McCoy Award Honorees · Past Winners
Robert H. Schottenstein (2012)
As the leader of one of the largest and most respected homebuilders in the United States, Robert H. (“Bobby”) Schottenstein is uniquely positioned to have an impact on the lives of many people. M/I Homes builds in 12 different markets located in the eastern half of the United States and, since its founding in 1976, M/I Homes has sold over 80,000 homes. In addition to being the leading homebuilder in Central Ohio for more than 25 years, M/I has distinguished itself by winning numerous national awards for quality and customer service.
Beyond his status as a business leader, Bobby has had a significant impact as a community and philanthropic leader, through his long-standing involvement with a number of charitable, educational and civic organizations.
Bobby currently serves as a trustee of The Ohio State University, having been appointed to the OSU Board in 2005. During his time on the OSU Board, he has chaired the Finance Committee as well as the Audit and Compliance Committee. Earlier this year, Bobby was elected Chairman of the OSU Board.
In addition to OSU, Bobby has served as a Board Member at Ohio Dominican University, Columbus School for Girls and the Columbus Jewish Federation (where he also served as Board Chair). He currently serves on The Policy Advisory Board of Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies and is a member of the Columbus Partnership. In the area of health and wellness, Bobby has served as an original Board Member of Pelotonia. In recognition of his extensive involvement at OSU, particularly in the area of cancer research and advocacy, in 2011 Bobby and his wife, Jeri Block, were honored with the prestigious Gerlach Award. This award is bestowed by The Ohio State University on those who have demonstrated dedicated personal involvement and investment in the efforts of the University.
In New Albany, Bobby and M/I Homes’ impact is evident in the many vibrant neighborhoods that M/I Homes has created. M/I developed and built the homes in Hampstead Village, the Preserve, Hampstead Heath, Windsor and Lansdowne. It was the development of Hampstead Village in 1993, however, that first sparked the company’s interest in New Albany.«As a developer and homebuilder, my dad loved driving the neighborhood s of New Albany – even the ones we didn’t build or develop,” said Bobby Schottenstein in 2008. “We were impressed with the quality and character of the community – we were inspired by it.”
It was that inspiration that compelled Bobby and the M/I Homes Foundation to initially pledge $1 million to the campaign to build the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts in New Albany. Perhaps most revealing, during the planning and development of the center it appeared that the education wing of the project would be eliminated because of budget constraints.
Bobby increased M/I Homes Foundation’s gift to $1.5 million, and today the education wing serves thousands of students and residents each day for a myriad of functions, from classes to rehearsals to community meetings. In recognition of that gift, the theater was dedicated in memory of M/I Homes’ co-founder and Bobby’s dad, Irving E. Schottenstein. Earlier today, the Irving E. Schottenstein Theater at the McCoy Center hosted students from New Albany, five Columbus high schools, as well as a number of suburban, rural and private schools for the latest in a series of inspiring lectures.
Similarly, Bobby and the M/I Homes Foundation were among the first to commit to the fundraising campaign to build a public library in New Albany. When he made his pledge to the campaign he underscored how important the library would be to people of all ages and to people who live not only in New Albany but the surrounding area as well. Today, the New Albany Library continues to be one of the most used in the Columbus Metropolitan Library system.
Bobby and his wife, Jeri Block, are lifelong residents of Columbus. Together, they have four children – Alissa Simon (David), Leah Schulman (Jon), Josh Schottenstein and Jia Jia Schottenstein – and they have one grandchild, Jackson Simon.
This award recognizes a person or persons ho have made a significant, positive impact on the community through their accomplishments, contributions and community service in keeping with the mission of the New Albany Community Foundation. Bobby’s unwavering and ongoing support of the work of the Foundation through community initiatives and programs embodies the spirit of the McCoy Award and its namesakes, Jeanne and John G. McCoy.