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Dallas-Hamilton Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame

Bowling Green State University presents the 2016 inductees to the Dallas-Hamilton Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame.

The Dallas-Hamilton Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame recognizes BGSU graduates, honorary degree holders and members of the regional community who have achieved distinction for founding, leading or building a new business enterprise for five years or more. These individuals have demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit that has helped shape our economies and improved our quality of life.

The Dallas-Hamilton Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame celebrates the success stories of our alumni and friends that inspire future generations of entrepreneurs and innovators.


2016 Inductees

Dr. Larry Benz ‘84

Dr. Laurence (Larry) Benz is the President and CEO of Confluent Health, a private physical therapy company with related businesses in education and occupational medicine. Amongst the holdings of Confluent Health include Texas Physical Therapy Specialists, Fit For Work LLC, ProRehab, Evidence In Motion, Dunn Physical Therapy, Breakthrough Physical Therapy, PT Central of Oklahoma, Groves WorkReady, ProRehab Louisville and International Spine and Pain Institute.

 

Dr. Larry Benz ‘84
President and CEO
Confluent Health

Prior to restructuring at Confluent Health, his PT Development LLC equity fund included holdings in US Worldmeds, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions and physicaltherapist.com amongst many others.

From 1987 to Sept 2007, he founded and served as President/CEO of Kentucky Orthopedic Rehab Team (KORT), a private practice outpatient physical therapy company. 

From 1984 through 1989, he served in the U.S. Army as a Captain in the Army Medical Specialists Corps where he received the Meritorious Service Medal.

A frequent lecturer with over 200 invited presentations at multiple conferences, physical therapy, MBA and Executive Education programs throughout the country, Dr. Benz has served on the American Physical Therapy Association's Advisory Panel on Practice, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and two public companies. 

He is currently Board Chairman at The University of Louisville and a Trustee for the Foundation of Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Business Alliance, Neighborhood Engagement and The University of Louisville Medical Center. He is the recipient of numerous business, leadership and physical therapy awards.

Dr. Benz received his undergraduate education at Bowling Green State University, Master's degree in Physical Therapy from Baylor University, MBA from The Ohio State University, a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions and MA in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Lisa A. Clayton '75

Lisa A. Clayton is the founder and president of Source Potential, a human development company. She has more than thirty years of experience in the professional training and consulting industry. Acting as an independent consultant, she has provided training, consulting service and learning solutions to clients including Johnson and Johnson, Cornerstone and American Express. 

 

Lisa A. Clayton '75
Founder and President
Source Potential Inc.

Her programs have contributed to successful global training deployments, facilitator certifications, learning sustainability tools and project management for these clients. She has developed a methodology, which promotes development of individual potential and application of learning concepts. 

Clayton spent eight years as a senior consultant and global project manager for Achieve Global, a worldwide professional training firm. She has extensive experience working with various cultures throughout the world and is certified in cultural competency models. 

In 2014, she became a HeathMath™ certified trainer and licensed coach and delivers one-to-one coaching sessions and group workshops focusing upon heart intelligence and coherence. She also conducts intuitive readings and counseling after receiving a spirituality degree and interfaith ordination from Gateway University in 2011.

She is a master trainer in the Ritberger Institute’s Personality Color Indicator (PCI ™)

and delivers the assessment and workshops to all her present clients for improving communication, teambuilding and sales strategies. Her creative approach and motivational techniques leave a powerful impact on customer experiences and provide a direct link to better business results and personal development.

Clayton earned a Bachelors of Science in Education from Bowling Green State University. She then earned a Masters of Science in Administration from the University of Dayton.

Michael Golden '69

Michael Golden is the CEO and chairman of the board of the Stephen Gould Corporation. He joined the company in 1971 as a sales agent and then took over as president in 1975 and grew the company from seven to 42 offices with $640 million in sales in 2015.

 

 

Michael Golden '69
CEO and Chairman of the Board
Stephen Gould Corporation, Inc.

The private, family run company has an impressive package of consulting, printing, marketing and packaging services. Stephen Gould Paper provides a full range of commercial printing services for the U.S. military and for clients located across the US. The company has offices across the US, in Ireland, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Golden earned his business degree at Bowling Green State University in 1969 and his MBA at the University of Bridgeport in 1971.

Bruce Tucker '70

Bruce Tucker is the owner and CEO of General Plumbing Supply Inc. Tucker moved the business into a 30,000 square foot warehouse in New Jersey in 1976. He opened a branch in Morris Plains, New Jersey in 1983 followed by the opening of a distribution center in 1986. General Plumbing Supply Inc. employs approximately 300 people in its 13 different New Jersey locations. Over the past thirty years, Tucker has opened 11 additional branches and showrooms throughout New Jersey.

 

Bruce Tucker '70
Owner and CEO
General Plumbing Supply, Inc.

Bruce Tucker is the owner and CEO of General Plumbing Supply Inc. Tucker moved the business into a 30,000 square foot warehouse in New Jersey in 1976. He opened a branch in Morris Plains, New Jersey in 1983 followed by the opening of a distribution center in 1986. General Plumbing Supply Inc. employs approximately 300 people in its 13 different New Jersey locations. Over the past thirty years, Tucker has opened 11 additional branches and showrooms throughout New Jersey. 

He is President of New Jersey Y Camps. In 2013, he won the Harry S. Feller Award for his outstanding, devoted and distinguished service to the Jewish community, locally, statewide and nationally. Tucker also serves as President of WIT Co. Ltd, which was formed to level the playing field for independent distributors. 

Tucker joined the company after graduating from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting in 1970. 


Hall of Fame 2016 Recap Video