Entrepreneurs honored for excellenceWritten by Scott McKimmy | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Seven area companies and their corporate leaders will be inducted into the 2007 Entrepreneurial & Business Excellence (EBE) Hall of Fame, Nov. 1 at The Franciscan Theatre & Conference Center of Lourdes College in Sylvania. The induction ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. following a 5:30 p.m. reception.
The honorees are Harley Cramer and Robert Huebner of U.S. Coexcell Inc.; Dr. Robert Esplin of Sylvania Veterinary Hospital; George “Chip” Hambro of First Solar Inc.; Brian Reis of Ballreich Bros. Inc.; Fred Spurck of Webster Industries Inc.; Shain Buerk of Scrambler Marie’s Restaurants; and GM Powertrain Toledo. A panel of judges from area businesses determines inductees.
The EBE, under a partnership of Gorillas & Gazelles LLC, UT and BGSU, recognizes outstanding business leaders and reinforces the spirit of entrepreneurial efforts throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Past honorees include Daimler Chrysler Supplier Park, which received the Business Excellence Award for Innovation, and Larry Davenport of Ernst & Young LLP, who earned the Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship Advocacy & Support.
Buerk, president of Ten Star Enterprises Inc., the holding company for Scrambler Marie’s, won the Excellence in Family Business award. He credited his family members for the honor, calling his father “the mentor” and his mother “the motivator.” His brother also works a partner.
Huebner, president and chairman of Coexcell, and Cramer, vice president and general manager, will receive the Entrepreneurial and Business Excellence award. The company manufactures high-density polyethylene plastic drums for the microelectronic chemical semiconductor industry. The award in part recognizes advances Coexcell has made in high-purity, blow-mold technology.