Dan and Molly Walsh, who celebrate their 25th anniversary this year, have co-chaired such major events as the Arthritis Foundation’s Silver Spoon event, the Red Cross Ball and the 90th anniversary event for Playhouse Square. Dan, the former Northeast Ohio president of Huntington Bank, founded CityMark Capital five years ago. He serves on the boards of the Cleveland Foundation, Destination Cleveland, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Museum of Art and Playhouse Square, among others. Molly is an executive career coach for her own company, Standout Consulting.
Perfect Partners: “We’re lucky we have the same interests and passion about the community,” says Dan of his relationship with Molly. “What’s really rewarding is working together for good causes.”
Community Minded: Molly, who was named the Arthritis Foundation’s Community Leader of the Year in 2012, is on the board of the City Club and a founding member of Playhouse Square’s Leading Ladies women’s group. “Dan and I have have been focused on civic engagement,” she says. “We see the organizations as vital community assets.”
Strategically Aligned: Molly’s encouragement and support are key assets to her husband’s real estate private equity fund management company. “She’s intimately involved as a sounding board,” says Dan. Molly launched her own business three years prior to Dan’s. “I was the canary in the coal mine,” she says. “I knew when Dan decided to do it (CityMark), it would be great.”
Competitive Edge: A Valley Forge graduate, Dan played baseball and basketball at Case Western Reserve University while Molly played volleyball at Loyola in Chicago, the city where they first met. “We often play golf together at Canterbury,” says Dan.
Good Taste: The Walshes, who were honorary co-chairs for the 25th anniversary of the Silver Spoon Awards, enjoy the city’s food scene. “We have an appreciation for a lot of restaurants…Fire, Flour and the Fairmount are our favorites,” says Molly.