More than 300 individuals listened to Trine University trustee and entrepreneur Keith Busse, the Ketner School of Business distinguished speaker, on Thursday morning. Below, Julie Howenstine, Ph.D., Trine marketing professor, shares the stage with Busse after his speech.

Julie Howenstine and Keith Busse on March 20, 2014

Busse stirs audience with tale of success

Trine University students, faculty members and area residents quickly filled the 320 seats in Fabiani Theatre on Thursday morning to listen to Keith Busse.

The co-founder of Steel Dynamics presented his speech "Entrepreneurs Success vs. Failures" to share the story of the company's founding in 1993 and how he built it into one of the largest steel producers and metals recyclers in the United States. Steel Dynamics, headquartered in Fort Wayne, had net sales of $8 billion in 2011.

Busse, of Fort Wayne, joined Trine's Board of Trustees in 2003. He is chair of Trine's Committee on Trustees and a member of the Executive Committee. On Trine's campus, the Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Athletic and Recreation Center is named in his honor. Busse is known for sharing his talent and resources with Trine and other organizations.

His expertise in the steel industry extends beyond his company as he is the former chairman of the American Iron & Steel Institute and the Steel Manufacturing Association. In addition, he has served in many other professional capacities, including chairman of Tower Financial Corp., a director at Accuride Corp. and a trustee for the University of St. Francis.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from International Business College, a Bachelor of Arts with a major in business finance from St. Francis College and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University. He also holds an honorary Doctor of Business Administration from Trine, an honorary doctorate degree in business from St. Francis College and an honorary Doctor of Engineering from Purdue University.