nortech innovation unconference 2014 logo

nortech innovation unconference 2014 logo

The Innovation UnConference Begins in:
4
4
Days
1
1
0
0
Hours
2
2
3
3
Minutes
3
3
7
7
Seconds

register now button

Meet Our Mentors

At the UnConference you'll get insights on innovation when you meet one-on-one with some of Northeast Ohio's most innovative leaders. Hear their stories, share yours and get advice to take your business to the next level!

Our mentors won't lecture you. They'll spend 30 minutes to get to know you. They'll talk about trends, technologies and innovative business approaches.

How do I meet with a mentor?

At the start of the UnCon, you'll get the chance to choose which mentor you want to meet. Mentors will be assigned from 8:15 to 9 a.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis. So, if there's a particular brain you want to pick, make sure to get in line early. 

As of today, our confirmed mentors are below. Come back frequently to see our growing list of mentors! 

  • Jeff Bauer
    Principal, Giraffe, Inc.

    Jeff Bauer

    Principal, Giraffe, Inc.

    Expertise

    It's all in the DETAILS. For Jeff, every aspect of communicating and designing meaningful brand communications lies in the details. It means addressing each client with strategic insight, offering relevant design concepts and delivering crafted executions. As founding partner of Giraffe, Inc., Jeff's experience as a designer and an entrepreneur helps the Giraffe team deliver perfect creative solutions. Solutions that visually and verbally communicate the distinct value of clients product and service offerings. After earning his degree in Industrial Design from Ohio State University and pursuing graduate work in Visual Communications at the Maine College of Art and Design, Jeff returned to Cleveland to work for the design office of one of the region's oldest advertising agencies. Eighteen months later he received a call from the wild and Giraffe, Inc. was born. For 20 years, it's his commitment to go beyond client expectations even when it's the smallest of details.

    How I Can Help

    Communication Strategy, Pitch Development & Design (Brand/Marketing Communications)

    linkedIn-button  

     

  • James Boone
    Program Mgr., Workforce & Economic Dev., Tri-C

    James Boone

    Client Engagement, Workforce & Economic Development, Cuyahoga Community College

    Expertise

    James has 20 year of executive level experience in providing leadership to numerous corporations to expand and grow their business. James had the opportunity to work with one of the largest family owned businesses in the country in which he oversaw mergers, acquisitions, executive management, as well as day-to-day operations. While serving as a vice president and board member of a small company in Southern California, James's leadership grew the company's revenues by 2.5 times over an 8 year period. As president of a family owned construction company, over the past years, he has grown the business and acquired numerous smaller companies to increase the company's revenue and market share. James also serves as the president and CEO of one of Northeast Ohio's largest Inspection companies and has increased sales by over 100% in a three year period. Currently, James works as Client Engagement at the Workforce Economic Development Division of Cuyahoga Community College. His role is to develop long term training for incumbent works with corporate clients (GM, Swagelok) throughout Northeast Ohio.


    James is a graduate of the University of Akron with a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Case Western Reserve University with a Master of Business Administration, Financial Management Degree. He has also completed the Dale Carnegie School of Leadership, is Project Management Certified, and is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. James is committed to the community in which he lives and recognizes the impact education.

    How I Can Help

    Merging Companies; Startups; Growing Struggling Companies; & Understanding Financial Hurdles Linked to Acquisitions

      

     

  • Amy Brady
    Chief Information Officer, KeyBank

    Amy Brady

    Chief Information Officer, KeyBank

    Expertise

    Previous to joining Key, Amy served as Chief Information Officer, Enterprise Technology and Operations, at Bank of America. In this CIO role, Amy was accountable for technology and operations delivery to critical enterprise functions including Finance, Risk, Human Resources, Marketing, Legal and Audit. She was accountable for ensuring application performance, availability and currency as well as building and driving technology strategies and roadmaps to enable these enterprise functions. In addition, Amy's organization was responsible for managing priority initiatives and ensuring effective design, improvement and implementation across people, process and technology change.

