary leadership skills.  Brent was honored to receive the award as the Outstanding Business/Community Leader.

Trailblazing in the Community

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To continue to provide their incomparable services to youth and adults, Scouting in Northern Kentucky honors an individual every year with the Trailblazer Award. This year,  Brent Cooper, President of C-Forward, Inc. in Covington, KY, receives this prestigious award from Helen Carroll, Manager of Community Relations forToyota. Through his leadership with Northern Kentucky Education Council, Covington Partners, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, and many other organizations, he has worked to build communities and improve the lives of citizens in Northern Kentucky. These are the type of attributes that align with Scouting’s efforts to build the future leaders of these same communities.


The Boy Scouts of America is a youth development organization that’s designed to prepare young people to make ethical and moral decisions throughout their lifetimes.  The goals of Scouting consist of citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness. Throughout the Boy Scout program, young people are encouraged to advance through ranks by fulfilling requirements in the areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills. To learn more about Scouting and the Dan Beard Council, please call (513) 577-7700, or visit

The Power 100 – A Great List To Be Included On

photo (4)How does Cincy magazine rate the measure of power?  If a person called you seeking a favor – barring anything crazy and the obvious exemption for family and close friends – how willing would you be to oblige?   Obviously, Brent Cooper fits the bill – he’s moving and he’s shaking.  Hold on there, Brent!

Immediate past president of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Cooper is part coach and cheerleader for the region, joking that Northern Kentucky puts the “Greater” in Greater Cincinnati.  His information technology networking and consulting firm is part of the revival of downtown Covington.  He’s been actively involved in finding a workable solution to the Brent Spence Bridge and leads efforts to link NKY schools to the business community.


Education Champion, Brent Cooper, Wins Literacy Award

KCPL board with BCBrent Cooper, president/owner of C-Forward, has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the Kenton County Public Library Foundation’s Mary Ann Mongan Literacy Award. The award is given to an individual or organization that has shown outstanding service in literacy in Northern Kentucky.

Click here to see the award video.

Cooper sits on several boards including Gateway Community and Technical College Board of Directors, the NKY Education Council Board, the Covington Partners in Prevention Board and is immediate past chair of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors. His company C-Forward, an information technology services company with locations in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky and Columbus, Ohio, has also been the recipient of several awards including the Excellence Award and Community Involvement Award from the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce and has been named as one of the area’s “Emerging 30” companies on four occasions.

He was nominated by the award by Dale Silver who stated, “I can think of no one who deserves this award more than Brent Cooper. Brent has been extremely active over the years. In addition to the many boards he serves on, he is current co-chair of the Greater Cincinnati early childhood reading campaign “Read On!” As last year’s chair of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Brent led a number of efforts to encourage businesses to engage with the education sector. He is also very involved in the Chamber’s BEST (Business Education Success Teams) program and serves as a mentor to a middle school student. Additionally C-Forward is a BEST partner with James E. Bigg preschool. The C-Forward staff regularly donate time, clothes, toys and books to the school. Brent is passionate about supporting education efforts in Northern Kentucky.”

When Library Director Dave Schroeder contacted Cooper about receiving the award he stated how honored he was. “ I’ve been passionate about improving education in Northern Kentucky for some time now because I believe it is the single best way to improve our economy and get us the workforce we need for the future,” stated Cooper.  “Research shows, getting kids to read by the third grade is a critical.  I strongly support programs like United Way’s Success by Six and organizations like James E Biggs pre-school in Covington, who work hard every day to get our kids prepared for kindergarten.”

Cooper goes on to state that the community overall plays a big role in the advancement of education. “I’m proud to be a part of organizations like Covington partners, the STRIVE Partnership, the NKY Chamber and the NKY Education Council.  These organizations connect kids with mentors and tutors, get them the wrap around services they need, and focus on Education initiatives that have the greatest impact.  The work these organizations are doing is critical to education and to our long term economic vitality.  I am grateful to the Kenton County Library not only for this recognition, but for the work they do every day to improve the lives of our kids, families and businesses.  Together, we can make a difference and improve early childhood literacy in our community.”

The Mary Ann Mongan Literacy Award was created in honor of Mary Ann Mongan. Ms. Mongan was the original executive director for the Kenton County Public Library district. She started her library career in 1958 as the manager of the Covington Library. When the Kenton County Public Library District was formed in 1967, Ms. Mongan was selected as the director. Ms. Mongan retired from this position after 41 years of service. Her dedication to literacy and libraries made her an inspiration for this award which was created in her honor in 2009.

Former recipients of the Mary Ann Mongan Literacy Award are state librarian Wayne Onkst, Kenton County School District’s Sara Callahan and HealthPoint Family Services.  Cooper will receive his award at the Covington Business Council’s monthly luncheon on Thursday, January 24.

Mother of C-Forward employee named volunteer of the year!

Dianne Ruschman, Brian’ Ruschman’s mother, was recently named Catholic Charities volunteer of the year! Diane is a terrific lady and everyone at C-Forward is very proud of her. This recognition was well deserved! Here is the article that appeared in the local Community Recorder …

“Catholic Charities volunteer appreciation brunch was celebrated on Dec. 1 at the Madison South in Covington.

The event, traditionally held on the first Saturday in December, kicks off the holiday season with an opportunity to thank all those who so generously support the work of Catholic Charities with their gifts of time and talent.

Bill Jones, executive director, welcomed the volunteers and their guests by expressing his thanks for all they do for our staff and clients.

“Our clients are so fortunate to benefit from your help and support during what are often some of the most challenging times of their lives. It is through your support in administrative and direct services that we leverage scarce dollars. We could never provide the quantity or quality of services we offer without your help,” Jones said.

The Mother of God Folk Ensemble was on hand for the 22nd year to set the tone for the gathering providing beautiful and inspirational music and an opportunity to welcome in the season of Advent.

The agency then recognized volunteers for their service to the agency. Those celebrating anniversaries were:

• Five years, Diane Wendeln and Char Fieger

• 10 years, Lisa Gastright and Phyllis Noll.

This year Mary Gray of Boone County celebrates 30 years as a volunteer at Catholic Charities. Gray serves as the unpaid assistant volunteer coordinator with Joy Boothby. Her numerous activities with Catholic Charities include a stint as a member and president of the agency’s board. She has also served as a member CAVA, of the Board of Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home and as president of the Board of Welcome House.

The final recognition presented at the brunch was to Volunteer of the Year. This year the award has been named for Joy Boothby of Fort Thomas, the agency’s longtime volunteer coordinator who is celebrating her 40th year at Catholic Charities. Jones presented the award to Dianne Ruschman of Campbell County. Ruschman has served for 12 years as a volunteer receptionist, offering a courteous and efficient welcome to those who visit the offices of Catholic Charities

The celebration concluded with an appreciation from Bishop Roger Foys for the various ministries performed by the agency’s volunteers, particularly in this Year of Faith.”