Kevin Stotmeister, a longtime Oceanside businessman who volunteered for a long time on area city, business enterprise and philanthropic businesses, died Dec. 5 at his house in Texas. He was 72.
The longtime CEO for the national indicator-earning business Federal Heath, Stotmeister was remembered by close friends this 7 days for his business acumen and his commitment to the community local community, both as a volunteer and as a philanthropist. With his wife, Ellen, he retired to Colleyville, Tx., in 2017 to be closer to family members.
“He was 1 of individuals wonderful men who was a actual decline to the local community when he remaining,” explained Jerry Kern, who served on the Oceanside Town Council from 2007 to 2018. “His departure was also a enormous monetary loss for a good deal of the nearby nonprofits. He and Ellen contributed a fantastic deal of their time and money to several corporations.”
Stotmeister was born on April 16, 1949, in Hazel Green, Wis., and grew up in Rochelle, Sick. He attended the University of Illinois on an ROTC scholarship and served as an ensign in the U.S. Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps.
Immediately after eight several years as a Naval officer, he received concerned in the sign and visual communications industry, a profession that would choose him all about the place. Though serving as president of Heath Indication Co. in 1993, his corporation merged with Federal Indication Co. and he turned president and CEO of the freshly merged Federal Heath Indication Co., a placement he held until January of last calendar year.
Federal Heath is a person of the major indication-earning businesses in the U.S. It developed the illuminated indication for the NASDAQ inventory trade at Periods Sq. in New York and had contracts with nationwide chains such as Burger King, Shell Oil and O’Reilly Car Parts, Domestically, it also created the marquee at the Sunshine Brooks Theater in Oceanside and the Carlsbad and Escondido monument street indicators.
Kern reported that mainly because indicators are a person of the last buys new enterprises make before they open their doorways, Stotmeister normally had eager perception on how balanced the economic system was heading to be each individual quarter, centered on new business openings.
“He experienced his finger on the pulse of the business of the nation,” Kern said.
The Stotmeisters lived in Oceanside from 1991 to 2017, the place they were each lively in the community. Kevin served on the town of Oceanside’s Economic Advancement Fee as properly as on the North County Economic Advancement Fee.
“He genuinely worked hard and closely with the city to convey in new organizations,” Kern reported.
Stotmeiser also served as chairman of the Tri-Metropolis Medical center Foundation and was active in the Oceanside, Carlsbad, and Vista chambers of commerce. He also served as chairman of the board of administrators for KOCT, an Oceanside Television set station.
Oceanside author and commentator Tom Morrow praised Stotmeister’s group attempts at the Tv set station.
“I served on the KOCT-Television board of administrators with Kevin,” Morrow stated. “He led the administration to be much more fiscally liable. He was a prime-notch businessman.”
Kern mentioned the Stotmeisters were being also both of those energetic volunteers and donors for a lot of organizations, which includes the Oceanside Museum of Art, the Women’s Resource Heart and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Oceanside.
Soon after the Stotmeisters moved to Texas a several several years back, they became just as deeply involved in the Colleyville community. Kevin was on the board of administrators for the Colleyville Lions Club and was treasurer of the Drug Consciousness Council. He handed away unexpectedly from a coronary heart assault immediately after attending a Lions Club breakfast on Dec. 5.
Stotmeister is survived by his wife of extra than 50 many years, Ellen, their daughters and sons-in-law Erin and Travis Buck and Sarah and Jason Pearson, as well as three grandchildren. Memorial products and services will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 27 at Initially United Methodist Church in Colleyville, Tx.