Edwin B. Hogan
September 02, 1940 – June 20, 2016
Edwin Brockton “Ed” Hogan was born on September 2, 1940, in Cleveland, Ohio, the youngest of nine children to Helen and Lonnie Hogan.
One of Ed’s most impactful characteristics was his ability to build long-term collaborations and bridge gaps by helping people make connections that proved to be mutually beneficial. Ed’s profound success hinged on his philosophy: “It is one thing to have a long list of contacts, but knowing how to link people is key.”
Throughout his career, Ed was a strong advocate for what he recognized as the need to educate more young African Americans about careers in lobbying. Through his involvement with the 100 Black Men of Central Ohio, Ed was involved in a mentoring program that included government affairs. “We want to encourage young people to get involved,” he said, “because in the political process you’re either a player or a victim.” He received numerous accolades, awards, and commendations and served a number of organizations, including Maryhaven, Alvis
House, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the Columbus Metropolitan Area Community Action Organization (CMACAO). However, when asked his greatest accomplishment, he responded, “Adopting an elementary school and receiving the Golden Ruler Award from the Columbus Public School System.”
Recognized as one of the few experienced and skillful African American lobbyists who affected regulatory, legislative, and executive laws on behalf of clients, Ed’s tradition of excellence in government relations spanned more than 30 years. His lobbying career began at The Success Group, Inc. in Columbus, where he served as Senior Lobbyist, Legislative Specialist and Vice President of Government Affairs.
In 1996, Ed followed his passion to assist minority businesses needing legislative counsel and founded New Visions Group (NVG) in Columbus. Today, as the State’s oldest minority lobbying firm, NVG continues to accomplish Ed’s visionary goal of providing high quality, ethical lobbying services to connect business and government. In 2014, Ed saw the opportunity to move his vision for NVG forward while allowing time for the most important thing in his life – his family, by passing the day-to-day leadership of the firm to long-time partner Derrick R. Clay. However, Ed continued on as senior advisor, providing valuable insight, counsel and connections for NVG clients until his passing.
One of the many contributions Ed made to our community was the establishment of the Trailblazer of the Year Award given by New Visions Group to recognize an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the community through their profession, service to the community or civic involvement. Past recipients of the award include Ohio Congresswoman Joyce Beatty and former Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman. In 2014, the firm chose to honor the accomplishments Ed made in his career and surprised him by presenting the award to him. Over the course of his career, Ed received many accolades, awards, and commendations, including the Golden Rule Award from Columbus Public Schools.
Ed was a compassionate community volunteer and an advocate and mentor for young African Americans. He believed in sharing his gifts for leadership and served many organizations in the Central Ohio community including his church, New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, in many ways. He was board chair of the Columbus Metropolitan Area Community Action Organization (CMACO), now known as IMPACT Community Action, and served on the Boards of Trustees or as a volunteer to a number of local organizations, including Maryhaven, Alvis House, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Ballet Met, and Columbus Cancer Research Associates.
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