Even when he was earning his general business degree from Xavier in the 1950s, Tom Sedler worked in the family business. “It’s just what we did back then," he says. "I went to class then zipped off to work."
Sedler graduated from Xavier in 1958, but began his career in 1951 at Home City Ice, the Cincinnati company started by his father in 1924.
Now, Tom and his wife, Genny, are giving back to the University in a way that will help others fulfill their entrepreneurial spirit. The Sedlers have made a gift to the Williams College of Business Center for Entrepreneurship. Currently ranked among the top 25 entrepreneurial programs by U.S. News & World Report and 11th by The Princeton Review, Xavier’s program provides students knowledge and resources for identifying and acting upon business opportunities.
“This tremendous gift from the Sedlers will allow us to create a physical space that is much more interactive and dynamic for our students,” says Ali Malekzadeh, dean of the Williams College of Business. “It will also directly impact the program and the types of outreach opportunities that are so critical to enriching the academic experiences. The Sedlers are literally helping these students’ entrepreneurial dreams come true.”
The Center for Entrepreneurship will be one of the features of a new facility for the Williams College of Business. In addition to the Center for Entrepreneurship, the new high-tech facility will include:
- Center for Investment Research: This state-of-the-art “trading room” will allow for analysis of stocks and securities as well as portfolio management.
- Institute for Business Ethics: In keeping with its Jesuit tradition, the institute guides students in recognizing and incorporating ethical and values-related issues in the workplace.
- Institute in Healthcare Informatics: Designed to advance the development and use of information technologies and digital information resources in the delivery of health care.
“I’m so impressed with the people and the programs at Xavier,” says Sedler. “Our four sons went to school there and Xavier is just a part of our lives. We’re entrepreneurs who have grown a business and we want to help Xavier students realize their potential.”
For more information go to www.xavier.edu/greatwonders.