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25 years and counting: Center for Family Business to celebrate, look to future

The University of Toledo Center for Family and Privately Held Business will celebrate its 25th anniversary of service to area companies Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Toledo Club.

Established in 1992, the UT Center for Family and Privately Held Business is dedicated to serving the specific needs of family businesses, primarily in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. It received its start due to a generous endowment by the Stranahan Foundation and the continual support of family businesses.

“The fun-filled evening will include stories about the past and reflections on the future,” Debbie Skutch, center director, said. “We will honor center leadership past, present and future; and we have some other fun activities planned. The center has thrived for 25 years because of our members, sponsors and community partners, and we want to spend the evening celebrating them.”

“We have always strived to be attentive and responsive to the changing needs of our members,” Angie Jones, assistant director at the center, said. “Their businesses are not static, but always evolving. They change as the economy changes, as world markets shift, and as dynamics change in their own businesses. We truly believe it is our responsibility to be there with pertinent answers to as many of these issues as we can. We have done that, which is why our members stay with us and new members join us all the time.”

Today, with nearly 200 family businesses as members, the center membership benefits include:

• Attendance at events and forums sponsored by the UT Center for Family and Privately Held Business;

• Monthly mini-forums available to member companies only;

• Interaction with family business peers through affinity group participation; and

• Access to local, regional and nationally recognized business experts.

Thirteen companies have been members since the center was established; these include The Andersons, the Appliance Center, Gross Electric, Hart Inc., Kuhlman Corp., Shrader Tire & Oil, and Walt Churchill’s Market.

“Over our first 25 years of service, we estimate that the information, resources, programs, networking and more has resulted in a positive impact worth millions of dollars to these regional businesses,” Skutch said. “The viability of our members is the reward we seek, and together we will continue to make a meaningful difference in their future success.”

UT student chapter receives gold award

The UT student chapter of APICS recently was presented the Gold Award.

APICS is the leading professional association for supply chain and operations management. UT received recognition through the association’s Student Chapter Management and Recognition Program.

This award is presented to student chapters for management, growth, programs, certification and professional networking opportunities.

Along with the award, the chapter also received an APICS gift certificate for educational purposes.

“For me, it is an honor to receive the award, but I am accepting the award on behalf of the work that the board members, past and present, have done,” said Scott Ballard, president of UTAPICS. “It’s a team effort.”

APICS is a global organization for supply chain professionals that offers educational programs and certifications, holds supply chain conventions, and provides opportunities for members to further their careers through the attainment of knowledge and networking.

The UT chapter strives to help students obtain employment after graduation by bringing in guest speakers who are looking for new talent and scheduling plant tours so students have a chance to learn firsthand about supply chain operations, as well as network with potential employers.

“Serving as the president of UTAPICS has given me an opportunity to use my leadership skills while gaining a network of knowledgeable supply chain professionals around the area,” Ballard said. “I find the most satisfying thing about being involved in this organization is the feeling I get from helping others achieve their goals and having met and worked with the wonderful professionals from our local chapter.”

With more than 200 student chapters nationwide, APICS strives to foster the advancement of end-to-end supply chain management through a body of knowledge, innovative research, systems and methods to create value for customers, members and organizations.

Interim dean of College of Business and Innovation named

Dr. Hassan HassabElnaby, associate dean for graduate programs and research for the College of Business and Innovation, has been named interim dean of the college.

HassabElnaby will lead the College of Business and Innovation while a search is conducted for a permanent dean to replace Dr. Gary Insch, who resigned Oct. 26 after leading the college since July 2014. He will return to a full-time faculty appointment in the Department of Management.


“I appreciate Dr. Insch’s leadership for the College of Business and Innovation during the last three years,” said Dr. Andrew Hsu, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “The college has an important role in preparing the next generation of leaders for the global marketplace. We will continue our positive momentum as we move forward providing our students a high-quality education and engaging experiential learning opportunities.”

“I look forward to the opportunity to serve our students, faculty, alumni and business leaders in the community as interim dean of the College of Business and Innovation,” HassabElnaby, said.

