Temple sees Toledo’s long-term potentialWritten by Chase Purdy | | email@example.com
Michael Temple has ideas for Toledo’s future, but he’s already in it.
Temple, a Toledo-native, graduated from UT with a focus in internet marketing before choosing to go into international banking. But after months of negotiating letters of credit and wiring money, he decided it wasn’t the business for him, he said.
“I don’t know if it was so much the banking,” Temple said. “I just didn’t have the latitude to do what I wanted to do, plus I found the work boring.”
He returned to UT, gained his MBA and began working in the marketing and technology sector in a major petroleum company. For two years he worked for them before jumping onto a major dot-com project, he said.
Temple engaged in guerilla marketing, where he had to brainstorm effective ways to advertise without spending much money, he said. But before long the project withered in the face of competition, Temple said.
“It was an awesome experience and a neat company,” he said “It just didn’t have a lot of money to work with.”
Today he is the president of his own business, Temple Development Company, and claims clients not only from the region, but across the nation, he said.
“I would rate this as the last job I’ll ever have,” he said, saying he enjoys being his own boss.
Temple is glad to be living in Toledo, but the city needs to change from a manufacturing-based economy to a technology-based economy, he said.
“From a political standpoint I feel like the politicians have to go back to what they felt worked in the past,” he said. “And that is manufacturing.”
Temple said he feels the new Jeep plant is great for the community, but at the end of the day will only break even rather than help the community.
Despite the problems he finds with Toledo, he enjoys raising his family in a city with so many great museums and metro parks, he said.
“I want the kids to be raised like I was,” Temple said. “I was raised outside and I want them to be as well.”