present the

2015 Entrepreneurial & Business Excellence (EBE)
Hall of Fame
Induction Ceremony

Founded by:

In Partnership with:
Davenport, Hanf & Company, LLC / BDO
Mercy Health Partners and the Mercy Foundation

Join us as we honor Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan’s outstanding entrepreneurs and business owners and their contributions to our region!

The Pinnacle
1772 Indian Wood Circle
Maumee, Ohio 43537

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Cocktail & Hors d’oeuvres Reception & Induction Ceremony
 begins at 5:30 p.m.

Business Professional Attire Required

Tickets are $85.00 per person

For additional information go to
or contact Adam Davenport at The EBE Hall of Fame to RSVP your attendees
419-874-0000 x 106


Below are the 2015 HONOREES.

Please visit our SPONSORSHIP page for the 2015 EBE Hall of Fame Sponsors


2015 EBE Hall of Fame Honorees

Business Excellence Award
The Mannik & Smith Group
C. Michael Smith, PE, Chairman of the Board
Richard Bertz, President

Business Excellence Award
Dan Ridi, President

Business Excellence Award
Turner Electric Co.
Judy Turner, C.E.O.
Don Turner, C.O.O.

Excellence in Family Business Award
The Yarder Manufacturing Company
Rick Yarder, President
Matt Yarder, VP
Jeff Conlan, VP

Davenport-Longenecker Lifetime Achievement Award
To be Announced at Ceremony
Nominator: Larry Davenport, Clint Longenecker

The Entrepreneurial & Business Excellence Hall of Fame was created to encourage, promote, and recognize outstanding entrepreneurship, family business, and business excellence. This program was formed as a result of a recognized need to foster and honor entrepreneurial success and business innovation and excellence in our region.

The primary objectives of the EBE Hall of Fame include, but are not limited to:

  • Hosting an annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to be held in the fall each year
  • Honoring family businesses through the Excellence in Family Business Award at the annual Induction Ceremony
  • Fostering entrepreneurship and mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs

The EBE Hall of Fame is Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan's ceremony to honor outstanding entrepreneurs and business leaders who:

  • Inspire through intense vision
  • Have built and sustained growing businesses
  • Create jobs in our region

Who is eligible for nomination? 

  1. Outstanding Entrepreneurs and Business Owners who have been responsible for the high-performance and business excellence of a private or public company. 
  2. Outstanding Family Business Leaders who have built and grown family-owned businesses and that have demonstrated considerable growth and innovation.        
  3. Outstanding Business Advocates who, by action and influence, have been responsible for progressing and sustaining business development, inspiring or embracing innovation, or creating opportunities for business creation and growth.

The Entrepreneurial & Business Excellence Hall of Fame™ is a registered brand of Gorillas & Gazelles LLC.