- Don Casto Honored by Columbus Chamber
- Wednesday, February 23, 2005
- Presented Prestigious Columbus Award at Annual Meeting
- Columbus, Ohio — Don M. Casto, III, partner of Casto, one of the country's leading real estate organizations, was awarded the Columbus Chamber's highest tribute, The Columbus Award. Since 1964, The Columbus Award has been presented by the Columbus Chamber to community leaders to acknowledge and honor their dedication and service to the City of Columbus. The award was presented during the 2005 Annual Meeting of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce by Lawrence A. Hilsheimer, chairman of the Columbus Chamber Board of Directors. The February 22 event was attended by more than 900 people. Hilsheimer recognized Mr. Casto as "an exceptional business leader whose visionary contributions have shaped our skyline and extended our horizons." Mr. Casto was acknowledged for his accomplishments in retail and commercial development as well as for his significant contributions to the development of downtown Columbus and his many years of dedication to the community. Casto's recent efforts to bring residential development to downtown and the redevelopment of the historic Broad & High corner demonstrate a strong vote of confidence for downtown Columbus. Mr. Casto is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Columbus Chamber and the Capital Club as well as a 20-year Director of Huntington BancShares, Inc. He also serves on the Board of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, of which he is past Chairman, and serves as a Trustee of the Columbus Museum of Art. Mr. Casto joined the Casto organization in 1971 after practicing law in San Francisco, California. He is a graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Law School and holds a Master's degree in Natural Resource Law from George Washington University. Today, Casto is a partner in the third-generation company and is very actively involved in the company's leasing and development activities. The company started in 1926 as a developer of single-family homes and has grown to a fully integrated real estate organization that is recognized as a leader in the ownership, management, acquisition and development of commercial shopping centers and multi-family residences, office buildings and corporate parks. The company continues to grow its portfolio through new development, individual asset and portfolio acquisitions, and redevelopments in areas such as southwestern Ohio, northern Kentucky, North and South Carolina and Florida.
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