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Pennsylvania's leading business executives and Lycoming College graduates will
return to campus to participate in a panel discussion titled â€œLycoming College Innovators and
Entrepreneurs,â€Â on Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. in Heim Building
G-11. The event is part of the Collegeâ€™s spring symposium on entrepreneurship
and is being hosted by the Institute for Management Studies. Participants
include Jay. W. Cleveland Jr., president and CEO of Cleveland Brothers
Equipment Co. Inc., Ron â€œBuddyâ€ Knoebel, owner of Knoebels Amusement Resort,
and Michael Warehime, chairman of Snyderâ€™s-Lance Co. Moderator will be Bill
Kelly, president and CEO of WVIA
Public Media and host of the â€œNortheast Pennsylvania Business Journal,â€ which
airs on WVIA TV and FM.
Cleveland earned a bachelorâ€™s
degree in business administration in 1988 from Lycoming, where he played four
years of varsity basketball. He joined Cleveland Brothers shortly after
graduation as a management trainee. He later held positions as vice president of
product support and executive vice president, adding the responsibility for the
companyâ€™s engine division. Cleveland was named president and CEO of Cleveland
Brothers in 2000. In 2001, he was named dealer principal by Caterpillar.
Cleveland is the son of Jay W.
Cleveland, past chairman of the board, and the grandson of Royal E. Cleveland,
founder of Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co. Inc. He serves on the Lycoming
College Board of Trustees, Childrenâ€™s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation Board
of Trustees and the Harrisburg University Presidentâ€™s Advisory Council. He is
also a member of the Young Presidentsâ€™ Organization Pittsburgh Chapter.
Knoebel is a 1965 graduate of Lycoming, where he
majored in sociology. He became Lycomingâ€™s first NCAA wrestling champion, winning
the 137-pound national title in 1965. In 1986, Knoebel was inducted into
Lycomingâ€™s Athletics Hall of Fame.
Knoebels is Americaâ€™s largest, free-admission
amusement park and has been owned and operated by the Knoebel family since
1926. The park features two world-class roller coasters, nearly 60 other rides
and award-winning food.
The 2012 Golden Ticket Awards, presented by â€œAmusement Today,â€ has Knoebels
ranked in the top four internationally in the following categories: best park, friendliest
park, best food, best indoor coaster, best carousel and best dark ride. â€œThe
Phoenixâ€ is ranked third among the top 50 wooden roller coasters in the world.
Warehime earned a bachelorâ€™s in economics from
Lycoming in 1964. He has more than 40 years of experience in the food
industry. The newly formed Snyderâ€™s-Lance Co. finished 2012 with $1.62 billion in
net revenues. Its primary brands include Snyderâ€™s of Hanover Pretzels, Lance
Sandwich Crackers and Cape Cod Potato Chips along with newly acquired Snack
Factory Pretzel Crisps. Warehime owns a crab cake company with the Dockside
label based in Philadelphia and a small $70 million asset-based private lending
company. He also was chairman and director of Farmerâ€™s Bank & Trust of
Warehime also attended the University
of Toledo Law School and has served on college and high school boards, as well
as other business boards.
Lycoming College is a four-year,
residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate
education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential
community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming
offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in
1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa.,
Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit www.lycoming.edu.
Jay Cleveland Jr.
Ron (Buddy) Knoebel