2019 Honorees

Jan A. Bertsch

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Owens-Illinois, Inc.

Jan Bertsch is senior vice president and chief financial officer of Owens-Illinois, Inc. (NYSE: OI). She is based at the company’s world headquarters in Perrysburg, Ohio, and is a member of O-I’s Global Leadership Team.

Bertsch is responsible for the financial and information technology functions of the company, including finance and accounting, corporate reporting, corporate tax, treasury, investor relations and internal audit. She is focused on maintaining the financial flexibility of the company, as well as ensuring the company’s strategic initiatives and capital allocation philosophy to deliver enhanced shareholder value. Working to increase connectivity and efficiency, Bertsch is also responsible for the delivery of technology solutions focused on collaboration.

Bertsch joined O-I in 2015, bringing extensive experience as an operationally-focused chief financial officer with a solid track record of value creation and asset optimization across various manufacturing companies.

Jan served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Sigma-Aldrich, a $2.8 billion life science and technology company. Sigma-Aldrich was later acquired by Merck KGaA. Prior to joining Sigma-Aldrich in 2012, Jan was vice president, controller and principal accounting officer at BorgWarner. She spent nearly 30 years at Chrysler LLC and Ford Motor Company in various roles of increasing responsibility in finance, treasury and information technology. She also serves on the BWX Technologies, Inc. and Meritor, Inc. Board of Directors. Jan served nearly twelve years as the Chair of Wayne State University School of Medicine Board of Visitors.

Bertsch holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wayne State University in Detroit, and a master’s degree in business administration from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. She also completed executive leadership programs at Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business. Bertsch is married and has four children.

Ken Ganley

President and Chief Executive Officer
Ganley Automotive Group

Ken Ganley grew up in Brecksville, Ohio where he graduated from Brecksville High School in 1992. He attended Northwood in 1993 and 1994, earning an associate degree in automotive marketing. He married to his high school sweetheart, Niki, who is also a Northwood alum.

Growing up, Ken spent every minute he could in his dad's car dealerships. Becoming a porter at 12 years old, he swept floors and cleaned cars. Ken recalls telling his dad he would work for free if he were allowed to drive cars on the dealership property. His dad agreed and the rest was history. Ken has been in love with the car business as long as he can remember. At age 16, he became a salesperson, and sold cars on weekends, holidays, and summers, regularly selling 40-60 cars a month. After attending Northwood, he became a Finance Manager and the new car sales manager at his dad's Honda store in Cleveland. They quickly became one of the largest Honda dealerships in the Midwest, selling 300-350 new Hondas a month.

In December of 2005, together with his dad, they purchased a small Toyota and Mercedes-Benz dual dealership. That tiny dealership is now a campus in Akron that consists of three dealerships selling Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Maserati and Alfa Romeo. In 2018, the campus sold more than 4,800 vehicles. Over the years following, Ken began to buy his own dealerships and the company grew from 10 rooftops to today's 35 stores across Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. In 2018, they sold more than 60,000 vehicles and amassed more than $2 billion dollars in total revenue. Automotive News ranks Ganley Automotive as one of the largest privately held dealership groups in the country.

Part of the culture in the company is giving back to countless charities throughout northern Ohio. Ganley Automotive is a lead sponsor of the Susan G. Komen foundation for breast cancer and the employees take part in their annual run. They also love to give back and support the local school districts in their different dealerships regions.

Together, Ken and Niki have three sons: Kenny Jr., 17, a senior at Brecksville High school who will soon be attending Youngstown State University on a full basketball scholarship; Tyler, 14, a freshman at Brecksville high school, and enjoys playing on the varsity basketball team with his big brother; and Brady, 12, and in sixth grade at Brecksville Middle school, who loves basketball like his brothers.

Patricia Hemingway Hall

Retired President and CEO
Health Care Service Corporation

Patricia Hemingway Hall is the retired CEO of Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), the nation’s largest non-investor-owned health insurance company, which operates as Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. HCSC — the fourth largest health insurer overall in the United States.

During her seven years as CEO and 23-year HCSC career, Hemingway Hall was committed to helping ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care and to strengthening those qualities that make our system the best in the world — choice, innovation and competition.

Hemingway Hall is the recipient of a number of recognitions for her leadership in the health care industry, including being named to Modern Healthcare magazine’s “Top 25 Women in Healthcare” and being named to Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” list numerous times.

