The Money Guys


James Deiotte

Retired Partner
Ernst & Young

James Deiotte, CPA, CMA, JD and MBA, two-time Cleveland State University College of Business alumnus (BBS Accounting in 1980 and MBA in 1984) and recently retired partner of EY. Jim has been an ambassador for EY throughout his career working closely with many of the largest companies in the world, a variety of U.S. governmental agencies and EY colleagues in over 50 countries. Jim most recently served as EY’s Regional Tax Leader of Africa and was on EY’s EMEIA and Global Tax Leadership teams. Jim was responsible for driving the localization of capabilities and independence of EY tax operations in Sub-Saharan Africa, spanning more than 30 countries. He may be one of the most traveled alumni from Cleveland State University, having previously led EY’s Central and Eastern European Compliance and Reporting practice.

Anthony Gasparo

MAI Capital Management

Anthony was a winner of Startup Vikes in 2015 with his company, PuppyMatch. In a year and a half of business he successfully matched 49 families and revenue exceeded $100,000. In 2017 he decided to focus on completing his degree and paused business operations. He then completed a 9 month internship with the Veale Entrepreneurship Forum, an organization committed to supporting high school entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio. Anthony graduated in December with his bachelors in Finance and is currently an accountant at MAI Capital Management.

Roger Klee

Assistant College Lecturer
Monte Ahuja College of Business
Cleveland State University

Originally from Toledo, OH, Roger obtained his education from the University of Alabama. Roll Tide! He has worked as a financial analyst, accounting consultant, and as a Manager of Financial and Strategic Operations. He teaches corporate finance, investments, derivatives, insurance, and personal finance in the Monte Ahuja College of Business.

John Nemecek

Director of Finance
Sequoia Financial Group

Jon heads up the finance and accounting team at Sequoia Financial Group.  He also advises small business owners in Cleveland on start-up and early stage accounting, budgeting, and financial matters through the SBDC. Previously Jon has provided CFO/Controller services as a consultant to companies ranging from start-ups to the middle market in the technology and government contracting industries.  He earned his Bachelors of Business Administration and Masters of Professional Accountancy at West Virginia University, and is a licensed CPA in the state of Ohio.

Ed O’Donnell

Adjunct Professor
Monte Ahuja College of Business
Cleveland State University

Ed O’Donnell is an Adjunct Accounting Professor at Cleveland State University, teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Ed is a practicing CPA with a firm located in Westlake, Ohio. Recently retired from PPG Industries where he spent 27 years, Ed earned his BBA degree from Cleveland State University in 1979 and his MBA from the University of Georgia in 1983.

Blaise Roncagli

Associate College Lecturer
Monte Ahuja College of Business
Cleveland State University

Dr. Roncagli has been a lecturer with the Department of Finance at CSU since Fall 2011. Prior to that, he spend 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.

John Wright

Accounting Graduate Student
Monte Ahuja College of Business
Cleveland State University

John currently works as a Graduate Counselor at the Small Business Development Center, specializing in preparing financial projections for ambitious entrepreneurs. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the historic Alabama State University, graduating Cum Laude. John is currently working towards a Master’s in Accountancy with a focus on Tax from Cleveland State University. He hopes to eventually earn a J.D. and become a business advisor and wealth manager.

Claude Zoghzoghi

Financial Analyst

Claude is a recent alumnus of Cleveland State University. He currently works as a Financial Analyst at a startup company, Latitude Airlines and Aladdin’s Eatery. He is a motivated professional skilled in fundamental and technical analysis, leveraged finance, LBOs deals, financial modeling and team-building. In the summer of 2016, Claude interned in Leveraged Finance-Middle Market Group at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in New York, one of the largest financial institutions in the world.