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MAI Recognized as Honoree of 2021 Smart Business Pillar Award for Community Service

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MAI and Rick Buoncore Recognized as Honoree of 2021 Smart Business, Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service


December 16, 2021 – MAI is pleased to announce it has been named as an honoree of the 2021 Smart Business, Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service for the second consecutive year. For the past 24 years, Medical Mutual, along with co-founding partner Smart Business, has recognized organizations and individuals whose efforts have made a significant impact on people’s lives through giving back.

In order to be eligible for the award, individuals are required to have a physical location in the 14-county region of Northeast Ohio (Ashland, Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas and Wayne).  When determining honorees, The Pillar Award takes into account charitable giving, volunteerism, pro bono work, and more. All of this year’s honorees were noted to demonstrate that connectedness to community. The 2021 list highlights businesses of various disciplines and sizes that make outstanding contributions to their communities in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio.

At MAI, the core to our philosophy is giving back to our communities and an emphasized focus on making it a better place. As we continue to grow as a firm, we’ve made it a priority to encourage a spirit of service among our employees by planning group volunteer opportunities each year and encouraging our team to support causes they believe in.

To view this year’s list, please visit:


The Pillar Award embraces a broad definition of community service. It may consist of charitable giving, volunteerism, pro-bono work or other forms of giving back. Service may be limited to a single organization or cause or spread across numerous organizations and causes. Each nominee is judged based on impact relative to its size rather than overall size of contribution or effort.

In no case does MAI pay a fee to be considered for an award or to participate in rankings. Further, MAI is not required to be a subscriber to any other group to be included in their rankings or awards.

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