2019 KeyBank Global Leaders Forum to Focus on Success in Changing Retail Market

September 24, 2019 | Events, News, UToday, Alumni, Business and Innovation
By Staff

The former CEO of Tabasco will deliver the keynote address at the 2019 KeyBank Global Leaders Forum hosted by KeyBank and The University of Toledo Family Business Center.

Tony Simmons, great-great-grandson of the creator of Tabasco sauce, is the seventh family member to assume leadership of the family-owned and operated McIlhenny Co. on Avery Island in Louisiana over five generations.


The event titled “A Hot Topic: Success in a Changing Retail Market” will begin at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 6165 Levis Commons Blvd. in Perrysburg.

Registration is required for the free, public event. Register on the KeyBank Global Leaders Forum website.

Simmons plans to focus on the Tabasco brand, his recipe for success, and how to address the needs of both the family and the business.

The keynote address will start at 8 a.m., followed by a panel of local business leaders who will discuss governance and boards within a family business. Members of the panel include Simmons; Steve Wurth, president and CEO of Wurtec; Aly Sterling, president of Aly Sterling Philanthropy; and Joe Shrader, president of Shrader Tire and Oil.

The KeyBank Global Leaders Forum Fund was established with the UToledo Family Business Center to bring world business leaders to town to share their stories and engage conversations for local companies to achieve success for their business. KeyBank shares the center’s passion for learning — whether it’s for the student population or the local business community.

The UToledo Family Business Center is a member-driven organization with more than 200 family business members that provides support specifically designed for family businesses — places that have a special dynamic, one not always served by traditional best practices advice. Family dynamics impact family business; the UToledo Family Business Center makes that the core of its mission.

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