Steven R. Cotner
Corporate Intelligence Consultants, Inc.
1975 Owens Graduate
"The education I received at Owens was usable knowledge. I still use what I learned there 28 years later. What I learned helps me service my clients better."
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Profile of Excellence: Steven R. Cotner
Owens Community College Alumnus
Steve Cotner's business specializes in investigation and security management for corporations. His highly-trained security professionals at Corporate Intelligence Consultants, Inc. utilize the latest research methods to solve their clients' problems. "We provide accurate information necessary for making the most informed decisions," explains Cotner, company president.
Steve began uncovering information at Owens Community College nearly three decades ago. "I knew I wanted to follow in my dad's footsteps," he says. His father, the late Richard Cotner, was at the time the head of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division in Toledo. Enrolling in the Owens' Law Enforcement program, Steve found classes unlike others he had attended at another area college. He thought the instructors were interested in the students and quite engaging. This mix created the right environment for him to delve into crime investigation and prevention.
In 1975, Steve graduated from Owens Community College with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He worked as an Undercover Narcotics Investigator for two years at many locations in Ohio. He then decided to return to school and since all of his credits transferred to Bowling Green State University, he graduated with his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in just one year. While at BGSU, Steve and his father decided to go into business together. Combining their extensive knowledge and expertise, Corporate Intelligence Consultants, Inc. was formed.
Today, Steve has a staff of security professionals that provide area businesses and law firms with a full range of investigative and security consulting services. Those services range from pre-employment screening, security management, strike management and documentation to video surveillance and electronic countermeasures. Steve also has taught numerous seminars on Loss Prevention and Investigating Thefts.
When asked what role Owens Community College played in the success he enjoys today, he confirms, "The education I received at Owens was usable knowledge. I still use what I learned there 28 years later. What I learned helps me service my clients better."
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