Three local leaders honored by Lake Erie College
As Lake Erie College concluded its’ 150th anniversary, the institution wanted to recognize others who are achieving success and making an impact locally. Margaret Clark Morgan, Jack Slattery and John “Jack” Turben were honored as “Distinguished Citizens of the Western Reserve” at an awards dinner May 24.
To be considered as a candidate for this honor, individuals must exemplify the three areas of importance to Lake Erie College; tradition, excellence and service. They must work or reside in the Western Reserve, make a notable contribution to the community or region in the areas of service, philanthropy, business, education arts or healthcare, and uphold high moral standards.
Morgan is a valued community member and philanthropist. After graduation from Miami University, she worked at the B.F. Goodrich Company, where she met her husband, Burton D. Morgan. Burt Morgan would become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in northeast Ohio, founding numerous businesses as well as the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.
Morgan served at her husband’s side and he honored her commitment by creating The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation in 2001. The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation works to pursue the interests of Mrs. Morgan, a Hudson resident and active community member.
The Foundation’s primary focus is on projects related to the mental health field, with a secondary focus on education and arts projects. The Foundation has invested more than $6 million in grant projects, with nearly $90 million in endowed assets.
President of Lake Business Products and a Concord resident, Slattery is committed to supporting Lake County businesses and organizations. Prior to founding Lake Business Products, the Morehead State University graduate was employed by Pratt Whitney and Interstate PhotoCopy and served as an FBI investigator.
Founded in 1960, Lake Business Products now employs about 210 associates, 75-80% of whom are Lake County residents. A one-man endeavor that started in his home, Lake Business Products operates out of a 106,000-square-foot facility in Eastlake and serves clients across the region and state. The company has offices located in Youngstown,
Columbus, Cincinnati, Akron and Toledo.
For the past 20 years, Slattery has been a recipient of the Top Dealer Award in northeast Ohio for Canon Inc.
The current mayor of the Village of Kirtland Hills, Turben is known as a prominent businessman, and founder of Chagrin Valley Company, Ltd., predecessor to Kirtland Capital Partners.
Turben currently serves as chairman of the board of PVC Container Corporation and is a director of PDM Bridge LLC, NACCO Industries, Inc., MAGNET Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network, the Fund for Our Economic Future and University School. Additionally, he is a former chairman of the board of directors and currently serves on the board at Lake Erie College.
In 1996, the Yale graduate was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Lake Erie College and in 2004 he received the Dealmaker Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Association for Corporate Growth.