From the UConn Foundation's e-newsletter, Our Moment (February-March 2012)
Brian Simons '60As a man who started his own business and transformed it into an industry leader, Brian Simons '60 of Trumbull likes the transformation that is turning UConn into a leader in public education. To show his support, he recently donated $200,000 to establish an endowed scholarship for an undergrad in the School of Business.
"I think UConn is doing a great job, expanding nicely and turning out great graduates," says Simons, chief executive officer of Shelton-based OEM Controls, Inc., which he started in 1966 and now employs 215. "We can use good people," says Simons.
His company designs and manufactures specialized control systems, including joystick controllers, multi-grip handles, rotary and foot pedal controllers, and complete control panel systems for heavy duty construction machines. The company also offers the capability to monitor machines from a distance.
"You know those booms near construction projects along the highway, with workers up in baskets. The joysticks that control this equipment are made by us," says Simons, whose two sons joined the business as it grew over the years. Sam '95, who received his executive MBA from UConn, is director of business development and operations while Keith is director and marketing manager.
Simons likes the idea that his scholarship fund will make it a little easier for a potential businessman or woman to get through UConn. "I had to hustle because I worked my way through college," says Simons. "It didn't hurt me any, but I like the idea of helping a student make ends meet."
To learn more about supporting the School of Business, please contact the Foundation's development department.
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