Lending a Hand
Community Involvement is Part of the Firm’s Culture

When Thomas Prewitt peers out the windows of his Cincinnati home each morning, he looks right across the river to Fort Mitchell and sees the building of his Graydon Head office. Maybe it happened by chance, but for Prewitt and the firm where he is a partner, it’s more than symbolic.

The business-oriented firm has a strong presence on both sides of the river with offices in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and West Chester.

They mainly work in the business sector, with large companies and smaller startups.

Serving the larger urban core and the smaller communities is the firm’s strength, says Prewitt.

“I start my day in Northern Kentucky and I end it in Cincinnati,” he says.

“Cincinnati is more of the urban core. They have their share of Fortune 500 businesses, whereas Northern Kentucky is a collection of small communities who have done a remarkably good job working together.”

While he lives in Cincinnati, Prewitt says there’s something special about Northern Kentucky.

He sees it every day at work.

“I think back in the late ‘80s when Northern Kentucky was booming… we found the right way to grow this organization is to employ people from here.”

Looking around his office, Prewitt says, he can’t pick out one person who isn’t involved with at least one community organization. For many, it’s four, five, even six.

“Community investment is just part of the culture here. It’s a given,” he says.

Prewitt’s niche is with the Family Nurturing Center in Florence, a nonprofit social service agency dedicated to ending the cycle of child abuse by promoting individual well-being and healthy family relationships.

“We do it because it’s part of who we are. We grew up here, we have our roots here and we’ve passed that down generations,” he says, referring to his childhood, which was spent in Paris, Ky.

Prewitt advises younger lawyers to work for a community organization about which they are passionate.

“Do what you love. Get involved.

“If you care about the arts, support an arts organization. If you care about economics do that.”

Prewitt is very active in the area of entrepreneurship and economic development. He is a founder and former president of Northern Kentucky’s ezone, an innovation and commercialization center for Northern Kentucky, providing support to businesses from startup entrepreneurs to established companies.

And, he currently serves as chair of the Entrepreneurship Committee of the Tri-County Economic Development Corporation.

With his home in Cincinnati and his heart in Northern Kentucky, there’s no telling what Prewitt really means when he says: “I’d like to think I found my home here.”

Maybe it’s both. ■