Dr. Tom Brady

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Dr. Tom Brady spent 50 years in the plastic packaging industry and participated in the development of many of today’s standard plastic packaging technologies. In 1986, Tom founded Plastic Technologies, Inc. to continue the journey that he began at Owens-Illinois in 1972. In 2009, Tom took a dramatic career turn to become Interim Dean of The University of Toledo’s College of Education, and today he remains committed to promoting and improving education, from PreK through Higher Education. His charitable and community service work includes having served as a board member for the Northwest Ohio Regional Growth Partnership, Toledo Port Authority, Lourdes University, Toledo Symphony, University of Toledo, and the Ohio Governor’s Third Frontier Commission, among others, and Tom and his wife, Betsy, continue to support entrepreneurial, teacher education, and engineering technology initiatives at the University of Toledo, Dartmouth College, and the University of Michigan. Tom earned his BS and MS degrees from Dartmouth and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He holds six U.S. patents, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Plastics Industry in 2010, was inducted into the Plastics Industry Hall of Fame in 2012, and has received numerous other honors, including being named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1989, and Philanthropist of the Year with his wife, Betsy, in 2006.

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