It is only fitting that the Cincinnati Reds' 20,000th game on April 4, 2013, would feature another Ohio institution, long-time Ohio State Bar Association Executive Director Denny L. Ramey, throwing the inaugural first pitch to his son, Brian.
Only the third executive director in the OSBA's 133-year history, Ramey will retire July 1, 2013, capping a stellar 33-year career with the OSBA.
Ramey's tenure seems just as illustrious and eventful as the Reds, the first professional baseball team founded in 1869. Since 1980, Ramey has been part of the OSBA, serving as its executive director for 27 of those years. He is nationally recognized as an innovative bar leader, focusing on providing service to the Association’s members, the public at large and the profession as a whole.
Ramey currently oversees a staff of 70, an annual budget of $12 million, and a membership totaling nearly 29,000 members.
Ramey believes “one of my finest accomplishments was hiring the best staff members available and then letting them do their best work. I have enjoyed working with staff members, board members and volunteers over the years. I have always encouraged creative thinking in our staff, which not only improves direct service to OSBA members, it provides a host of opportunities to assist the public in finding information they need about legal matters and the justice system.” The OSBA, under Ramey’s guidance, has received numerous awards for its public information and education efforts over the years.
Ramey also will be throwing out the inaugural first pitch at the Cleveland Indians game on May 7, one day before the 2013 OSBA Convention kicks off on May 8.
Following his official retirement date, Ramey will continue to be available as a consultant to the OSBA.