Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Hall of Fame
Bowling Green State
University presents the 2017 inductees to the Hamilton Center for
Entrepreneurial Leadership Hall of Fame.
The Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership 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 Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Hall of Fame celebrates the success stories of our alumni and friends that inspire future generations of entrepreneurs and innovators.
Maribeth S. Rahe '70, '16 (Hon.)
President and CEO
Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc.
Maribeth S. Rahe graduated from BGSU with a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish. After graduating, she was hired as the first female branch manager trainee for a small savings and loan.
Rahe later joined Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Western & Southern Financial Group, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Today, she is president and chief executive officer of Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc., and under her leadership the company is one of the largest investment advisors in Ohio.
Rahe is a past president and former board member of the United States Trust Company of New York. Additionally, she has served as vice chair of the board of The Harris Bank in Chicago and has held various positions at JPMorgan in London and New York.
Peggy Schmeltz '50, '70
Investment educator and independent investor
Peggy Schmeltz graduated from BGSU with a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in business education. Her investment career started while she was still an undergraduate business student at BGSU; later, she turned a $75,000 inheritance into a portfolio worth more than 30 times that amount.
Schmeltz is a former chairperson of the board of directors for the National Association of Investors Corporation (NAIC). She has advised the New York Stock Exchange’s Individual Investor Advisory Committee and helped start more than 100 investment clubs nationwide. Not content with her personal achievements, Schmeltz went on to share her investment knowledge with many others, lecturing throughout the U.S. with her “learn to earn” strategies.
She has been recognized with multiple investment awards, including the Kenneth S. Janke Lifetime Achievement Award, and she has been featured in Money, Fortune, Business and The Wall Street Journal, among many others. She was married to the late Dr. William (Bill) Schmeltz, former dean and professor emeritus of the BGSU College of Business Administration.
David Stickler '83
CEO, Big River Steel
David Stickler graduated from BGSU with a bachelor’s degree in
accounting. He has spent the past two decades building and operating
some of the world’s most successful and profitable steel mills in the
U.S., even as American steel producers have lost market share to other
Currently Stickler is CEO of Big River Steel in Osceola, Arkansas. Unlike traditional steel producers that use iron ore, coal and coke to produce steel in environmentally challenged facilities, Big River Steel produces new steel using recycled steel from old cars, appliances, buildings, ships and bridges.
Big River Steel is a $1.6 billion FlexMill™, the first of its kind in the world. It is positioned to become the world’s leading steel producer in terms of range of product offering, energy efficiency and environmental cleanliness.