In its 25th year, the Small Business Forum and Leader Award
(fondly SBFLA) program honors and recognizes leaders of small
businesses who have achieved company success while contributing to the
development of our community. We are grateful for the support of our
Presenting Sponsor Commerce National Bank and Partner Business First,
plus numerous sponsors who make this program possible. Each day before
the 2009 Small Business Forum and Leader Award, we'll profile our
Finalist: Over $1 Million in Revenue – Bernie & Sandy Senser
Bernie and Sandy Senser, pioneers of the recycling industry, founded CycleMET in 1984. True entrepreneurs, the Sensers looked for an opportunity area that would combine their joint business backgrounds in scrap and financial management. After researching businesses and industries that were forecast to remain in growth and profit modes for the long term, recycling became their livelihood.
Prior to launching CycleMET, Bernie earned an industrial design degree from Columbus College of Art and Design and worked many years as a senior designer for Hoover and Admiral Corporations. In 1975 he joined the family business in Mansfield, OH where he obtained his scrap business knowledge and talent for
buying scrap metal. His design background has been instrumental in the creation of specialized equipment that has revolutionized the recycling business of CycleMET.
Sandy also grew up in a family-owned business which led to her becoming a CPA after earning a business degree from Miami University of Ohio. After working with Ernst & Young, she began consulting for many different industries including nonprofits and small manufacturers acting as controller and manager of accounting. She has extensive experience with accounting and human resource management
which has brought much to the CycleMET joint venture with Bernie. From their scrap metal start up on McKinley Avenue with only Bernie and Sandy to their expanded state of the art facility today located on Harrison Road with 8 employees, they offer such customer friendly conveniences as a drive-through
drop-off, computer generated receipts, candy, and coffee for each customer. Truly community-minded individuals, both Bernie and Sandy have volunteered countless hours in their service to community, civic, service, and educational organizations including terms as Columbus.
Award recipients will be announced at the 2009 Small Business Forum and Leader Awards on November 10, 2009.