Best of Butler County 2023 winners: Professional Services

We have our Best of Butler County winners for 2023.

The Journal-News this year held its first annual Best of Butler County to celebrate the longtime favorites and new selections for eating, drinking, shopping and living life in the region. This year, we had 131 contests and hundreds of thousands of votes.

Here are the winners and placers in the Professional Services category:

Best Animal Clinic/VeterinarianWest Side Animal Clinic
Best AttorneyJosh Hodges
Best AuctioneerDave Lunsford Auctioneers
Best BankFirst Financial Bank
Best Credit UnionAurGroup Financial Credit Union
Best Funeral HomeBrown Dawson
Best Insurance AgentJohn Turner, United Hartland
Best Investment AdvisorJustin Barrett of Edward Jones, Hamilton
Best Lending InstitutionAurGroup Financial Credit Union
Best Pet Grooming & BoardingBen Fur Pet Grooming
Best PhotographerCapture the Past
Best Real Estate AgentLindsay Spears, RE/MAX Incompass

Winners and placers

Best Animal Clinic/Veterinarian

First place: West Side Animal Clinic

855 NW Washington Blvd., Hamilton


Second place: Mt Pleasant Animal Hospital

6120 Pleasant Ave., Fairfield


Third place: Brookside Animal Hospital

989 Eaton Ave., Hamilton


Best Attorney

First place: Josh Hodges

220 S. Monument Ave., Suite 100, Hamilton


Second place: Melynda Cook Howard

1501 1st Ave., Middletown


Third place: Dustin Hurley

301 N. Breiel Blvd., Suite A, Middletown


Best Auctioneer

First place: Dave Lunsford Auctioneers

119 Church St., Somerville


Second place: Delbert Cox Auctioneers

4674 Cincinnati Brookville Road, Hamilton


Best Bank

First place: First Financial Bank

multiple area locations

Second place: U.S. Bank

multiple area locations

Third place: Huntington Bank

multiple area locations

Best Credit Union

First place: AurGroup Financial Credit Union

multiple area locations

Second place: General Electric Credit Union

multiple area locations

Third place: Telhio Credit Union

multiple area locations

Best Funeral Home

First place: Brown Dawson

multiple area locations

Second place: Wilson Schramm Spaulding Funeral Home

3805 Roosevelt Blvd., Middletown

Third place: Webster Funeral Home

3080 Homeward Way, Fairfield


Best Insurance Agent

First place: John Turner, United Hartland

150 High St., Hamilton


Second place: Gregg Grimes, Insurance Associates

1061 N. University Blvd., Middletown


Third place: Tyrice Walker, Hamilton

402 N. 3rd St., Hamilton


Best Investment Advisor

First place: Justin Barrett of Edward Jones, Hamilton

1505 Millville Ave., Hamilton


Second place: Bob Leshnak, West Chester

7182 Liberty Centre Drive, #1, West Chester Twp.


Best Lending Institution

First place: AurGroup Financial Credit Union

multiple area locations

Second place: Telhio Credit Union

multiple area locations

Third place: MidFirst Credit Union

1201 Crawford St., Middletown


Best Pet Grooming & Boarding

First place: Ben Fur Pet Grooming

2271 Millville Ave., Hamilton


Second place: Grooming with Lauren

512 Main St., Hamilton


Third place: Biscuit Bath & Beyond

1121 Magie Ave., #1823, Fairfield


Best Photographer

First place: Capture the Past

Second place: Tommy Allen Media LLC

Third place: Greene Peas in a Pod

5755 Browns Road, Oxford


Best Real Estate Agent

First place: Lindsay Spears, RE/MAX Incompass

304 Edgewood Drive, Trenton

Second place: Sarah Trau, Comey & Shepherd Realtors

6764 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, West Chester Twp.

(513) 374-8755

Third place: Rodney Muterspaw, Berkshire Hathaway HomeService

3743 S. Dixie Highway, Middletown 513-320-6410