HassabElnaby joined UT in 2003 as an assistant professor of accounting. HassabElnaby, whose research focuses on financial reporting and corporate governance, holds PhD, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in accounting from Cairo University.

UT partners with Fiat Chrysler to train Toledo Assembly Complex workers for Jeep Wrangler launch

The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation has teamed up with the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Toledo Assembly Complex to prepare more than 2,200 workers to build the next generation Jeep Wrangler, launching later this year.

During the past six weeks, employees from the Toledo North plant, where the new Wrangler will be built, have been participating in a comprehensive training and launch readiness program known as the “Toledo Way.” The weeklong program included three eight-hour days of hands-on technical training on UT’s Scott Park Campus, a day of community service, and a day devoted to learning about the Jeep brand and time behind the wheel of a Wrangler to experience its off-road capability.

Mike Simon, right, and Cody Klosowski assembled a model of the Jeep Wrangler as Kurt Michalski and Wendy Wood watched. UT partnered with Fiat Chrylser Automobiles to train more than 2,200 Toledo Jeep employees to build the new Wrangler.

“The University of Toledo is proud of this excellent partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles that enhances our collective efforts to strengthen our community,” UT President Sharon L. Gaber said. “Working together, two of Toledo’s anchor institutions continue to contribute as major forces to the region’s growth and development. People make the difference, and we are providing these hard-working men and women high-level training to succeed for their families and for our region.”

The hands-on activities, developed collaboratively with UT, focused on expanding the employees’ knowledge of and competence in “World-Class Manufacturing,” the company’s manufacturing methodology that aims to eliminate waste while improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way. The classes were tailored to meet the specific needs of workers in various departments and taught by instructors from UT and Northwest State Community College.

“This training was unprecedented in size and scope,” said Chuck Padden, Toledo Assembly Complex plant manager. “It would have been impossible for us to execute this training while also preparing for an important vehicle launch without the cooperation of the UT and Northwest State Community College staff.

Dr. Anand Kunnathur, professor of information, operations and technology management, and associate dean for special projects in the College of Business and Innovation, talked about UT’s role in the training program for staff at the Toledo Assembly Complex.

“They not only provided us with a location large enough to hold these classes, but enhanced our curriculum by developing unique hands-on activities that would engage our employees,” Padden said. “We believe this experience has given our Toledo workforce the necessary tools to ensure a successful launch of the Wrangler.”

Production, salaried and skilled trades employees cycled through the training in shifts of 180 people six days a week. The course curriculum included classes on quality, safety, problem solving and workplace organization, and the way in which parts are delivered to an operator on the line. In one class on logistics, the Toledo employees used Legos to build a car, simulating the importance of on-time parts delivery to the line.

“The UT College of Business and Innovation is pleased and excited to deliver this important training program for more than 2,200 employees at Toledo’s Jeep manufacturing facilities,” said Dr. Gary Insch, dean of the UT College of Business and Innovation. “Jeep is one of America’s most iconic brands, and the College of Business and Innovation, as one of Bloomberg’s top 100 business schools in the nation, is proud to be their educational partner. We are committed to their continued success.”

The Toledo Assembly Complex training sessions were led by Dr. Anand Kunnathur, professor in the Department of Information, Operations and Technology Management, and associate dean for special projects in the UT College of Business and Innovation.

This is the second time the Toledo plant has turned to UT for training support. In 2013, the plant worked with the University to prepare the workforce for the launch of the Jeep Cherokee. Since then, UT has delivered training classes directly to skilled trades on the plant floor.

Attend third be-WISE-er event Oct. 25 to learn how to combat substance abuse

The University of Toledo Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, the nation’s largest and oldest co-educational professional business fraternity, is hosting its third be-WISE-er event on substance abuse Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium.

Several community organizations will provide information about what people can do if they or someone they know is addicted to harmful substances. Staff from UT Health Science Campus will be present with some simulators and will teach attendees how to administer intranasal naloxone.

“We are proud to present this free community event to continue the fight against the crippling issue of substance abuse,” said Natalie Zerucha, organizer of this event and a senior human resource management and marketing major in the College of Business and Innovation.

