ADA — Logan County resident Jason Duff was among several recipients of Ohio Northern University’s Distinguished Alumni Awards presented May 31 during a banquet for the university’s 2014 Alumni Weekend.
Mr. Duff graduated from ONU in 2005 with a bachelor of science in business administration. He is the founder and chief executive officer of Community Storage and Properties Ltd. and COMSTOR Outdoor, an outdoor advertising agency with hundreds of billboards in Ohio and Indiana.
He founded “Jump for Opportunity,” a global skydiving event in Orlando, Fla., which raised more than $130,000 for microfinance loans to support business startup capital for the working poor in Tanzania.
In 2012, Mr. Duff received the Empact Award at the White House in recognition of his achievements in entrepreneurship. Again, in 2013, he received the Empact Award and was recognized at the United Nations. He also was recognized by the Logan County Chamber of Commerce with the 2012 Entrepreneurship of the Year Award.
Mr. Duff has led the charge on the renovation of the historic Canby Building in downtown Bellefontaine, which was owned by Edward Canby and built in 1903. Additionally, he has purchased and revitalized the Marketplace Building in Bellefontaine, which today houses 16 new businesses. He is the former chairman of a committee to restore and rebuild Bellefontaine.
During his volunteer work at ONU, the award recipient has served on the alumni board as vice president and on the advisory board of the Dicke College of Business Administration. Currently, he is a member of the university’s board of trustees, and is the vice chairman of the committee on enrollment.
An annual member of the Henry Solomon Lehr Society, he also received the William L. Robinson Young Alumni Award from ONU in 2008.
The Distinguished Alumni Awards are based on outstanding service to the objectives of the Alumni Association of Ohio Northern University, service with distinction in the nominee’s chosen profession and tangible expression of loyalty to ONU.