Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Savage & Associates Complex for Business Learning and Engagement receives LEED silver certification

The University of Toledo’s Savage & Associates Complex for Business Learning and Engagement, an expansion of the College of Business and Innovation which was dedicated in November, 2009, has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
“LEED certification identifies Savage & Associates Complex for Business Learning and Engagement as a pioneering example of sustainable design and demonstrates your leadership in transforming the building industry,” noted S. Richard Fedrizzi, President and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council.”  In honor of this impressive achievement and in appreciation of your participation in LEED, we are pleased to present you the certificates recognizing your accomplishment.Your project’s final LEED rating reflects 33 documented and approved points which corresponds to the silver certification level under the LEED for New Construction rating system.

A plaque recognizing the achievement was placed in the second floor atrium of the Complex during a ceremony on August 22.
“Our goal is to acquire at least a LEED silver certification on all UT construction projects, and ultimately to have our environmental impact be zero; to achieve carbon neutrality,” noted Charles Lehnert, UT’s Vice President of Administration.  “I subscribe to the notion that if you are doing good planning, good engineering and good architecture, you will be implementing green principles anyway.”
Lehnert explained that some of the criteria contributing to the Savage & Associates Complex LEED certification included recycling all construction material, the types of insulation, air handlers and energy efficient glass used, and even changing the original orientation of the building, because south-facing buildings face the sun longer throughout the day, absorb more heat and require more cooling.
“From the beginning of developing a new facility for the college, we focused on what it takes to have something that was aesthetically appealing, effective and efficient. These were inseparable concepts,” said Dr. Thomas Gutteridge, Dean of the College of Business and Innovation during the project’s development and construction and currently UT’s Senior Vice Provost and Interim Dean for the College of Social Justice and Human Service.

“The keys to the new facility were that it would be very functional; dedicated to experiential learning through learning laboratories; would be technologically sophisticated; and that it also would be open to serve the business community,” he added. ”The Complex is clearly delivering on all cylinders, as promised. It is a facility that meets the needs of students, faculty and the business community.”
Robert Savage, co-founder and former president of Savage & Associates, said, “From my viewpoint, the outside of the building blends with the Lannon stone appearance of other UT buildings, but today this building is ‘green.’ The University has responded to the community to be a leader in green projects, and this building symbolizes the kind of technology students today need to succeed.”

Hal Munger, architect with Munger, Munger and Associates, said, “It’s great as an architect to have a project become real. Symbolically, this building is a bridge from Stranahan Hall to Bancroft Street, and from the past to the future. A project such as this takes a team and a lot of effort, and we are glad to be a part of it.”
College of Business and Innovation Interim Dean Thomas Sharkey added, “The Savage & Associates Complex is a sophisticated and environmentally friendly building that facilitates the learning and discovery of the students who come here. It contributes, with our faculty and staff, to our growing reputation as the premier business college in this region.”

The $15.4 million, 54,000 sq. ft. Savage & Associates Complex for Business Learning and Engagement includes 10 classrooms; 5 action-learning labs, including the John B. and Lillian E. Neff Trading Room with 15 Bloomberg terminals, and the Huntington Professional Sales Lab; outreach and engagement suites; and the LaValley Family Rooftop Garden.


Friday, August 16, 2013

COBI's Fifth Annual Internet Marketing Conference set for October 1

The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation’s Department of Marketing & International Business’s Fifth Annual Internet Marketing Conference will be held on October 1, 2013, from 8 a.m. until noon in the University of Toledo's Student Union.

The conference will provide Toledo-area business professionals with critical insights into the successful use of today’s powerful Internet marketing tools and techniques.
Keynote speakers will be Forrest Walden, founder and CEO, and Jim Cavale, COO, of Iron Tribe Fitness. They will address their success in using marketing strategies to grow their business through online platforms.
Other speakers will address the topics of Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing, Social Media planning and implementation, and marketing automation.
Conference attendees will also have an opportunity to connect and partner with several Internet marketing service providers and vendors who will be sharing their expertise in the exhibition hall during the conference. Continental breakfast and networking breaks will provide great networking opportunities among conference attendees and exhibitors. Group discounts are available.
For registration information, go to

Sixth Global Supply Chain Management Conference to foster Building Bridges Between Theory and Practice

The Sixth Annual Global Supply Chain Management Conference, to be held at The Henry in Dearborn, Michigan from September 26-28, 2013.

This year’s conference, with the theme Building Bridges Between Theory and Practice, is being co-hosted by The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation and the Michigan State University Broad College of Business, along with our international education partners from around the world, including Japan, China, India, Spain and the United Kingdom.
This is the only conference of its kind in the United States, and the first time the conference is being held in the Midwest in this expanded format. The event:
·         Focuses on forging private/public and industry/university partnerships in global supply chain management
·         Promotes awareness of the importance of the global supply chain in today’s rapidly changing economy
·         Provides a venue for the exchange of ideas and
·         Develops a network of problem solvers
This groundbreaking conference places a special emphasis on the automotive, healthcare, green business and sustainability fields, and focuses on forging private-public and industry-university partnerships in global supply chain management and related areas.

Achieving Supply Chain Success through Physician Involvement is the title of the health care session at the conference.  The panel will feature health care leaders who will provide brief presentations on current strategies employed by their organizations, as well as an interactive question and answer session with the audience. (The American College of Healthcare Executives has awarded 1.5 ACHE Face-to-Face Education credit hours to this program.)
For more information on the conference, visit

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

UT COBI offers third GlobalTarget series

The Global Business Development Institute at The University of Toledo’s College of Business and Innovation (COBI) is again partnering with United Parcel Service (UPS) and the U.S. Commercial Service to provide area small and medium sized businesses access to experts who will help their company enter new global markets quickly and with greater knowledge and confidence through the GlobalTarget program. This is the third year UT COBI is offering this program.

Beginning in October, GlobalTarget participants meet monthly for nine months in specialized sessions covering relevant topics based on an understanding of current members’ needs. The program then helps companies develop plans to improve their business’ supply chain, identify talent, understand export financing, and develop market entry strategies.

“It’s a global world. Facilitating existing or new exporters to enter foreign markets benefits all of Northwest Ohio,” noted Dr. Thomas Sharkey, COBI’s Interim Dean. “Companies often recognize that expanding to global markets is something they should do. We make it easier for them because we have the experts who will show them how to do this and will provide them with all the criteria for success, whether they have a manufactured product or intellectual property.”

“Global Target not only assists companies that are planning to conduct international business, but it also works with businesses already doing business globally who are looking for ways to expand their international presence, ” noted Debbe Skutch, Director of UT’s Center for Family & Privately-Held Business and GlobalTarget Program Coordinator. “Furthermore, GlobalTarget is the first organized, focused attempt in this region to not only provide information, but to actually match local manufacturing companies with foreign markets."

Ben McGilvery, Cauffiel Corporation, who participated in the second offering of Global Target at UT, said, "The format and resources provided are excellent to expose participants to international sales/logistics. Although we've been conducting international business for many years, the program helped us to better understand the process and utilize resources available to us."  

Other features and benefits of GlobalTarget include access to ancillary educational programs offered by UT COBI - - such as the Schmidt School of Professional Sales and the Center for Family and Privately-Held Business - - and site visits to area companies that have already achieved a level of success in global entrepreneurship.

UT COBI’s third GlobalTarget series of programs begins in October and participants are still being accepted.  To apply, download an application form at:, or call the UT COBI Global Business Development Institute at 419.530.2068.