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Public invited as UT Center for Family Business explores ‘happiness’ Nov. 18

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

The event will celebrate the center’s 22nd anniversary and honors its outgoing advisory board members.

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; however, registration is required and seats are limited. Register online at, or for more information, email

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

Joseph Zerbey, president and general manager of The Blade and chair of The University of Toledo Board of Trustees, will introduce Riegsecker and Hart.

“We invited Riegsecker because he is a northwest Ohio native who has made remarkable achievements as a young entrepreneur,” said Debbe Skutch, director of the Center for Family & Privately Held Business. “For example, 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 evening’s discussion will explore the importance of company culture, entrepreneurship, community commitment, the work/life blend and more.

“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.

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