By Nancy Bowman

The Tipp City Foundation has welcomed Bryan Blake and Glen McMurry to its board of trustees.

Blake said his interest in the foundation board is linked to the Ellen Cotterman Fund, which is focused on the arts. “I am excited to work with a foundation that has many similar funds,” he said.

Blake grew up in Columbus but came to the Tipp City area more than 38 years ago in his late teens. He has been a part of the community since that time. He is a project manager for Autocare, a division of Energizer Holdings.

Blake and his wife, Michele, have two sons. The eldest is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and coaches wrestling locally while the youngest is a freshman at Miami of Ohio.

His family, particularly his mother and father, inspired him to give back to the community and use what he has learned to benefit others, Blake said. “I bring energy, ideas and a willingness to be open minded to all opportunities,” he said. 

He has served on the Tipp City Restoration Board, Tipp City Planning Board, is past president of the Tipp City Area Arts Council and serves on the Tipp Monroe Community Services board.

“Our community is a vibrant fabric interwoven with many special individuals and organizations. I enjoy interacting with all of these unique individuals and helping to support the organizations,” Blake said.

“I am a very positive service-minded person, I love this community and see this organization as an opportunity to give back,” he said.

The second new trustee, McMurry, and his family have lived in the area for more than 30 years. His wife, Angie, is a graduate of Tippecanoe High School.

“The Tipp City Foundation is an excellent organization! Over the years, I have observed how it really makes a difference in our Tipp City community,” McMurry said.

McMurry grew up in Pretty Prairie in rural Kansas. He said Tipp City is very similar to that community. “Our children have opportunities to experience new things and broaden their horizons, while still enjoying the small-town setting,” he said.  

The couple has three children, a high school junior, a seventh grader and a kindergartner.

McMurry also pointed to a business community that is supportive of one another in good and bad economic times.

He attended Kansas State University, where he met his wife, and attended the University of Dayton School of Law.

McMurry remains a part of his family’s manufacturing business, serving as vice president of Nance Manufacturing in Kansas. He also is a partner in the law firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister focusing on business litigation and organization and serves as an adjunct professor at the UD law school.

He is a member of the Tippecanoe Canal Jumpers vintage base ball team and on the boards of Brukner Nature Center and Dayton Society for Natural History (Boonshoft). He is president-elect of the Federal Bar Association, a trade organization.

“I was interested in joining the Tipp City Foundation board because it gave me an opportunity to support the community that has been so supportive of my family,” McMurry said.

The Tipp City Foundation is a member fund of The Troy Foundation. You can make a difference with your dollars in our community by:

  • Donating online here.
  • Making your check payable to the Tipp City Foundation and mail to P.O. Box 626, Tipp City, OH 45371.
  • Setting up a fund or legacy plan by contacting Heather Bailey at (937) 528-2482.

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  • Bronze Sponsors – Dunaway Family Foundation; Dungan & LeFevre; Ever-Green Turf & Landscape; Gibson Law Offices; Monroe Federal Savings and Loan; New Carlisle Federal Savings Bank; Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling; Unity National Bank
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