Hiram alumnus and founder of Sterile Waste Solutions, Carlton Dean III, will be the featured speaker for the fall Entrepreneurship Speaker Series. Hosted by the Burton D. Morgan Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship, the event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 7 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. 

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dean attended Hiram College and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and studio art. Dean was a four-year letter winner for the Terrier men’s basketball program, a two-time All-NCAC selection, and finished his career ranked 11th on the all-time scoring list with 1,324 points.  

Following his graduation from Hiram, Dean went on to play professional basketball overseas in Spain, Amsterdam and Germany. Following a successful basketball career, Dean, landed a role with Penske Truck Leasing, where he was able to hone his leadership and sales skills. After spending time in administration and business development, Dean took his passion for customer services and launched Demarrt Building Services and grew the business from 10 employees to over 100 employees within eight years. 

During his time at Penske Truck Leasing, Dean saw a lack of minority representation in the transportation and logistics industry. As a result, he co-founded Evolve Global Logistics and Evolve Global Transportation, with the goal of changing the industry to create a diverse environment, where customers, drivers, and staff feel supported and heard. Ever the entrepreneur, Dean recently launched a new business venture, Sterile Waste Solutions, in effort to combat the ever-growing medical waste problem.  

Furthermore, Dean serves on the Local Advisory Board for U.S. Bank and as vice-chair of the Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee in Columbus. Dean was also the 2019 winner of the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council President’s Award.  

With two planned events each semester, the Entrepreneurship Speaker Series draws upon entrepreneurs in various fields that reflect areas of study at the College. The interdisciplinary approach was formatted to help students in different majors understand the connection between their area of study and entrepreneurship.    

The event is open to the Hiram campus community only. For the Zoom link to attend, please email David Strukel, director of the Burton D. Morgan Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship, at StrukelDM@hiram.edu.