CHICAGO, April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On February 24, 2011, Marvin Klein (BA '53) was inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame at its 26th Anniversary Gala Celebration. Mr. Klein was recognized for his entrepreneurial achievements as founder of the environmentally responsible manufacturer PortionPac Chemical Corporation. The Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago hosted the event at the Chicago Hilton and Towers.
"As an entrepreneur, there is no greater achievement than seeing your business succeed and maintaining its longevity, especially in a challenging economy," said Mr. Klein. "It is a great honor to be recognized by the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame and the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies for my life's work. One thing I will never forget from my studies at University of Illinois at Chicago is the wisdom of business from my professors."
"For the last 26 years, the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame has been a showcase of Chicago's successful entrepreneur community," said Michael Pagano, interim dean of the UIC College of Business Administration. "This new crop of inductees is further proof that even in toughest times, through hard work, creativity and dedication, you can succeed in business. On behalf of the CBA, I congratulate the Class of 2011."
PortionPac manufactures highly concentrated, pre-measured cleaning products that reduce the resources used throughout the lifecycle of production, storage, distribution and disposal, minimize the adverse effects of chemicals on the environment, and eliminate the unsafe and ineffective habits of traditional cleaning procedures. The manufacturer of Green Seal-certified cleaning products is known for progressive leadership, user-centric educational services, and innovative products that are easier on the environment and safer for our customers.
About The Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame
Celebrating its 26th Anniversary, the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame recognizes innovative business leaders in the Chicagoland area. Each year, it inducts prominent entrepreneurs who have demonstrated the entrepreneurial spirit and business talent by founding or growing their respective business. The Hall of Fame encourages business leaders, students and government officials to honor the entrepreneurial spirit and business excellence.
Past inductees include: Robert J. Abt of Abt Electronics; John W. Baird of Baird & Warner; Gian M. Fulgoni of comScore, Inc; Robert W. Galvin of Motorola; Michael P. Krasny of CDW Computer Centers, Inc.; Stuart R. Paddock, Jr. of Daily Herald; Gordon Segal of Crate & Barrel; and Charlie Trotter of Charlie Trotter's.
About the Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Founded in 1982, the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago is one of the leading entrepreneurial research and professional organizations in the United States. The Institute's mission is to champion the entrepreneurship mindset and skill-set among students, faculty and the community-at-large. Today, the Institute offers innovative programs designed to advance the entrepreneurial spirit in students, business owners and the international research community.