Marlboro College

News Sonnax Founder Neil Joseph Lectures at Marlboro Graduate Center, June 20


MARLBORO, VT – (June 9, 2008) – The Marlboro College Graduate Center will host a free, public lecture by founder and former president of Sonnax Industries, Neil Joseph, on Friday, June 20 at 5:00 p.m.

Joseph’s lecture is entitled, "The Sonnax Story: Entrepreneurship in High Gear.” Joseph founded the engineering, manufacturing and marketing company in 1978, focusing on the difficult challenge of competing in a global marketplace while creating jobs in the local community.

Sonnax Industries is a leading international supplier of transmission and torque converter parts for cars, heavy equipment, racing vehicles and military applications. The company built several technical centers worldwide and published in over ten languages.

Locally, it earned the title of third fastest growing company in Vermont for ten years (Vermont Magazine, Winter 2005). In May 2005, Sonnax received the Vermont International Business Council’s Exporter of the Year Award, and in 2003 & 2004, the 5x5x5 Growth Award from the Vermont Business Magazine and Key Bank.

Sonnax also earned the Worksite Wellness Award from the Governors Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in 2003 and 2004. An in-house fitness center, sessions with a personal trainer and yoga classes are offered free to all employees. Sonnax provides annual flu shots and office space with an adjoining playroom for employees who need to bring children to their workplace.

In addition to its social initiatives, the company’s headquarters in Rockingham, VT, was built in 1997 with nontoxic green materials throughout. Sonnax was awarded The International Design Award by Diehl Graphsoft for the innovative use of materials, efficiency, and design. In 1998, it was the most energy efficient building in Vermont.

This lecture is part of the college's monthly lecture series for its MBA in Managing for Sustainability program. Under the guidance of program director Ralph Meima, the Marlboro MBA is taught in person and online, with students and faculty coming together for three days each month at the downtown Brattleboro, Vermont, campus of the Marlboro College Graduate Center. Over the course of two years, MBA students earn 60 credits in classes, internships and independent research.

The Marlboro College Graduate Center is located at 28 Vernon Street in Brattleboro, Vermont. For more information, contact the Marlboro College Public Relations department at 802-251-7644 or



  1. Recent News
  2. Upcoming Events
  3. Social Media
  4. Press Releases
  5. Publications
  6. Drury Gallery
  7. Commencement
  8. Archives