ELC Donor Spotlight: Tim Buhl

Mr. Tim Buhl and his wife Carol were nominated for the Honored Leader award for National Philanthropy Day in November.

Growing up with nature

Tim Buhl grew up walking in the woods. As a young boy, he enjoyed the great outdoors and everything that thrives in it. He believes that less screen time and more “green time” is important to our future generations. That’s why Tim supports the Environmental Learning Center— he sees the benefits of being outdoors and wants his children and grandchildren to see them too.

Though Tim enjoys his time outdoors, he is also an experienced businessman in product engineering and design, strategic planning, finance, sales, manufacturing and executive management. He spent 14 years with Bailey Controls of Cleveland, Ohio in various management positions, with his last three years as President of Bailey’s European Operation. He spent five years as President of Middleby Marshall Oven Company, and 26 years as owner, President, and Chairman of Aerco International, Inc., a company that engineered and manufactured high-efficiency boilers and water heaters for the educational, apartment, office building, and healthcare, institutional and military markets.

In addition to being a practiced businessman, he also served his time and talents on the Board of Ramapo College Foundation, Northern New Jersey Boy Scouts of America, West Bergen Mental Healthcare, the ELC Board for 7 years and is currently serving on the ELC Foundation Board.

Supporting the ELC

Tim has been an avid supporter of the Environmental Learning Center for over a decade now. He first began his support when his neighbor, who was the President of the ELC Board, recommended Tim to join as a Board member. Since then, Tim has had many hats at the ELC. He said, “I would always raise my hands for things— I wanted to help.” He served as Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-Chair, Campus Master Plan Chair, on various committees, and more.

“I’ve been very fortunate,” Tim said. “People helped me get to where I am today, and I believe it’s important to give back. Everyone has at least one of these things—time, talent, or treasure and when you give at least one of them, I know you will gain satisfaction by helping others.”

While Mr. Buhl has been involved in so many different aspects of the ELC, the one thing that he is most proud of is the Master Plan. His philanthropy in this area has helped the ELC immensely and they have already received their first fully funded project with Mr. Buhl’s assistance.

Tim and his lovely wife, Carol have two children and six grandchildren. He remembers taking them to the ELC and believes that it’s important to get people outside, whether it’s on the water on a pontoon boat tour, or at their community event, EcoFest.

“If you just look around our small town, we have an incredible art museum, theatre, and gardens. We have the ELC. This is a magical place and a great place to live.” He’s been a member of the Indian River Medical Center Eagle Society, Community Church, Chairman’s Club of Vero Beach Art Museum, Director’s Circle/Patron producer of the Riverside Theater, The Boys and Girls President’s Club, and The Covey of Quail Society.

“We are both blessed and amazed to be selected as an Honored Leader,” Tim said about him and his wife, Carol, being honored. He believes that this is their year—and we are proud to recognize Mr. Buhl for all of his philanthropic efforts for the ELC and our wonderful community.

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