David T. Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Owens Corning, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Toledo, will serve as the keynote speaker at Owens Community College's 24th annual Fall Commencement on Thursday, December 19. The commencement will be at 7 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center on the College's Toledo-area Campus, Oregon Road.
"We are extremely proud to offer such a dynamic and insightful speaker for our students, families, staff and faculty on this memorable day," said Gary Dettling, Owens Vice President of College Advancement. "Owens Community College's graduating class will have the unique opportunity to gain insight on success from the head of a Fortune 500 company."
Brown has been President and CEO for Owens Corning since April 2002. Prior to his current position, he was responsible for all operating businesses of Owens Corning worldwide serving as the company's Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Founded in 1938, Owens Corning has a long-standing tradition as the world leader in building materials systems and composite systems. In 2001, the company had sales of $4.8 billion. Owens Corning has approximately 19,000 employees and more than 300 facilities in 30 countries.
Before becoming COO, Brown served as vice president and president of Owens Corning's Insulating Systems Business, which is the largest sales and profit center for Owens Corning. Among his responsibilities were overseeing the production of fiberglass, acoustic, OEM and foam insulation at 32 manufacturing plants in North America and China. Under his leadership, all aspects of the business experienced consistent growth in sales and profits.
Since joining the company in 1978, he also has held a variety of managerial positions in sales and marketing at Owens Corning. In January 1995, Brown was named vice president and president of Building Materials Sales and Distribution, with the responsibility for the company's North American sales organization and distribution channels. As vice president and president of the Roofing and Asphalt Business in the early 1990s, he was credited with returning this business to profitability after many years of lower-than-average returns. Today, the Roofing and Asphalt Business is one of Owens Corning's most profitable businesses.
Brown's professional involvement includes serving as a past board member of the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association Executive Committee, National Roofing Contractors Association Advisory Board, Thermal Insulation Manufacturers Association and Executive Committee of the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.
A resident of Toledo, Brown earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Purdue University in 1970.
"It is an honor to have Mr. Brown serve as the speaker for this year's commencement ceremony," said Joe Markowski, Owens Student Government President. "A success story like his will be a great inspiration for the graduates."
Sharing the same namesake, both Owens Community College and Owens Corning were named after Michael J. Owens, a Toledo inventor who revolutionized the glass industry by mechanizing bottle blowing in 1903. Owens' work made it possible for the creation of thousands of jobs, changing the Toledo community and glassmaking industry forever.
More than 2,700 family, friends and relatives are expected to attend the Fall Commencement, which will see over 340 Owens graduates receive an associate degree. The commencement ceremonies are 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-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students in Northwest Ohio. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 140 program areas 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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