Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Hall of Fame

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Congratulations to our 2019 honorees!

Bowling Green State University presents the 2019 inductees to the Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Hall of Fame. They will be inducted on Wednesday, April 10.

2019 Inductees


William N. Dabbelt ‘78

Former President, White Rock Distilleries
Founder, Rock Fence Partners, LLC

William N. Dabbelt earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Bowling Green State University in 1978. He began his career working in sales for a small distilled spirits bottling company, Lawrence & Co. of Lewiston, Maine. In 1985, he founded Spirited Marketing Company representing various wine and liquor brands.

Dabbelt, in association with White Rock Distilleries, Inc., was credited with the creation of several successful liquor brands that helped catapult White Rock from a small regional business into a national company. In 1995, Dabbelt accepted a position with White Rock as vice president of sales and later became company president and partner.

Under his leadership, White Rock became the 10th largest spirits company in the U.S., creating two of the top seven selling imported vodka brands in the U.S., the fourth largest rum brand in the U.S. and became a leading importer of single malt scotches. Dabbelt played a key role in the acquisition of several companies and in the eventual sale of the company’s brands over a five-year period to various industry players including Buffalo Trace, Jose Cuervo and Jim Beam Brands totaling well in excess of $1 billion.

Since his retirement from White Rock Distilleries, Dabbelt has founded Rock Fence Partners LLC, a family office investment firm. Rock Fence is actively investing in the seed rounds of several startup businesses along with other investments.



David Hainline '83

Owner and CEO, CSI-DMC

David Hainline earned his bachelor’s degree in radio, television and film from Bowling Green State University in 1983. Hainline began his career in Washington, D.C., serving in various sales and management leadership roles for broadcasting giants including Viacom, Emmis Broadcasting and ABC/Cap Cities. He was the national sales manager for Infinity CBS, the top-ranked revenue-generating radio station, where he sold and managed all national accounts, totaling more than $12 million.

Hainline is CEO of CSI-DMC, an award-winning special event and meeting planning company founded by his late wife and business partner. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., CSI-DMC has grown significantly under Hainline’s leadership. The company now has 11 regional offices across the country and manages more than 1,000 events annually. In 2018, the company launched CSI International, serving clients around the world.

Hainline oversees all aspects of company operations, marketing and sales strategies. He personally manages relationships with clients, including the Presidential Inaugural Committee, AIG Global Investment Company, Mercer Consulting, Pfizer and The Korean Peace Festival. Hainline also serves as a mentor and coach to CSI-DMC’s team of more than 100 employees.

Hainline has instituted several scholarships and internships to benefit BGSU students in a variety of programs, including entrepreneurship; communications; tourism, leisure and event planning; and marketing. Through a unique partnership with the University, Hainline has also developed an event management and entrepreneurship course to explore the components of managing large events. CSI-DMC professionals, including Hainline, travel to campus to present weekly course curriculum and meet with students during office hours for career development coaching. Hainline was a recipient of the 2006 Accomplished Graduate Award for the College of Arts and Sciences and has served on the Alumni Board.



Robert W. '65 and Patricia A. Maurer

Owners, Greenbriar, Inc.

Robert W. and Patricia A. Maurer are business and civic leaders in the Bowling Green community. Robert earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bowling Green State University in 1965 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1968. He served as a Wood County prosecuting attorney and is an attorney and partner at his private practice, Maurer, Newlove & Bakies, LLC.  

Robert and Patricia own Greenbriar, Inc., a rental-management development company with a broad portfolio of residential and commercial properties throughout northwest Ohio. For more than four decades, Patricia has managed the real estate company and led accounting services for the various apartment complexes, mobile home communities, and commercial and industrial rentals.

The Maurers have generously supported the University through a variety of philanthropic ventures including the Robert W. and Patricia A. Maurer Center, the new home of the College of Business opening in fall 2020. They also created an Accounting Chair at BGSU in 2010. They are members of The Presidents Club, the 1910 Society, The Cornerstone Club and Falcon Club. Robert serves as a member of the Leadership Council for University Libraries.

In the Bowling Green community, the Maurers have been supporters of the Wood County Library, the Wood County Hospital, the American Red Cross and various other organizations. They were named Northwest Ohio Outstanding Philanthropist in 2011. In 2014, they helped create the Maurer Family Cancer Care Center at the Wood County Hospital.


The Paul J. Hooker 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 Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Hall of Fame celebrates the success stories of our alumni and friends who inspire future generations of entrepreneurs and innovators. It is one of 20 centers worldwide recognized by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

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