CEOs You Should Know - Bud Vetter

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Bud Vetter is the Chief Executive Officer of "The Vetter Group", which is based in Mansfield. Overall, there are 4 divisions - which includes law, property and security. Bud was born in Illinois, but grew up here locally in North Central Ohio. Learn all about his path and more about his company on the podcast.

Attorney Bud Vetter is a cum laude graduate of Bowling Green State University and a magna cum laude graduate of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and has been a corporate, real estate attorney and developer for 37 years. Mr. Vetter went 27 -1 his senior year at Malabar in tennis, competed in the State Tournament and then attended BGSU on a tennis scholarship where he earned four varsity letters in Tennis and was team captain his senior year. He was also the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year at BG his senior year. In law school, he was on law review, was research editor of the law review and graduated top of his class.

Atty Vetter started his career as a tax and ERISA lawyer with a large Cleveland law firm, McDonald Hopkins, wherein he represented large physician groups and professional athletes. He moved back to Mansfield and was a partner with Brown, Bemiller, Murray, McIntyre and Heck for many years before leaving to start his own boutique firm, Vetter Law Offices, Ltd., which now has four lawyers, and focuses on providing services to businesses, individuals and banks for general business, real estate, estate planning and business and succession planning.

As a developer, Atty Vetter enjoys his role as a “Deal Maker”, the name of his boat, and has participated in billions of dollars of real estate transactions. He has owned, operated and managed over three million square feet of real estate. His development projects include industrial buildings, warehouses, office buildings, strip malls, apartment complexes, condominium developments, college residence halls and lots of other residential and commercial real estate, mostly in Ohio and Indiana.

Atty Vetter has a passion to start and grow businesses and claims to be an entrepreneur that just happens to be a lawyer. His dad, Adam, bought him a tennis racket stringing machine when he was ten years old, to start his first business. In his role as an entrepreneur, he is the General Counsel/CEO and principal owner of: Barrister Title Group, one of Ohio’s largest title insurance agencies that has been recognized eight years in a row as one of the top ten in Ohio; Vetter Security USA, a regional residential and business security company that is just launching a national model; Vetter Managed Services, a regional IT and managed services provider; Vetter Property Group, a multi-state real estate development company; and Vetter Property Management Company, that specializes in the property and financial management of condominium developments. Some of his prior business affiliations include University Housing Solutions, which built residence halls for colleges and Continuing Healthcare Solutions, a large Ohio based nursing home operator.

Atty Vetter, who was awarded a community leadership award for his service on Richland County community boards and was also named the Entrepreneur of the Year by the Richland County Chamber of Commerce, has served on the Board and as Chair of the Richland Chamber, and has served on the NCSC Board of Trustees (appointed by Governor Taft), the Renaissance Board of Trustees, the Ontario Technology Committee, Chair of a levy campaign for Ontario Schools, the Rotary Board to Directors, the First Congregational Church Board of Trustees, as well as serving and helping many other charitable organizations with free legal work to help their missions. He has also served on the Stearns and Lehman Board or Directors (public company), the Minnich Manufacturing Company Board of Directors and the Ohio Valley Manufacturing Board of Directors. He credits many dedicated officers and employees in his various organizations with doing all the hard work day to day in the trenches to make the businesses grow and prosper, especially Scott Plieninger, who has worked with Attorney Vetter for about twenty three years, who he refers to as his General.

Atty Vetter resides in Mansfield, his parents are Adam and Pauline Vetter, he has been married for 37 years to Wendy, who put him through law school working as a research chemist, has three grown children, Kelly Coley (a CPA with Kleshinski Morrison and Morris), Jennifer Kraus (a teacher and now stay at home mom), Tom Vetter (a lawyer and developer who was trained at Vorys) and has a growing list of grandchildren and he enjoys boating in his spare time.

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