Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Hall of Fame
Rescheduled to Fall 2020 Schmidthorst College of Business Week:
Saturday, September 12 | 6 p.m. Virtual
What do Golden Corral, Cheryl’s Cookies, Silk Soy Milk, and RainX windshield wiper blades have in common? BGSU alumni were the driving force in their founding.
BGSU has been developing entrepreneurs for years and the Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership is at the forefront of driving entrepreneurship.
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 to shape our economies and improved our quality of life. So far, more than 50 world-class entrepreneurs have been inducted into this elite group of innovators.
Richard S. Allen ‘71
Richard Allen has been a lifelong entrepreneur, developing multiple business enterprises for over 45 years. He spent the first 18 years of his business career as one of five partners managing the family manufacturing business, Imperial Cup Corp. The company grew from a local start-up in 1968 to operating plants in five states and $100 million in sales. Imperial Cup was sold to International Paper in 1989.
Following the sale, Richard founded The Allen Group (TAG) and began developing office and industrial projects throughout California and Nevada. In 1997, following a period of dramatic growth, a majority of TAG’s portfolio was merged into a public REIT, Kilroy Realty, and Allen was appointed to KRC’s Board of Directors.
Allen then founded a new company focused on the development of two major new industrial parks in the Central Valley: the 450 acre Mid-State 99 Industrial Park and the 750-acre International Trade Center. At the same time, he also founded Allen Homes, which developed residential communities in 23 different cities throughout California and Nevada.
In 2007, after acquiring 6,000 acres of land in South Dallas County, TAG opened the Dallas Logistic Hub, the world’s largest new industrial park. That same year, The Allen Group was selected by BNSF Railway to be the master developer of their 1,200-acre Logistics Park Kansas City project. Since operation began, The Allen Group, in partnership with NorthPoint Development, has built and leased over 14 million square feet of new industrial buildings at the Kansas City project.
Allen is a frequent speaker at industry events and trade shows, and serves on multiple community and charitable boards. He has received numerous honors and awards, including being named one of BGSU’s 100 most prominent alumni in 2010 and EY Entrepreneur of the Year.
Allen recently retired, and his son, Luke, is now responsible for day-to-day operations. He resides in Rancho Santa Fe, California, with his wife and best friend, Jane.
Bethany Bryant ‘91
As President of The Private Trust Company N.A., Bethany Bryant is responsible for setting and executing the strategic direction and financial success of the company through service, satisfaction, retention and recruitment of the firm's clients and advisors. Bryant was a founding leader of the company in 1995 and served as its chief financial officer and chief operations officer until May 2012 when she transitioned to the president’s role. She assisted in growing the company through its startup phase to its sale to LPL Financial Holdings Inc. in 2003 to present day.
Bryant also works across divisions as a senior vice president at LPL Financial, responsible for contributing to the strategic vision across the firm’s wealth planning platforms and sales enablement areas. This team provides sales support and optimizes the trust planning and services offering to financial advisors and individual investors on a national scale.
LPL Financial is the largest independent broker-dealer, providing independent, objective financial advice to investors through its 16,000 financial advisors. Bryant also leads the women advisor diversity and inclusion efforts for LPL, helping to recruit, retain and support the growth of female advisors in this industry.
Prior to co-founding The Private Trust Company, Bryant began her career at EY, spending the majority of that time in the financial services industry. She earned her undergraduate business degree in accounting from Bowling Green State University and earned an MBA from Cleveland State University and holds her CPA license.
Bryant maintains an active involvement in the nonprofit community. She currently serves as president, board chair or volunteer of several organizations and committees including BGSU’s Honors College Leadership Council, Laurel School in Shaker Heights, Rejoice Lutheran Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Owner, A.A. Green Realty Inc.
Allen Green began his career in 1964 teaching high school science and vocational agriculture for seven years in Paulding, North Baltimore, and Bowling Green Ohio after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education from The Ohio State University. In 1975 he launched A. A. Green Realty, Inc. which has now has annual sales exceeding $30 million.
Green’s diverse real estate experience includes commercial, industrial, farm, multi-family, student housing, and build-to-suit leases. In addition to A.A. Green Realty, he also founded and operates Allen A. Green Builder and Developer Company and owns numerous industrial, multifamily, retail, mobile home, and development properties in and around Bowling Green.
Green and his family have been actively involved with Bowling Green State University for many years. He served as a member of the BGSU Foundation Board from 2008 to 2014 and is a member of the university’s Presidents Club and Falcon Club. Green has been a long-time supporter of Bowling Green community programs and activities and has generously sponsored many Falcon sports programs.
Allen and his wife Mary are proud parents of Michelle Green Remeis who graduated from BGSU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion Merchandise and is co-owner of Mecca Management Inc.; Steven Green, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and is co-owner of Mecca Management Inc.; and Julianna Green Szymanski, who attended BGSU and completed her BSRN in nursing at Mt. Carmel in Columbus Ohio.
Bradley S. Seaman ‘82
Managing Partner – Parallel49 Equity
Brad Seaman earned a bachelor’s degree from the Bowling Green State University Schmidthorst College of Business in 1982. Seaman was very engaged at BGSU as a member of SICSIC, the President of Theta Chi Fraternity, the Treasurer of the Interfraternity Council, and a member of the leadership team of the Senior Challenge. He later earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dallas.
Seaman spent the first two years of his career as a sales representative with Owens Corning followed by six years with GE Plastics where he held several roles in marketing and product management. In 1990, he joined GE Capital and was part of a team that started GE Capital’s business unit focused on the emerging private equity industry. Seaman ultimately led the deal origination teams in GE’s New York and Chicago offices.
In 1993, he led GE’s equity investment in the start-up of Steel Dynamics, a pioneering company that produces steel from recycled metals. Since its founding in 1993 and subsequent IPO, Steel Dynamics has grown to generate over $10 billion in annual revenue and employ over 7,000 people. Seaman currently serves as a member of the Steel Dynamics board of directors (NASDAQ: STLD).
In 1999 he joined Tricor Pacific Capital, a newly formed private equity firm. Tricor Pacific Capital, since re-branded as Parallel49 Equity, has raised five private equity funds with total capital raised of over $1.0 billion. Parallel49 has invested in the acquisition of 26 platform companies and 42 add-on acquisitions in the specialty manufacturing and business services industries in the United States and Canada. The firm has successfully taken four of its portfolio companies public. He serves as the Chairman of the board of directors of CPI Card Group (NASDAQ: PMTS) and has previously served as Chairman of seven other Parallel49 portfolio companies.
Seaman is married to Lindsay Waite, his wife of over 20 years and is the father of four children.
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, and it is named in honor of Paul J. Hooker ’75 in recognition of his support of the center.