Lifetime Achievement Award

Heidelberg and Tiffin universities receive 2021 Lifetime Achievement Awards

Winners named during TSEP Annual Meeting

Heidelberg University President Rob Huntington (left) and Tiffin University President Lillian Schumacher stand with award presenter Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz, member of the TSEP Executive Board.

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 25, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is proud to have named Heidelberg University and Tiffin University as the winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2021 Annual Meeting June 3, 2021.

Heidelberg College was founded in 1850 by members of the German Reformed Church who named it after the Heidelberg Catechism of 1563. The school was as a co-ed campus from the beginning, which was unusual for its time. Heidelberg’s American Junior Year program at Heidelberg University in Heidelberg, Germany, is the oldest exchange program between an American university and a German university. In 2009, Heidelberg College became Heidelberg University, to reflect more appropriately the academic offerings of the school. Heidelberg offers 36 undergraduate courses of study, four graduate programs, 16 minors, and 13 pre-professional programs.

“We’ve always been a welcoming community, a welcoming campus, and we’ve embraced faculty, staff, to come together to help lift students up from all backgrounds that come to Heidelberg University,” said Heidelberg President Rob Huntington.

Tiffin University was founded in 1888 after Heidelberg decided its commercial management division didn’t align with its mission. The school was founded as Tiffin Business College, first located in Downtown Tiffin and then moved to Miami Street to a former school building, which today serves as the Main Classroom Building. Over the years, TU has successfully transitioned from traditional seated students to a mixture of seated and online students, from across the country and around the world. Today, TU offers more than 25 majors through on-campus and online learning that result in real advantages for its students.

“Over our history, we’ve really grown, not only in terms of our student growth, but also in terms of our campus. If you look around our campus today, it looks very different than it even did 15 years ago, 25 years ago, and definitely 30 and 40 years ago,” said TU President Lillian Schumacher.

Having started as an institution that was one, and then going their separate ways, today the administrations at Heidelberg and TU often seek out opportunities to collaborate, such as the annual Around the Town event.

“Tiffin University and Heidelberg collaborate in many, many ways – and it wasn’t always like that,” Schumacher said. “Our institutions today work really well together, and I think we’re both very proud of the fact that we are part of the education community of Tiffin, Ohio.”

“We share, as I think all people should share, this common goal which is that we want to attract people from outside the area to come to Tiffin and Seneca County, initially through the educational experience at the college and university level, and then we would like them to stay, to build lives here, which I think is great for the entire Tiffin and Seneca County community,” Huntington said.

“These institutions have had a profound effect on our economy, our community, and, for some of us, professionally and personally,” said Lisa Hohman, TSEP board member. Hohman, CEO of Concordance Healthcare Solutions, is a Heidelberg graduate and TU Board Member.

The Covid-19 global pandemic created challenges for the universities, but both managed to adapt during difficult times.

“This school has worked its way through and survived,” Huntington said. “Going all the way through to the global flu epidemic of 1918 to the global covid pandemic of 2019. We’re leaning into it to work our way through this Covid Pandemic.”

“It has been a long almost 13 months now, and higher education, as well as in education in general, not to mention our world, so many of us have had to adapt and adjust due to the pandemic,” Schumacher said. “It was seamless for the most part, but of course, when you go through disruption like this, you grow and adjust along the way.

“Our students are amazing – the college students today, they are some of the most resilient,” she added.

Schumacher thanked TSEP and its members for recognizing both Heidelberg University and Tiffin University for the Lifetime Achievement Award, which Huntington echoed.

“It is so fitting and so appropriate that we would each and together win this award together at the same time, in the same year,” he said.

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About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at

Supance and Howard receives TSEP Lifetime Achievement Award

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz (left) poses for a picture with the partners of Supance & Howard during the 2020 Annual Meeting Feb. 27.

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 13, 2020 – Going back to 1972, the partners of Supance and Howard have been serving Tiffin both as private attorneys and public servants for almost five decades, earning them the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership 2020 Annual Meeting.

Jim Supance joined the law firm in 1972, under then partners Charles D. “Bud” Hering Jr. and Webb D. Tomb. Also working there at the time was Paul E. Gillmor. He was joined by now partner Jim Nordholt in 1974.

“Everyone in the firm has a feeling that Tiffin, Ohio, is a great place to live and we have been involved in one way or another in community service,” Nordholt said.

Brent Howard joined in 1988, coming to the community with wife, Susan Howard, Hering’s daughter.

Being located in Downtown Tiffin, at 84 S. Washington St., the firm has a record of supporting the redevelopment of the downtown. A few years ago, when Leadership Seneca County wanted to have a mural painted in Downtown, Supance and Howard offered the side of the building.

“We were pleased to offer the side of our building as part of the fabric of the downtown,” Howard said.

The firm deals primarily in probate, real estate and business law. But in addition, the partners all have been involved in public service at some point in their careers.

Supance is the chair of the Sandusky County-Seneca County-City of Tiffin Port Authority, a position he has held for more than 30 years when he was asked to join the board by then mayor Dave Martien in 1989 when the city, county and Sandusky County formed the board.

Nordholt has been on the Tiffin City Schools Board of Education, Tiffin Park Board and was on the first City of Tiffin Charter Review Commission. Nordholt also has served as a public defender and joined the prosecutor’s office.

“Part of what we do is to try to improve our community and make it the kind of place we want it to be for our families,” Nordholt said.

Howard has been the Tiffin law director since 1995, when he, like Supance, was appointed by Martien after the previous law director had stepped down and he was the only candidate who had filed for the seat. And Susan Howard, who is the office manager, also serves publicly as the Seneca County law librarian.

Howard said the desire to serve was instilled on them by their former employers, who also were community minded. Like Nordholt, Hering was on the Tiffin City School Board. And Gillmor also later went on to elected office, first in the Ohio Senate and then as a U.S. Congressman.

“Webb Tomb and Bud Hering set the example of professionalism and service to the community,” Howard said.

“We want to make sure our community is a place that thrives economically and helps everyone in our community be a success.”

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at

2018 SIEDC Award winners

SIEDC AwardThe SIEDC Awards are presented each year at the SIEDC Annual Meeting to recognize businesses and individuals in the Tiffin and Seneca County community. Not every award is given each year, only when the Membership & Events Committee and/or the president or chairperson deem a company or individual deserving of the particular recognition.

This year, the following seven awards were presented. Click the links below for additional information and a video about each award winner.

2018 Lifetime Achievement Award – New Riegel Cafe

The New Riegel Cafe was the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The cafe has been a Seneca County staple for more than 60 years.

The New Riegel Cafe is a family owned and operated restaurant started by W.J. “Pete” Boes in 1953. The cafe started out selling barbecued ribs and chicken before branching out to other fare, like ham and shrimp, and in 1971 began selling homemade bologna and sausage, as well as homemade salad dressing. The business expanded in the late 80’s with the addition of the gift shop, connected to the restaurant but located in the building next door.

The award was accepted by Tom Boes, who currently owns the restaurant with his brother, Dick Boes.


Lifetime Achievement Award criteria:
The business must be established with a history of continuous operation in the community. The business must be able to demonstrate community involvement and/or made some civic contributions that have made a significant impact on the quality of life in the community. The business must be an example of leadership in their business field, and an example of entrepreneurial spirit.