Thomas Brady is Adrian College Convocation speaker on September 4

ADRIAN, Mich. — Dr. Thomas Brady, founder and chairman emeritus of Plastic Technologies, Inc., will be Adrian College’s Convocation speaker at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, in Herrick Chapel. The theme for the event is “Thinking Critically.”

Brady is also the founder and chairman emeritus of five other PTI companies, including Phoenix Technologies International, PTI Operations, PTI–Europe, Guardian Medical USA, and The Packaging Conference LLC, a joint venture company which organizes international technical conferences. Founded in 1985, the PTI companies employ more than 200 people worldwide and are recognized for expertise in plastic packaging, plastic product and process technology development, plastics recycling, and specialty product manufacturing.

A member of the Toledo Museum of Art Business Council and a founding board member of the Toledo Technology Academy, Brady serves on the boards for Toledo School for the Arts, the Imagination Station Science Center, the Ohio I-Corps review board, Toledo Public Schools Business Advisory Board, Toledo Early College High School, and Lourdes University, a private four-year liberal arts university in Sylvania, Ohio.

Brady received BA and MS degrees in Engineering from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1972. He was recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year in 1989, Manager of the Year in 1996, and was inducted into both the Society of Plastics Industry Hall of Fame and the Plastic Machine Manufacturers Institute Packaging Hall of Fame in 2012. PTI received the Small Business of the Year Award in 1995, the Northwest Ohio Partner in Progress Award in 2001, and the Employer’s Association President’s Award in 2006. Thomas and his wife, Betsy, were recognized jointly as Philanthropists of the Year in 2009 and have endowed the University of Toledo Engineering Innovation Center, the UT Engineering Freshman Entrepreneurship Program, the Dartmouth College Thayer School of Engineering Entrepreneurship Fund, the University of Michigan Engineering Entrepreneurship Fund, and the UT College of Education’s Brady Partnership Schools Program, to prepare early childhood teachers for urban schools.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, go online to