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JAX Chamber hosts entrepreneur Rick Sontag at CEO Nexus Forum

Unison Industries Founder Rick Sontag shared insight on building a successful company at the CEO Nexus Forum, a quarterly event hosted by the JAX Chamber’s GrowJAX department.

Sontag has a strong educational background with a bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvey Mudd College, a master’s degree in physics from Nevada and a master’s degree in business from Harvard. After graduating from Harvard, he held a variety of sales and marketing positions for companies in the scientific, medical and industrial fields. Although he received several promotions and helped improve sales in these positions, Sontag realized he had the drive and ambition to be an entrepreneur and would not be satisfied working for someone else.

At age 36, with the help of two venture capital companies, he purchased a small aviation components company, Unison Industries. During his 22 years as company president, Unison Industries grew from 65 employees to become a market leader in aviation engine components with nearly 1,500 employees. Sontag sold the company to General Electric in 2002.

Sontag is currently president of Spring Bay Companies, a venture capital firm, and board president of The Sontag Foundation, a charitable foundation. His wife, Susan, is an 18-year cancer survivor and the inspiration for the formation of the foundation through which they support medical research and a variety of social causes.

More information is available at www.GrowJAX.com.


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