Trine alum/trustee is distinguished speaker for spring 2014

ANGOLA, Ind. – A Trine University trustee and founding partner of Metal Technologies, Inc., has been selected to be the university's distinguished speaker for spring 2014.

Rick L. James will share his life story and business success during his "Keys to Success" speech at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in Fabiani Theatre. The theatre is located in the building that bears his name, the Rick L. and Vick L. James University Center. Admission is free and open to everyone. The event is sponsored by Trine University and its Ketner School of Business.

"Trine is proud to host Rick on campus so our students and the community can hear his inspirational words and learn about his business acumen," said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine president. "He has achieved great success and he and his wife Vicki use the fruits of that success to benefit others. They are generous with their time and talents and Trine and other organizations have been blessed to be the benefactors."

The Jameses are avid supporters of the university and many of the causes they back revolve around educational programs that benefit youth and students, as well as the arts, libraries, museums and their faith.

James' ties to Trine goes back to the mid-'70s when he was a student and earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration in 1977. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2010 and serves as the chairman.

"It is an honor to deliver a speech at my alma mater, the place I credit for putting me on the path to success," James said. "The education and hands-on learning I received at Tri-State, which is now Trine, helped prepare me to pursue my dreams. I hope to serve as an example for students and others that anything is possible when you pair knowledge and dedication with hard work."

James, of Fort Wayne, is recognized as a world-wide leader in the foundry industry. He has more than four decades of experience in the foundry business and his leadership in the global foundry industry was recognized when he was selected by American Foundry Society to participate in the International Foundry Forum in Prague in September 2012.

In 1989, he and a partner founded Metal Technologies, Inc., with headquarters in Auburn. James serves as chairman and chief executive officer, a position he has held since the company was formed. Today, Metal Technologies employs more than 1,100 people at four locations in Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin with annual sales in excess of $500 million.

James is a board member of the American Foundrymen's Society, serves as a representative of the World Foundry Organization, is second vice president of the Foundry Educational Foundation and past board member of the Indiana Cast Metals Association. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana and DeKalb Health Foundation.

In April 2013, James was inducted into The Indiana Academy. The Indiana Academy was founded in 1970 by Independent Colleges of Indiana to further the development of public service, higher education, the arts and sciences, literature and the general culture of the state through recognition of individual leadership, achievement and philanthropy designed to promote these ends.