“Alpha Kappa Psi is truly humbled by the community’s support of our first two be-WISE-er events, and we are doing our best to make our third event even better so we can have as big an impact on the city as possible,” Zerucha said. “We truly believe we can help build a better college community, as well as a better Toledo.”

Be-WISE-er is open to the community, but will focus on college-age individuals who are at a particularly high-risk of becoming addicted to alcohol and other drugs. More than 600 people participated in the first two be-WISE-er events.

“Participants will also get to experience a 3D multisensory interactive presentation that will show the devastating effects of driving and drinking,” Zerucha said. “The first 200 participants will get to experience the 3D part of the presentation, so come early to get your glasses.”

There will be food, free T-shirts, raffle prizes and more at the free event.

For more information, go to facebook.com/bewiseer.

College of Business and Innovation to recognize couple Oct. 20

The UT College of Business and Innovation will celebrate the gift of Alan H. and Karen A. Barry as they become Million Dollar Partners for their $1 million gift establishing an endowed professorship in accounting.

The celebration, which will include the unveiling of a plaque, will take place Friday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. in the Stranahan Hall lobby.

Alan H. and Karen A. Barry

Mr. Barry, a 1966 graduate of the UT College of Business, is a certified public accountant, the retired president and chief operating officer of the Fortune 200 company Masco Corp., and currently serves on the UT Foundation Board of Trustees.

“The accounting background I got at the University was beneficial to me throughout my career,” he said when their gift was announced in April. “I’ve always been a supporter of the University, and once I was in a position to do so financially, I felt pretty good about giving back to the University that gave me the opportunity to succeed.”

The Alan H. and Karen A. Barry Endowed Professorship in Accounting will be used to recruit or retain a professor in the Department of Accounting; any costs related to the recruitment of a faculty member; bridge or pilot research projects; faculty and staff development costs; curriculum development; the development of a fellowship program; and specialized equipment needed for teaching.

UT leadership expert to deliver free, public lecture Oct. 5 as national teaching award finalist

Dr. Clinton Longenecker, a leadership expert at The University of Toledo and one of three finalists for the prestigious Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching from Baylor University, is giving a free, public lecture titled “Career Success and Survival in the 21st Century: A Mandate for Lifelong Learning!”

The event, which is an essential component of the award process and sponsored by the UT student chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management, will be Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Savage & Associates Business Complex Room 1200 on Main Campus.


The other Cherry Award finalists are Dr. Heidi Elmendorf, associate professor of biology at Georgetown University, and Dr. Neil Garg, professor of chemistry at UCLA.

In addition to delivering a lecture on his or her home campus, each finalist also will present a lecture at Baylor in Waco, Texas, this fall. Longenecker’s lecture is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 23, at 4:30 p.m.

The Cherry Award winner, which will be announced by Baylor in 2018, will receive $250,000 and an additional $25,000 for his or her home department and will teach in residence at Baylor during fall 2018 or spring 2019.

Longenecker, Distinguished University Professor and director of the Center for Leadership and Organizational Excellence in the UT College of Business and Innovation, has received more than 60 teaching, service and research awards and numerous industry awards. He was recognized by The Economist as one of the “Top 15 Business Professors in the World.”

The Cherry Award is the only national teaching award — with the single largest monetary reward — presented by a college or university to an individual for exceptional teaching.

“To be selected as one of three finalists for this prestigious award is an absolute honor, and I’m very proud to represent The University of Toledo on this national stage,” Longenecker said. “I’ve considered my entire career to be a privilege, an opportunity to make a difference, and a blessing to be able to teach adult learners how to improve their skills and career trajectory.”

Longenecker’s teaching, research and consulting interests are in high-performance leadership and creating great organizations. He has published more than 190 articles and papers in academic and professional journals, as well as several best-selling books. His latest book, “The Successful Career Survival Guide,” was published in March.

UT, TPS partner to enhance student leadership skills

The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation is partnering with the Toledo Public Schools Jones Leadership Academy to enhance student leadership skills through a new program called Young Executive Scholars.

