Benjamin D. Suarez
Founder and president: Suarez Corp. Industries (SCI), a privately owned direct marketing firm for hundreds of products worldwide. Started in 1970 as a mail-order business in his home. International headquarters in Jackson Township, 7800 Whipple Ave. NW. According to corporate website, it has over $250 million in sales annually.
Hometown: Born in Canton.
Family: Wife Nancy, married 49 years. Two children, six grandchildren.
Akron connections: The Benjamin and Nancy Suarez Applied Marketing Research Laboratories, University of Akron. Dedicated in November 2008 with a $1 million gift from the Suarezes. The labs teach marketing research and product development sciences in the university’s school of business. Benjamin Suarez was a 1967 UA graduate.
SCI product divisions: EdenPURE infrared heater; BioTech Research wellness and home health products; International Home Shopping product network; Lindenwold Fine Jewelers and accessories; U.S. Commemorative Gallery coins and collectibles; International Telecommunications in-house telemarketing service; Resource Partners Enterprises marketing and advertising network; BioTech Medical equipment and health-care services; Media Services Multi-Channel Marketing for local businesses; Endless Youth and Life exercise, diet and sleep products and services; Suarez Manufacturing Industries product manufacturing, assembly facility (operating at old Hoover Co. in North Canton).