Mark Anderson, Marketing Analyst, Energy Harbor
Mark is a digital marketing professional in the NEO area. Working for startups, agencies, and corporations both big and small, Mark has become an expert in digital marketing. When he is not working with Impulse, his real estate investments or consulting, Mark spends time working on his personal startup projects. With his passion for marketing and business, Mark hopes to push the digital marketing industry to the next level. Impulse is a swipe-based feedback app where users can easily ask the public questions through a picture and/or text and receive anonymous feedback. The comprehensive analytics we provide will help companies get a better understanding of their target customers. Furthermore, intelligent decisions can be made based on the analytics to help enhance the products companies provide.
James Artis, Co-Founder/Chief Strategy Officer, OBSV Group
James drives the day to day operations of the agency that represents names such as Dr. Cornel West, Iyanla Vanzant, Bakari Sellers, Dr. Monique Morris & Jewel Burks Solomon to name a few. Observation Group Inc. (OBSV Group) is a firm built on the foundation of legacy and a freedom-fighting tradition of excellence. With a focus on our Five-Point Foundation, it is our mission as an agency to give “Agency” to individuals and communities by amplifying voices and ideas around the world. James is from Milton, DE which he loves to refer to as the town with one stop light. James has an undergraduate degree in Finance from Delaware State University & a Master’s of Finance degree from Case Western Reserve University. He will be starting the MBA Program at Auburn University in the Spring 2023. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. and enjoys spending time family and watching Marvel Movies.
Tom Bonda, an attorney, marketing professional, and educator. For the past ten years, he has worked at John Carroll University as an Executive Professor of Entrepreneurship and Program Manager of LaunchNET. In 2017, he received the Curtis W. Miles Faculty Community Service Award. Tom was co-founder of Sales/Bonda, a full-service marketing and advertising agency that was one of the pioneers of special event marketing. Tom’s other business interests include: being on the board and management team of North Coast Cable, Cleveland’s cable franchise; being president of King Cola, Inc., an international soft drink company; and working with the Cleveland Cavaliers to help launch the Lake Erie Monsters, their AHL franchise. Tom served on the Board of Education of the Orange Schools for 14 years. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Cancer Society Greater Cleveland Division and served as the Northeast Ohio Chair of SmokeFreeOhio. This successful initiative prohibits smoking in restaurants, public places, and work environments. Tom earned a BS in Business from Arizona State University, a JD from Cleveland Marshall College of Law, and completed the Executive Management Program at Indiana University Graduate School of Business. Tom and his wife Jodi have three grown sons and an adorable two-year-old grandson. He enjoys cycling and is a fourteen-time participant in the American Cancer Society Pan Ohio Hope Ride from Cleveland to Cincinnati.
Lynn Buchinsky, Manager, Weston Ideation Lab, Monte Ahuja College of Business
Lynn Buchinsky is an entrepreneur, Manager for the Weston Ideation Lab and Business Advisor for the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Cleveland State University. She created, ran and sold her business Little Racquets and has advised solo-preneurs, start-ups and small businesses. Lynn has successfully grown regional and national brands: Weston Ideation Lab-Cleveland State University, Goldman Sachs 10KSB, LaunchNET-Kent State, Young Launchers, Little Racquets, Sealy, Rubbermaid and Cystic Fibrosis. She holds an MBA from the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management, a master’s degree from the Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Jen-Yi Chen, Associate Professor, Operations & Supply Chain Management, Monte Ahuja College of Business
Before joining CSU, he worked at i2 Technologies implementing supply chain solutions in semiconductor industry for companies like TSMC, the world’s largest semiconductor foundry. His recent research lies at the interface of marketing and operations management with focuses on pricing and profit optimization, inventory management, sustainability issues and advanced technologies. At CSU, he teaches business analytics and international operations, and advises medical centers and manufacturing companies through research and consulting projects. He earned his M.S.E. in Industrial & Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D. in Operations Management from Purdue University.
David Delgado, International Trade Advisor, Cleveland State University SBDC Export Assistance Network
David is an International Trade Advisor for the Export Assistance Network at Cleveland State University. David came to us from a major Cleveland based consumer products company. David has over 30 years of experience in international business. He is a multi-lingual consultant, speaker, and program moderator in geo-political, international relations, and cross-cultural issues. David is also a licensed USCBP international trade broker.
