SEI’s data-driven approach appeals to newest board members
Summit Education Initiative (SEI) gains valuable insight and a variety of professional and community experience with the addition of two members to its Board of Directors.
During the Board of Directors’ annual meeting on June 8, members voted to accept the requests of Glenn Leppo and John Williams to join the board. The total number of members on SEI’s Board of Directors is now 22.
Leppo, chief executive officer of Leppo Group, Inc., began his career at McDonnell Aircraft and Amoco in South Carolina, first working in research and then plant operations and management. He became the fourth member of his family to run the family business in 1993. Founded in 1945, Leppo Group now employs nearly 120 workers among seven locations. It earned the 79th largest equipment rental company ranking in North America for 2014.
Although Leppo’s community involvement has evolved through the years, most recently he serves committees such as United Way Income Review, the NEOMED Shine On Campaign and the Newman Center Capital Campaign. He is a graduate of the Leadership Akron Class 31.
Leppo earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in chemical engineering from Washington University. He believes “education is the answer to getting today’s children to be financially self-sufficient.”
Leppo adds, “I appreciate the data-driven approach of SEI and want to help create ‘a future in which every student graduates prepared, passionate and persistent with a clear career pathway.’”
As an executive-level professional, Williams also utilizes data to inform decisions and strategic planning initiatives. He began his career at Ford Motor Company in Teterboro, New Jersey, before moving on to Nissan North America in 1992. There, Williams served several roles, working his way up to become dealer operations manager in 2003.
Williams moved on to Alpha Phi Alpha Homes, Inc., five years ago. As chief operating officer, Williams has been responsible for moving the organization’s strategic plan to strategic implementation, among several other projects and initiatives.
Williams is also committed to “engaging individuals, groups and organizations in appropriate assessment leading to stronger, more successful achievement” within the community. He also serves the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Board and has served the boards of Summit Housing Development Corporation and Love in the Name of Christ (Love, Inc.).
Williams is a graduate of the Leadership Akron Class 27. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in business administration, banking and finance.
“I look forward to working with SEI’s staff and board in advancing the organization’s mission and vision,” Williams says.
Leppo and Williams will serve three-year terms as members of SEI’s Board of Directors. For more information about other members, visit http://seisummit.org/about-us/board-of-directors/.