During her tenure as CEO, she grew HCSC by nearly 3 million members, built its technology infrastructure to an industry-leading standard, focused resources on creating an unrivaled customer service experience for members, increased the company’s investments in its local communities and developed a multi-line of business strategy to expand access to quality, affordable health care and position the company for long-term success.

Previously, Hemingway Hall served as president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) and as president and chief operating officer of HCSC. Prior to joining BCBSTX in 1993, she held positions at A. Foster Higgins, Aetna/Partners Health Plans, VHA and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida.

Hemingway Hall currently serves on the boards of directors of Manpower Group and Cardinal Health.

She earned a Master’s in Public Health, health planning and administration from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Michigan State University.

Paul C. Keiswetter

President & CEO of
Petoskey Plastics

Paul Keiswetter founded Petoskey Plastics in 1969, beginning operations with five employees with one bag machine that converted purchased film into plastic bags. He is a U.S. Marine Corp. veteran who served during the Vietnam Conflict. Paul was an early post-consumer plastic bag recycling innovator, starting in 1991, overseeing the development of "closed loop recycling systems" where used plastic bags and film are collected, returned and reprocessed as raw materials in three-layer products for the same market application. Paul holds various product patents including Slip-N-Grip® plastic seat covers used extensively in the automotive industry. Petoskey Plastics now operates three manufacturing plants and employs over 400 associates. Paul currently serves as its President and CEO, focusing on corporate measurables and performance accountability.

Petoskey Plastics was named Plastics News’ 2017 Processor of the Year, achieving high marks in seven categories: financial performance, customer relations, quality, technology, employee relations, environmental performance and industry/public service. In 2018 Petoskey Plastics was recognized as the second largest veteran-owned business in Michigan by Crain’s Detroit Business.

Paul resides in Petoskey, Michigan, and Naples, Florida, with his wife Melissa. He is the father of Kristin, Jason, Zander, and Thomas and grandfather of Charlie, Taylor, and Christopher.

Paul enjoys all outdoor activities, especially golfing and boating. He is practically passionate about his organic 1,500-acre farm which borders the Maple River in Emmet County, a connector property linking several thousand acres of state land. The farm is managed for the benefit of wildlife and its habitat. Annually, migratory waterfowl, upland game birds, and deer are culled. They are then aged in a cooler, processed and butchered by Paul, and destined for the table throughout the year.

Jack Krasula

President & CEO
Trustinus, LLC

Jack Krasula, President of Trustinus, LLC, is formerly the founder, CEO and President of Decision Consultants, Inc. (DCI), the largest privately held professional information technology services firm in America. Krasula sold DCI to Ciber, Inc. in May 2002.

Jack started his company in 1976 and grew the company from a one-person operation to a $150+ million in revenue, 1800+ employee firm. Unlike other companies with empty mission statements, Jack did everything he could to ensure his philosophy was remembered - and lived. Today, Jack is carrying on his philosophy and approach to people with Trustinus, LLC, a world-class provider of executive search services and Star Tickets, a full service ticketing provider.

Jack is also the radio show host of “Anything is Possible” on NewsTalk 760 WJR, a weekly inspirational show on Sunday evenings highlighting successful people who rose from humble beginnings.

Jack received an undergraduate degree from Lewis University and then went on to obtain an MBA from Loyola University.

Sandy Schwartz

President, Cox Automotive

Sandy Schwartz is President of Cox Automotive, a global automotive services and software company whose vision is to transform the way the world buys, sells, owns and uses cars. Under his leadership, Cox Automotive has assembled and integrated a family of brands that together make car dealers more successful and car buyers more satisfied, including auto industry leaders such as Autotrader, Dealer.com, Dealertrack, incadea, Kelley Blue Book, Manheim, NextGear Capital, vAuto and Xtime.

His career at Cox spans three decades, seventeen jobs and countless frequent flier miles, but has been focused on two things he loves: newspapers and cars. He has helmed both Cox Media Group and Cox Automotive, subsidiaries of family-owned Cox Enterprises, and been a key member of the leadership team that has grown the private company to $20 billion revenue and 60,000 employees.

After early days as an ink-stained sports reporter, Sandy found his name on the top of the masthead of the Austin American-Statesman and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as well as atop Cox’s newspaper and publishing groups. And as a self-described “car guy” whose garage houses an EV

and an American muscle classic, he’s right at home with the breadth of Cox Automotive’s reach in the auto industry – from in-lane auctions to online vehicle listings to open platform dealership software.

