Wilson Lecture

James Dicke II to Speak at Wilson Lecture in Business Economics

Will present “The Value of Being Private” on Feb. 22, at The College of Wooster

02 February, 2017 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio — James Dicke II, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Crown Equipment Corporation, will present “The Value of Being Private: The Economics and Politics of Manufacturing in an International Context" at the James R. Wilson Lecture in Business Economics on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at The College of Wooster. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Wilson Governance Room of the Scot Center (1267 Beall Ave.).

Dicke earned his bachelor of science degree from Trinity University and became president of Crown in 1980. He served as president until 2002 when he became CEO and his son succeeded him as president. He will discuss how a family-owned firm based in New Bremen, Ohio, has become a global player, manufacturing what Forbes calls, “the BMW of forklifts” on four continents. Crown had $2.64 billion in worldwide sales revenue for fiscal year 2015 and has appeared at least ten times on Forbes’ list of the largest private companies in the United States.

Dicke also serves as a director of Gulf States Paper Co., a trustee of Trinity University and the Culver Educational Foundation, and a commissioner of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In 2015, he received the Horatio Alger Award given to leaders who have succeeded despite facing adversity, and who are committed to philanthropy and higher education.

The James R. Wilson Lecture Series in Business Economics brings business and financial leaders to Wooster's campus to share their insights with students, faculty, and the broader community. The series is supported by the James R. Wilson Fund for Business Economics, which was established in 2001 through a gift from James and Linda Wilson. Previous speakers in the series include Howard Putnam, CEO of Southwest Airlines; Donald Kohn, vice chairman of the Federal Reserve; Michelle Stacy, former president of Keurig, Inc.; Marshall Larsen, CEO of Goodrich; Walt Bettinger, CEO of Charles Schwab; and Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel.

Additional information about the lecture is available by phone (330-263-2302) or email.