Judges

Algushain - Sized Ameer Alghusain
CEO
American Rail Corp
Ameer Alghusain is the visionary CEO and leader of American Rail Corporation, an international corporation specializing in the unique industries evolving around Railway, Utilities Engineering, Construction, Rail Signal, Power Bonding, mobile Flash-Butt Rail Welding and Thermite Welding for Rail. The company is headquartered in the United States with operations offices in Australia, China, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Ameer successfully completed mergers between several global companies to form the stronger entity that is American Rail Corporation and has led the company through accelerated grown phases both national and internationally.
asher-bw  Ed Asher
President
Weston Equities
Ed is the President of Weston Equities which raises equity for real estate deals. His responsibilities include marketing to new investors and reporting to existing investors. He began his career at Weston Inc. in 1987. His experience at Weston has included acquisitions,development, dispositions, property management, financing, and leasing.
Bompeidi-BW Rebecca Bompiedi
Rebecca has held leadership positions across diverse functional areas such as engineering, supply chain, sales and marketing, with top brands GELcore, GE, and Philips. At GE, Rebecca developed a distinct passion for empowering women to personally succeed while shaping the future of technology. There she led the GE Women’s Network (GEWN) for GE Lighting and chaired the Women in Technology organization in the GEWN. Today, she continues to pursue that passion as a board member for the Cleveland State Foundation, a founding member of Cleveland’s In Council with Women Network, and a member of Tiffany Circle for the Northeast Ohio American Red Cross. 
Grosprion-Sized  Patricia Grospiron
Principal, Entrepreneurial Network Management
JumpStart
Patricia Grosprion manages the day-to-day operation of the JumpStart Entrepreneurial Network. This position includes managing the deal flow process, metrics and the Network’s performance. In addition, she acts as a resource for regional and local economic development partners and assists regional partners and communities as they embed entrepreneurial activities in their economic development plans—from grassroots events to the implementation of hyper-local investment funds.
Lyons - Sized  Shannon Lyons
MSOD: Executive Vice President
Flashstarts
Shannon Lyons is a business development professional with the proven ability to drive results through applied research in organizations that range from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Shannon’s applied research includes methodologies in business modeling, innovation management, commercialization, complex change management and human-centered design. A strategic thinker who has worked with teams of all sizes, Shannon has successfully led organizations to execute complex initiatives. She possesses a broad knowledge of complexity theory, rapid prototyping and coaching and is intensely focused on bottom-line results through the creation of value.
nouafo-bw  Michel Nouafo
Vice-President, International Household Sales
Vitamix
 Michel E. Nouafo is the Vice-President of International Household Sales for Vitamix.   Michel’s origins and experience give him a rich and diverse cultural and professional background.  Born and schooled in Cameroon, Michel moved to France and then the US for his college education.  He graduated with an MBA in International Business from Bowling Green State University.  Following his education, he worked as a Business Consultant and a Financial Planner prior to joining Libbey Glass as an Export Sales Manager.  Michel held various positions at Libbey before he was promoted to the position of Vice-President, International Markets.  While working at Libbey, Michel also taught International Marketing classes at The University of Toledo.  Michel joined Vitamix in early 2011 and has been charged with helping the company grow its International Household business.