Entrepreneurial hall of fame at BGSU inducts first nine members

Nine highly successful entrepreneurs who hold academic or honorary degrees from the University comprise the first class of inductees into BGSU’s Dallas-Hamilton Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame.

Honored at the inaugural induction ceremony on April 17 were:
• Robert Battaglia ’60, co-founder and CEO of One Legal, San Rafael, Calif.;
• The late William Carl ’63, co-founder of the Golden Corral restaurant chain;
• William Dallas ’77, chairman and CEO of Ownit Mortgage Solutions, Sysdome Corp. and MindBox LLC, and co-founder of Fox Sports Grill;
• Steven Demos ’70, founder and former president of WhiteWave Inc.;
• Scott Hamilton ’94, 1984 Olympic gold-medal figure skater and creator of the “Stars on Ice” tour;
• Cheryl Krueger ’74, president and CEO of Cheryl&Co., Westerville.
• J. Robert Sebo ’58, retired senior vice president for Paychex Inc., Rochester, N.Y.
• Robert Thompson ’55, co-founder and retired president of Thompson-McCully Co., Belleville, Mich.
• Ronald Whitehouse ’67, past chairman of the board for HQ Network Systems Inc. in San Francisco, and former CEO and owner of HQ Chicago, HQ Florida, HQ Indianapolis and HQ San Diego.

The new hall of fame recognizes BGSU graduates and honorary-degree holders “who have achieved distinction for founding, leading or building a new business enterprise for five years or more,” according to the criteria for membership. “These individuals have demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit that has helped shape our economies and improved our quality of life.”

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April 21, 2008