​Fridays at Findlay​

An executive speaker series presented by the University of Findlay and sponsored by:

7:30 - 9 a.m.
Winebrenner Theological Seminary
UF Campus
$10 per person, breakfast included ($5 per student)

The Fridays At Findlay breakfast lecture series is designed to encourage educational opportunities for community members regarding best leadership practices and offer insights into the challenges professionals face.

2018 Fridays at Findlay
Registration coming soon!

September 28, 2018

Innovating from Your Core Product
Kevin Sauder, President/CEO, Sauder Woodworking Co.

Sauder Woodworking Co. is an 83-year-old family business and North America's fifth largest residential furniture manufacturer. Sauder products are distributed primarily through large discount chains, e-commerce retailers, office superstores, and furniture stores. Sauder is also a major contract supplier to IKEA. Most of the Sauder products are manufactured in Archbold, OH, with some complimentary items imported from Asia. Subsidiaries include Sauder Manufacturing, which produces contract furniture for the worship, university, and healthcare markets, and Progressive Furniture, Inc., an importer of wood case goods. With these subsidiaries, total Sauder corporate revenues are over $600 million.

Following the completion of his Bachelors degree from Miami (Ohio) University and MBA degree from Duke University, Kevin joined Northern Telecom in business systems and marketing in Raleigh, NC. Three years later in 1988, he returned to Sauder as Marketing and Sales Director for the newly formed Office Products Division. Kevin was named Vice President of Marketing and Sales in 1992 and President in 1999. Kevin has received the Advertising Age Marketing 100 Leaders Award, the IHFRA Pillar of Industry Award, and the Northwest Ohio Twenty-Under-Forty leadership award.

Kevin was 2015 Chairman of the American Home Furnishings Alliance and is a Director of the Farmers & Merchants State Bank. He is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of ProMedica Health System, and on the Board of Trustees of the Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism. Kevin is also 2018 President of the Archbold Rotary Club.

November 2, 2018

Building a National Championship Team
Reflections from Coach Ron Niekamp and a panel
This Fridays at Findlay event will take place in the Alumni Memorial Union (AMU) on campus

Contact Cindy Lahey at 419-434-5334 or lahey@findlay.edu for more information.

Watch recordings from previous Fridays at Findlay speakers via our YouTube channel or read more in our online newsroom.