Teresa Lindsey, President & CEO, Channel Products

Teresa Lindsey is President and Chief Operating Officer of Channel Products, a privately held, Cleveland-based manufacturer of component systems and technologies for the gas appliance industry. Under her leadership, the company has increased revenue by over 100% and profitability by over 1000%, while securing multiple new patents for newly created technologies. Ms. Lindsey’s recent honors include recognition of Channel Products as a “2017 Smart Culture” award recipient, a ”2017 Distinguished Employer of the Year,” award from the Ohio Cooperative Education Association, “2018 E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year” finalist, “2018 Crain’s Cleveland Women of Note in Manufacturing” and recognition as a Smart Business Magazine “2018 Progressive Entrepreneur” honoree. With a passion for seeing people develop and thrive, Teresa lives by the mantra of leading people while managing
process. She believes that hiring, equipping, empowering, and developing intelligent human capital is key to continual success in any organization. Ms. Lindsey holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master of Organizational Leadership degree.

Richard Seif, Retired executive of Global Marketing and Product Development

BSEE and MBA from Michigan State University provided Richard Seif an education combining engineering disciplines with business acumen to generate value for companies. A Senior Executive experience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology gave him a global outlook for competitiveness. Dick served 40 years with The Lincoln Electric Company, a Fortune 1000 manufacturer, world-renowned for incentive management and unique business philosophies. He served in various senior management company positions: USA Sales, Marketing & Automation, Canadian Subsidiary CEO, and Lincoln Holdings Global Marketing and Product Development. The welding industry touches virtually every business sector allowing for a complete understanding of how things are made, distributed, and serviced. Working in diversified industries, multiple distribution channels, wide product development ranges, and global geography drove his broad view of value creation opportunities to enhance revenue and profits.

Meltrice Sharp, Managing Partner, CLE Consulting Firm

Meltrice D. Sharp, CPA, has more than 16 years as a Certified Public Accountant. Meltrice has extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of accounting, tax, management and finance. Meltrice started her accounting career at Ernst & Young as an auditor for four years prior to joining Forest City Enterprises where she served in a variety of accounting and finance positions for 13 years. Meltrice received her BBA with a concentration in Accounting from Kent State University and her MBA from Baldwin-Wallace University. She is an Adjunct Instructor at Cuyahoga Community College where she teaches a variety of accounting courses. Meltrice serves on the Executive Team as Treasurer and Finance Chair of the Black Professional Association Charitable Foundation (BPACF) and serves as a member of the Business Advisory Committee for Cuyahoga Community College. Meltrice devotes a significant amount of her personal time civically, giving back to her community. She attends Faith Fellowship Church and is a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Claude Zoghzoghi, President, Seasoned Brands

Claude Zoghzoghi currently serves as President for Seasoned Brands, a management company for a regional restaurant group (Aladdin’s and others) and food manufacturing/distribution in the Cleveland area. Claude interned in Manhattan in 2016 at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation’s Investment Banking – Leveraged Finance division prior to graduating from Cleveland State’s school of business in 2017. Shortly after, he joined Seasoned Brands as an FP&A Analyst later to become President. Claude has been focusing on building a corporate structure as well as enhancing the technology infrastructure to better position Seasoned brands and its subsidiaries to grow and expand their regional presence.