Centennial was honored to represent this executive search engagement which ultimately led to a great leader, Joe Hoffecker, who will continue the Metropolitan Club’s mission to serve the region and The Met Club members with excellence.
COVINGTON, KY – March 27, 2019 – The Metropolitan Club, Greater Cincinnati’s unique and distinctive private business club since 1991, is proud to announce Joe Hoffecker as its new Executive Director. Joe joins the club during a time of exponential growth in membership and programming. The Metropolitan Club currently has a vibrant membership of more than 830 members. It is dedicated to providing opportunities for members to connect in many ways to expand their personal and professional networks while gaining a better understanding of our community.
The Metropolitan Club is alive in programming. This includes a series called Courage to Fail, Legends at the Met, Woman of the Met, The Met Club Book Club and themed nights in the dining room. There are family activities for kids through the Met Kids Club including the Met Kids Movie Night. They also have Young Professional and Emerging Leader Programs coupled with and one of our region’s largest mentorship programs dedicated to help all generations connect in a meaningful way. The Metropolitan Club also has a food society called Bob Appetit, hosts Wine Down Wednesday and is home to one of our region’s largest wine societies called The Cru Society. The Metropolitan Club is also a popular wedding destination and is a place where hundreds of our region’s organizations host events – both large and small. The view, food and drinks have been rated as one of our communities best for years.
Furthermore, The Metropolitan Club gives back to the community, with a portion of all membership dues benefiting community nonprofit organizations. They also host an annual event honoring a key leader who has impacted our region in a positive way. In 2017 and 2018, The Met Award raised a record $210,000, benefiting Be Concerned and Life Learning Center and honored Kay Geiger ’17 and George Vincent ’18. The 2019 Met Award has added a 2019 beneficiary, UpSpring Cincinnati, focused on empowering children experiencing homelessness by providing opportunities for education and enrichment. The 2019 honoree will be named in the coming months.
“We sought a leader who has the energy and passion to help us continue to build into our region. The Metropolitan Club stands out as a club where people connect with one another and find themselves engaged in a community of people seeking to make our region stronger while building into personal, social and professional relationships.” said Mike Sipple, Jr., Board Chair for the Metropolitan Club and President of Centennial Talent Strategy and Executive Search. “As a long-time member of one of the most powerful business publication’s in this community Joe knows the region and has helped connect community and business. Joe has a strong desire to see our community and others succeed. He is also a business leader who will help us continue to connect and engage even better with existing members while welcoming emerging leaders, senior executives and their friends and families into The Metropolitan Club.”
Hoffecker has worked for the Cincinnati Business Courier since 1987, serving in various roles, including advertising sales, marketing and, most recently, audience development, increasing the Courier’s readership and awareness for the past 18 years. He has received several awards for his achievements from the Business Courier’s parent company, Charlotte-based American City Business Journals, including six Eagle Awards, the company’s highest honor, and the Summit Award Gold Level for consecutive years of circulation growth exceeding industry standards.
As Executive Director of the Metropolitan Club, Hoffecker is responsible for growing the Club’s membership, revenue, awareness and helping the club achieve its mission of business, community and belonging. “I am looking forward to adding onto the positive momentum the Club is experiencing,” Hoffecker said. “I am fortunate to have worked so long for the Cincinnati Business Courier, an organization with a great reputation, and grateful to now be joining another well-respected organization. And, as a fan of Greater Cincinnati, having the Metropolitan Club’s philanthropic component to build on, makes this opportunity even more exciting.”
“There is such terrific growth occurring at the Metropolitan Club currently and I am excited for the energy and leadership Joe will bring to create even further momentum.,” said Nancy Grayson, Chair-Elect for the Metropolitan Club and President of Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky. “His experiences and fresh ideas will help us to deliver on our vision and mission.”
Hoffecker is a native Cincinnatian and attended Elder High School and Northern Kentucky University. He has been involved in dozens of non-profit organizations, most notably donating his cartooning and illustration talents to various groups. An avid fan of local history, baseball and the Cincinnati Reds, he brings a great love of Greater Cincinnati’s rich traditions and community to the Metropolitan Club.
ABOUT THE METROPOLITAN CLUB: The Metropolitan Club, where Business Matters, Community Matters, and Belonging Matters, is a unique and distinguished private business club in the Greater Cincinnati – Northern Kentucky area. Since opening in 1991, the Club remains committed to its mission, “To unite diverse leaders in our region who desire to make a difference in our community.” As a multi-year winner of Best View from a Restaurant, the Metropolitan Club, literally and figuratively, has a 360-degree view of community.”