Steven Hanson (left) and Gene Poor celebrate their induction into the Dallas Hamilton Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame.
Three entrepreneurs were inducted last night (April 22) into the Dallas Hamilton Hall of Fame. Steven Hanson, Robert Ludwig and Dr. Gene Poor all epitomize the qualities the Hall of Fame recognizes—an entrepreneurial spirit that has helped shape our economies and improved our quality of life.
Hanson, a 1975 alumnus, began his career as a photojournalist, and was also the BGSU university photographer. He segued into advertising and sales promotion as a producer for film, video and multimedia presentations, becoming a founding partner at a leading regional sales promotions agency, and later, Hanson, Inc., a global digital agency. He is an active supporter of the local community.
Ludwig, a 1955 alumnus, launched his first business at age 16—The Blue Cow hamburger shop. After graduating from BGSU, he went to work for L-K Restaurants and Motels, the company co-founded by his father. In 1977, he led the effort to buy back the company from the Sara Lee Corp., which had purchased it in 1969. As its CEO and chairman of the board, Ludwig guided the company through a series of strategic acquisitions and sales.
Ludwig is a former chairman of the BGSU Board of Directors (1995-98), and member of the board of trustees (1978-86). He continues to be very active in the Marion area community.
Poor, a 1973 alumnus, has led a dual life over the past 40 years—as a college professor and business entrepreneur. Poor came to BGSU in 1970 and earned his doctorate in 1973. He started the Visual Communication Program in the College of Technology in 1975. In 2004, he was awarded the BGSU Master Teacher Award and was named the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. The following year, he was named the Hamilton Professor of Entrepreneurship in the College of Business Administration.
In 1978, Poor designed and built the Parrot and the Peacock restaurant (now called Easy Street Café) in Bowling Green. In 1982, he sold the restaurant and started an interactive exhibit division for a trade show company in Toledo. In 1990, he launched LifeFormations Inc., which, over the past 20 years, has become a world leader in the creation of animatronic figures and dioramas for museums, visitor centers, retail outlets and theme parks.
Earth Week reminder: You can always bring your used batteries to 348 Shatzel Hall, the office of Campus Sustainability Coordinator Nicholas Hennessy, to be recycled. Some campus buildings also have collection boxes—check with Hennessy for locations, at email@example.com or 2-9949.
Meet first candidate for
The first candidate for dean of the College of Education and Human Development will be on campus Monday (April 26). Three other candidates will follow in the coming weeks.
Dr. Rosalyn Templeton, executive dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Marshall University, will hold an open forum on "Advancing Educator Preparation and the Public School Relationship, and Advancing Education and Human Development" from 3-4:30 p.m. in 113 Olscamp Hall. (The session will be also video recorded and made available to the campus community.)
Details of the upcoming visits will be provided on the provost's Web site.
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