Meet the Team
"Ezzard Charles is both a profile in courage and a model of selflessness in the face of personal struggle. I'm proud to be a supporter of this sculpture and to further the dialogue of one of Cincinnati's greatest home-grown heroes."
Chris Seelbach is a member of Cincinnati City Council and Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer of the nationally recognized marketing/consulting firm, The Seidewitz Group.
In 2004, Seelbach helped lead the successful effort to repeal Article XII, the anti-gay law that cost Cincinnati over $25 million in lost revenue, according to the Convention & Visitors Bureau. The repeal effort was the only winning gay rights initiative in the country that year.
Cincinnati Magazine recently named Seelbach one of the "New Power Players" in the Cincinnati region and the Cincinnati Business Courier named him to their 2012 "Forty under 40" class, along with featuring him on their cover under the headline, "Taking on City Hall: Chris Seelbach Earning Reputation as Council Maverick."
Seelbach, who also tutors at Rothenberg Elementary School and mentors business students at Xavier University, lives in Over-the-Rhine with his partner Craig Schultz and their four cats.
The inspiration for the Ezzard Charles statue was unexpected and immediate. I became a resident of the City West area in the summer of 2014. I would walk my pug around the neighborhood a few times a day. My dog attracted much attention from the young children and teens wanting to meet and pet him. It was with these interactions, I become fond of the conversations with the neighborhood "kids"
The question I would always ask was"tell me, who was Ezzard Charles?" Some kids would point to the Ezzard Charles street sign on the corner. Others had no idea who this man was. The Cincinnati Cobra who would run up and down the street from Music Hall to Union Terminal almost daily.
The boxing legend, lived in this neighborhood. Worked out in Laurel park. This was his community that helped create his "greatness". Ezzard Charles needed a statue to let the "kids" and any other Cincinnatian or any other visitor to the Queen City, how great this man was.
I feel strongly that Cincinnati citizens and the legions of boxing fans will come together to make this happen. Here we are. Laurel Park is the ideal city location were the statue will stand and be admired for eternity.
We Have become vikings
We Have Become Vikings is a group of rebels, rockers, thinkers and makers combining strategy and design to help clients tell stories through any means possible — a true creative shop.
We Have Become Vikings moves across all media channels that best serve design problems and creates culture through innovation and work — we combine ideation with design thinking to create a unique amazement and wonder that exceeds expectations.
We work hard and play hard, and want to make kick ass work to further our never ending passion for art, music and design. We Have Become Vikings has lent its visual expertise to several Fortune 100companies and some of the world’s most popular brands including Amazon, F1 Racing, Third Man Records and Virgin America as well as, small businesses in our neighborhood, Spun Bicycles, Lumenocity, Artworks, Charley Harper Studios and Instrument Skateboards to name a few.