SOLON, Ohio – Serving on the Nice Lakes Science Heart Board of Administrators is a pure match for Steve Karklin, who says he’s all the time been taken with science, enterprise and know-how.
“Once I was a child, I went to science museums each time I may,” he stated. “When my youngsters had been younger, I took them to our science heart commonly. It’s simply all the time been a love of mine.”
Karklin, a Solon-based entrepreneur who has served on the GLSC board nearly two years, can be put in Tuesday (Dec. 10) because the ninth board chair within the science heart’s 23-year historical past. He begins a two-year time period, changing David Peace, who served as board chair the previous three years.
“I’m extremely excited and honored, however most of all humbled, to be chosen (as board chair),” he stated. “The board of the science heart has excessive breadth and depth, and the expertise that we now have on that board is substantial.”
Karklin, 63, stated he selected to attend Indiana College in Bloomington, Ind., as a result of it was a top-10 enterprise faculty and really sturdy within the sciences as properly. He earned a bachelor’s diploma in advertising and marketing from the college and an MBA in finance and advertising and marketing from IU’s Kelley Faculty of Enterprise.
“I turned what many name a ‘serial entrepreneur,’ in all probability as a result of I’ve gotten concerned in both investing, shopping for, promoting or working with numerous totally different entrepreneurial ventures,” he stated.
In 1990, Karklin based CDK Enterprises Funding Holdings, which invests in and presents companies to entrepreneurs and small companies, and serves as its president. He famous CDK stands for the initials of every of his youngsters’s first names: Cliff, Drew and Kirstin.
“CDK is principally an actual property firm, each business and residential,” he stated. “But it surely additionally serves as a supply of consulting for entrepreneurs and as an funding automobile for me.”
Karklin, who has places of work in Mayfield Village and Solon, additionally has served as chairman and CEO of ClearWinds Capital Group since 2012.
“ClearWinds is a micro-hedge fund with a deal with the ETF (exchange-traded fund) by-product markets,” he stated.
Karklin and his spouse, Debbie, have lived in Solon since 1981. They moved there shortly after they had been married.
“We had been searching for a rising group, which Solon was,” he stated. “That they had fabulous faculties and an amazing tax base.”
All three of Karklin’s youngsters graduated from Solon Excessive Faculty, and he famous his two granddaughters additionally attend Solon Metropolis Faculties.
Karklin stated Cleveland is lucky to have a “world-class group and facility” just like the Nice Lakes Science Heart, however he believes lots of its packages and options are usually not identified by the group at massive.
“So one in all my objectives as board chair is to boost the stature, fame and visibility of the science heart inside our group and let folks learn about all these wonderful issues that we’re doing,” he stated.
For instance, Karklin stated, the GLSC homes a ninth-grade highschool class referred to as MC-Squared STEM Excessive Faculty. The experiential-based instructional program, which serves 120 college students, is the results of a partnership between the Cleveland Metropolitan Faculty District and the GLSC.
“We even have a program referred to as Nice Science Academy, which has one other 120 to 150 youngsters unfold throughout sixth by way of ninth grades,” he stated. “Each different Saturday throughout the faculty yr, these youngsters dive into totally different applied sciences.
“We principally give them bins of issues to work with, and so they provide you with very fascinating methods to resolve issues. If I had been a child rising up at present, I might have liked a program like that.”
As well as, Karklin famous, the GLSC serves about 2,500 college students yearly in a collection of camps throughout the summer season and spring and winter breaks; it’s dwelling to the NASA Glenn Customer Heart, one in all solely 11 such facilities in the USA; and its Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater is 100 p.c digital and options the world’s first large dome three-projector, laser-illuminated projection system.
“For these causes and lots of extra, the Nice Lakes Science Heart is a jewel on the North Coast of Cleveland, Ohio, and I actually wish to get the message out about a few of these issues,” he stated.
Along with spreading that message, Karklin stated he has two different major objectives as board chair: one inside and one exterior.
“I actually see myself as an advocate for the remainder of the board to allow every board member to do what they wish to do with the science heart, nevertheless they wish to be concerned,” he stated. “I see that as a key function internally.”
One other exterior purpose, Karklin stated, is to guarantee that the GLSC is about up properly and operating effectively, so it may possibly execute its mission: to make science, know-how, engineering and math come alive.
“There are only a few alternatives to serve on a world-class group’s board the place you actually get to make a distinction,” he stated. “With the Nice Lakes Science Heart’s 25th anniversary developing in 2021, the subsequent few years could be transformative. It’s extremely thrilling to think about the influence we might have.”
A Cleveland native, Karklin grew up in Pepper Pike and graduated from Orange Excessive Faculty in 1974.
Karklin is a member of B’nai Jeshurun Congregation in Pepper Pike, the place he serves on the board of trustees and as co-chairman of the event committee.
He additionally serves on the board of the retirement fund funding committee of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.