Oscar C. Schmidt
In 1980, C. Oscar Schmidt, president of the Cincinnati Butchers' Supply Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, established the Oscar C. Schmidt Iowa Business Leadership Award in memory of his father. His intention was to honor an outstanding Iowa business leader and to provide a vehicle by which students and faculty of the Tippie College of Business could interact with successful career men and women.
The award's namesake was a pioneer manufacturer of machinery for the packing industry. His developments and inventions relating to the mechanization of the processing of meats formed the foundation of the meat-packing industry.