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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Engineering Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Turkey
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Let's Have Fun And Make Money.

Birthplace

Born:
6/30/1950
Birth Location:
Cleveland, Ohio

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Engineering Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Turkey
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Let's Have Fun And Make Money.

Birthplace

Born:
6/30/1950
Birth Location:
Cleveland
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Biography

Ralph Sheldon Tyler, CEO and president of Ralph Tyler Companies and the son of the founder Ralph C. Tyler and Mabel Saundra Tyler, was born on June 30, 1950 in Cleveland, Ohio. Tracing his ancestors back to slavery through the 1700’s, Tyler is a descendent of James Seneca Tyler, the first African American elected clerk of the Ohio House of Representatives. Tyler’s grandfather, Ralph M. Tyler, was an engineer as was his father, Ralph C. Tyler, a former captain of the Ohio State University Track Team, who attended Cleveland’s Central High School with Langston Hughes. Ralph C. Tyler was the first licensed black civil engineer in Ohio and formed Ralph Tyler Companies in 1978.

Tyler grew up in Cleveland where he attended Miles Standish Elementary School, Moses Cleveland School, Howe Military School and graduated from Shaker Heights High School in 1968. He earned his B.A. degree from Ohio University and his J.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University Law School in 1974.

Tyler’s professional career includes positions with Citibank in New York City and TRW in Cleveland where responsibilities ranged from managing state government relations to overseeing legal and regulatory matters. Prior to joining his father’s business, Tyler served as executive director of the Greater Cleveland Roundtable where he coordinated the group’s activities in education, labor management, race relations and minority economic development.

As CEO and president of Ralph Tyler Companies, Tyler has contributed to the Cleveland community through development projects like the Cleveland Public Library, the Federal Courthouse, the Hopkins Airport expansion and the Cleveland Browns Stadium. The firm has offices in Detroit, Newark, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Toledo. Ralph Tyler Companies is a two time recipient of the Weatherhead 100 Award from Case Western Reserve University. A volunteer for a number of causes in Cleveland, Tyler gives six to seven minority scholarships to young engineering students each year.

Residing in the Cleveland area, Tyler is married to a direct descendent of black inventor, Garrett A. Morgan.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Ralph Tyler's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ralph Tyler lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ralph Tyler describes his mother's family and education background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ralph Tyler describes his father's ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ralph Tyler talks about his paternal ancestors
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ralph Tyler describes his paternal uncle
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ralph Tyler describes his paternal great grandfather, Ralph Waldo Tyler
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ralph Tyler describes his grandfather's experiences of World War I
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ralph Tyler talks about the racial unrest that followed World War I
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ralph Tyler describes his great grandfather's famous connections
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ralph Tyler describes his grandfather's occupation and his father's childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ralph Tyler describes his father's education at The Ohio State University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ralph Tyler describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ralph Tyler describes his father's experiences as an engineer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ralph Tyler recalls his father's promotion to service director of Cleveland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ralph Tyler talks about his father's business
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ralph Tyler describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ralph Tyler describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ralph Tyler describes the black-owned businesses of Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ralph Tyler describes his childhood church in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ralph Tyler recalls taking over his father's company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ralph Tyler reflects upon his business obstacles
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ralph Tyler recalls his elementary school experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ralph Tyler describes his experience at Howe Military Academy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ralph Tyler recalls studying law and working at Citibank and TRW, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ralph S. Tyler describes his family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Ralph Tyler shares his business philosophy and practices
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Ralph Tyler describes his business, Ralph C. Tyler, P.E. P.S., Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Ralph Tyler describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ralph Tyler reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ralph Tyler talks about coping with his illness, familial tremors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ralph Tyler describes his future business goals
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ralph Tyler reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ralph Tyler describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ralph Tyler narrates his photographs