Ilya Godfryd, CTO, RESTORESkills.com
Ilys is a software developer with a few leadership roles under his belt, which he executed with variable degrees of success. Eager mentor and Jr. dev advocate. Presently fortunate to be a CTO of RESTORESkills.com – occupational therapy gamification SaaS platform for older adults.
Colette Hart, Senior Director, Centers for Outreach & Engagement, Monte Ahuja College of Business
Colette Hart is the Senior Director of the Centers for Outreach and Engagement in the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University. In her capacity as Senior Director, she is responsible for designing and developing innovative interdisciplinary programs and outreach initiatives that serve students, faculty, alumni and the Northeast Ohio business community. Colette played a leadership role in establishing the Global Business Center, Sustainable Business Center and the Professional Development Center. Most recently, Colette has focused on expanding the capacity of the CSU Entrepreneurial Ecosystem by securing funding and establishing the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Small Business Development Center Export Assistance Network (EAN), Startup Vikes and the Weston Ideation Lab in the Monte Ahuja College of Business. Colette completed the Lean Launch Pad Educator Program at Stanford University. She earned BA in International Relations and Political Science at the University of Wisconsin and is also a Cleveland State alumna of the Executive MBA program.
Jeremiah Landi, CEO & President, Landi Industries
Jeremiah Landi started his career as a “GO’FER” in an architecture firm (98’) and made his way into an animatronics creator for shows like Phantom of the Opera (10’); little did he know that the skills he picked up along his journey would play very synergistically within a highly technical, rigid world and within the Government Bureaucracy, even putting him in front of the US Congress (08’). Throughout his career, he has traveled the world working in a range of different project environments (Nobel Prize to ESPN) and cultural environments having worked through both the “America’s” and all around Europe (with a little Asia). He enjoys bringing dynamic thought processes and design first problem-solving to many different companies now through his own company deploying products (i.e. military helicopter fuel pumps, basketball medical devices) and Modified Agile Hardware Development (MAHD). The company he started back in 2016 now spans from physical manufacturing (i.e. stamping, welding, 3D printing) to algorithmic software development (i.e. traveling salesman); so it is easy to say the problems he solves aren’t easily fixed in a remote world.
Chris Mapus, Graphic Designer, Monte Ahuja College of Business
Strategically focused + creatively driven graphic design and marketing professional. Specializing in comprehensive print + digital collateral design, logo design and brand management Designing over 2,000+ print and digital pieces Leading over 200+ projects, collaborating on over 1,000+ projects.
Ed O’Donnell, Adjunct Professor, Accounting, Monte Ahuja College of Business and Managing Partner, O’Donnell & Associates CPAs
Teaching graduate/MBA and undergraduate accounting and tax courses. Coaching students and helping them find internship and full time jobs.
Ben Richards, Librarian, Cleveland State University
As a librarian, Ben Richards works with students and faculty at Cleveland State University to connect them with the wealth of information available through the Michael Schwartz Library and elsewhere. He serves as a resource to the College of Business through instruction, reference services, and managing the library’s collections. Ben received his MLIS in 2014 and has been working at Cleveland State University since 2015.
Dr. Roncagli, Senior Lecturer, Finance, Monte Ahuja College of Business
Dr. Roncagli has been a lecturer with the Department of Finance at CSU since Fall 2011. Prior to that, he spent 30 years in the software industry working for firms like Hyland Software, Rockwell Automation, Sensormatic Electronics, Digital Equipment Corporation and Thorn Automated Systems. He has also worked for several startup firms, one of which was an IT consulting firm he founded with two partners in the early years of his career. Working with small startup firms established his interest in how small firms make their financing and investment decisions, which was the subject of his doctoral dissertation. Dr. Roncagli teaches courses in Corporate Finance, International Finance and Financial Markets and Institutions. He has maintained the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification since 1998.
Meghan Salkin, Program Manager, Centers for Outreach & Engagement, Monte Ahuja College of Business
Meg is the Program Manager for the Centers for Outreach and Engagement in the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University. Meg is a two-time alumna of Cleveland State University having earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Arts in Global Interactions. In her role, she is responsible for providing exceptional operational support to the Centers for Outreach and Engagement, Small Business Development Center, Global Business Center, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Weston Ideation Lab. Meg manages planning, logistics, finance and communications for many of the Centers for Outreach and Engagement’s programs, workshops, conferences, special events and day-to-day operations. Meg is also instrumental in coordinating, planning and providing support for the Centers for Outreach and Engagement larger, university-wide events such as Startup Vikes and TEDxClevelandStateUniversity.
