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Background Information

Employment History

Member and Chairman
Direct Selling Education Foundation

President
Alcas Corporation

Chief Executive Officer
Alcas Corporation

Chairman
Alcas Corporation

Chairman, Alcas Corporation
CUTCO Cutlery Corporation

President
CUTCO Cutlery Corporation

Affiliations

Board Member
Direct Selling Education Foundation

Commissioner of Cuba Lake District, Trustee
Alfred University

Chairman Emeritus
CUTCO Cutlery Corporation

Education

bachelor's of science degree
civil engineering
University of Wisconsin

Web References (68 Total References)


Direct Selling Education Foundation - Circle of Honor

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Erick J. Laine


Mr. Erick J. Laine - ...

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Mr. Erick J. Laine - CUTCO/Vector Marketing Corporation


Direct Selling Association - News- Press Releases

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Erick Laine receives the Hall of Fame Award

Neil Offen presents the Hall of Fame Award to Erick Laine
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Erick J. Laine, Chairman of the Board of Alcas Corporation, headquartered in Olean, New York, was inducted into the Direct Selling Hall of Fame on June 11, 2002, at the Direct Selling Association's Annual Meeting in Phoenix. Mr. Laine was the 47th recipient of the industry's highest honor. Erick Laine's corporate experience includes 22 years of technical and managerial assignments with ALCOA (Aluminum Company of America), before being appointed president in 1977 of one of ALCOA's subsidiaries, Alcas Corporation. In 1982 Mr. Laine and three of his officers made a management buyout and Alcas is now privately held with Mr. Laine as majority owner. Alcas Corporation is the parent of CUTCO Cutlery Corporation and Vector Marketing Corporation. CUTCO is the manufacturing subsidiary which manufactures the CUTCO brand of high-quality kitchen cutlery sold nationwide and in Canada by Vector Marketing Corporation (Alcas sales and marketing subsidiary). CUTCO is sold internationally by CUTCO International, Inc., a third Alcas subsidiary. In 1996 KA-BAR Knives, an old line sporting knife company, was also acquired and is now a subsidiary of Alcas. Mr. Laine's current professional and industrial affiliations include Commissioner of Cuba Lake District and Director of the Community Bank of Olean. He also serves on the Board of Trustees at Alfred University. He served for 13 years on the Direct Selling Association Board of Directors and served as its chairman. He has also served as a member and chairman of the Direct Selling Education Foundation and as a member of the Executive Committee of both boards. Past directorships include Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, Olean General Hospital, American Cutlery Manufacturers Association, Cattaraugus Economic Development Zone and Trustee of St. Bonaventure University. In 1990, Erick Laine was the recipient of the Businessman of the Year award which recognizes the achievements and community dedication of outstanding business leaders in the Olean community. In 1999, Mr. Laine was the recipient of three prestigious awards: the Academy of Marketing Science selected him as the AMS Distinguished Marketer of the Year for 1999. This award is presented to a corporate CEO who has achieved personal and corporate marketing success; the Circle of Honor award presented by the Direct Selling Education Foundation to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to the Foundation through their personal efforts, involvement and commitment; and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Manufacturing and Consumer Products. This is given to individuals whose ingenuity, hard work and innovation have created successful growing business ventures. Mr. Laine received his BS degree in civil engineering from the University if Wisconsin. He furthered his studies at the Graduate Schools of Business of Ohio State University and Iowa University. Mr. Laine has four grown children.


Community Foundation to honor Erick and Marianne Laine, Peter Laine | Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation

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Community Foundation to honor Erick and Marianne Laine, Peter Laine

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Erick and Marianne Laine of Olean and Peter Laine of Asheville, N.C., formerly of Olean, will be presented with the award at the Community Foundation's annual luncheon in July.
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Erick Laine is the former president of CUTCO Corporation. He now serves as chairman emeritus.
He and his wife, Marianne Letro Laine, have long been affiliated with improvements for local higher education. Together they were instrumental in the development of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University.
Erick, along with CUTCO, also led the Jamestown Community College Cattaraugus County Campus' capital campaign, helping to raise private funds needed for the creation of the $31 million campus in downtown Olean.
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Erick also has served as commissioner of Cuba Lake District, trustee of Alfred University and St. Bonaventure University, and director of the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, Olean General Hospital, American Cutlery Manufacturers Association, Community Bank, Cattaraugus Economic Development Zone.
Before being appointed president of Alcas, now CUTCO, in 1977, Erick worked for 22 years at ALCOA. In 1982, he and three of his senior management team bought CUTCO and it is now privately held. He retired from the company January 1, 2008.
Erick has been named Businessman of the Year (the L.O.U.I.E. Award) by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce. The award is given to recognize achievements and community dedication of outstanding business leaders in the Olean community.
He also received the John D. Hamilton Award, presented by Jamestown Community College for those who have exemplified support of the college and its mission.
Erick received his bachelor's of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He furthered his studies at the Graduate Schools of Business of Ohio State University and Iowa University. In 1998 he completed a 9 week Harvard Business School course in the Owner/President/Management program.
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"Erick, Marianne and Peter Laine join a distinguished group of community philanthropists who have made our region a better place by their active involvement and generosity," said Karen Niemic Buchheit, CRCF Executive Director.
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Ms. Buchheit noted that while Erick and Marianne Laine support numerous nonprofits directly they also contribute generously to a number of funds at the Community Foundation.


Cutco Corporation

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Erick J. Laine - Chairman Emeritus, CUTCO Corporation

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