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
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
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
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