May 26, 2010
A couple weekends ago, the Toledo chapter of the AIGA hosted a design educators conference at the Crowne Plaza, downtown, for national members of the AIGA. Great for them and great for Toledo for all the visitors!
The opening event was a talk by Joshua Onysko, the CEO and founder of Pangea Organics.
“Throughout Pangea’s growth, from its inception in 2000, Onysko, 32, has retained private ownership of his company, never straying from its vision.”
His talk, held at the Glass Pavilion at the TMA was open to the public for a small fee, and free to conference attendees.
Joshua’s life story and the story about his company’s commitment to human health as well as the health of our environment was inspirational, compelling, exposed his passion for dedicating oneself to a brand that he built, continues to prune and 100% believes in. All without having to exchange that passion for superficial and “unsustainable” business decisions.
Again, I applaud our young chapter of the AIGA for bringing in the business insights of the founder of Pangea, along with many other heavy hitters over the weekend, like Rick Poyner (“He never jumps the pond!”—in reference to how lucky Toledo is to get an internationally-known designer, so respected, over much larger American cities) and Rick Valicenti (Our own midwest design illuminati).
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