Mar 01, 2022
As the company in 2022 turns 35 years old, nostalgia grants the opportunity to reminisce about the past and how the company reached this major milestone. Boca Bearings, like many other family-owned companies, had humble beginnings. Allen and Michele Baum married in 1984 started the company back in 1987 from a bedroom in their Florida townhouse. However, unlike other small businesses Boca Bearings had two visionaries at the helm that would turn a dream into a legacy.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Michele was a natural entrepreneur. Sadly, Michele passed away in 2001, yet she left her mark and a lasting legacy. For Women’s History Month we honor her memory. Allen remarked “Michele did everything from picking orders, customer service, sales, and marketing. She worked with us side by side every day until the last year of her life.” Michele as the driving force of the company set the foundation for Boca Bearings to become 35 years later the leader of ceramic bearings.
Not only did Michele shouldered the company’s early years, but she also inspired Boca Bearings’s corporate commitment to social causes such as the Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign and the ACCEL Scholarship Program. The ACCEL program is made possible by the Allen, Dena, and Michele Baum Scholarship Fund. The scholarship has the objective to proactively promote and foster interest, enthusiasm, and excellence in mechanical engineering among young people who may continue to pursue careers in engineering-related fields. Women are highly encouraged to apply.
This year 10 scholarships will be granted to Florida students pursuing mechanical engineering degrees. The dates to apply are from March 3rd to April 21st, 2022. To learn more and to apply click here. To learn more about last year's ACCEL recipients click here.
Thank you Michele, and thank you to all the women around the world who leave their mark.
During March, a "Legacy Package" will be added to certain retail orders.