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For immediate release: March 18, 2015

Buehrer inducted into the Ohio Association of Commodores

Steve Buehrer, Administrator/CEO of the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC), has been inducted into the Ohio Association of Commodores after being appointed by Governor John R. Kasich. The Ohio Commodores was formed in 1966 by Governor James A. Rhodes to assist in advancing the growth and development of the state and prosperity of its citizens. Its members are recognized by the Governor with The Executive Order of the Ohio Commodore for their business accomplishment, acumen and leadership.

"It's a great privilege to join this group of distinguished Ohioans who have made many outstanding contributions to our state," said Buehrer. "Throughout my career in public service, I have aspired to be a part of developing positive solutions that move Ohio forward. I look forward to engaging my fellow Commodores and partnering with them to support the growth of our economy and wellbeing of all Ohioans."

The Ohio Association of Commodores consists of 300 members including government officials, university presidents and administrators; banking and legal professionals; leaders of trade organizations; chambers and economic development organization's; and senior management executives of large, medium and small manufacturers from across Ohio in a wide variety of industries.

Buehrer is a native of Northwest Ohio and a former legislator who served in both the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate. As Administrator/CEO of BWC, he leads the largest state-fund workers' compensation insurance system in the nation. Since his appointment in 2011, he has focused on the agency's mission of preventing workplace accidents and caring for Ohioans who are injured on the job, while working closely with stakeholders to improve service to employers and injured workers.

Since Governor Kasich appointed Buehrer to lead the agency in 2011, sound financial and operational management has also allowed BWC to:

  • Provide $2 billion in rebates to private employers and local governments;
  • Reduce private employer average base rates, bringing rate levels 21.4 percent lower than those in effect at the beginning of 2011;
  • Reduce average rates for public employers by nearly 20 percent since 2011;
  • Commit $1.2 billion in transition credits to Ohio employers as part of the conversion to prospective billing;
  • Expand safety funding, which resulted in allowed claims dropping below 100,000 for the first time.

A photo from the ceremony is available here.

(Left to right) William Morgan, Past Grand Commodore, Steve Buehrer, BWC Administrator/CEO, Brad Young, Clerk of the Ohio House of Representatives, Past Grand Commodore Richard Hillis.

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