David L. Brennan
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David L. Brennan is a 1953 graduate of Ohio State University and recipient of a Juris Doctor degree from Case Western Reserve Law School in 1957. In 1985, he received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Akron.
Headquartered in Akron, Brennan is chairman of Brennan Industrial Group Inc., and The Brenlin Group Inc., both of which are private holding companies of industrial/manufacturing entities. He is founder of the Amer Cunningham Brennan law firm. He is also a senior partner in the Akron-based BMR Development Corporation.
He serves as a trustee at both his alma maters. He is a member of the Ohio Business Roundtable. He is the immediate past chairman of the board of trustees of the Western Reserve Economic Development Council. His community awards include Ohio Ballet’s prestigious BRAVO Award, presented in 1991 for outstanding commitments to the Arts, and Outstanding Executive of the Year.
A leader in state and national Republican activities, he is chairman of the Ohio Republican Party Major Gift Committee and is a member of the National Republican Party’s Team 100. He was an Ohio delegate to the 1988 and 1992 Republican National Conventions and cast one of Ohio’s electoral votes for George Bush.
Committed to the superior training of individuals entering the law field, he has established law chairs at Case Western Reserve University and the university of Akron. He also serves as a trustee on the Akron Bar Scholarship Foundation Board.
Brennan’s involvement in education began when he established Learning Centers at his manufacturing sites for the benefit of the employees and their families. Brennan has been a leading advocate for educational choice and was named by Governor George Voinovich to head the Governor’s Commission on Educational Choice. Brennan is the founder of HOPE Academies in Cleveland, formed primarily to accept students who hold state scholarships.
On February 13, 1997, Brennan received the Governor’s Award for his work in the area of education, specifically the Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program.
The parents of four children, Brennan and his wife, Ann, reside in West Akron.