Nearly 250 guests gathered on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden to celebrate Becky Catino and Bart Kohler’s service and commitment to Cincinnati at St. Vincent de Paul’s annual Celebration of Service.
Thank you to all who helped make this year’s event a huge success, raising more than $400,000 to support our neighbors in need!
Proceeds from this event support SVDP’s Homelessness Prevention Program, helping local families facing eviction stay in their homes.
Click here to see some photos of the evening.
Becky Catino and Bart Kohler recently served as the co-chairs of St. Vincent de Paul’s (SVDP) Upward Spiral Comprehensive Campaign, helping raise $12 million to support our neighbors in need. This comprehensive campaign expanded access to programs and services through the construction of the new Don and Phyllis Neyer Outreach Center, allowing services to be offered concurrently Monday-Saturday.
Additionally, it increased neighbor-to-neighbor support through a Conference Assistance Fund helping struggling neighbors in SVDP’s 56 parish-based conferences. With additional resources, the conferences are able to assist more neighbors through rent and utility assistance, food, clothing, beds and other basic necessities.
St. Vincent de Paul is grateful for Becky and Bart’s vision, servant leadership and commitment to our neighbors in need.
Becky Catino, past chair of St. Vincent de Paul’s Board of Directors, is a Partner at 625 Investments, LLC and is also the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of GigSmart, LLC, a Denver-based technology company that provides modern staffing solutions to meet the needs of the growing gig economy. GigSmart’s on-demand hiring platform connects businesses looking for labor with skilled workers. In addition to being recognized for its diversity and inclusion initiatives, GigSmart was recently named one of the best small businesses to work for in 2020 by Built In Colorado.
A lifelong entrepreneur, Becky was previously the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of an Ohio-based specialty finance company that was recognized by Automotive Excellence Awards as one of the fastest growing indirect lenders in the automotive industry. She and her husband, Ted, co-founded their finance company in 1986. Throughout their tenure, they received the Community Service Award from “The Thank You Foundation” and were named a Greater Cincinnati Small Business of the Year.
Throughout her career, Becky was recognized as a “40 under 40” recipient by the Cincinnati Business Courier, 2010’s “Woman of the Year” by Ursuline Academy, and selected to be in Leadership Cincinnati Class 36. Becky is currently a member of SVDP’s Advisory Board. She also was previously a member of the Board of Trustees for Miami University’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and was a former Board Chair for Ursuline Academy and a trustee for the Ursuline Academy Foundation Board.
Becky is proud to have three sons, TJ (Cliona), Vince (Lauren), Mitch (Jennifer) and five grandchildren, Lillian, Remy, Saoirse, Theo, and Calvin. She and her husband, Ted, reside in Colorado.
Bart Kohler, past chair of St. Vincent de Paul’s Board of Directors, is president of Takkt America Holdings and responsible for all activities within the Americas for Takkt AG, a Stuttgart Germany based company which locally owns the Hubert Company in Harrison Ohio. Bart was president of Hubert for over 20 years. Prior to Takkt AG, Bart was with Federated Department Stores in various merchandising positions. He is also an active Vincentian at St. Bartholomew parish in Finneytown and has held various leadership positions within SVDP – currently serving as a member of the Advisory Board.
Bart has been married to Linda for 36 years and has two adult children who have both been involved with SVDP. He has served on numerous non-profit and for-profit boards in Cincinnati with SVDP being his favorite. Some of Bart’s interests include mentoring young talent as they begin their careers (including several Vincentian Volunteers), baseball, golf, history and outdoor activities.