Q&A with Elaine M. Canning

by Pat Nowak

A 1979 University of Toledo graduate, Elaine’s career started at Ernst and Young and she became the first woman,  in Toledo, promoted to the position of Audit Manager. In 1986, she joined Bostwick-Braun as Chief Financial Officer and then went on to serve as President and Chief Operating Officer.

In 2008, she began working in the recycle plastic industry and she is currently  a partner and Vice President of Palmer Energy Company and Palmer Conservation Consulting.

She is married with two daughters who live in Raleigh and Chicago. She serves on the boards of The Toledo Symphony, The Toledo Zoo and the National Great Lakes Museum and is a past Board member and Treasurer of the United Way, Mobile Meals and The University of Toledo Foundation.

Where do you call home? 

Hidden Harbour – a wonderful hidden lake in Springfield Twp.

What was your first job? 

Waitress- I learned how to multi task and work hard!

What health, diet or lifestyle tips do you favor?  

After 40 I can only eat about two third’s of what I would like to and, of course, I have to get my 10,000 steps in every day!

My biggest self-indulgence?    

Red wine and Max Mara

I have always wanted to…?    

Go on a road trip in Iceland. The geysers and waterfalls look spectacular!

What trait do you admire in others?   

People who can converse effortlessly

Something most people don’t know about me?  

My nickname is Lani

Words I live by?       

Thank God for unanswered prayers, he has it figured out before I do!

My proudest accomplishment?      

Raising two daughters and cooking for family and friends.

Person I most respect?        

On a personal basis, my husband, Dan Kory, he is bright, funny and always tries to make my day enjoyable. In business, Dick Smith, retired CEO of Bostwick- Braun. He was a great inspirational leader, always respectful and he  made it a pleasure to go to work everyday.

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