John P. McConnell is chairman and chief executive officer of Worthington Industries. He is majority owner of the Columbus Blue Jackets National Hockey League franchise and chairman emeritus of the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation. The foundation uses the unique resources of its professional athletes, coaches and staff to improve the quality of life throughout central Ohio.
McConnell is active in numerous community organizations and currently serves on the board of directors for OhioHealth. He has served on the boards of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Nationwide Children's Hospital, the YMCA and the Columbus Zoological Association.
Worthington Industries is a leading global diversified metals manufacturing company with 2015 fiscal year sales of $3.4 billion. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Worthington is North America's premier value-added steel processor providing customers with wide ranging capabilities, products and services for a variety of markets including automotive, construction and agriculture; a global leader in manufacturing pressure cylinders for industrial gas and cryogenic applications, CNG and LNG storage, transportation and alternative fuel tanks, oil and gas equipment, and brand consumer products for camping, grilling, hand torch solutions and helium balloon kits; and a manufacturer of operator cabs for heavy mobile industrial equipment; laser welded blanks for light weighting applications; automotive racking solutions; and through joint ventures, complete ceiling grid solutions; automotive tooling and stampings; and steel framing for commercial construction. Worthington employs approximately 11,000 people and operates 83 facilities in 11 countries.
Founded in 1955, the company operates under a long-standing corporate philosophy rooted in the golden rule. Earning money for its shareholders is the first corporate goal. This philosophy serves as the basis for an unwavering commitment to the customer, supplier, and shareholder, and as the company's foundation for one of the strongest employee-employer partnerships in American industry.
Michael Priest, President & Alternate Governor
Michael Priest was named president of the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 19, 2007. As the club's top business executive, he oversees all aspects of the franchise operations and serves as an alternate governor for the club on all National Hockey League-related matters. He has also served as the president of JMAC, Inc., the parent company of the Blue Jackets, since 2001.
Priest joined JMAC, Inc. as vice president, controller in 1996 and was promoted to vice president and chief financial officer in 1997. JMAC, Inc. is the private family holding company of John P. McConnell and the McConnell family, majority owner of the Blue Jackets. JMAC, Inc. also directs numerous investments and charitable activities for the McConnell family.
Priest began his career in 1986 with the public accounting firm of Meaden & Moore, CPAs. During his tenure with Meaden & Moore, he earned his Certified Public Accountant certificate and achieved partner level.
A native of south central Ohio, Priest graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1986. He currently serves on the board of directors for Delaware County Bank & Trust as well as the Executive Committee for the Greater Columbus Sports Commission. Priest is one of four managing board members for Columbus Arena Management, LLC (CAM). CAM is the management company for Nationwide Arena.