Business Development Council

Business Development Council

Chair

  • Robert Smith, President & CEO: Spero-Smith Investment Advisers, Inc.

Council Members

  • Sarah Boyarko, Vice President, Economic Development: Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber
  • Peter Broer, President & CEO: Lumitex
  • Tobin Buckner, Akron Entrepreneurial Community Manager: JumpStart
  • Jim Clay, Past Chairman & CEO: Westfield Group
  • Steve Carter, National Practice Leader: Grant Thornton
  • Bethany Dentler, Executive Director: Medina County Economic Development Corporation
  • Ray Hexamer, President: Stark Economic Development Board
  • Deb Janik, SVP, Business Development: Greater Cleveland Partnership
  • Joe Jankowski, Chief Innovation Officer: Case Western Reserve University
  • Dr. Para Jones, President: Stark State College
  • Ethan Karp, CEO: MAGNET
  • Rick Kirk, Director, Operations: Hyland
  • Jon Park: Westfield Insurance
  • Vince Parisi, Vice President of Finace: NiSource
  • Rick Rebadow, Executive VP: Greater Akron Chamber
  • Kim Riley: President, Greater Cleveland: Hylant Insurance
  • Jim Ruhlin, President: The Ruhlin Company
  • Bill Seelbach, Operating Executive: The Riverside Company
  • Reg Shiverick, President: Dakota Software Corp.
  • Steve Strah, SVP & President, FE Utilities: FirstEnergy
  • Isakina Valentina, Managing Director, Financial Services and Select HQ Operations, JobsOhio
  • Brad Whitehead, President: The Fund for Our Economic Future