He has helped to build this unrivaled portfolio by nurturing organic growth at Autotrader and Manheim, seamlessly integrating software start-ups such as vAuto and Xtime, as well as orchestrating the blockbuster acquisition of Dealertrack and Dealer.com in a $4 billion, all-cash deal that was the largest in Cox Enterprises’ 100+ year history. Along the way, he has fostered a family first ethic and an Open, Honest & Direct culture that routinely ranks Cox Automotive among the best places to work.

Sandy grew up in Ohio helping out with his father’s window installation business and manning second base for various school baseball teams, applying those lessons and his journalism studies at The Ohio State University to his successful business career and extensive community service, including leadership positions at the A.C. Green Youth Foundation and the American Red Cross of Metropolitan Atlanta.

John R. Washbish

President and CEO
Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc.

John R. Washbish can only be described as an icon of the automotive aftermarket. He is President and CEO of Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc., the program distribution group that markets under the Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper brands. His current position represents a return to his roots in auto parts distribution after spending over 40 years on the manufacturing side of the aftermarket.

Washbish was born in Miami, Florida, but his family moved to Kentucky when he was just a child. His experience in the parts business began at age eight when he started visiting his family’s successful automotive and heavy-duty parts distribution business in Louisville. After graduating from Northwood University with an Associate’s Degree in Automotive Aftermarket Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 1975, Washbish began his adult aftermarket career with AEC Universal Joints where he quickly rose to National Sales Manager. In 1980, he joined Michigan Engine Bearings in a similar capacity. The next two decades brought a succession of acquisitions, IPOs and mergers. Washbish, riding the crest of all these activities, had become president of Clevite Engine Parts several years before the company was sold to Dana Corporation in 1998. Shortly thereafter he advanced to the Presidency of Dana’s Under Hood Group.

In late 2004, Dana Corporation sold their aftermarket business to Cypress Group, a private equity investment firm. The new company was renamed Affinia Group Inc. and included WIX Global Filtration, Brake Parts, Inc. Affinia do Brazil and Quinton Hazell. Washbish was given dual responsibilities and held the titles of President, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and President, Under Vehicle Group. He also served as Director on the Affinia Group Inc. board. In July of 2008, he left Affinia and moved on to become Executive Vice President at Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance (Alliance). On January 1, 2010, he assumed the position of President and CEO of Alliance.

After 33 years on the manufacturing side of the aftermarket supply chain, Washbish quickly adapted to the selling side of the equation with new ideas and exciting propositions for the Alliance. Beginning with a renewed focus in information technology, the company has expanded their information technology headcount; developed a consistent marketing message with enhanced tools for their customer base; and developed four (4) Alliance Exclusive National brands. The Alliance has become a global aftermarket leader under Washbish’s leadership including membership into TEMOT International of Frankfurt, Germany and the establishment of the China Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance. Finally, Washbish brought the Alliance’s tri-annual customer convention to Las Vegas for Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW), AAPEX and SEMA shows. The Alliance is the only selling organization in the aftermarket to conduct such an event in 2015 and again in 2018, drawing thousands of technician and part selling professionals. Finally, the Alliance has announced that their 2021 convention will be in Washington D.C. and will include a political summit with a march on Capitol Hill!

His service to the industry includes stints as president of the Automotive Sales Council and National Engine Parts Manufacturer’s Association. He has served as Chairman of the Young Executive Society and the Manufacturer’s Advisory Council of AWDA. He has held seats on the Board of Directors for the Motor Equipment Manufacturer’s Association, the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Associations and the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association. He currently serves on the AWDA Council of Governors and is the Senior Vice Chairman of University of the Aftermarket Foundation.

Washbish has been recognized for his leadership with numerous awards, including the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association Leader of the Year. He is also the recipient of Northwood’s Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award, and has twice been honored as the University’s Alumni of the Year.

He and his wife Carol have been married for over 40 years and have three children and seven wonderful grandchildren.

 

OBL Executive Committee

Dr. Daniel G. DeVos, Chairman, OBL ‘07

Dr. Albert F. Zehnder, OBL, ‘04

Dr. James Fabiano Sr., OBL, ‘06

Mr. Steve Madincea, OBL, ‘15

Mr. Robert Baidas, OBL, ‘16

Dr. Jamie Massie, OBL, ‘16

Mrs. Carol Williams, OBL, ‘17