CardinalCommerce founder Michael Keresman to share his startup story at LEC


Lake Erie College will host leading technology entrepreneur Michael A. Keresman III, sharing the secrets to his success on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 in the Paul S. Weaver Auditorium of the Helen Rockwell Morley Memorial Music Building.

From 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Keresman will share the techniques he perfected over decades to establish the Cleveland-based CardinalCommerce, creator of the world’s largest authentication network for digital commerce.

After three extraordinarily successful ventures into the world of entrepreneurship, the LEC trustee has learned a few things about risk, reward and perseverance. The first event of the “Profiles in Empowerment” series, this special engagement titled “The Value of Hard Work” will motivate would-be entrepreneurs to take the next—or first—step in their business plan.

After an informal discussion, audience members will be able to ask Keresman their questions about startups and entrepreneurship.

Before founding CardinalCommerce, Keresman was a co-founding executive of multi-billion dollar STERIS Corporation and CFO of the United States’ first state wide health maintenance organization (HMO), HealthAmerica of Ohio. He built his business acumen working alongside companies like National City Corporation, Ernst & Young and Cole National.

Scoffing at the “old fashioned” 8-hour workday, he banked on a provocative strategy—cutting the day in half.

“I learned to work smart and steady for half a day. That’s ultimately what the ‘status quo’ will want from you when you begin your career. You will have plenty of time for all the other things in life, like socializing, entertainment, and even sleep. Really, this is the secret to anyone’s success. Smart and steady for a little over half a day. Your big decision is to decide what half of the day you want to work—the first half or second half or some combination of 12 to 14 hours somewhere in the middle,” he said.

Keresman and his now legendary company purchased by Visa, CardinalCommerce, are the subjects of a new book currently in development. “Cover to Cover, A Cautionary Tale on Entrepreneurship!” by Patrick Alexander documents the rapid revolution of e-commerce and the impressive instincts of an unlikely industry trailblazer.

All are invited to attend and participate in “The Value of Hard Work.” This event is free and open to the public.

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For more information, contact Leah Jackson, director of college events at 440.375.7223 or

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