    How I Can Help

    Driving Growth, Enabling Business Transformation, Management Coaching, Pitch Development, Talent Acquistion & Team Building

    linkedIn-button  twitter-button

  • John Campanelli
    Publisher, Crain's Cleveland Business

    John Campanelli

    Publisher, Crain's Cleveland Business

    Expertise

    John is publisher of Crain's Cleveland Business, the region's premier source of business news and information. He joined Crain's Cleveland Business in late 2013 after work at another Crain Communications Inc. publication and more than 13 years as a reporter and editor at The Plain Dealer.

    How I Can Help

    Communication Strategy, Media Industry Trends & Working with the Media (getting your story out there and getting coverage for your innovations)

      linkedIn-button  twitter-button

     

  • Scott Chaikin
    CEO, Dix & Eaton

    Scott Chaikin

    CEO, Dix & Eaton

    Expertise

    Scott is chairman and chief executive officer of Dix & Eaton Incorporated, an integrated communications consultancy specializing in public relations, investor relations, crisis communications and customer communications.

    Scott provides counsel on a broad range of communications issues and is frequently called upon to help address executive and corporate positioning challenges and high-impact issues such as major corporate change events, corporate crises and financial challenges. These activities have included CEO successions; brand and culture change; proxy fights and hostile takeover attempts; legal and regulatory challenges; and M&A. He also advises on the organization and structure of communication departments.

    Scott serves on the board of the Cleveland Orchestra, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Playhouse Square, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Council of Public Relations Firms and the Worldcom Group and is a member of the Visiting Committee of the Weatherhead School of Management.

    How I Can Help

    Business Development, CEO Growth, Communication Strategy, Management Coaching & Media Industry Trends

    linkedIn-button  twitter-button

  • Dr. Frank Douglas
    President & CEO, Austen BioInnovation Institute

    Dr. Frank Douglas

    President & CEO, Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron

    Expertise

    An award-winning industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience as a leader in healthcare, pharmaceutical research and entrepreneurship, Frank serves as day-to-day chief strategist for the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron (ABIA).

    Prior to joining ABIA, Frank was the Professor of the Practice at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Harvard-MIT Health Science and Technology Division, and founded the MIT Center for Biomedical Innovation.

    Frank was Executive VP for Aventis AG with global responsibilities for research, development, regulatory and marketing support. He has led teams responsible for more than 20 drugs and therapies, including Allegra and Lantus.

    He has been honored with numerous recognitions including the Black History Makers Award, Geoffrey Beene Gives Back® and GQ Magazine Rock Stars of Science™, and twice recognized as the Global Pharmaceutical R&D Director of the Year.

    He holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and a M.D. from Cornell University.

    How I Can Help

    CEO Growth, Driving Growth, Early Stage Startups, Enabling Business Transformation, Ideation, Management Coaching & Product Strategy

    twitter-button

  • Jim Free
    Director, NASA Glenn Research Center

    Jim Free

    Director, NASA Glenn Research Center

    Expertise

    Jim is Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the activities required in accomplishing the missions assigned to the Center. Glenn is engaged in research, technology and systems development programs in space propulsion, space power, space communications, aeronautical propulsion, microgravity sciences and materials. Jim held previous leadership positions including Deputy Director and Director of Space Flight Systems, responsible for overseeing the management of Glenn's significant activities in the Agency's Constellation, Space Shuttle, International Space Station, Space Communications, Human Research and Science Programs.

    A Northeast Ohio native, Jim began his NASA career in 1990 at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland as a propulsion engineer. He earned his BA degree in aeronautics from Miami University in Ohio and his MS in space systems engineering from Delft University, the Netherlands.

    How I Can Help

    Business Development, Driving Growth & Product Strategy

    linkedIn-button  twitter-button

  • John Garred
    Partner, Tucker Ellis LLP

    John Garred

    Partner, Tucker Ellis LLP

    Expertise

    John is a Partner with Tucker Ellis LLP where he co-chairs the Intellectual Property Group. He concentrates on assessing the business value of technological innovation and implementing protection schemes to secure that value.

    John's experience includes the assessment of R&D efforts to isolate and protect patentable subject matter, trade secrets, copyrights, and trademarks, and extends to leveraging IP rights in corporate M&A, licensing and secured financing. He also assists in enforcing IP rights, as well as defending assertions of infringement.

