Reading Eagle | BUSINESS | Friday, March 31, 2006
Kutztown honors small-business entrepreneursFrom our news staff
Business Log - The Kutztown University Small Business Development Center Thursday night recognized entrepreneurs at an awards ceremony held during the university's Decision Makers Forum.
Roger Schmidt, a partner in EJ Breneman Inc., Spring Township, received the president's award. The honor recognized Schmidt as a regional industry leader who demonstrated leadership in growing a business, leading with integrity, providing leadership to area economic development and civic organizations, and giving time and resources to advance higher education.
Enterpreneurs who worked with the KU center received awards for succeed with their visions, carving out a competitive position and creating sustained growth.
KUTZTOWN'S SBDC PRESIDENT'S AWARD:
Roger J Schmidt, partner of E J Breneman Inc. in Sinking Spring, PA, was nominated for the President's Award by Dr Javier Cevallos, president of Kutztown University.
Through a Naval R.O.T.C. scholarship, Schmidt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Tufts University. When he left the Navy as a Lieutenant in 1972, he immediately began working for Breneman. Eventually, he and several partners assumed control of Breneman. In 1993, he also became president of EJB Paving & Materials, a partnership between Breneman and Berks Products Corp. Under Schmidt's leadership, Breneman has grown to 175 employees serving state and local government highway maintenance and paving needs in PA and FL.
Schmidt has been involved in numerous community organizations. He joined Kutztown University's Council of Trustees in 1999, served as Trustee Board member to Kutztown University Student Services in 2000-2001, and was appointed to serve as Trustee Board member to the Kutztown University Foundation Board in 2002.
Dr. Cevallos says, "Roger Schmidt epitomizes this award. He is a successful business person, widely respected in the community for his high ethical standards. He is also deeply committed to helping develop our community. His long-time involvement with organizations like the Olivet's Boys and Girls Club or the Boy Scouts has made a difference and touched many lives"