Tim Menke is the CEO of Lott Industries and a fellow Rotarian since 2016. After spending 20 years in the transportation and construction industry, Tim felt called to serve at Lott to help the organization through its most challenging transformation in 62 years. Tim has earned a BSBA and an MBA from Bowling Green State University. He lives in Perrysburg, Ohio with Julie, his wife of 24 years, and his daughter Jesse, a senior at Perrysburg High School. His oldest daughter Katie is a junior at the University of Cincinnati, majoring in Spanish and Business. Tim values time with family and friends and enjoys serving his church through youth ministry.
Lott Industries has served the Toledo Community for 62 years by providing work opportunities for thousands of people with developmental disabilities. Recently, Lott has gone through a transformational process called privatization which benefits the people they serve. Lott is no longer partnered with the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities and is now a stand-alone provider of services. This separation has allowed Lott to transition from merely an employer, to a full-service provider of many services such as: Vocational Habilitation, Community Integration, Non-Medical Transportation, Career Counseling, and Homemaker Personal Care. In its new role, Lott’s new mission is to empower people with barriers to employment, transform businesses, and enhance our community. Their goal is to help people reach their full potential while simultaneously educating society to embrace people with developmental disabilities. Lott currently partners with hundreds of regional businesses in many industries by completing manufacturing, assembly, and kitting projects. This work helps employ hundreds with disabilities while providing valuable vocational training and habilitation. Lott’s Community Integration efforts are also helping people to expand their opportunities to grow, learn new skills, and become engaged members of their communities. Individuals diagnosed with developmental and intellectual disabilities have unique talents to offer and should be viewed as valued members of our workforce and society. Businesses that are inclusive of people with disabilities benefit from a wider pool of talent, skills and creative business solutions. Likewise, for people with disabilities, employment means greater economic self-sufficiency, an opportunity to use their skills, and more active participation in community life.