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Former Iams CEO addresses importance of mission, vision, value and belief

Clayton Mathile, former Iams president and CEO, will come to the University Monday (Nov. 6) to present his beliefs on “The Importance of Mission, Vision, Value and Belief in Business.” He will speak at 5 p.m. in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Under his supervision, Iams’ revenues grew from $10 million early in his tenure to nearly $1 billion at the time the company was sold. He also helped redefine premium pet food through his emphasis on Iams’ nutritional value.

Soon after joining Iams, Mathile was promoted to vice president in 1975. He became president and CEO in 1980, owner in 1982 and chairman of the board in 1998.

Known for his unyielding devotion to his employees and customers, Mathile combined an entrepreneurial spirit and an emphasis on values to create a unique approach to business.

The lecture is part of the Sky Bank–Edward and Linda Reiter Endowed Lectureship, established to bring a prominent figure to campus to discuss the role of values and ethics in the workplace.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception follows the lecture in 201 Union.

Menon to explore memory and history in the lives of Brunei Indians

Dr. Sridevi Menon, ethnic studies, will discuss "Of Mimicry and Happy Lives: The Transnational Stories of Brunei Indians" at 3 p.m. Nov. 6 in 207 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

During the late 1940s and 1950s, the British Malayan Petroleum Co. recruited Indian workers to staff its offices in the oil town of Seria in Brunei, a British protectorate in northwest Borneo. As citizens of a newly independent India, these Indians claimed an intimacy with British colonialism that enabled them to negotiate the racial and ethnic hierarchies that regulated their lives in Seria. Deeply conscious of the company's racist policies that determined the work they performed and the social spaces they occupied, Indians acknowledged their colonial subjectivity. However, they also saw themselves as agents of modernity and history who transformed the "jungle" into the modern state of Brunei. Drawing on the oral histories of these Indians who retired to homes in India in the 1970s and 1980s and forged a Brunei-lndian diaspora there, Menon explores the ironic narratives in Brunei Indians' memories of a "happy" life in Brunei.

Her talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Artists and Scholars in Residence series sponsored by the campus Institute for the Study of Culture and Society (ICS). The series showcases the research of faculty affiliated with the institute.

Currently a Fellow at ICS, Menon’s research interests focus on diaspora and cultural studies, discourses of empire and nation, and ethnic/racial identity formation. Her essays have been published in Social Text, the Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, and Alternatives.

Entrepreneurship & Business Excellence Hall of Fame names first honorees

The inaugural induction ceremony for the Entrepreneurial & Business Excellence (EBE) Hall of Fame™, cosponsored by the BGSU College of Business Administration, will be Thursday (Nov. 2) at the Valentine Theatre in Toledo.

The EBE Hall of Fame was created by Gorillas & Gazelles LLC in partnership with BGSU and the University of Toledo to encourage, promote and recognize outstanding entrepreneurship, family business and business excellence in this region. Inductees are entrepreneurs and innovative businesses whose efforts are making outstanding contributions to the business community and the region’s economy.

This year’s honorees will be inducted into the EBE Hall of Fame at a celebration emceed by USA Today columnist Christine Brennan. The honorees are: Mark Feldstein, president, Mark Feldstein & Associates in Maumee; James Kenyon, president, O.K. Industries in Findlay; Lynne and Purri Gould, Crikey’s Original Australian Pies in Toledo (Rising Star); Malcolm Richards, Supplemental Staffing in Maumee (Excellence In Family Business Award), and The DaimlerChrysler Supplier Park (Business Excellence Award for Innovation).

October 30, 2006