    John holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Gannon University and a Master of Science in electrical engineering emphasizing microprocessors and high-speed computer architecture from Cleveland State University. He received his law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. John's memberships include the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association.

    How I Can Help

    Securing and Leveraging Intellectual Property

    linkedIn-button

     

  • Lev Gonick
    CEO, OneCommunity

    Lev Gonick

    CEO, OneCommunity

    Expertise

    Lev is co-founder of OneCommunity and became CEO July 1, 2013.

    In 2011, Government Technology awarded Lev one of their "Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers in Public-Sector Innovation"while Crain's Business Cleveland named Lev one of its "10 Difference Makers" in Northeast Ohio; and Broadband Properties honored him with their Cornerstone Award for "using fiber to build an inclusive society and empower individuals."

    Lev was CIO at Case Western Reserve University from 2001-2013. Lev's innovations, including the Case Connection Zone, catalyzed national projects including US Ignite and Gig.U.

    A frequent international speaker and consultant, Lev currently serves on the Boards of Monarch Teaching Technologies (educational software developers for persons with Autism), DecisionDesk, EGenio, Groundworks Dance Theater, and Cleveland Independents (Restaurants).

    How I Can Help

    CEO Growth, Ideation & Team Building

    linkedIn-button  twitter-button

  • Dr. Albert Green
    CEO, Kent Displays, Inc.

    Dr. Albert Green

    CEO, Kent Displays, Inc.

    Expertise

    Dr. Albert M. Green is the CEO of Kent Displays, Inc. and serves on its Board of Directors. He has a long history of corporate leadership and innovation in the technical disciplines of advanced materials and display technologies.

    Under his leadership, the company launched the award-winning Boogie Board® LCD eWriter in 2010 and formed Improv® Electronics. He provides his manufacturing expertise to the U.S government in several capacities including serving on the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council, and chairing the subcommittee on Manufacturing Innovation, Research and Development.

    He is an adjunct professor of Chemical Physics at Kent State University. Prior to joining Kent Displays, he was VP and Division Manager at Science Applications International Corporation. He holds over 25 patents in the areas of photonic systems, displays, and advanced materials. He holds a B.S. in Physics from The University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford University.

    How I Can Help

    Business Development, CEO Growth, Management Coaching & Product Strategy

    linkedIn-button

  • Jack Harley
    President, FirstPower Group LLC

    Jack Harley

    President, FirstPower Group LLC

    Expertise

    Jack is President of FirstPower Group LLC, which provides services to transmission substations of electric utilities and large industrial users of electric power.

    Concurrently, Jack is founder and President of Acense LLC, a company developing gas sensors for applications in oil-filled electric power equipment.

    He has a BSME degree from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA and MBA from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH.

    How I Can Help

    CEO Growth, Negotiations & Team Building

    linkedIn-button

     

  • Matt Hlavin
    CEO, Thogus | rp+m | JALEX Medical

    Matt Hlavin

    CEO, Thogus | rp+m | JALEX Medical

    Expertise

    Since joining Thogus Products Companies, Matt has been the driving force in the company's growth over the last 14 years. He was named President of the Avon Lake, Ohio manufacturer in 2009 after mastering roles such as sales representative and vice president of sales and marketing. Leading the 150+ employee custom plastic injection molder, Matt promotes innovation within Thogus as well as outside the walls by developing critical partnerships with suppliers and customers.

    Additionally, Matt has established three companies: Radiation Protection Technologies which creates radiation shielding components; rapid prototype & manufacturing, a resource for timely prototypes and production-ready parts without the need for tooling; and JALEX Medical, a biomedical device, regulatory and quality consulting company.

    In 2010, Matt served as president for the plastic industry's leading organization, Manufacturers Association for Plastic Processors, and in 2011 he was named Entrepreneur Of The Year in Lorain County.

    Matt earned his Bachelor's degree from Cleveland State University.

    How I Can Help

    Angel/ Venture Finance Strategy, Business Development, CEO Growth, Communication Strategy, Deal Structure, Driving Growth, Early Stage Startups, Enabling Business Transformation, Ideation, Management Coaching, Manufacturing Scale-up, Market Validation, Media Industry Trends, Negotiations, Pitch Development, Product Strategy & Team Building

    linkedIn-button  twitter-button

  • Jeff Hoffman
    Co-Founder, Priceline; Partner, ColorJar

    Jeff Hoffman

    Co-Founder, Priceline and Partner, ColorJar 

    Expertise

    Jeff is a successful entrepreneur and motivational speaker. In his career, he has been the founder of multiple startups, the CEO of both public and private companies, and served as a senior executive in many capacities. Jeff has been part of a number of well-known companies, including Priceline.com., uBid.com, CTI, ColorJar and more.

    Today Jeff supports entrepreneurs and small businesses on a worldwide basis, serving on the global advisory boards of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the US State Department's GIST program (Global Innovation through Science and Technology), the APEC Startup Initiative (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation), and many others. He works with the White House, the State Department, USAID, and similar organizations internationally on economic growth initiatives and entrepreneurship programs. His activities have supported entrepreneurs in over 130 countries.

    How I Can Help

    Business Development, CEO Growth, Communication Strategy, Driving Growth, Early Stage Startups, Ideation, Management Coaching, Market Validation, Pitch Development, Product Strategy, Talent Acquisition & Team Building

    linkedIn-button  twitter-button

  • Mark Kvamme
    Managing Member, Drive Capital

    Mark Kvamme

    Managing Member, Drive Capital

    Expertise

    Mark was a partner at Sequoia Capital for 12 years, where he led investments in companies such as LinkedIn, MarkLogic, Cast Iron, and FunnyOrDie.com. Prior to co-founding Drive Capital, Mark was the interim Chief Investment Officer and President of JobsOhio, a nonprofit corporation created to run the state's economic development activities.

    How I Can Help

    Business Development

    linkedIn-button  twitter-button

  • Kristin Lee
    Principal, NewSpring Capital

    Kristin Lee

    Principal, NewSpring Capital

    Expertise

    Kristin is principal of NewSpring Mezzanine, the dedicated mezzanine strategy of NewSpring Capital and has over 15 years of experience in the lower middle-market. Prior to NewSpring, Kristin was a director at Midwest Mezzanine Funds where she was responsible for structuring, underwriting and managing subordinated debt and equity investments in lower middle-market companies across a range of industries.

    How I Can Help

    Business Development, Deal Structures

     

     

  • Mike Maczuzak
    President, SmartShape Design

    Mike Maczuzak

    President, SmartShape Design

    Expertise

    Mike has been working in new product development for nearly 30 years and is passionate about design, innovation and business strategy. He is founder and president of SmartShape Design, an award-winning product innovation consultancy with offices in Cleveland and China and clients in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He has numerous patents and has helped design successful and award-winning products for many of the best known brands in the world.

    Mike speaks Mandarin Chinese and set up SmartShape's strategic operations in China. This has created opportunities for SmartShape to help U.S. companies design products for success in the Chinese market.

    He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design and a Masters in Business Administration. He has taught industrial design as an adjunct professor, is a frequent guest lecturer at universities, and an active speaker at conferences and professional organizations.

    How I Can Help

    Business Development, Ideation, Manufacturing Scale- up, Market Validation, Product Strategy & Product Development

    linkedIn-button  

     

  • Neema Mayhugh
    Sr. Director, Innovations, Cleveland Clinic

    Neema Mayhugh

    Sr. Director, Innovations, Cleveland Clinic

    Expertise

    Neema is a Senior Director at Cleveland Clinic Innovations. Since joining Cleveland Clinic in 2005, Neema has executed over 40 deals with Licensees ranging from global players in the consumer products industry to big pharma. In addition to managing several high profile commercialization projects in the cardiology space, Neema works directly with Cleveland Clinic's Cole Eye Institute, where she oversees all commercial relationships with industry partners including start-up formation, licensing, intellectual property prosecution, clinical trials, consulting, and sponsored research projects. Neema also serves on the United Way Women's Leadership Council, and the Shaker Heights Economic Development Council. Prior to joining the Clinic, Neema was at Pfizer, Inc. where she managed market research and communicated market analysis and strategic implications to marketing, medical, and sales teams. Neema received her BS from Boston University and her PhD from Dartmouth College.

    How I Can Help

    Business Development, Deal Structure, Early Stage Startups, Funding Strategy, Ideation, Market Validation & Negotiations

    twitter-button

  • Chris McKenna
    Managing Director, Carleton McKenna & Co.

    Chris McKenna

    Managing Director, Carleton McKenna & Co.

    Expertise

    Chris is a Managing Director at Carleton McKenna & Co. Before joining Carleton McKenna, Chris acquired a Cleveland manufacturing business where he was President and CEO. Previously, Chris was the Director of Financial Analysis with the MacLean-Fogg Company in Chicago where he executed on corporate development and also managed a business unit. Prior to that time, Chris was an Associate with the investment banking firm of Rodman & Renshaw in New York, where he was involved with private and public transactions to raise equity, subordinated and senior debt. He began his career in commercial banking in New York.

    Chris has served on the boards of a number of private corporations. Currently, he serves on the board of The First Tee of Cleveland, the Leadership Council of University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center and the Board of the CHAMPS subsidiary of the Center for Health Affairs.

    How I Can Help

    Angel/ Venture Finance Strategy, Deal Structure & Funding Strategy

    linkedIn-button  

  • Carol Miller
    VP, Corporate Innovation, American Greetings

    Carol Miller

    Vice President, Corporate Innovation, American Greetings

    Expertise

    As Vice President of Corporate Innovation, Carol's role is to inspire and define a centralized innovation strategy for American Greetings. She leads a team of business and creative disciplines that collaborate with the company's business units to develop and activate their innovation agendas, provide focus, and increase the volume of new products launched.

    Carol joined the company in 1999 as Director of Online Marketing for AG Interactive. She also served as Director of Sales Strategy for the online division before moving to American Greetings Inbound Licensing department as its Director of Business Development. After three years in that role, she accepted a position as Director of Business Invention. In 2008 she became Executive Director of New Product Concepts and managed a team responsible for developing and launching new-to-the-world greeting card products into retail.

    She currently serves on the board of Magnificat High School and The DeVille School of Business at Walsh University. She is also a member of the Diversity and Inclusion board at American Greetings and serves as co-sponsor of the Company's "Speaking of Women" program.

    How I Can Help

    Business Development, Driving Growth, Ideation, Negotiations, Pitch Development, Product Strategy & Team Building

    linkedIn-button  

  • René Polin
    President & Founder, Balance, Inc.

    René Polin

    President & Founder, Balance, Inc. 

    Expertise

    René has more than 20 years' experience in product design and development. He is the President and Founder of Balance Product Development, Inc. – a full-service design and innovation consulting firm in Cleveland, OH.

    He is responsible for hundreds of successful products from baby toys to medical devices. If you've withdrawn money from your local ATM, bathed your infant in a baby bathtub, hitched up your boat trailer, or crushed ice in your kitchen blender, there's a good chance you've used something René and his talented team have worked on. His widely-varied client experience includes Diebold, Makerbot, Fisher-Price, Sherwin-Williams, Lowe's, Moen, and Discover Financial Services to name a few.

    René is passionate about design and innovation, using his 'balanced' approach to creative problem-solving and design to create breakthrough products and experiences with every engagement, large or small.

    How I Can Help

    Communication Strategy, Ideation, Manufacturing Scale- up, Market Validation, Pitch Development, Product Strategy & Product Design and Development

    linkedIn-button  twitter-button

     

  • Dan Quigg
    CEO, Public Insight Corporation

    Dan Quigg

    CEO, Public Insight Corporation

    Expertise

    Dan has operated as a serial technology entrepreneur for the past 25 years. He is currently CEO of Public Insight Corporation, a web based analytic platform that transforms public data into insight for research, benchmarking, and analysis.

    He has successfully built and sold three software businesses, two to publicly traded software companies where he subsequently served as an executive officer. He has also served as an active angel investor for the past 10 years.

    He is a founding member of North Coast Angel Fund, one of the largest angel venture funds in the United States and serves on the board of Capture Education. His "night job" is serving as an adjunct instructor at Kent State University in the Entrepreneurship program. He is on the National Council for Valparaiso University College of Business and served in Leadership Cleveland Class of 2013 and LC II.

    How I Can Help

    Analytics, Angel/ Venture Finance Strategy, Business Development, CEO Growth, Deal Structure, Driving Growth, Early Stage Startups, Enabling Business Transformation, Funding Strategy, Market Validation & Product Strategy

    linkedIn-button  twitter-button

  • Edward Richards
    Vice President, Business Development, Lubrizol

    Edward Richards

    Vice President, Business Development, The Lubrizol Corporation

    Expertise

    Ed is Vice President, Business Development for The Lubrizol Corporation and is responsible for acquisitions and strategic alliances. Mr. Richards originally joined Lubrizol in 1985 and held roles of increasing responsibility in business management and commercial development. In 2006 he took the role of CEO for Engine Control Systems Limited, and guided the company through two successful exits. He also served as president of EPR Consulting Services, where he supported venture capital investments by creating strategic market and business plans while occupying interim CEO roles. He also provided consulting services to NorTech before accepting his current role with Lubrizol in 2012. Mr. Richards earned a BS degree in Chemistry from Cleveland State University; is a member of the American Chemistry Council, American Chemical Society, Society of Automotive Engineers and Ohio Venture Association. He serves on the board for Catacel Corporation, and as an advisory board member for The Schey Sales Centre at Ohio University.

    How I Can Help

    Business Development, CEO Growth, Driving Growth, Management Coaching, Negotiations, Strategic Planning & Sales Productivity/Effectiveness

    linkedIn-button  

  • Frank Samuel
    President, VentureOhio, Inc.

    Frank Samuel

    President, VentureOhio, Inc.

    Expertise

    Frank is currently serving as founding President of VentureOhio, a new statewide advocacy organization for early stage entrepreneurs and investors. Prior, he served as a medical device regulation lawyer, head of the national trade association for the U.S. medical device industry, and director of a dozen early stage biomedical and health care companies.

    How I Can Help

    CEO Growth, Communication Strategy, Legal Services, Management Coaching, Pitch Development, Government Regulation, Governance & Advisory Boards

  • Jon Stahl
    Agile Strategist & President, LeanDog

    Jon Stahl

    Agile Strategist & President, LeanDog

    Expertise

    Jon, a spirited entrepreneur, co-founded LeanDog in 2008. He brings over 18 years of IT leadership knowledge to the table. His experience with companies ranges from Fortune 500s to startups, and has made him passionate about waste elimination, performance optimization, and helping companies become Lean and Agile. His expertise and comprehensive, hands-on approach is in high-demand nationally and internationally. He is continually evolving Agile/Lean practices and shares his findings at conferences around the world. LeanDog currently employs approximately 50 people on their boat office, which is on the shore of Lake Erie.

    How I Can Help

    Enabling business transformation, Management Coaching, Ideation & Early Stage Startups

    linkedIn-button  twitter-button

  • James Talton
    Chair & COO, Synergy Marketing Strategy

    James Talton

    Chairman & COO, Synergy Marketing Strategy and Research, Inc.

    Expertise

    James (Jim) is the Chairman of Synergy Marketing Strategy and Research, Inc., a brand strategy and research firm headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Jim is also CEO of GBD-Infinity Building Solutions, LLC, an innovative building products company providing safe, affordable homes and restoration in developing countries.

    Jim has global expertise in operational excellence, human resources management, organization effectiveness and restructuring, strategic planning, and major acquisitions. Jim's achievements include the leadership of a three year growth strategy as Senior Vice President of Rite Aid Corporation where the company grew from $5 billion to $20 billion. He was Vice President of Amersham Health, Inc, currently a division of GE. He also served as Executive Vice President of Forest City Enterprises.

    How I Can Help

    Business Development, CEO Growth, Driving Growth, Enabling Business Transformation, Management Coaching, Product Strategy & Team Building

    linkedIn-button  

  • Geoff Thrope
    CEO & Managing Director, NDI Medical

    Geoff Thrope

    CEO & Managing Director, NDI Medical

    Expertise

    Geoff is the founder and CEO of NDI, a hybrid venture capital and commercialization firm focusing exclusively on innovative neurodevice medical technologies. He has 30+ years of neurodevice experience conducting academic research and leading commercial product development, sales and marketing and business development.

    As a leading neurodevice entrepreneur, he has achieved a successful track record of significant returns to his investors. Since founding NDI, he has established six ventures and returned over 150 times the original investment back to shareholders in its first exit.
    He is the inventor on over 70 patents issued and pending, been the recipient of over a dozen federal and state commercialization grants and has published and presented more than 50 academic articles.

    Geoff earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. Early on, he recognized the incredible benefits that patients could receive from these therapies and the importance of the commercialization of products based on these technologies.

    How I Can Help

    Angel/ Venture Finance Strategy, Business Development, CEO Growth, Deal Structure, Early Stage Startups, Funding Strategy, Management Coaching, Market Validation, Negotiations, Pitch Development, Product Strategy, Talent Acquisition & Team Building.

    linkedIn-button

  • Scot Tutkovics
    VP, Engineering, Rockwell Automation

    Scot Tutkovics

    Vice President, Engineering Control & Visualization, Rockwell Automation

    Expertise

    Scot is Vice President of Engineering for the Control and Visualization Business (CVB). CVB is a part of the Architecture and Software (A&S) operating segment of Rockwell Automation. In this role, Scot is responsible for developing and executing the Integrated Architecture product deliverables, with overall responsibility for the engineering design process including development engineering (hardware, software, embedded software); Test Engineering; and Program Management Office (PMO).

    With 19 years of experience in product development in several different businesses across the company, Scot joined Rockwell Automation in 1992 as an embedded software engineer and progressed steadily in engineering, project management and management roles of increasing responsibility.

    How I Can Help

    Driving Growth, Ideation, Management Coaching, Product Strategy, Talent Acquisition & Team Building

    linkedIn-button

     

  • Ed Williams
    CEO, Novinda Corporation

    Ed Williams

    CEO, Novinda Corporation

    Expertise

    As a tenured technology industry executive, Ed has more than 20 years of executive management directing a number of early stage and large company business units to accelerated growth and profitability in advanced materials, computer software and hardware product markets.

    He is currently CEO of Novinda Corporation, an advanced air quality products company that is launching products for the emission control markets of the power utility industry.

    Prior to joining Novinda, Ed served as CEO of Firefly Energy Corporation, an advanced energy storage technology provider to power utility and transportation markets, where he guided the company's formation, product development, and market strategy through its critical early-growth and initial production stage. In the information technology industry Ed has directed three early stage and several large company business units to rapid success.

    Ed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Economics, an MBA in Finance and Marketing and is a previous Certified Public Accountant.

    How I Can Help

    Angel/Venture Finance Strategy, Business Development, CEO Growth, Deal Structure, Driving Growth, Early Stage Startups, Funding Strategy, Market Validation & Pitch Development

      

     

  • Andy Zynga
    CEO, NineSigma, Inc.

    Andy Zynga

    CEO, NineSigma, Inc.

    Expertise

    Andy joined NineSigma in February 2008 as CEO of NineSigma Europe where he established and grew the company's presence across Europe. In late 2009, Andy assumed the role of global CEO and has focused his attention on increasing the company's revenues and global presence by entering new markets and expanding its portfolio of Innovation Services. Working closely with clients and his global team, Andy has overseen the introduction of several new offerings that help innovation-driven organizations accelerate product development, reduce risk in their innovation program, and dramatically expand their capabilities.

    Prior to joining NineSigma, Andy built, or turned around, four high tech businesses in the US and Europe. He earned a dual Master's degree in Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany. Andy grew up in West-Berlin, Germany, and immigrated to the United States in 1985.

    How I Can Help

    Open Innovation Technology

     twitter-button 

     


 

contact heffernan graceFor More Details

Grace Heffernan at:
(216) 363-6882
gheffernan@nortech.org