Karen A. Davis is an Executive-In-Residence focusing on providing financial and accounting solutions to startup companies. She works with companies building their financial model to strategically show the growth of their business from inception to market stabilization. She helps them identify and build their go-to-market strategy by using cash flow and budget modeling. Accounting systems are set up to allow for solid financial reporting and internal controls. Ms. Davis has extensive experience in CFO and management roles in accounting and venture capital. Ms. Davis earned a B.S.B.A. in Accounting from The Ohio State University and holds an active CPA license in the state of Ohio.
Mr. Gellermann is the Executive Director of TechGROWTH Ohio, a public/private partnership managed by Ohio University, which provides seed capital and venture development services to start-up technology companies and entrepreneurs in southeast Ohio. Under his direction, as part of the Ohio Third Frontier-supported entrepreneurial ecosystem, TechGROWTH Ohio has been responsible for more than $500M in regional economic activity. Mr. Gellermann also serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Ohio University, a partnership between the College of Business and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. The Center provides academic programs, experiential student learning activities and technology commercialization support for faculty and student innovators. The Center was awarded the “Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program” in 2015 by the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE).
In these capacities, Mr. Gellermann provides significant leadership to Ohio University and the State of Ohio for important statewide initiatives, including the I-Corps@Ohio program and the Ohio Innovation Fund. Lynn brings decades of venture capital, banking and economic development experience to these endeavors; he earned his Bachelor’s from Hastings College and his MBA from the University of Colorado.
Ron Lachey is a Partner with The Lachey Company. Ron earned his undergraduate degree in Finance at The Ohio State University and his Juris Doctorate and L.L.M in Taxation from Capital University. He began his career in taxation with the City of Columbus City Attorney’s office where he assisted in local income tax litigation. Ron joined the Ohio Department of Taxation and served as an Attorney in the Legal Division as well as a Legislative Liaison where he was afforded the opportunity to become well-versed in the various state level taxes.
Ron’s career in the private sector began with Ernst & Young LLP in their State and Local Tax Department and he worked on corporate income tax planning on the state and local level as well as assisting companies in securing tax credits and incentives within Ernst & Young’s Tax Incentive Practice on both a local and national level where his clients had operations. He was asked by Ernst & Young to join the Federal Tax Group where he was appointed as Tax Services Coordinator for various clients in the Columbus area.
Ron then began an entrepreneurial career that led him to be the founder of The Lachey Company where he has worked with many entrepreneurial clients from those that just had an idea to those that have established markets and revenue. He has worked with many companies that are pursuing funding and in a high growth mode.
Jeff provides data analysis and reports to various stakeholders as the Salesforce administrator. Previously, he has worked with CGI Inc. in Athens, Ohio as a Programmer/Business Analyst, and with the Bureau for Behavioral Health & Health Facilities at the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources as a Programmer Analyst. He received his B.S. in Computer Information Systems from DeVry University in Columbus, Ohio.
Ron Moss has more than thirty years of hands-on advisory experience as an investment banker working with growth-oriented companies on equity and debt capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic financial advisory services. He has helped startup companies in their financing needs and worked as part of a team that has taken companies through the initial public offering process. Ron’s financial roots were grounded by spending eight years with a big four public accounting firm where he was a CPA. He is a graduate of Ohio University.
Jane serves as a business advisor to various entrepreneurial endeavors and brings experience in both incubation and fund management in the area of technology-based economic development. Employed for 10 years at The Ohio State University, Jane is an expert in technology commercialization and intellectual property protection and management, particularly in the specialty fields of life sciences. She has a B.S. degree in Business Administration and earned her MBA and master's degree in Accounting and Information Systems from the University of Kansas.
Gregg is the TechGROWTH Ohio Financial Coordinator. Before joining TechGROWTH, he worked with the Athens County Department of Job & Family Services, where he served as the deputy director. He received his J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and his B.A. in Business Administration from Wittenberg University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Jonathan Sowash is an Ohio attorney and business consultant who advises inventors, entrepreneurs, farm and woodland owners, and businesses on commercialization strategies, intellectual property management, succession planning, licensing, joint ventures and strategic alliances, cooperatives, social enterprises, and other collaborative endeavors. He is also a small business owner with a focus on historic preservation and farm and woodland conservation. Jonathan is legal counsel for, and a founding member of, Rural Action, a southeastern Ohio based charitable organization
Michael started in the restaurant business when he was 15 years old and spent 36 years in that industry, completing his career as a vice president and officer of a billion dollar company. He spent a couple years in college, getting an associate degree in business, but he learned how to run a business by doing it. Currently he is owner of an executive coaching company, works with the Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation, and is an executive and organizer of the Tri-State Angel investment group.