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January 26,  2004  -  Former Ohio Chamber President named to Ohio State and Local Tax Hall of Fame -  I. John "Jack" Reimers prominent tax specialist for nearly 40 years

COLUMBUS (January 20, 2004) -- I. John "Jack" Reimers, former president of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and a prominent tax specialist for nearly 40 years, is the newest inductee into the Ohio State and Local Tax Hall of Fame.

Reimers was named to the Hall of Fame today during the 13th annual Ohio Tax Conference at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. The conference is being held today and tomorrow, Jan. 20 and 21.

"Jack Reimers was one of the pre-eminent business tax experts in Ohio during his many years at the Ohio Chamber," said Ohio Tax Commissioner William W. Wilkins. "He is highly deserving of this recognition."

Reimers is the fifth person selected for the honor since former Ohio Tax Commissioner Thomas M. Zaino established the Hall of Fame in 2001.

"The contributions of these individuals have been especially valuable to the citizens and businesses of Ohio because of their professionalism and their commitment to ensuring the fair administration of Ohio’s tax code," said Commissioner Wilkins.

During his tenure at the chamber, Reimers was the most influential business voice on issues involving government debt and state and local taxes. He lectured on business taxation before many audiences, taught several courses in state and local taxation and served on the Committee on State Taxation, an affiliate organization of the Council of State Chambers’ of Commerce.

Among the major accomplishments of his 30-plus years with the chamber, was his leadership in the fight to reduce the business personal property tax assessment level from 70 percent to the current 25 percent of true value. He also protected the interests of the business community when Ohio instituted the personal income tax during the early 1970s.

Reimers joined the Ohio Chamber in 1963 as a tax specialist after serving in the same capacity and as public relations director for the New Jersey Manufacturers’ Association.

He became director of the Ohio Chamber’s business taxation department in 1974 and filled that post until being named vice president of taxes and government relations in 1980. He became the chamber’s senior vice-president in 1986 and president in 1987. He served as president through 1992 and retired in 1993.

In addition to his two years’ service in the U.S. Navy, Reimers is a graduate of Princeton University and attended graduate school at Northwestern University.

He resides in Worthington, Ohio.

Previous inductees into the Hall of Fame were 2003 co-honorees, former state senator Richard H. Finan and Ted B. Clevenger; Addison E. Dewey in 2002; and Stanley J. Bowers in 2001.

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