Al Edmondson is the president of the historic Mount Vernon District Improvement Association (MVDIA), founder and CEO of “Making a Difference”, owner of “ A Cut Above the Rest” barber shop, and a veteran of the United States Army. Serving in Operation Desert Storm, he and his united received a battle bronze star award.  As a man of service, Edmondson uses his dedication to the Near East side of Columbus, Ohio to encourage revitalization initiatives.  As a longtime resident of this community and proud graduate of East High School, he is committed to helping strengthen businesses and families in his community.

Purposely choosing to remain in the community in which he was raised, Edmondson established his business on 20th and Mount Vernon Avenue in Columbus, Ohio.  During his tenure of 25yrs as a business owner, he has created a multiuse facility which houses a barbershop, a non-profit organization, and Health and wellness outreach center.  As the Founder, President, and CEO of “Making A Difference”, Edmondson has dedicated his brand to servicing families and providing health services to families in franklin county.

Edmondson spearheads local community action committees to assist with the redevelopment and health and wellness programs of the Near East Side.  In addition, he serves as an Ambassador for the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Life Line of Ohio and Celebrate One as well as memberships on several boards and committees locally.

In 2013-2015, Edmondson established the first King/Lincoln Memorial parade and events honoring and remembering African Americans for their services in the armed forces. In 2014 Al was invited to the white house by way of Congress Woman Joyce Beatty to attend the My Brother’s Keeper announcement with President Obama for his outstanding community service. In 2016 Al was the youngest African American inducted in to the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame for his service to country and community. He has received the Jefferson Award and a number of awards locally and nationally for his service to central Ohio.

Edmondson has been married to his bride Kim for over 25 years and to their union they have two sons, Cameron and Andre. He attributes his success to God and the favor that has been bestowed upon him.  For more information about “Making a Difference” or to learn more about Al Edmondson, please visit: