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John Brilbeck Elected Clarkson University Trustee
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Clarkson University alumnus John M. Brilbeck, former president and owner of Southern Heat Exchanger Corporation, Tuscaloosa, Ala., has been elected to Clarkson’s board of trustees. He will serve on the finance & budget, institutional advancement, and academic affairs committees.
Brilbeck earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial distribution from Clarkson in 1968 and a master of business administration degree from Syracuse University in 1971.
From 1985 to 2000, Brilbeck directed Southern Heat Exchanger Corporation’s 600 percent growth in sales and 1200 percent growth in profit from 1981. He increased the plant size three times and implemented innovative cost reductions programs in manufacturing and engineering, while establishing a strong market presence needed to increase market share. At the time the company was sold to Harbor Group in 1998, it was the third largest supplier of shell and tube heat exchangers in the United States and was debt-free.
Brilbeck started his business career at Carrier Corporation in 1968, achieving several management positions before moving to Southern Heat Exchanger in 1981.
Brilbeck was a member of the executive committee for Regions Bank, president’s cabinet and president’s national advisory committee for the University of Alabama, and a member of boards of directors of Regions Bank, the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce, the Holy Spirit School Foundation, the American Sports Medical Institute, Heat Transfer Research Inc., and the Shelton State Community College Foundation. He is past president of the Tubular Exchanges Manufacturers Association and is also a member of many community committees and fund-raising campaigns.
Originally from Syracuse, N.Y., Brilbeck resides with his wife, Pamela, in Naples, Fla.
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