2015 Judges

 Algushain - Sized Ameer Alghusain
CEO
American Rail Corp.A Visionary CEO & leader of American Rail Corporation, an international corporation specialized in unique industries evolving around Railway, Utilities Engineering, Construction, Rail Signal & Power Bonding, mobile Flash-Butt Rail Welding and Thermite Welding for rail tracks. The company is headquartered in the USA with operations in the US, Australia, China, Saudi Arabia & United Arab Emirates. Successfully completed mergers between global companies to form a stronger entity and aggressively led the company through accelerated growth phases, nationally and internationally.
 Brower - Sized Matt Brower
Founder / Co-Owner
Heynow! MediaA graduate of Kent State University, Matt Brower is seriously motivated. He has a keen insight into customer needs and expertly identifies how to move your business forward. His experience as both a creative and an organizer gives him a unique ability to understand client needs and how to translate them into a workable vision.
 Grosprion-Sized Patricia Grospiron
Principal, Entrepreneurial Network Management
JumpstartPatricia 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.
 Holloway-BW Jimeka Holloway
Doctor of Management Fellow, Ph.D Candidate
Weatherhead School of ManagementMs. Holloway is also Founder and CEO of Collaborative Endeavors, Inc. located in Cleveland, Ohio, an innovation consulting company with an emphasis on co-creative design. Ms. Holloway’s specific research focus is on the role of entrepreneurial spark in social enterprise. In the qualitative phase of her research she discovered how collaboration between an ‘engaged philanthropist’ and a social entrepreneur can provide the ‘entrepreneurial spark’ that is needed to transform an idea into an urban nonprofit social enterprise. As she continues this line of inquiry in the quantitative phase, she hopes to reveal co-creative design functions that leverage economic and social value and propel social enterprises with a sustained competitive advantage.
 Kraszewski-BW Jack Kraszewski
Director
Technology Transfer Office
Cleveland State UniversityJack Kraszewski joined the CSU Technology Transfer Office as Director, on April 20, 2015. Jack earned a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law. He is a registered Patent Attorney with more than 15 years of intellectual property and technology transfer experience.. Jack has worked with early stage companies, technology transfer offices, principal investigators and commercialization entities. Jack has worked for BioOhio and assisted with the management of the University Hospitals of Cleveland School of Medicine technology transfer operations.
 Leamon-BW Bill Leamon
Managing Director
The Business of Good FoundationBill is responsible for starting, scaling and sustaining social enterprises in the areas of education, employment and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining The Business of Good Foundation in 2009, Bill spent 15 years working for large private sector companies, including Black & Decker, The Stanley Works, and Akzo Nobel. Bill’s cross-functional experience includes senior-level leadership roles in sales/marketing, manufacturing/operations, and organizational development/design.
 Nouafo-Sized Michel Nouafo
Vice-President, International Household Sales
VitamixMichel 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.
 Shaw-Sized Robert “Joe” Shaw, PhD
Director, Venture Development and Partnerships
NASA John H. Glenn Research CenterDr. Robert J. Shaw is the deputy director of the Office of Technology Partnerships and Planning at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Glenn Research Center (GRC). His position entails responsibility for providing executive leadership for advocacy, planning, and execution of all Center strategic partnerships with other government agencies, academia, and industry and for development of new business opportunities for GRC that are outside NASA product lines and emphasize the center’s competencies.
 Stack-Sized Charles Stack
Co-Founder, CEO
Flashstarts

  • Serial entrepreneur with successful exits in multiple technology arenas.
  • Extensive enterprise IT and consumer retail experience.
  • Active angel investor and entrepreneur mentor

Charles Stack is a successful serial entrepreneur. After graduation from Case Western Reserve University Law School, he formed Parallax, Inc., which developed and marketed a PC-based networking case management software system for asbestos litigation to national law firms and corporate law departments.

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