HBS-NEO Harvard Business School Club of Northeastern Ohio HBS-NEO

Programs: George S. Dively Entrepreneurship Award

Stewart Kohl2018 Recipient: Stewart Kohl
Co-CEO, The Riverside Company

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Riverside Co-CEO Stewart Kohl has spent his career helping smaller companies become bigger and better. Stewart got his entrepreneurial spirit at Oberlin College where he served as president of the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association. He went on to be a vice president at Citicorp Venture Capital before joining Co-CEO Béla Szigethy in 1993 at Riverside, a global private equity firm. Together, they oversee all aspects of Riverside's activities which now span four continents, 250 associates $8.3 billion in assets under management.

In addition to his work with Riverside, Stewart serves on the boards of Oberlin College (Honorary), the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland and the Cleveland Clinic. Stewart and his wife Donna are the founding donors of VeloSano, an annual charity cycling event which has raised $17 million for cancer research since the inaugural ride in 2014.


Thursday, November 1st - 6:00 to 8:30pm


Marriott at Key Tower
1360 West Mall Drive
Cleveland, OH 44114


  • $100 - HBS Club Member or spouse
  • $125 - Non-members
  • $40 - Entrepreneurs* and Professors
  • $1,000 - Table of Ten

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This is one of the best opportunities of the year to spend time with entrepreneurs and ask them about their stories. The HBS Fund of Northeastern Ohio has generously granted money to this Dively entrepreneurship event. You'll see on the registration page that entrepreneurs* receive special pricing. However, spaces are limited, so please request seats early.

* For these purposes, we define entrepreneurs as people who are growing a company that is under $1 million in annual revenues and have launched, are launching, or will launch an innovative product or service.

Students of Entrepreneurship

The HBS Fund of Northeastern Ohio supports business education in Northeastern Ohio. The fund supports this event by enabling you to attend for free, as long as you're joined by a professor of business or entrepreneurship. Please have your professor contact the club and suggest who will be joining. Maximum of Five students per professor.

About the Dively Entrepreneurship Event

George Dively, one of Northeast Ohio's greatest entrepreneurs, served as chairman and CEO of the Harris Intertype Company as it grew from $10 million to $2 billion. He wanted America to celebrate entrepreneurs, and he left this regional event and award as a part of his entrepreneurial legacy. HBS-NEO has selected Failed, Fired, & Succeeded as its theme this year and Rocco Di Lillo as its 2016 Dively Entrepreneurship honoree.

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Past Recipients:

1983 Samuel J. Franklino
Agency Rent-A-Car
1984 A. Malachi Mixon, III
1985 Milton Maltz
Malrite Corporation
1986 Robert F. Meyerson
Raymond D. Meyo
Telxon, Inc.
1987 Tinkham Veale, II
Charles W. Walton
Sudbury, Inc.
1988 Thomas A. Cutter
Robert S. Kendall
Michael R. Kennedy
LDI Corporation
1989 Craig E. Hons
James L. Schiering
Russell A. Smith
James A. Terwoord
Action Auto Rental
1990 Eric Nord
Nordson Corporation
1991 Arnold M. Miller
Matrix Essentials, Inc.
1992 Michael Feuer
1993 Thomas G. Murdough
Step 2 Corporation
1994 Bill R. Sanford
STERIS Corporation
1995 Jack Kahl
Manco, Inc.
1996 William E. Conway
Fairmount Materials, Ltd.
1997 Jon H. Outcalt
Kevin B. Shaw
NCS Healthcare
1998 Wayne Hellman
Advanced Lighting Technology
1999 Monte Ahuja
Transtar Industries
2000 James P. Mooney
OM Group
2001 David T. Morgenthaler
Morgenthaler Venture Partners
2002 Dan T. Moore
Dan T. Moore Companies
2003 John Osher
2004 Emergency Medicine Physicians
2005 Hyland Software
2006 Dealer Tire
2007 Ray Dalton
2008 James Hummer
Whole Health Management
2010 Kenneth Ricci
Flight Options
2011 Charles Hallberg
2012 The Harrington Family
Edgepark Medical Supplies
2013 Robert J. Shearer
Shearer's Food, Inc.
2014 TransDigm Group, Inc.
2015 Explorys
2016 Rocco DiLillo
2017 Paul Schumacher
Schumacher Homes
2018 Stewart Kohl
The Riverside Company