CEO/founder of Centro to speak at business recognition celebration

November 10, 2014 | Events, UToday, Business and Innovation
By Cassandra DeYoung

The University of Toledo Center for Family & Privately Held Business will host its annual recognition celebration Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Toledo Club.



Shawn Riegsecker, CEO and founder of Centro, will be interviewed by Mike Hart, president and CEO of Hart, as part of the program titled “Happiness as the New Return on Investment: The New Corporate Manifesto.”

“We invited Riegsecker because he is a northwest Ohio native who has made remarkable achievements as a young entrepreneur,” Debbe Skutch, director of the Center for Family & Privately Held Business, said. “For instance, his company, Centro, has been named the best place to work four years in a row by Crain’s, which is unheard of.”

Centro is an ad network and technology company based in Chicago. A privately held company, it was founded on the idea that the happiness of its employees is the best metric of a successful company.

The free, public event will cover:

• The Importance of company culture;

• Entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial spirit;

• Attracting, training and retaining talented people;

• Community commitment;

• Health and well-being of employees and work/life blend;

• The importance of innovation and managing chance; and

• Mission and vision.

“It’s our hope to reach out to those in the community who are entrepreneurs and to millennials who wish to start their own business, and give them a different and fresh perspective to company culture,” Skutch said.

Networking will start at 5:30 p.m. with the program following at 6 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, but seats are limited and registration is required at

For more information, email Angie Jones, program manager of the College of Business and Innovation, at

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