Jack earned these accolades as an entrepreneur and the creator of Duck® Tape. He used servant leadership and a caring culture to grow his company, Manco, Inc. from a small industrial tape distributor into a leading global consumer products company. He bought Manco with $10,000 cash and an $182,000 loan in 1971, and sold the business to the Henkel Group nearly three decades later when sales topped $180 million.
Under his leadership, Manco was the first company to receive three Wal-Mart “Vendor of the Year” awards and OfficeMax’s “Vendor of the Year – Supply Chain” Award. Manco was also one of the revolutionary companies featured in Jim Collin’s best-selling book, Built to Last.
Jack was one of the founders of the Irish Garden Club which updated and enhanced the Irish Cultural Garden.
Jack serves on the boards of several private companies. Jack has been the keynote speaker for conferences and companies around the globe, including IBM, AT&T, KPMG, and Michael Hammer’s Reengineering Conference. He also has lectured at business schools around the country. In addition, he has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Industry Week, CEO Brief, Forbes, Fortune Small Business, and Inc. Magazine, talking about Manco and his visionary approach to business.
Jack was the recipient of the School Home Office Products Association’s “Lifetime Achievement Award,” Beta Gamma Sigma’s “National Medal for Entrepreneurship,” and Cleveland’s “Philanthropist of the Year Award.”
Jack is a strong supporter of education. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees at John Carroll University and St. Edward High School in Cleveland. He was named “Outstanding Alumnus” and “Alumnus of the Year” at both institutions. John Carroll University established a “Kahl Chair in Entrepreneurship” in 1998. St. Edward High School dedicated its new student center, the “Jack Kahl Student Life & Leadership Center” in 2000.
He is the former chairman of Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE), an organization that reaches more than 800,000 college students. SIFE dedicated a wing of its new world headquarters the “Jack Kahl Entrepreneurship Center” in 1999.
Jack is the proud father of five children and thirteen grandchildren. He currently resides in Avon Lake, Ohio.
Jack Kahl will be inducted by Dan Coughlin