We are proud to have our CEO represent Philpott at Northeast Ohio's Smart 50

Northeast Ohio’s Smart 50 play a large part in region’s rebirth

By: SBN staff

On behalf of Corporate College and Cuyahoga Community College, I want to personally congratulate the recipients of the second annual Corporate College Smart 50 Awards, presented by Smart Business. 

We are privileged to partner with Smart Business and present the Corporate College Smart 50 Awards in celebration of Northeast Ohio’s top executives and in recognition of their talent to effectively build and lead innovative and “smart” organizations. All of this year’s honorees have made a difference in their organizations and in the region. Their positive impact on employment and business sustainability, and ability to generate new ideas and innovation in everyday expectations, has reinvented the Northeast Ohio landscape into one of the most up-and-coming business regions in the country.

These large, midsized and emerging companies’ leaders motivate and inspire people, and are passionate and focused in what they do. The executives we are celebrating today are able to tackle unique business challenges and continue to lead their organizations toward success. Corporate College is honored to acknowledge this year’s nominees.

Corporate College is a division of Cuyahoga Community College, a nationally recognized leader in higher education and member of the League for Innovation in the Community College. Corporate College is known for its best in class client solutions including training, consulting, conference and hospitality services to the business community and its strategic partners. Since its inception in 2003, Corporate College has worked with organizations in all sectors and professionals at every level. We run our organization as a business would run theirs and understand the challenges leaders and organizations face. Clients turn to us for training solutions to meet their strategic business goals and consulting services that improve individual, team and organizational performance. Corporate College provides professional
training and development tailored for today’s dynamic business environment.

Mike Baach
President and CEO
Philpott Solutions Group Inc.

Prior to Mike Baach becoming president and CEO of Philpott Solutions Group Inc., the company was listless, and its growth only kept pace with annual inflation. When Baach joined in 2009, he helped employees regain their confidence while encouraging their creativity. He made prudent capital investments, added jobs, protected the company’s intellectual property and expanded its business influence, to which employees responded quickly and productively.

Externally, the company moved away from historically low margin markets and into new segments while continuing service to its key legacy customers.

To compete with the cost advantage global competitors gain through use of inexpensive labor, Philpott partnered with other polymer molders, placing its manufacturing equipment in their facilities and “renting” their labor to produce Philpott parts. Creating nearly 100 percent labor utilization drove down costs to be globally competitive.