When Chuck Bills, president and CEO of Ohio Logistics, and his wife Dee Dee along with their family decided to make a gift to support the new Center for Student Life and College of Business, they wanted to make a commitment that would reflect their passion for creative thinking and giving back to the community.
“In our business we create value. Most of our customers don’t have time to think outside the box so we do that for them,” Bills explained. “We create value and help those businesses grow. We find a reason for customers to use us and benefit from our services.” Bills describes logistics as the people business. By supporting companies, managing inventories for manufacturers, transportation and equipment, the company uses creative thinking to build cost-effective solutions that meet customers’ needs.
Their gift toward the new building will name the Bills Family Conference Room in the Creative Learning Center, an inviting space that will allow students, faculty, staff and community members to come together to exchange ideas. “Early in my career I had the opportunity to work on the College of Business Advisory Board,” said Chuck. “It gave me the chance to meet other people, network and develop an understanding of how organizations were doing business. The building will bring a new level of professionalism and educational opportunities to the campus.”
When it’s completed, Chuck and Dee Dee, who works as a realtor for Rooney & Associates Real Estate, both recognize the impact the building will have on the Findlay community. “The more the University grows, the more that energy is transmitted throughout the whole community. The University brings a young vibrant atmosphere and culture to the community through athletic and cultural events,” they explained.
Recognizing the value of the relationship between the community and the University as well as businesses and organizations is something Bills wants every associate at Ohio Logistics to understand. Ohio Logistics also supports the Business Affiliates Scholarship Program for students in Hancock County, the Great Lakes Internship Program and Findlay Fund Scholarships at the University. The couple explained that even their interns are involved in community projects like building homes for Habitat for Humanity. “It’s not just us giving. We couldn’t do this without everyone in the company,” they said. “We’re able to support the things that we support because of them. What we’re able to do is a representation of what all of our folks do.”
Bills hopes to pass on this company culture to students and others who visit their facility. “We talk to them about our culture. We talk about what makes us. Hopefully that will help them to have passion for what they do. I hope they take that same passion to whatever they do in life.”