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 mentors were phenomenal and gave us great advice for the Pitchfest and life in general.
I loved the challenge, energy, and inspiration that came from putting the business plan together and working with other entrepreneurs.
Working in a group of students has shown me the value of teamwork.
The Veale Venture Challenge dramatically helped with public speaking, which is something you need now in high school, but especially later on in your career.
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.
The Veale Venture Challenge was a huge success from start to finish.
I’ve learned to never give up, even if you fail.
E CITY has influenced me and my decisions about keeping my business going and taking business further into my major.
The mentors were extremely helpful and provided critical insights on our thought processes, future plans, financials, and especially the structure of our slide deck.
From the introductions to the awards presentations, the Veale Pitchfest was great. The collaborations formed made the experience that much better.
I learned a ton through the Veale Venture Challenge and got to work with and learn from some very amazing individuals.
Mr. Veale’s vision and generosity have inspired Beaumont students in the fields of entrepreneurship and science. The world is a better place because of his incredible talents and his dedication to the next generation.
I learned a lot from the entrepreneurs at the Veale Pitchfest and I got some useful skills I can use later on in life.
I keep coming back to the Young Entrepreneur Market and it’s one of my favorite things to do. I love seeing a customer’s face light up and getting satisfaction from selling something. I love that feeling.
It was a great experience and I am glad I did it. It was cool to talk to the accomplished men who came back to our school as coaches, mentors, and judges.
The Veale Venture Challenge introduced me to mentors who would like to help me start my company, which would be very beneficial to my future.
The business competition made me want to go to college and put all of my effort into my major and push myself to get it done no matter how hard the task becomes.
My presentation skills and ability to deliver a business pitch have significantly improved.
The Veale Venture Challenge and the entrepreneurship programming at my school provide tremendous opportunities for students like me.