Mervyn Litzow is stepping down as President of Safeguard Technology, Inc. to enter semi-retirement, but will continue to serve as Owner and Chairman in a part-time capacity.
A native of Ipswich, Australia, Merv came to the United States in 1970. A true American success story, Merv started Safeguard Technology, Inc. in 1992 with the vision of manufacturing the highest quality Antislip products for the prevention of slips-and-falls. Merv’s extensive chemical background laid the foundation for a product line recognized around the world as the leader in the industry. From humble beginnings formulating a resin-aggregate system in his garage, to a small, modified office building in tiny Chagrin Falls, OH; in 2009 Safeguard moved into a 20,000 square foot facility in Streetsboro, OH. Safeguard has continued to grow in revenue, workforce, and stature.
“I look forward to spending more time with my wife Joan, visiting our children and grandchildren in both Boston, MA, and Australia. Some time on the golf course is undoubtedly in the cards too,” said Merv Litzow.
William “Bill” Kosinski will assume the role of President. “Bill has been with Safeguard for six years and during that time, has managed Production and Operations related activities while contributing significantly to all phases of the business,” stated Litzow.
“You could not find a more respected individual,” according to Bill Kosinski. “The passion and dedication he has imparted into the products and people are evident. I look forward to working with Merv at a strategic level, but emphasize that this move affords Merv the opportunity to travel and spend time with his family.”
In addition to the change of President, Erick Schuetz has been promoted to Vice President, Sales & Marketing. “Erick joined Safeguard in 2001 and has spearheaded our drive into new markets,” added Merv. “I believe the future is very bright with Bill and Erick leading the way.”
Merv is a graduate of the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia where he also received his doctorate in Chemistry. In 1964, Merv was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research at Indiana University, where he also received his MBA.