Heather Schlosser, Marketing Communications Manager, Monte Ahuja College of Business
Heather is the Marketing Communications Manager at the Monte Ahuja College of Business. She is responsible for internal and external communication on behalf of the college including six academic departments, six centers and two advising units. She collaborates with University Marketing, Admissions, Advancement, Alumni Affairs and Web Operations on university-wide initiatives in addition to planning, managing and executing promotional efforts for College of Business programs, events and other initiatives. She has over 20+ years of experience in marketing communications strategy, advertising management, media planning and buying, public relations, social media, copy writing and digital marketing. Most of all, she enjoys working with students at Startup Vikes (of course!) and in her role as advisor for Cleveland State’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success.
Niki is the marketing specialist for the Ohio Small Business Development Center at CSU. She got her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an Entrepreneurship minor and a Leadership certification from Youngstown State University. She has been affiliated with the Small Business Development Center since her first internship with the Ohio SBSC at YSU. Currently she is enjoying her role at the new marketing specialist for our local SBDC.
Mike Swiatkowski, Founder and President, Summit Food Solutions
Mike is the founder and president of Summit Food Solutions headquartered in Fairlawn, OH. Summit provides insights that food businesses need in order to grow and effectively manage today’s dynamic supply chain. He helped to develop dozens of new products into Sam’s Club, Costco, Family Dollar, Starbucks, Kroger, Wal-Mart, Sprouts, Heinen’s and many more.
Tosan Ugbeye, CEO and Founder, The SCOPE Mask
Tosan Ugbeye is a budding health tech entrepreneur, and the CEO and founder of The SCOPE Mask, an innovative medical device that incorporates oxygen delivery with the protective function of N95 masks. Tosan also works full time as a Certified Anesthetist where he provides anesthesia care as an integral part of the Anesthesia Care Team Model. He has provided world class healthcare in this capacity since obtaining his Master of Science in Anesthesia from Case Western Reserve University. His observations in delivering healthcare in a hospital setting are the motivation for his foray into health tech. Tosan spends any time left outside of work and family engagements working on his MBA at Cleveland State University, consuming information about technology, business and healthcare (TBH), working out or playing basketball.
Nicholas Vande Velde, Associate Vice President, Cleveland State University
As the Associate Vice President of the Division of Hospitality and Campus Services, Nicholas is responsible for the student experience along with financial outcomes in housing, dining, recreation, bookstore, Wolstein Center and conference and events services. When Nicholas was the District Manager for Aramark’s Sports and Entertainment business unit, he was responsible for the execution of food service across 9 locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida. Nicholas ensured the success of his team through strong performance and people development while maintaining a successful and productive relationship with the clients. When he’s not at work he enjoys spending time with his two children and wife. Nicholas is a recreational golfer, that he play with his son and daughter.
Katie VanDyke, Director, Cleveland State University SBDC
Katie’s main mission is to support local small businesses that are a critical component and major contributor to the strength of local economies. Focusing on the amazing entrepreneurs in our beloved CLE, her time is spent on supporting their successes. For over 10 years, she has worked in the entrepreneurial world; currently as the Director of the CSU Small Business Development Center, and previously as an Entrepreneur Advisor, providing assistance, training and advising to local businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. She has also created many entrepreneurial experiential learning opportunities and training for entrepreneurs, corporate and academic entities. Katie has developed curriculum in entrepreneurship, as well as taught business and marketing classes for ten years as an adjunct faculty member of the Business Division at Lorain County Community College. She earned her MBA from Cleveland State University and got her start at Ernst & Young as an eLearning Consultant and Instructional Designer and new hire trainer.
Nate Ward, Director, Global Business Center, Cleveland State University
Nate Ward is the Director of the Global Business Center and the SBDC Export Assistance Network, he has extensive international experience within manufacturing and banking industries. His international business experience includes sales, logistics, marketing, pricing, research and product development. In addition to his diverse cultural knowledge, Nate speaks multiple languages including French, Spanish, and Japanese.
Jessica Yox, Consultant, SBDC at Cleveland State University
Jessica Yox is a travel-loving entrepreneur providing accounting services to small and medium sized businesses in a variety of industries, as well as tax preparation and tax planning services. Jessica is also a consultant for the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Cleveland State University and focuses on providing support around finance, accounting, tax and business planning. She loves relaxing in adirondack chairs, pet sitting, and talking about retirement planning. She also co-owns a small business in Cleveland, Two One Fix Bicycle.