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Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. CEO to Address Owens Graduates at Spring Commencement

Thomas A. Dattilo

Thomas A. Dattilo, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cooper Tire and Rubber Company, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Findlay, will serve as the keynote speaker at Owens Community College's 36th annual Spring Commencement Thursday, May 16. The commencement will be at 7 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center on the Toledo-area Campus, Oregon Road.

"We are pleased to offer a speaker of this caliber for our students, families, staff and faculty," said Gary Dettling, Owens Vice President of College Advancement.

"Mr. Dattilo's speech presents our graduates with a unique opportunity to gain insight on success from the head of a Fortune 500 company."

Dattilo has been Chairman, President and CEO for Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. since April 2000. Prior to that, he served as Cooper's President and Chief Operating Officer.

Founded in 1914, the Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. has a long-standing tradition as a leader in the specialization of manufacturing and marketing automotive parts. Products for Cooper Tire include automotive, motorcycle and truck tires, inner tubes, tread rubber and equipment. Cooper Standard Automotive is an original equipment supplier of sealing, trim, NVH control systems and fluid handling systems for the automotive industry in North America, Europe, Australia and South America. The company has more than 20,000 employees and 52 manufacturing facilities in 13 countries.

A native of Akron, Dattilo currently resides in Perrysburg. He earned his bachelor's degree from Ohio State University and law degree from the University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. Dattilo serves on the board of directors of the Rubber Manufacturers Association, board of trustees of Manufacturer's Alliance and board of directors of the Harris Corporation.

"It is truly an honor to have Mr. Dattilo serve as the speaker for this year's commencement ceremony at Owens," said Carrie McMullen, Owens Student Government President. "A success story like his will be a great inspiration for the graduates."

More than 4,000 family, friends and relatives are expected to attend Spring Commencement, which will see over 500 Owens students receive an associate degree. Commencement is open to the public.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay campuses, Owens serves more than 36,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and the lowest tuition in Northwest Ohio. Owens Community College offers over 100 career-oriented programs and majors in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.

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