M/I Homes Headquarters, Columbus, OH

This story is part of Heartland Voices, a series from Heartland Ventures focusing on the heritage and future of successful Midwestern businesses.

Here we look at M/I Homes

“There’s always an issue… and every issue can be dealt with.”

Nine times out of ten, if you ask someone on a construction jobsite why they’re doing something a certain way, they’ll respond, “it’s the way it’s always been done.” With demand for housing, the growing need for available and affordable housing challenges American builders to evolve and build homes at an unprecedented rate. This means thinking differently.

The unique market…


The Hord Family
Image from Hord Family Farms’

This story is part of Heartland Voices, a series from Heartland Ventures focusing on the heritage and future of successful Midwestern businesses.

Here we look at Hord Family Farms

Different Kind of Business

Successful executives are often described as having the business in their blood, but there’s something about farmers that makes that description even more apt. This is certainly true of the Hord family, operators of a fifth-generation pork, beef, and grain farm in Bucyrus, Ohio. …


Cindy Hilsheimer, Founder and Managing Principal of BeecherHill.
Cindy Hilsheimer is the Founder and Managing Principal of BeecherHill. Photo from .

Cindy Hilsheimer’s retained executive search business, , has grown each year since its founding. You might think that’s due to an obsessive focus on getting bigger. Or bringing in new revenue. But it’s not. Maybe it’s a result of great branding or self-promotion? That’s not it either — the firm has grown almost exclusively year after year through referrals. Surely, just like The Last Dance’s explanations for the success of the 90s’ Chicago Bulls, it has to do with an ego-driven focus on “winning?” Nope, not at all.

BeecherHill’s success stems from Cindy’s desire to serve.

Service is a word…

Anna Eversole

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