Leadership Geauga, an organization dedicated to fostering leadership development and civic engagement, proudly announces Lee Imhof as the recipient of the 2024 Emerald Leader Award. Imhof’s outstanding contributions and unwavering commitment to the betterment of Geauga County have set him apart as a deserving recipient of this prestigious honor.

The Emerald Leader Award is given annually to an individual, business, and/or nonprofit agency that exemplifies outstanding leadership by positive contributions to Geauga County through volunteer service, philanthropy, or innovation.

Imhof’s impact on the community is reflected in his 13-year service on the Berkshire Board of Education. His pivotal role in shaping educational policies and prioritizing the well-being of students has left an indelible mark on the county’s educational landscape. Imhof’s dedication to fostering a strong educational foundation is further underscored by his mentorship, as highlighted by a community member who commends Imhof for instilling financial responsibility and prioritizing children’s education.

Beyond education, Imhof’s leadership extends to his role in founding and chairing the Steering Committee of Leadership Geauga County. This initiative has played a crucial role in developing local leaders and strengthening community bonds. Imhof’s engagement in community planning, exemplified through his involvement in the Berkshire Community Planning Association, showcases his commitment to the overall improvement and strength of the community.

As a founding member and current Board Member of Geauga Growth Partnership, Imhof has been a driving force behind economic growth and development within the county. His leadership has resulted in impactful programs, including the Summer Internship Program, connecting high school students to paid internship experiences with Geauga County businesses. Imhof’s ability to bring people together, even those with differing beliefs, demonstrates his exceptional skill in uniting the community toward common goals

Imhof’s role as a previous business owner of Troy Chemical Industries reflects his commitment to finding effective solutions for the community. His innovative ideas, such as the Bridges@Work program, have fostered a family-like culture at his company and demonstrated a commitment to the well-being of his employees and the broader community. Imhof’s impact on Geauga County goes beyond the surface, influencing positive change, fostering innovation, and building relationships based on trust, loyalty, and a shared vision for a vibrant and sustainable future.

Leadership Geauga congratulates Lee Imhof on this well-deserved recognition as the 2024 Emerald Leader and applauds his tireless efforts in making Geauga County a better place for all. The award will be formally presented at the upcoming Leadership Geauga Emerald Ball on Saturday, March 2, 2024, where Imhof’s outstanding contributions to the community will be celebrated.


The public is invited to honor Lee Imhof by attending Leadership Geauga’s annual Emerald Ball, an evening of leadership recognition and philanthropy, on Saturday, March 2, 2024. For information on purchasing tickets, program advertising, event sponsorships, or donating a prize, call 440-286-8115 or visit the Leadership Geauga website at leadershipgeauga.org/emerald-ball.


Founded in 1995, Leadership Geauga County (LGC) is a community-based 501c3 nonprofit organization working to develop and encourage current and future leaders from a cross-section of Geauga County. The organization builds bridges between the public, private, and nonprofit sectors with annual programs that inform, educate, connect, and inspire the county’s seasoned and future decision-makers to serve as catalysts in building strong organizations and vibrant communities. LGC programs include the summer Youth Leadership Institute, Signature Adult Program, and Heritage Program for adults at or approaching retirement. Each is a unique combination of relationship building, leadership development, personal and professional growth, and outstanding community education. For further information on Leadership Geauga, please call 440-286-8115 or visit leadershipgeauga.org.