David Miller - Columbus State Community College 50th Anniversary

The company employs Columbus State Hospitality grads at all levels, says David Miller, executive vice president of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants. Miller himself graduated from Columbus State in the late 1980s.

"At that time, in Columbus, Ohio, if you were going to hospitality school, your option was simple. It was Columbus State," Miller says.

"Some of the best culinarians that we have in our restaurant company to this day all went to Columbus State."

Columbus State provided a practical education, Miller says, and he was able to continue working through school. These days, Columbus State's Hospitality program includes Restaurant Management, Hotel & Tourism, Baking and its prestigious Culinary Apprentice program.

Miller now oversees daily company operations and reports directly to company President Cameron Mitchell. Along the way he's co-chaired the Columbus Food & Wine Affair, chaired the Ohio State Hospitality Management Advisory Board and been named Business First's "40 Under Forty" list of young business leaders.

Columbus State not only helped his personal success, but it provides a pipeline of talent to Cameron Mitchell. It's also helped fuel an "explosion" in exciting restaurants in Central Ohio.

"We rely a lot on Columbus State," Miller says, "Some of the best culinarians that we have in our restaurant company to this day all went to Columbus State."

Images: A Year in the Life of Columbus State