Jackson Ling is a distinguished alumnus, noted businessman, and dedicated supporter of the John M. Olin School of Business. His daughter Kathy and son Ozzie are both alumni of Olin as well. On Thursday, December 11, we celebrated the naming of the Lin-Kuei Jackson Ling Classroom.
Jackson served in the Taiwanese military before taking a job as sales representative for the Singer Sewing Machine Company. He excelled in sales and entered the international trading market and went on to run a small lighting manufacturing company. In 1993 he founded Enhance Neon, which is now the world’s largest neon sign manufacturer. The company expanded into real estate, hospitality, entertainment and biomedical industries in 2002.
Jackson strongly encourages students to continue their involvement with Washington University as alumni. In fact during his remarks at the Ling classroom dedication he told all the students in Executive MBA Shanghai Class 12 that they should participate in alumni activities, visit the campus as well as give back to Olin. Jackson wanted to name the classroom to encourage others to inspire Olin students to, “be brave and chase after their dreams.”
Watch highlights of Ling dedication ceremony: