2017 Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship

Thank you for an incredible Sebo Series. Mark your calendar for Sebo Series 2018 on
April 20!

E-Week is filled with a host of events including The Hatch, the Hamilton 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 Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership is one of 20 centers worldwide recognized by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).robert sebo

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. 

2017 Sebo Series Highlights

Ken RobinsonSir Ken Robinson

An internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and business, Sir Ken Robinson is also one of the world’s leading speakers. Videos of his famous talks to the prestigious TED Conference are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries.

Sir Ken works with governments in Europe, Asia and the US, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and leading cultural organizations. He led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government, was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, and was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for a strategy to become the creative hub of SE Asia.

Called “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” by Fast Company magazine, Sir Ken has received numerous awards and recognitions for his groundbreaking contributions. He was included in Thinkers 50 list of the world’s leading business thinkers and has been named one of TIME/Fortune/CNN’s Principal Voices. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts. His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into 21 languages. A 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, was published in 2011. Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, was published by Viking in May 2013 and is also a New York Times bestseller. His latest book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education (Viking, 2015), written with Robinson’s trademark wit and engaging style, includes groundbreaking research and tackles the critical issue of how to transform the nation’s troubled educational system.

DC CrenshawD.C. Crenshaw '91

Duane (“D.C.”) Crenshaw graduated from BGSU with a bachelor of science degree in biology. After an initial career as a regional sales manager for a small biotech company, he became a full-time entrepreneur. His career has included becoming a food and lifestyle expert and a two-time Emmy-nominated television personality and executive producer. Today, he is CEO of Fete Business Group and publisher/editor-in-chief of Fete Lifestyle Magazine.

Fete has evolved into a digital media and production company, partnering with lifestyle brands such as BMW, Emirates Airlines, Hard Rock Hotel and many more. His television show, “Game Time Dine,” merged fine dining with professional athletes and earned two Emmy nominations in the Outstanding Sports-related Show category.


Gordon HammGordon Hamm '87

Gordon Hamm graduated from BGSU with a bachelor of arts degree in computer science and business. He started his first company, Independent Computer Consultants, while still a sophomore at BGSU. After graduating, Hamm started doing contract work with the Department of Defense in Virginia and later sold his company. Today, he is the partner and CEO of Garage Management Corporation (GMC), a major parking/real estate company in Manhattan with more than 60 locations.

Hamm and his partners created a venture capital group and have invested in several startups in the U.S. and Europe, focusing on renewable energy, infrastructure security, commercial retails centers and much more. He has served on the BGSU Alumni Foundation Board and currently serves on several corporate and nonprofit boards.


Maribeth RaheMaribeth S. Rahe '70, '16 (Hon.)

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.