James Dicke II and James Dicke III, the father-and-son team who helm Crown Equipment Corporation, a private, family-owned business, will be the first presenters for the University of Findlay’s new Fridays at Findlay Executive Speaker Series, which will provide opportunities to hear from a variety of organizational leaders about superior leadership practices.
This first event , which will include breakfast, will be held April 15 from 7:30-9 a.m. at Winebrenner Theological Seminary. It will cost $10 per person. Registration and payment by credit card can be completed online at www.findlay.edu/FridaysAtFindlay or by contacting Cinthia Lahey, executive administrative assistant to the vice president for university advancement, at (419) 434-5334 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dickes will discuss leadership and innovative techniques that have allowed their company to grow and thrive under four generations of family direction.
The New Bremen, Ohio-based company manufactures a wide variety of electric and internal combustion lift trucks for a global customer base. Crown has been listed by Forbes as one of the 250 largest private companies.
Jim Dicke II, Crown’s private chairman and CEO, graduated from Trinity University in Texas, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in business and economic policy. He is a member of the Horatio Alger Association and has served in many other capacities, including on the Kennedy Center board.
James “Jim” Dicke III has been president of Crown since 2002. He joined the company as the vice president of human resources in 1996, and then served as the executive vice president starting in 2000. In 1993 he received a Bachelor of Science degree in management and finance from Trinity University. He is a member of Rotary International.
The University plans to offer Fridays at Findlay breakfast events six times each year.
“We’re looking very forward to launching the Fridays at Findlay Executive Speaker Series,” said Vice President for University Advancement Marcia Latta, Ed.D., who has helped establish the series. “Lifelong learning is something we take seriously at the University of Findlay, and a speakers series such as this helps give insight into major issues that people are grappling with, and also can generate ideas and innovations.”
For more information about the series, contact Sonja Daniels, UF donor relations and stewardship manager, at (419) 434-5918 or at email@example.com.