For any person or organization that has made an impact on our community by efforts to improve the city where we work through innovation, job creation, or economic development.
Jeffrey P. Thurman
Community First Solutions
Long-time Hamiltonian Jeff Thurman is committed to the economic health of the community. Over the past 36 years, Jeff has guided Community First Solutions into becoming Hamilton's second largest private employer with nearly 700 employees. The not-for-profit organization serves over 45,000 individuals annually.
Under Jeff's leadership, Community First Solutions is currently undertaking two major investments in Hamilton. The company will be relocating its corporate headquarters to downtown Hamilton. The 50 employees that comprise Community First Solutions' corporate headquarters will be moving into the former Ringel's Furniture store. The renovation of this 6 story 35,000 sq. ft. historic building is expected to be completed this summer. The design includes community space featuring a 60-person training center, gallery pre-function area, an employment hub on the first floor, a second floor devoted to employee wellness and collaboration, and modern loft-style workspace on the remaining floors. The fourth floor will remain unfinished awaiting future internal growth. The $5.88 million investment for a new company headquarters is something downtown Hamilton has not seen in a long time. This investment will likely serve as a catalyst for continued redevelopment in surrounding buildings.
As Jeff has explained, “It’s not about an office building. It really is about making a difference in the community. We really do have an obligation to strengthen this community, not just through the services that we provide, but with a true investment in making this community a stronger place. We hope this is the leap that encourages many others to leap.”
During his career, Jeff has been responsible for more than $75 million of local construction. Community First Solutions recently announced its largest single capital project in twenty years to build a $12 million, 42,000 sq. ft., 42 private room rehab center at Main Street and Stahlheber Road. The facility will be built using evidence based design which puts science into architecture to create an environment where patients experience a faster and more comfortable recovery.
These investments will have a big impact on the health of Community First Solutions and the city of Hamilton, but Jeff's contributions to Hamilton precede these two projects. His visionary leadership and passion for helping people has spurred significant growth since he joined Westover Retirement Residence in 1978, which evolved into Colonial, a multi-faceted non-profit organization committed to meeting the needs of older adults throughout the greater Hamilton community. In 2010 Jeff, along with his staff, launched Community First Solutions, which he leads today as President and CEO. Community First is a non-profit organization comprised of Colonial, Community Behavioral Health, Community First Pharmacy, and Partners in Prime.
Jeff’s strong history of community leadership is evident by the many boards on which he has served: He chaired the Government Services Building Task Force, was founding Chair of and Graduate of Leadership Hamilton Class 1, and past chairs of the Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, Hamilton Rotary Club and served as Founding Member & past Board Member of Butler Rural Electric Community Connection.
He has also served on the boards of Butler County United Way, Great Miami Valley YMCA, Boys & Girls Club of Hamilton, The Center for Family Solutions. Today he is an active member of the Downtown Improvement District (SID), Board Member & past Chair of Leading Age Ohio Foundation, and Board Member of Ohio State University Core of Knowledge.