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ShurTech CEO Talks Company Culture, Core Values During Business Club Luncheon

School News

April 11, 2019

For 52 years, one of the most anticipated events of the Walsh academic year has been the Business Club Luncheon. Founded in 1966, the Business Club has hosted an impressive portfolio of internationally renowned business leaders who have shared their expertise and insight into current business trends both local and global. This year, the 52nd Annual DeVille School of Business Luncheon on Thursday, April 11, featured ShurTech Brands CEO John Kahl, who shared his unique insight and success in leading the Avon, Ohio, based maker of Duck® Tape, through incredible growth, innovation and brand recognition during his presentation titled “Living Your Core Values.”

“One of the things that I’m most proud of, is that we’ve been able to maintain our core values and our beliefs, the fabric, the culture of our company through two sales,” said Kahl. “We’re big believers in the fact that people do business with people. We are servant leaders who work to endear ourselves to our customers at the trade level, and then connect with you in the consumer public so there is demand for our products at retail. We have six core values that are bookended and designed specifically in this way -- people make the difference and delighting the customers. I tell our folks, if we do those two things well, the rest will take care of itself.”

More than 300 guests were in attendance including University President Richard Jusseaume, Northeast Ohio business leaders, community organization members, and Walsh University faculty and students.

“When putting on this yearly luncheon we have two purposes in mind--to bring the business community to the Walsh campus, to share their experiences and insight into today’s business world. And to secondly, raise needed scholarship dollars for deserving business students,” said Business Club Co-President Holly Baer.

The Business Club is a student-led organization within the DeVille School of Business, with the mission of fostering leadership and service to others through experiential opportunities both on and off campus.

“This year we’ve had 60 members that were active and have completed five service projects through our 604 service hours,” said Business Club Co-President Zuki Almasy. “All of our service projects tour and events foster our passion for leadership in service to others and promote our commitment to sustainable business practices.”

The Scholarship Luncheon also included the awarding of annual Business Club Scholarships, including the Dean Carole Mount Scholarship named in honor of her more than 30 years of commitment and leadership. These scholarships, funded through proceeds from the luncheon, are awarded to Walsh students who demonstrate their involvement within the DeVille School of Business through an application process.

About the Speaker:

During his tenure as CEO, which began in 2001, John Kahl has led an executive team managing three distinct business units – DIY (Do It Yourself), Professional and Home & Office consumer markets – that are marketed primarily under the Duck®, T-Rex®, FrogTape® and Painter’s Mate Green® brands.

Prior to his role and responsibilities as the CEO, Kahl graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio. Following his graduation in 1985, he began his career in the sales department for Duck® brand at Manco, Inc., Avon, Ohio (now ShurTech Brands). With his drive and tenacity, he was promoted to National Sales Manager in 1987, Executive Vice President of Sales in 1994, Chief Operating Officer in 1996 and President in 1997.