The North College Hill Business Association is proud to represent the interests of more than fifty businesses located throughout the North College Hill community.
The North College Hill Business Association serves our membership by providing education, business networking, and marketing opportunities. Through a wide variety of programs and initiatives, NCHBA works to positively impact the economic vitality and enhance the quality of life in North College Hill, while supporting the growth and prosperity of Business Association members.
Our mission is to help the community of North College Hill businesses achieve prosperity within and alongside the thriving business climate of Greater Cincinnati. We will look to partner with business owners and community leaders to provide the resources needed to succeed, while maintaining relationships with organizations willing to assist in the healthy growth of the existing and future business environment of North College Hill.
We provide a critical resource to area business owners and leaders that helps to improve the strength and vitality of the community. Over the years, the NCHBA has been a strong advocate for area businesses. We have supported and hosted many events and programs for our members and for the community.
Brandon Voorhees, President
Brandon is the Showroom Manager at Buddy Roger’s Music, Inc. and has over a decade of leadership experience in the small business environment in Greater Cincinnati area. Brandon’s circle of influence and community outreach has helped strengthen valuable connections all over the world. Brandon has fostered a strong affinity for empowering and encouraging young musicians in the greater Cincinnati area. His passions are mentoring people, giving back through his gift of music, and fathering his daughter Isabella.
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Micky Whalen, Vice President
Micky Whalen got his first job at age 8 making boxes in a chili parlor. He did not realize that he would spend the next 47 years providing guests with meals and telling them to have a nice day. He feels incredibly lucky to be able to operate Perkin's Restaurant & Bakery in his hometown. Micky always tells his kids that what you do for a living doesn't define who you are, how you do it does. Micky has called North College Hill home for over 50 years. He is honored to serve as vice president of the NCHBA.
Vestal Simms, Secretary
Vestal Simms, a native New Yorker, has been a resident of Cincinnati for almost 30 years. As a small business owner, community outreach and volunteering has always been his passion. He currently volunteers in prison ministries at the Lebanon Correctional Institution heading their “Building Success” program where his team provides information and tools to help inmates find jobs and housing upon release from prison. He serves as an Elder/Board member for his church (recently closed, but is working on functioning as a foundation). He also volunteers in the Middletown community feeding the homeless and providing car care for people who cannot afford regular car maintenance. Vestal is a proud father of four children and a proud husband of a Nursing instructor and part time ER Nurse. His family at times volunteers with him.
Hayley Drewyor, Treasurer
Bio will be posted soon!
Pat Baas, Historian
Sole proprietor with a general practice including domestic relations, estates and probate and real estate law. I moved my office to North College Hill after I restored the old Deming Pharmacy Building in 2008. I moved my residence to NCH in 2013 and live only a half mile from my office.
Executive Committee Board
Lynne Van Benschoten, Media Coordinator
Lynne Van Benschoten was raised on the West Side of Cincinnati, went to Mother of Mercy High School, and then to what is now known as Cincinnati State for Business. She worked in the banking industry for several years, specifically mortgage lending. She became Vice President of First Federal Mortgage in Symmes Township until it was bought out in 1994. She then focused on raising her family. She has been married to her husband Nick for thirty-one years and has two children.
Eugene Blalock, Academic Liaison
Mr. Blalock is the Superintendent Of North College Hill City Schools. He has over 20 years of experience in education as a teacher, administrator and instructional leader. Mr. Blalock is a native Of Cleveland, OH. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, College of Education. While at the University, he earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degree. He holds a principal and a superintendent certificate from Xavier University. Mr. Eugene Blalock Jr. and his wife Lynne have lived in North College Hill for 19 years.
Sheryl Long, City Liaison
Her energy, optimism, creativity, ability to lead, knowledge of real estate and networking abilities have made her a stand out in the City Administration field where she is an active member in OCMA, ICMA, and OMA in addition to a graduate of Miami University and Southern New Hampshire University . She is the external face of NCH, building and expanding on the critical relationships with our neighbors. She understands the importance of a thriving business district which is why she is excited to become a board member and be a resource for all. Sheryl Long B.A and M.M.A, resides on Clovernook Avenue with her two boys, step-daughter and husband.
Charlene Weitel, Board Member
Bio will be posted soon!
Deana Marshall, Board Member
Bio will be posted soon!