Outstanding Entrepreneurs Inducted into Hall of Fame
What do premium alcoholic beverages, aerospace and defense systems, a Big Four accounting firm, and a senior living healthcare company have in common? Four of their current or retired executives and/or founders were inducted into the Dallas-Hamilton Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame at BGSU on April 11, with three of them being University alumni.
The Dallas-Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and the College of Business are proud to announce the following class of inductees:
|Larry A. Davenport ’72|
Davenport, Hanf & Company, LLC
Ernst & Young (retired)
|Joseph J. Fisch, Jr. '71|
Founder, President & CEO
United States Beverage, LLC
|Patrick L. Ryan '74|
The PDR Group, LLC
|Frederic D. Wolfe|
Kingston Residence of Sylvania, Inc.
Health Care & Retirement Corp.
Health Care REIT
This select group of distinguished entrepreneurs have founded, led or built a new business enterprise for five years or more and have demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit that has helped shape our economy and improved our quality of life.
Background information about each inductee follows:
|Larry A. Davenport |
Larry Davenport graduated magna cum laude from BGSU’s College of Business, specializing in accounting. Like many other outstanding accounting majors from BGSU, he started his career with a Big Four international accounting firm. It turned out to be a great place to start and complete his first business career. Davenport spent 35 years, 24 as a partner, at Ernst & Young, LLP. Read more...
|Joseph J. Fisch |
Joseph Fisch, Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of United States Beverage, has over forty years of experience in the premium alcoholic beverage industry. After graduating from BGSU in 1971, Fisch began his business career in the Management Trainee Program at Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc., the world-wide leader in wine and spirits sales based in New York City. During his twenty-five year career with Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Fisch held various senior executive positions within Seagram's premium spirits and beverage divisions. Read more...
|Patrick L. Ryan |
After graduating from BGSU in 1974 with a degree in accounting, Ryan spent the next 15 years working for a Fortune 500 company in various controllership positions. In 1988, Ryan and his two partners formed SMR Technologies, Inc. and acquired a small specialty aerospace and defense business from their employer. Over the next six years, SMR sold one product line and acquired four additional businesses. The last acquisition, Flight Structures, Inc. in Seattle, Washington, created a company in excess of 600 employees. The businesses were consolidated and the company was renamed SMR Aerospace. Read more...
|Frederic D. Wolfe |
Born in Toledo in 1929, Frederic "Fritz" D. Wolfe graduated from Yale University in 1951 and Harvard Business School in 1955. He participated in college ROTC and served as an officer in the Air Force during the Korean War. After serving his country, he joined the family business, Lima Lumber Company. Read more...