Mount St. Joseph University

James T. Gerdsen, Mount Alumn & Published Author

Humanities, Communication and New Media Studies, Alumni

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James T. Gerdsen ‘98

James T. Gerdsen, president of Cincinnati’s Apollo Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, received his bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts at the Mount in 1998. Today, in addition to his success at Apollo, Gerdsen is also author of the new book Squirrels, Boats, and Thoroughbreds: Lessons for Leading Change in Traditional Business.


With his book, Gerdsen presents readers with a toolbox of recommendations that will help small and medium size business owners shift strategy, realize growth, and lead change. Gerdsen was named the 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Also in 2009, the Cincinnati Better Business Bureau presented Apollo Heating and Cooling with the Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.