Local “Green” Entrepreneurs Featured at BGSU Firelands Symposium

Huron, Ohio – Local green-businessmen Tim and Craig Rathbun will keynote the 38th Annual University Business Symposium hosted at Bowling Green State University Firelands College on March 1.

 Graduates of BGSU, Tim (’86) and Craig (’83) have collectively contributed to one of the fastest growing environmental businesses in the state – SUREnergy, LLC is the Midwest’s leading wind energy company, both designing and installing wind power systems for residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial applications.

 The theme of the 2011 University Business Symposium is Going Green in Business: Reducing Your “Wasteline.”  The Symposium series was created to provide students, faculty, and the business community with an opportunity to exchange ideas concerning business topics.

Tim, Chief Executive Officer of SUREnergy, has more than 20 years of legal and management experience.  He managed all financial aspects of manufacturing operations in his six years as an attorney with the law firm Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, followed by three years with Venture Packaging, Inc., and the last 13 years as the principal and manger of Encore Industries, Inc., which has offices in Ohio, Minnesota, Utah, and Georgia.  Tim is also a 1989 Graduate of the Case Western Reserve School of Law.

 Craig, President of Encore Plastics and Chief Business Officer of SUREnergy, has more than 25 years of experi­ence in sales and operations management and a comprehensive knowledge of business development having owned and operated his own successful manufacturing businesses – Berry Plastics Corporation, Venture Packaging and Encore Industries.

 Also presenting at the Symposium will be David Jenkins, director of operations for the EHOVE Career Center.  A native and long-time resident of Erie County, Jenkins is a 1993 graduate of BGSU.  He has been with EHOVE for more than 15 years and is currently in charge of information technology, maintenance, custodial, and security departments. He also directs all facility, capital improvements, and equipment purchases for the district.  Most recently Jenkins implemented a $1.8 million energy efficiency project.

 The Symposium is co sponsored by BGSU Firelands, Erie County Chamber of Commerce, Huron Chamber of Commerce, and the EHOVE Career Center.  Activities will be held in the Cedar Point Conference Center at BGSU Firelands and will begin with refreshments provided by EHOVE Adult Career Center Professional Culinary Program at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1.

 Free and Open to the Public.  For additional details, please contact Dr. Cindy Miglietti, 419.433.5560 ext. 20684.