Columbus City Council and the Create Columbus Commission name their final Create Columbus Visionary Award recipients in 2016, a quarterly initiative honoring young professionals who are making an impact and helping to create a better future for Columbus. This Monday a joint resolution will recognize the fourth quarter co-honorees of this co-creator initiative.

Robert Bickis, Jr. and Benjamin Buckner will be recognized with a Resolution at the Columbus City Council Meeting on Monday, November 21st.

Bickis and Buckner are the last two founding members of the Create Columbus Commission, established in 2007, remaining on the commission. The two will be rolling off the commission at the end of the calendar year.

“Robert has been a pillar to the Create Columbus Commission since its inception. He has always risen to any occasion and volunteered himself in countless ways from leading our grants process to representing us on grassroots initiatives,” said Create Columbus Commissioner Steve Michalovich. “Robert is extremely in tune to the Columbus landscape and our demographic and has extensive knowledge and expertise on housing issues in central Ohio. His enthusiasm and passion will be missed.”

Michalovich also commented on Buckner, “Ben’s leadership on the Create Columbus Commission has been felt during the group’s entire history. He has stepped up to formally lead as a co-chair and saw the organization through its transition of offering grants to initiatives led by young professionals. He is a team player who wants nothing but the best for the Commission and YPs in central Ohio.”

Bickis currently lives in the Short North and is a Realtor at Catalyst. He currently serves as Board Member and Chair of the Business Membership and Events Committees for the Downtown Resident’s Association. Bickis also helped found the Columbus Metropolitan Arts Creative, Condo Hop – Urban Arts Series, taco + beer networking event, and Short North Parents. He has previously served as a Board of Trustees Member for the Exchange Lofts Homeowners Association and the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

“Columbus has the world-class amenities and organizations to help cultivate your success. This is evident in our thriving entrepreneurs, creatives and small businesses which have forged our urban landscape to be rich with character offering an authentic quality of living, from an abundance of quality independent restaurants and retailers to some of the nation’s most unique events and happenings,” said Bickis.

Buckner commented on young professionals in Columbus, “I believe young professionals are important to our city because they are the future movers and shakers of our city, and without their drive, their insight, their passion for purpose and their vision, Columbus will not be the city it is today for tomorrow.”

Currently residing in Gahanna, Buckner is an Integrated Marketing Specialist at RadioOne / InteractiveOne. He serves as an Advisor to the Columbus Urban League Young Professionals Association, is a Board Member for the West Mound Stars Football and Cheer-leading Team as well as Intersect Ministries, and is an Advisory Board Member for the Gateway Film Center. Buckner is also the Founder of the I See U Foundation.

“As the last two founding members of the Commission to roll off, there will be no replacing their impacts and institutional knowledge, but they will surely continue to be advocates and assets to the group as we continue to evolve and make impacts for Columbus,” Michalovich concluded.