Up to 15 students will meet once a month at business etiquette workshops presented by UT and community professionals on various business and leadership topics throughout the academic year starting Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Jones Leadership Academy.

“This new partnership referred to as YES will expose a select group of high school students to leadership skills, business etiquette aptitude, communication best practices and protocol, professional dress, and dining etiquette while allowing them the opportunity to network with UT faculty and staff,” said Selina Griswold, UT associate professor of management. “This YES collaboration will help cultivate the academic potential of high school juniors through powerful mentorship and the development of real-life business leadership skills.”

“Since business etiquette is a sign of professionalism and respect for others, it will help these young leaders make positive first impressions while building trust in the workplace and other professional settings,” Dr. Ward Barnett, Toledo Public Schools principal, said. “To prepare these young leaders for the world, they must learn to adhere to a well-understood code of etiquette.”

When Barnett was an undergraduate student at UT, he was a mentee in Griswold’s UT Mentorship Program that connected him with Toledo professionals who assisted him with achieving his academic goals.

“We know firsthand that these types of partnerships between professionals and students can produce significant results,” Griswold said.

National companies to recruit UT business students at fall job fair

Nearly 100 employers — including major national companies such as Coca-Cola, Reynolds and Reynolds, Quicken Loans, Dana Holding Corp., Owens-Illinois Inc., and Owens-Corning — are coming to The University of Toledo to participate in the College of Business and Innovation fall job fair Friday, Sept. 29.

“One of the four key components of the College of Business and Innovation brand is transform, and that is exactly what happens at each of our two yearly job fairs,” said Dr. Terribeth Gordon-Moore, senior associate dean of the college. “Seniors are already securing job offers, underclassmen are polishing their job skills by acquiring internships, and freshmen are encouraged to participate to immediately begin developing their valuable connections and job-seeking skills.”

The College of Business and Innovation’s semiannual job fair brings some 100 employers to campus to connect with business students.

Approximately 500 UT College of Business and Innovation students will participate in the annual autumn job fair from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union.

Among the companies recruiting COBI students will be the Cleveland Indians, 3M, Chick-fil-A, Dish Network, Eaton Corp., Fifth Third Bank, Hilti, Marathon Petroleum, Therma-Tru Doors, UPS and the U.S. Department of Defense.

“We are always excited for our students that so many well-known companies come to us to find the talent they need,” Gordon-Moore said. “This reflects very positively on the quality of both our programs and our students. It also demonstrates the extremely dynamic and mutually beneficial relationship enjoyed by the College of Business and Innovation and recruiters for major national companies.

“This semiannual job fair is a very important part of what we do to prepare our students for their futures,” Gordon-Moore explained, adding the college’s Business Career Programs Office works year-round to assist students in acquiring internships and jobs upon graduation. “We strive to provide the necessary resources so our students can conduct their own tailored job searches.”

The job placement rate for spring College of Business and Innovation graduates has been at least 93 percent for several years.

College of Business and Innovation arranges for special price Cedar Point tickets Sept. 23-24

The University of Toledo community can visit one of this region’s unique fall attractions at a special price thanks to a partnership between the UT College of Business and Innovation and Cedar Point.

“The UT College of Business and Innovation Graduate Programs has wonderful relationships with many corporations, businesses and organizations in this region,” said Kelly Barger, director of the college graduate programs office, “and because of our many friends and contacts, we were able to negotiate a special ticket price for Cedar Point admission during one of their very popular Halloweekends, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 and 24.”

This offer enables people to purchase a ticket for $35, plus tax, through the Cedar Point website, cedarpoint.com/affiliate, using the username UTCOBI and the password utcobi.

Explaining this is not a paid sponsorship or subsidized ticket program, Barger added, “Working with Cedar Point through this promotion enables us to tell even more people about the amazing educational opportunities for graduate studies at The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation, while arranging for the UT community, and others who learn of this promotion through us, to enjoy the Halloweenish activities at one of northwest Ohio’s most recognized attractions.”