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Snap-on Incorporated chairman and CEO Nick Pinchuk to deliver 2020 Commencement address


Mike Moore

February 09, 2020

Nick PinchukNick PinchukSnap-on Incorporated chairman and CEO Nick Pinchuk, a widely recognized leader in U.S. business, global commerce, and the development of the American workforce, will deliver the 2020 Commencement address at Carthage.

The ceremony for graduates and their families is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, May 23, in the Field House of the N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center.

“Nick Pinchuk is a brilliant speaker, combining deep business acumen and insightful cultural observations, and his commitments to Snap-on and its history and legacy in Kenosha are extraordinary,” said Carthage president John Swallow. “I know that he will have truly remarkable advice for the Class of 2020.”

Headquartered in Kenosha, Snap-on is an S&P 500 company that develops and manufactures tools, equipment, diagnostic systems, and software and data solutions for professionals across transportation, aviation, power generation and other critical industries. Snap-on is connected to workplaces of all sizes, having direct contact with hundreds of thousands of businesses around the world. Mr. Pinchuk has served as chief executive officer since 2007 and chairman since 2009.

Before joining the company in 2002, he was president of a multibillion-dollar unit at Carrier Corporation and held various financial and engineering positions with Ford Motor Company. He also served in Vietnam as an officer in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Pinchuk has drawn widespread acclaim for his contributions to the growth of a skilled American labor force. Trade publication IndustryWeek inducted him into its Manufacturing Hall of Fame, and SkillsUSA, a nationwide organization, named him Champion of the Year.

A member of the Carthage Board of Trustees since 2011, Mr. Pinchuk also serves on the boards of Columbus McKinnon Corporation and several industry associations. He frequently appears on media outlets such as CNBC and Bloomberg, providing commentary on the global economic scene, trends in manufacturing and transportation technology, and the skills Americans need to compete for jobs.

Mr. Pinchuk earned an MBA from Harvard University, along with master’s and bachelor’s degrees in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He serves on the Senior Advisory Board for the Syracuse University School of Management and is a regular contributor to the German American Catholic Philosophy Colloquium.

Each graduating Carthage student will be issued five free tickets for the Commencement ceremony, and they may not be sold or exchanged for material items. A live stream will be available at for those who cannot attend.

View the full Commencement 2020 weekend schedule