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Meet WC Accounting Alumnus Christopher Che

Christopher N. Che arrived at Wilmington College from his West African homeland in 1980 with $50 in his pocket. Today he is president and CEO of the multi-million dollar, multinational holding company he founded in 2005, Che International Group.

He shared his “very long, interesting road” with WC President Jim Reynolds, who visited the 1985 alumnus earlier this summer at Hooven-Dayton Corp., for which Che serves as president and CEO.

“Wilmington gave me the best possible foundation and experience for what I’m doing today,” he said. “Coming to Wilmington College was the best choice I ever made in my life.”

The 77-year-old Hooven-Dayton represents the first of the operating subsidiaries and joint ventures that comprise Che International Group. The venture is an unqualified success and Che’s visionary role has been recognized from southwest Ohio to Washington D.C. and beyond.

Barack Obama named him to serve on the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, which Che hosted in 2011. The White House in turn recommended him to be honored for achievement by naturalized U.S. citizens with a 2012 “Outstanding American by Choice” award.

The Dayton Business Journal named Che among the “Ten Most Influential Executives” of the Miami Valley and Inc. magazine featured him on its cover in an issue highlighting America’s most innovative companies.

Magazine covers, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 “Minority Business of the Year” award and one-on-one conversations with the President of the United States are a long way from 1980, when the 18-year-old Christopher Che left Cameroon and “parachuted” into the unknown.

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