Rose Ann became president/owner of Hydro Dyne Inc. in 1990. Hydro Dyne Inc. is an ASME code shop which designs, engineers, and manufactures heat transfer equipment for the power generation industry including fossil and nuclear plants as well as the process/chemical industry. The 120,000 square feet facility is located in Massillon, OH. Prior to becoming president and owner of Hydro Dyne Inc., Rose Ann was employed for eight years as an LPN in the emergency room at Massillon Community Hospital, Currently, Rose Ann serves as the chairperson of The Heat Exchange Institute’s Executive Committee of the Closed Feedwater Heater Section, on the Board of Trustees for Affinity Medical Center and on the KeyBank Advisory Board.
Quicken Loans closed more than $25 billion in home loan volume in 2009. The company employs nearly 3,000 people nationally and has been ranked in the top-30 of FORTUNE Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" the past seven years (ranking as high as #2). The company also has been ranked as one of Computerworld Magazine's "100 Best Places to Work in Technology" the past five years, ranking #1 in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Dan founded Rock Financial in 1985. Rock Financial grew into one of the largest independent mortgage lenders in the country. In the late 1990s, Rock launched its Internet strategy and quickly positioned itself as the fastest growing online direct mortgage lender on the Internet.
In January 2000, software maker Inuit purchased Rock Financial and the national online lending business was renamed "Quicken Loans." With Dan as CEO, Quicken Loans became the leading national provider of home loans on the Internet. QuickenLoans.com has gone on to earn "Best of the Web" accolades from Forbes, Money and PC Magazine. In 2002, Dan and a small group of private investors purchased Quicken Loans Inc. from Intuit.
Dan became majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers in March 2005, and immediately undertook a complete overhaul of the front office, coaching staff, player personnel and game presentation. Dan is also majority owner of the American Hockey League’s Lake Erie Monsters, and is the operator of the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
In 2007, Dan launched Bizdom U in Detroit. The non-profit academy trains, mentors and finances young entrepreneurs and their start-up businesses in the city of Detroit. Bizdom U’s mission is to create successful businesses, jobs, growth and wealth in large urban cities.
Gilbert serves on the boards of Cleveland Clinic, Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and Children’s Tumor Foundation in New York City. He is a former president of JARC, based in suburban Detroit.
Dan has been the keynote speaker at the Harvard Business School, The University of Michigan and the NAACP annual convention, among other organizations.
Gilbert earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and his law degree from Wayne State University. He has received the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award from Ernst & Young and has been inducted into the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame.
Jackie B. has been an entrepreneur and teacher and creative for more than 30 years. Jackie began her entrepreneurial life with a CPA firm that served small businesses and many creative clients. Later her practice morphed into a small business consulting firm that continues today as Babicky Performance Partners.
Jackie is also a teacher. She currently teaches business skills and entrepreneurship skills for hundreds of small business at the Small Business Development Center of Portland Community College. She has also been a corporate trainer for numerous organizations that wanted to learn how to communicate, work in teams, develop problem-solving skills and become more financially successful.
Jackie is well known in the Portland area by hundreds of entrepreneurs, particularly those with creative endeavors; photographers, artists, graphic designers, fashion designers, potters and fine and performing artists. Jackie has helped many of them find their focus and become financially independent.
Ray Leach brings to JumpStart Inc., one of the most active and innovative venture development organizations in the United States, his energy and leadership experiences from founding five high-growth entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial endeavors over the last twenty years
JumpStart is a nationally recognized venture development organization that helps Northeast Ohio's entrepreneurs succeed in rapidly growing their early-stage companies into large ventures. As part of its robust public-private partnership model, JumpStart recognizes the integral support of the Ohio Third Frontier program, the state's largest-ever commitment to expanding Ohio's high-tech research, innovation, commercialization and company formation activities, which are increasing opportunities for all Ohioans.
Ray's career began at IBM and has been principally focused on information technology companies previous to creating and leading JumpStart in 2003. Ray is a Sloan Fellow and earned an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He also earned a bachelor of arts in finance from the University of Akron. Ray serves on the boards of the Council of Competitiveness in Washington DC, Red Cross Blood Services of Northern Ohio and is the Chairman of the Invent Now Kids board of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum.
Dan Gilbert is chairman and founder of Quicken Loans Inc., the nation’s largest online home lender. The company employs nearly 3,000 people and has been ranked in the Top 30 of FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” the past seven years (ranking as high as #2).
As an entrepreneur, author and radio-talk show host, as well as a community leader and outdoor enthusiast, Ned Parks pulls from a wealth of experiences to deliver an upbeat and highly interactive program. His vast experiences include being a police officer and an Army helicopter pilot; Ned also operated his own aviation business. Keynote speeches, outdoor adventure workshops and professional development training sessions to bring working teams together for maximum performance are his passions. Ned’s mission is “…to inspire you and your organization to invest in yourself with grace, invest in others with humility and improve with dignity.”
Geoff Karcher founded the Karcher Group, a company that offers a full suite of services including web design, e-commerce solutions and nationally recognized natural and paid search engine marketing strategies. While overseeing a staff of thirty-five associates and boasting a global clientele, Geoff’s primary focus remains committed “…to strengthening the Web presence of businesses right here in our area and is proud to have worked with such area companies as the Akron-Canton Airport, Stark County District Library and the YMCA of Stark County.
Randall Hunt is a director and shareholder of the law firm of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths and Dougherty Company, L.P.A., concentrating in the business specialty of mergers and acquisitions. As a result of his specialty, Randy represents various investment groups which make acquisitions and participate in other tax-free reorganizations. Typical of Randy's entrepreneurial work was his successful asset acquisition of the former Eaton Ring Division in Massillon, Ohio, where he lead and formed an investment group with management and outside investors to save this Stark County business. Randy is an honor graduate of Mount Union College and Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Locally, he serves or has served on such boards as the Stark Development Board, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Mount Union College, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Alliance Community Hospital and Stark State College, just to name a few.
Ted Savastano is president and founder of Detectron Inc., Canton, Ohio, a company in the water filtration industry. Ted is also president of T.S. Partners LLC, Canton, Ohio, advisors to private companies on acquisitions, divestitures, turnarounds and corrective actions. In addition to these companies, Ted founded several other companies, including Waterlink Inc., Summit Environmental Group Inc., Hunter Environmental Services and Private Investment Group - all located in Canton, Ohio. Ted holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Syracuse University and a master of business administration from Northeastern University.
Merle D. Griff, Ph.D., is the founder and CEO of SarahCare Adult Day Care Centers. She has led SarahCare® to its current position as one of the fastest growing platforms in this new and rapidly growing industry. Griff is the immediate past chair of National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA). She is the author of the book, LinkAges, and has written numerous book chapters and articles. Griff has substantial business expertise having apprenticed in a family business and having assisted in the turnaround and redevelopment of a multi-use property in Canton, Ohio, prior to founding SarahCare®.
Owner of Coon Restoration & Sealants Inc., Steve Coon also owns and operates two other companies: Northmark Properties and Historic Development. Steve is a passionate about the historic preservation of and downtown historic development in cities across Ohio. Steve is on the board of directors for the Special Improvement District in Canton, the Downtown Canton Land Bank, Louisville Community Foundation, Heritage Ohio and many other development boards and committees.