2018 Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship


Mark your calendar for Friday, April 20!

robert seboE-Week is filled with a host of events including The Hatch, the Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Hall of Fame induction ceremony and the Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship. Throughout the week, alumni visit campus and speak to our students, providing unique learning and networking opportunities. The Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership  is one of 20 centers worldwide recognized by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

About J. Robert Sebo '58, '13 (Hon.)   

Since its inception, the Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship has been generously sponsored by J. Robert Sebo who earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration in 1958 from BGSU.  

Dr. Sebo is a successful business executive, and retired as the senior vice president of Paychex, Inc., a Rochester, New York-based payroll and human resources company. He is a longtime contributor to his alma mater and supports a variety of areas, including the Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship and football and jazz studies scholarships. The Sebo Athletic Center is named in his honor and recognizes his financial support to that facility. He served as a member of the university’s Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2011. BGSU granted an honorary degree to him in 2013. 

“Unleashing your company’s start-up energy”



Jim Stengel is president/CEO of The Jim Stengel Company. A prolific writer, speaker and advisor, Jim is the author of Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World’s Greatest Companies, and Unleashing the Innovators: How Mature Companies Find New Life with Startups. Jim is widely known for leading innovation and for his commitment to building leading-edge marketing capabilities. In 2011, he was named to the first-ever Fortune® Executive Dream Team, has been named multiple times by Advertising Age as the number one “Power Player” in marketing, and is a 2017 American Marketing Association Hall of Fame inductee. Jim has served as Dean of the Young Marketers Academy at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity since 2011, and in 2013 pioneered the CMO Accelerator program at the Cannes Lions Festival.  Jim is the former global marketing officer of Procter & Gamble, and a former member of the board of directors for AOL and Motorola.

Thomas W. Carton, Jr. '70

Chairperson, National Economic Development Practice Group
McDonald Hopkins

Thomas W. Carton, Jr. is an accomplished attorney whose corporate experience includes Jones Day, Wendy's and Buckeye Entertainment Corporation. He is a successful intrapreneur, or internal entrepreneur; under his leadership, in just five years his Blockbuster Video franchises grew from three stores with annual sales of $2.2 million to 14 stores with annual sales in excess of $11.2 million.  

Carton's experience also includes the government sector, where he served as deputy director of the Ohio Department of Insurance, and later as director of the Ohio Department of Economic Development.


J. Scott Sanchez

Chief Innovation Officer

J. Scott Sanchez's experience focuses on product management and design, with a history of making simple, yet impactful products and experiences that delight users.

At Nationwide, he leads new business innovation and incubation, enterprise innovation and venture capital. Additionally, he is on the faculty of Emory University and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University. Beyond his teaching and corporate work, as a founder of Innovators Atlanta, he spends time with companies, schools, organizations and individuals throughout the southeast nurturing and unleashing innovators of all ages.




Corporate Sponsors:


Event Sponsors: