Hiram College

New Spring 2019 Fireside Chats Via Live Streaming!
(see information below)

Join us every Wednesday evening for an hour or two of stimulating conversation with local entrepreneurs!  If you have ever wondered how businesses or organizations get started, here’s the chance to find out.

Each Wednesday an entrepreneur will tell their story.  Some of these entrepreneurs may be well seasoned, some may be just starting out.  Hear how they did it…what they did right…what they might do differently…and what they might do next!

Can’t join us in person, now you can view Fireside Chats through live streaming. See schedule below for links. Chats will also be archived for later viewing. Stay tuned for more information about pod cast availability.

Fireside Chats – Spring 2019

Mel McGee

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Code to Success! with Mel McGee, Founder and CEO, We Can Code It.

A software engineer with over 20 years of professional experience, Mel McGee’s love of cutting-edge computing has not gone unnoticed; she was recently named one of Crain’s Cleveland Business’ Notable Women in Technology 2018. Her focus combines utilizing best practices in the latest tech with mentorship and training. Her organization, We Can Code IT, offers accelerated training in software and web development through coding boot camps in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Come hear how she is helping build Cleveland’s tech talent!

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Ethan Holmes

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Sweet Taste of Success! with Ethan Holmes, Founder and CEO, Holmes Made Food, LLC

At the age of 15, inspired by a book and armed with his grandfather’s applesauce recipe, Ethan launched his dream of being an entrepreneur. He attended Hiram College where he studied business management and entrepreneurship at Hiram College and launched in 2014. Today, Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce is currently sold at over 200 locations, including Heinens, Target, Acme Fresh Market, Marcs, Giant Eagle Market District, Whole Foods, and many more! Ethan has been featured in Black Enterprise Magazine, The Plain Dealer, FOX 8 News, PBS, and more. Come hear how Ethan is building his applesauce empire.

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"Ryan

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Welcome to the Good Life! with Ryan Florio, Founder and President, Inca Tea, LLC.

Inca Tea’s story is that of three adventurous friends, a winding Peruvian mountain trail, 10 days, 16,000 feet, 28-degree weather and an amazing tea recipe. The experience and the magical tea concoction stayed with Ryan so strongly that in returning home to the U.S., he brought with him the dream of Inca Tea. Ryan’s Inca Tea company specializes in exclusive teas derived from an ancient Incan recipe with 1,000 years of tradition that uses antioxidant-rich purple corn. Come hear Ryan’s inspiring story.

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Garrett Munro

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

A Hot Entrepreneurial Side-Hustle! with Garrett Munro, Creator and Founder, Sauna Rocket. Instructional designer by day at Hiram College, entrepreneur by night. Garrett’s love for the positive health benefits of a good sauna, led him to design, source, and deliver a new product to Amazon Prime that sold out in 14 days. Garrett will go over how to use a combination of digital tools and entrepreneurial mindsets to mitigate risk and assess feasibility. He will also discuss how the lean business model helped start the company for under $10,000. Come hear Garrett share his entrepreneurial story!

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Anne Skoch

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Sky’s the Limit! with Anne Skoch, Founder and CEO, Anne Cate.

Anne, a recent graduate of Kent State University and a Cleveland girl with a passion for creating, launched Anne Cate, a made in America accessories boutique specializing in skyline silhouette purses and pillows, while still a student. Founded in 2016, the Anne Cate skyline collection now features 80+ hand designed skylines of cities around the word! Every product is more than just a purse or pillow – it is a story. Come hear Anne share her entrepreneurial story!

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Drew Anderson

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

A new Twist on an Old Recipe! with Drew Anderson, Co-Founder, Cleveland Kraut, Inc.

Over beers with his brother-in-law Luke, Drew discovered that they both had been making and experimenting with their own sauerkraut recipes. Being a couple twenty something young professionals, and along with Drew’s brother Mac, they saw this as a potentially delicious opportunity. It took a year of fine-tuning before they were ready to launch their naturally fermented sauerkrauts. Currently, Cleveland Kraut can be found in 500 stores across 20 states. Come hear how a love of his family heritage and hometown ethnic foods motivated Drew and his partners to become the Kings of Kraut!

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Brent Wesley

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A Honey of an Idea! with Brent Wesley, Founder and CEO, Akron Honey Company.

As a citizen of Akron, Wesley began buying blighted vacant lots and transforming them into apiaries all around the city. When people began hearing of his varietal urban honey and passion for creating a better city, they began searching for ways to get their own jar of urban gold. At that moment, Wesley named the jars “Akron Honey”, and his business took flight. Beginning with a passion to develop his neighborhood, a vacant city lot, and some honeybees, Wesley harvests his local urban honey to create incredible foods. Come hear Wesley’s story and what all the buzz is about!

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Michael Hickox

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Power of Toys, Technology and a Creative Mind! with Michael Hickox, Creator, Michael Hickox Films

At age 13, Michael began making stop motion videos using all sorts of materials. With the new creation of YouTube, he shared his videos with the public and his viewership began to grow. In 2009, when he noticed that his viewers were particularly interested in his LEGO® animation videos, he started creating LEGO® stop motion videos exclusively. Michael’s animation combines building, storytelling, patience, and editing. Come hear Michael’s story of playing with toys to make a living with them!

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Mike Daugherty

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Making the Most with Mulch! with Mike Dougherty, Founder, SmartMulch and CEO and Co-Founder, Breakwall Analytics. SmartMulch is a startup reimagining mulch as lightweight, compact tiles that are easy to carry and expand to a consistent depth just by adding water. SmartMulch is convenient for the consumer and better for the environment. The startup has been self-funded and bootstrapped through pitch competition awards and grant funding to remain lean, and attractive for investors. Come hear Mike’s journey as an innovator and entrepreneur!

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Fireside Chats – Fall 2018

  • The Key to Everything! with Chris Wentz, CEO of Everykey, Inc. (9/5/18)
  • Revolutionary 3-D Printing! with Chip Gear & Marker Horner, Founders, The Technology House (9/19/18)
  • Applying 21st Century Technology to a Centuries-Old Process! with Tom Lix, CEO, Cleveland Whiskey (9/26/18)
  • Innovation: Powering People Forward! with Ryan Farris, Engineering Manager, Parker Hannifin Corporation (10/3/18)
  • Start-Up 101! with Jim Cossler, Entrepreneur in Residence, Youngstown Business Incubator (10/10/18)
  • A Woman, a Passion, a Mission! with Xyla Foxlin, student, entrepreneur and a woman with a mission (10/17/18)
  • Innovative New Cancer Treatments! with Chris Hubert, Research Associate, Cleveland Clinic (10/24/18)
  • Revolutionizing Recycling! with Jay Schabel, CEO of RESPolyflow (10/31/18)
  • Manufacturing in the 21st Century! with Ashley Martof, Industry Liaison and Additive Manufacturing Project Manager, Youngstown Business Incubator (11/14/18)

Fireside Chats – Fall 2017

  • Calling All Product People! with Mike Belsito, Co-Founder, Product Collective (9/6/17)
  • A Business with Heart! with Kathy Vegh, President/CEO, Danny Vegh’s Home Entertainment and Co-Founder, My Heart Wall (9/20/17)
  • A Snap to Own a Business! with Gina Cuffari, Owner, Snapology of Cleveland (9/27/17)
  • From Psychology Professor to Happy App Developer! with Acacia Parks, Hiram Professor and Chief Scientist, Happify (10/4/17)
  • Hot Success! with John Gadd, President & CEO, HotCards (10/18/17)
  • Passion and a New Adventure! with Ed Backos, Co-Owner, The Hiram Inn (10/25/17)  THIS FIRESIDE CHAT WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HIRAM INN, WITH TOURS TO FOLLOW
  • Life is Better Live! with Gordon Daily, President and Co-Founder, BoxCast (11/1/17)
  • Life as an Intrapreneur! with Virginia “Ginny” Bean ’74, President, Ginny’s Inc. (11/15/17)

Fireside Chats – Spring 2017

  • For the Love of Pets! with Laura Bennett, CEO, Co-Founder and Chief Embracer, Embrace Pet Insurance (1/18/17)
  • When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Goat Cheese! with Jean MacKenzie, Founder and President, Mackenzie Creamery (1/25/17)
  • The Reds Have It! with Marisa Sergi, Founder and CEO, RedHead Wines (2/1/17)
  • Giving It Your Heart and Soul! with Karen Ising Fraser ’11, Co-Owner Heart & Soul Handmade Market (2/22/17)
  • Diving Into Entrepreneurship! with Ted Dellas ’74, CEO and President, Best Buy Pools and Spas, Inc. (3/1/17)
  • Life in the Fast Lane! with Bradley Copley, Owner and President, BOSS PRO-Karting (3/15/17)
  • Fruitful Endeavors! with Evan Delahanty, Founder and CEO, Peaceful Fruits (3/29/17)
  • Business Building a Common Cause! with Jeff Stredney, Director, Common Threads, Hope Works, LLC. (4/5/17)

Fireside Chats – Fall 2016

  • Harness the Power of Wonder! with Jeff Hoffman, Serial Entrepreneur. (9/7/16)
  • Second Chances! with Brandon Chrostowski, Founder, Edwin’s Leadership & Restaurant Institute. (TUESDAY, 9/20/16, NOON-1., Dining Center)
  • Start-Up 101! with Jim Cossler, Entrepreneur in Residence & CEO, Youngstown Business Incubator. (9/28/16)
  • It’s All About the Fun! with Steve Presser, Founder and Owner, Big Fun. (10/5/16)
  • Student Entrepreneur! with Matt Sokol, President and CEO, Hammerhead Marine. (10/12/16)
  • Work Smarter. Adapt Faster. Grow Stronger! with Jon Stahl, Co-Founder and President, LeanDog, Inc. (10/19/16)
  • Envisioning Success! with Mark Logan ’60, Co-Founder, President, and CEO, TearSolutions, Inc. (10/26/16)
  • Not Your Father’s (Car/Bike) Business! with Brendan Breen, Co-Founder and Partner, Great Lakes Rod and Cycle. (11/2/16)
  • Udderly Innovative! with Bill Kennedy, Jr., President, Redex Industries, Inc. (11/16/16)

Fireside Chats – Spring 2016

  • The Sweet Taste of Success! with Ethan Holmes ‘16, Founder and CEO, Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce. (1/20/16)
  • Passion and Friends Meet in Middlefield! with Felicia Timas and Tracy Reid, Co-Owners, His Daughter.
 (1/27/16)
  • Helping Small Businesses Grow and Succeed! with Steve Millard, President and Executive Director, COSE.
 (2/3/16)
  • Star Light, Star Bright! with Kristina ’00 and Greg ’00 Dooley, Founders, Estrela Consulting. (2/17/16)
  • Ready, Set, Accelerate! with Charles Stack, Co-Founder and CEO, Flashstarts and StartMart. (2/24/16)
  • Cleveland’s Favorite Writer! with Les Roberts, Author. (3/2/16)
  • Sketching Up Success! with Tricia & Rich Kaman, President and Vice President, Kaman’s Art Shoppes, Inc.
 (3/23/16)
  • Welcome to the Good Life! with Ryan Florio, Founder and President, Inca Tea. (3/30/16)
  • Promoting LOCLE, Going Global! with Deby Lexow, Owner, LOCLE Box. (4/6/16)

Fireside Chats – Fall 2015

  • The Business of Art! with Jack Kotz ’83, Fine-Art and Commercial Photographer (9/9/15)
  • Perception is Reality! with Donald Wayne McLeod, Founder, PERCEPTIONOLOGY, LLC (9/23/15)
  • International Business! with Joe Bica, Managing Partner, U.S. Wine Exports Company, LTD (9/30/15)
  • Brewing up Success! with John Najeway, Owner, Thirsty Dog Brewery (10/7/15)
  • Design Your Business! with RJ Thompson, Asst. Prof. Graphic & Interactive Design, YSU and Owner, Zola Design LLC (10/14/15)
  • When it Rains it Pours! with Andrew Ratcliff ’86, freelance Project Manager and Artist (10/21/15)
  • Go With Your Skills! with Betsy Juliano ‘84, Founder and CEO, Litigation Management, Inc. (10/28/15)
  • Cleveland’s Tree Doctor! with Lauren Lanphear ‘79, President, Forest City Tree Protection Company, Inc. (1/4/15)
  • Hurricane Defense with Glenn Brzuziewski, Managing Partner, Hurricane Labs (11/18/15)

Fireside Chats – Spring 2015

  • When it’s Good to be Bad! with Reka Barabas, Director, Bad Girl Venture (1/21/15)
  • What I did Last Summer! with Hiram’s 2014 EIW Team (1/28/2015)
  • Ready, Set, Accelerate! with Charles Stack, co-founder and CEO, FlashStarts (2/4/15)
  • Boldly Beating the Odds! with Nichelle McCall, founder and CEO, BOLD Guidance (2/11/15)
  • Social Enterprise: Money, Mission and Making a Difference! with Kay Molkentin (2/18/15)
  • Funding Your Start-Up! with Bob Cohen, CEO, Braintree Business Development Center (2/25/15)
  • Business in a Box! with Jack Warren ’86, Director of Operations, Comfort Keepers (3/4/15)
  • Training with Bioskills Professionals! with Richard Anthony ’82, Ph.D., President, Device Company International LLC (3/25/15)
  • A Renegade Risks Everything to be Unforgettable! with Cathy B. Horton, serial entrepreneur (4/1/15)

Fireside Chats – Fall 2014

  • Helping Colleges Market Internationally! with Kevin Wang, Co-Founder, Mango. (9/13/14)
  • E = R! with Thom Ruhe, Founder and President, EcDev Partners LLC. (9/10/14)
  • Innovation: Powering People Forward! with Ryan Farris, Engineering Manager, Parker Hannifin Corporation. (9/18/14)
  • Sweat, Hydrate, Pursue! with Jarred and Brandon Smith, Creators and Co-Founders, NOOMA. (9/24/14)
  • From Mom and Pop to Millionaires! with Rita Scott, President, Young Explorers Montessori (10/8/14)
  • Social Enterprise: Money, Mission and Making a Difference! with Bill Leamon, Joe DeLoss, and Alison Tanker (10/15/14)
  • Developing the Secret Sauce for Success! with Forrest Reed, Founder, R&R Specialty Foods. (10/22/14)
  • Title TBD with Toby and Melanie Maloney (10/29/14)
  • This Doc Makes House Calls! with Sharmyn Clark, DVM, Mobile Veterinary Care (11/5/14)

Fireside Chats – Spring 2014

  • Family Business is in the Bag – or is it? with Anahid Thompson, Co-founder of Noubar Bags, Ltd. (1/22/14)
  • Powering Connections! with Lev Gonick, Co-founder and CEOr, OneCommunity (1/29/14)
  • A Squeaky Clean Idea! with Dave Baiko, Founder and CEO, Shower City LLC (2/5/14)
  • Mustard: It’s not Just a Condiment! with Jim ’88 and Karen ’89 Scher, owners, Uncle Jim’s Pepper Mustard (2/12/14)
  • Hiram’s Entrepreneurial President! with Thomas V. Chema, President, Hiram College (2/19/14)
  • Growing Greens by Going Green! with Tim Ryan, Co-founder, Great Lakes Growers LLC (2/26/14)
  • Driven by Passion! with Chris Hostetter, Co-owner, Titan Media Blasting (3/5/14)
  • Taking Cleveland Clinic’s Expertise to Market! with Dr. Thomas Graham, Chief Innovation Officer, Cleveland Clinic Innovations (CCI) (3/26/14)
  • A Flowering Entrepreneur! with William Goldner ’78, National Program Leader, USDA-NIFA, and co-owner, Woodstream Orchids (4/2/14)

Fireside Chats – Fall 2013

  • “A Brighter Idea!” with Gary Allen, Physicist, Principal Engineer, LED Innovation Team, General Electric (9/4/13)
  • Making a Difference! with Rob Nicholson, serial, social entrepreneur and Founder, Nicholson Center (9/25/13)
  • The Psychology of Management!  with Dr. Kimberly Bell, Management Psychologist, PRADCO (10/2/13)
  • It’s What You Say, Now How You Say It! with Nobby Lewandowski (10/9/13)
  • Lights, Camera, Action! with Nancy Carver Adams ’65 & Matt Starr, Co-Owners, I-CONN Video Production (10/16/13)
  • Liberal Arts for a Life Time! with Marshall Winkle ’57, retired HR Director, Ariel Corporation (10/23/13)
  •  What Color Are Your Glasses? with Mel McGee, CEO& Director of Technology, Sales Whale, President, imageNation, and Google Glass Explorer (10/30/13)
  • The Business of Healing! with Dr. John Cassidy ’76, CMO, CEO, President, Nexus Health Systems (11/6/13)

Fireside Chats – Spring 2013

  • Partnering with a Winning Brand! with Sal Baglieri, Owner/Operator, McDonald’s (1/16/13)
  • Keepin’ It Fresh! with Trevor Clatterbuck, founder, Fresh Fork Market (1/23/13)
  • A Dynamic Duo! with Halle and Benjamin Barnett, co-owners media.schmedia and mighty little websites.com (1/30/13)
  • Helping Students Achieve! with Jimmy Malone, co-host of the Lanigan & Malone Show on WMJI 105.7 FM, and founder of the Malone Scholarship Fund (2/6/13)
  • Money from a Hole in the Ground!  with Nick Barron, founder, Hole Patch, LLC (2/13/13)
  • Providing Support for Start-ups! with Jack Crews, President & CEO, Regional Economic Growth Corporation (2/20/13)
  • Revolutionizing Recycling! with Jay Schabel, CEO of RESPolyflow (3/13/13)
  • Launching Bio-Tech Spin-Outs! with Al Hawkins, Vice President of Business Development, BioMotiv LLC (3/20/13)
  • An Entrepreneur’s Day at the Beach! with Debbie Kuhn ‘86, founder girltrunks (3/27/13)

Fireside Chats – Fall 2012

  • The Business of Art! with Anthony (Tony) Mastromatteo, artist (9/5/12)
  • Mustard: It’s not just a Condiment! with Jim ’88 and Karen ’89 Scher, Owners (9/12/12)
  • For-Profit Meets Not-For-Profit! with Jennifer Fredricks ’95, President, Cancer Angel Network and Phire Branded Apparel and Graphics (9/19/12)
  • Baking Up Success! with Christina Benton ’02 WEC, owner Just Pizzelles (9/26/12)
  • Spice it Up! with Sally Koepke, co-founder, Mom’s Gourmet, LLC. (10/10/12)
  • Healthy Food from a Vending Machine?! with Tim Klug, co-founder, Essentially Organic Vending (10/17/12)
  • The Family Business! with James Busch ’86, President, Busch Funeral Homes (10/24/12)
  • Find a Need and Fill It! with Bonnie Warren, Owner, Comfort Keepers (10/31/12)
  • Discovering Your Authentic Work! with Harriet Rubin, founder of Currency Imprint and Double Day Publishing; contributing editor for Fast Company Magazine; author; journalist; and Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow (11/7/12)

Fireside Chats – Spring 2012

  • Acting Intrapreneurially! with Erik Weyls, President, Coventya, Inc. (1/18/12)
  • Applying 21st Century Technology to a Centuries-Old Process! With Tom Lix, CEO, Cleveland Whiskey (1/25/12)
  • A Family E-Affair! with Bill Moss ’79, President, Towpath Polymers and David Moss, Founder, MossMedia (2/1/12)
  • Hatching Great Ideas! With Jim Cossler, Chief Evangelist, Youngstown Business Incubator, John Dearborn, President, JumpStart Inc., and Dar Caldwell, Founder and managing Partner, Shaker LaunchHouse (2/8/12)
  • The Internship Queen! with Lauren Berger, CEO of Intern Queen Inc. and National College Speaker (2/15/12)
  • The Power of Love! with Alka Subramanian, Founder, Power of Love Foundation (2/22/12)
  • Success= Integrity + Connecting the Dots! with Dr. Fujita, Founder, President and CEO, Quality Electrodynamics LLC (QED) (2/29/12)
  • Focused on Success! with Lisa Orlandi, Founder and President of Focus Design Technologies (3/14/12)
  • Building a Bio-Enterprise in Northeast Ohio! with Jon Snyder, President and CEO, Neuros Medical (3/21/12)

Fireside Chats – Fall 2011

  • Sweet Entrepreneurship! with Joel Fink, owner, Fantasy Candy (9/7/11)
  • Envisioning Success! with Tony Manna, President, Signet Enterprises (9/14/11)
  • Manufacturing in a Global Economy! with Michael Canty, CEO, President and Chairman of Alloy Bellows (9/21/11)
  • Food, Glorious Food! with Anne Hayman ’88, chef and owner, On the Spot Gourmet (9/28/11)
  • A Business Born of Necessity! with Kimberlee Ullner, Founder, President, 1-2-3 Gluten Free (10/5/11)
  • Take Note! with Art Geigel ’05, President and Founder, Ground Booth Software, Inc. (10/12/11)
  • From Hiram College to Silicon Valley! with Jim Waschura ’83, President and Founder, SyntheSys Research, Inc. (10/19/11)
  • The Art of the Merger! with Doug Grimm ’84, Chairman, President & CEO, Grede Holdings LLC. (10/26/11)
  • The Art of Publishing! with Molly McQuade (11/9/11)
  • Collaborating to be Green! with Bud Perry and Robert Stockham, Principals of Great Lakes Design (11/16/11)

Fireside Chats – Spring 2011

  • The Business of Art! with Clayton Pond (1/19/2011)
  • International Entrepreneur! with Isaac Yomtovian (1/26/2011)
  • The Art of the Merger! with Doug Grimm ’84, Chairman, President & CEO, Grede Holdings LLC (2/2/2011)
  • GREENnPower! with Aaron LeMieux, Founder & CEO, Tremont Electric (2/9/2011)
  • Exit Strategy! with Kipp Krukowski, Owner & President, Confidential Business Sales, Inc. (2/16/2011)
  • On the Move with Mobile Food! with Chris Hodgson and Jeremy Esterly, owners, Dim and Den Sum Food Truck (2/23/2011) From Nurse to CEO! with Sandra Maddock, CEO & President, IMARC Research (3/16/2011) A Non-Profit Acting Entrepreneurially! with Dennis Allen, CEO, Hattie Larlham (3/23/2011) Measure ‘Em Up! with Alex Neals, President, MeasureMeUp! (3/30/2011) A Lifestyle Brand of Doing Well While Doing Good! with Sharie Renee, Creator and President, Cosmic Bobbins (4/6/11)
  • Fireside Chats – Fall 2010
  • Mustard, It’s Not Just a Condiment! with Jim ’88 and Karen ’89 Scher, Owners (9/8/10)
  • Acting Intrapreneurially! with Erik Weyls, President, Coventya, Inc. (9/15/10)
  • Global E-Commerce! with Michael Keresman III, CEO, President and Chairman of CardinalCommerce Corporation (9/22/10)
  • Risky Business! with Steve Osborn, President, Trilogy Plastics (9/29/10)
  • Imagine “What If…! with Jennifer Miller ’01, Founder, President, Mission Savvy (10/6/10) Supporting New Business in Northeast Ohio! with Dennis Cocco & Cliff Reynolds, Co-Directors, GLIDE and the Innovation Fund (10/13/10)
  • When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Goat Cheese! Part II, with Jean Mackenzie, founder of Mackenzie Creamery (10/20/10)
  • Building a Bio-Enterprise in Northeast Ohio! with Jon Snyder, President and CEO, Neuros Medical (10/27/10)
  • Building the Future, One Venture at a Time! with Bill Recker, Hiram Trustee and Founder, IronBridge Partners (11/10/10)
  • On the Cutting Edge in Garrettsville! with Bill Whittenberger, President Catacel (11/17/10)