Born in 1914 in Topeka, Kansas, Veale moved to Cleveland as a young child when his engineer father joined the Eaton Corporation. He attended Cleveland Heights High School and Case Institute of Technology, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Veale worked for several corporations including General Motors. In 1941, he married Harriet Ernst, a member of the Ernst and Young accounting family.In the 1960s, Veale and his associates formed the Alco Standard Corporation, which successfully bought small companies and helped them succeed by contributing capital and strategic direction. Veale’s new organizational approach known as “Corporate Partnership,” kept founding entrepreneurs and management in place to do their own thing. By the mid-1980s, Alco Standard would have ranked among the top 150 public companies listed on the Fortune 500, had it not been private. Veale was the chairman of Alco Standard until 1986.
The Forum has inspired me to be more purposeful in stepping out of the classroom and connecting with what’s happening in the entrepreneurship space beyond education.
I’ve learned to never give up, even if you fail.
I always thought Ohio is a state that’s not in my future, but Veale Startup Week: The Business of 3D Printing showed me just how much the people of Cleveland care about students.
Veale Startup Week taught me I can design, build, and learn new things and have fun, make new friends, and be myself while doing it!
Working in a group of students has shown me the value of teamwork.
The Veale Venture Challenge was a great experience for me, especially hearing other students’ business presentations.
Through this program I made more contacts than I could have ever imagined and learned about the business community and all of the opportunities Cleveland has to offer.
I liked the Veale Venture Challenge a lot, especially presenting my ideas to a huge audience and promoting my business to new people.
Through the Veale Forum, our young entrepreneurs are being exposed to new opportunities and resources while networking and establishing their place in the market.
The Veale Venture Challenge was a huge success from start to finish.
I learned a ton through the Veale Venture Challenge and got to work with and learn from some very amazing individuals.
I realized while attending Veale Startup Week: The Business of 3D Printing that even a high schooler can come up with a million dollar idea.
The Veale Venture Challenge showed me the diversity of people and ideas throughout Northeast Ohio and that there are many opportunities for individuals of all ages.
At Veale Startup Week, I learned there is a much larger variety of business opportunities than I thought.
By taking part in these programs my skills and understanding of the business world have deepened, giving me a head start on a business major in college.
For my daughter, entering and winning the Business Plan Competition has better prepared her for life than most any other experience.
The Veale Venture Challenge was a great experience and I am glad I did it. It was cool to meet all the accomplished men who came back to our school to coach us.
The best part of the Veale Pitchfest was hearing everyone’s personal ideas and then coming together as a team to create the overall pitch.
It was a lot of fun watching and listening to the other student entrepreneurs at the Veale Venture Challenge finals. For me, presenting on stage in front of more than one hundred people was a bit more “real” and much scarier than presenting in front of a few judges at school.
I would tell my friends to enter the Veale Pitchfest competition because there are so many things that can be learned from it, not just about business, but about life.