William Baney supports campus operations by performing maintenance duties, security operations and supervises cleaning contractors in the evenings. He is also responsible for client services and safety during after-hours operations and events. Full Profile...
Bill Barkalow joined Aileron in the fall of 2008 as a Business Advisor with the purpose of assisting Presidents and Owners who are committed to establishing stronger professional management processes within their organizations. Full Profile...
As event manager, Mary is responsible for managing all Marketing Events, Services, Appreciation Events, Community Building Events and Fundraising Events.Full Profile...
Director of Operations
As Director of Operations, Deb Carter is responsible for the functions of finance, human resources, legal and regulatory affairs and campus service operations. This includes customer service, security, maintenance and catering. Full Profile...
Marty Densmore is founder and managing partner of MK&D Associates LLC, a consulting, advisory and interim management firm located in Mason, Ohio. MK&D Associates engages with small and mid-sized firms having growth or financial performance issues. Clients are returned to operating health by utilizing six sigma & lean business practices, viability analysis, statistical methods, strategic planning, cash management techniques and sales & marketing fundamentals. Full Profile...
Joni Fedders is the president of Aileron, overseeing its strategic direction and operational activities. A veteran businesswoman, Joni understands the challenges organizations face when it comes to growing profits, serving customers, and increasing market share. A former executive at The Iams Company and Andrew Jergens Company, Joni served in several capacities, including cost accounting, category and brand management.
Information Systems and Services Manager
Andy Garcia is the Information Systems and Services Manager at Aileron and manages all technologies leveraged at the campus and in support of Aileron's mission. Additionally, Andy is responsible for Process Management, Change Management, and Vendor/Contract Management for all supported technologies. Full Profile...
Director of Research and Product Development
As Aileron’s Director of Research & Product Development, Scott is responsible for keeping Aileron services connected to the marketplace through client, industry and small business trend research. Full Profile...
As Aileron’s Operations Specialist, Cindy is responsible for all aspects of accounts payable and accounts receivable, in addition to supporting the Director of Operations with day-to-day financial, human resource, and operational activities. Full Profile...
Client Support Coordinator
As Client Support Coordinator, Tracy is responsible for ensuring that you have a great day while on campus. She will always meet you with a smile and a willingness to help that is incomparable. Anything that you have a question about or need help with she is your lady! Full Profile...
James Hayden supports the Director of Business Operations in managing Security and Safety Procedures. He also supports the campus operations by assisting with Facility operations and activities on the campus. Full Profile...
Client Development Coordinator
As Client Development Coordinator Tara helps inform and guide Aileron clients to utilize the resources that will enable them to achieve successful professional management for themselves and their organizations. Full Profile...
Joselito (Lito) Hernandez is responsible for the maintenance indoors and outdoors. He manages vendors and contractors in providing service to the campus. Lito supports the campus operations by performing maintenance activities on the campus. Lito also assists the Facility Manager in managing the daily operations of the campus. Full Profile...
Director of Client Development
As Aileron’s Director of Client Development, Chuck oversees the framework, people, and processes utilized with clients to assess their current level of proficiency in professional management, and develops and implements plans to assist clients in achieving higher levels of competency. Chuck also oversees all Aileron Contributors as well as the processes, structure, and approaches of staff and delivery team to deliver all Aileron 1:1 services. Full Profile...
As the Facility Manager, Tami's primary focus is to maintain the interior of the campus to the highest standard possible. Tami oversees and manages the maintenance, improvements, safety, security, catering, and daily operations of the physical space and site of Aileron to ensure the campus provides an enjoyable experience to Aileron clients, visitors and staff. Full Profile...
Client Support Coordinator
Kris joined the Aileron team in February 2008 as the client support coordinator. She is available to answer all of your questions when you visit the campus or call the main line, as well as provide you with any assistance you may need. Full Profile...
Assistant Product Manager
As an Assistant Product Manager, Nicole is responsible for the oversight and development of the strategy and structure disciplines of Aileron’s DOC model of professional management. Full Profile...
IT Operations Engineer
Seth joined the Aileron team in July 2009 as the IT Operations Engineer. Seth maintains and supports all information technology and audio/visual-based technologies for the Aileron campus. Full Profile...
Director of Client Relations
As Aileron's Director of Client Relations, Kelly oversees the development and execution of Aileron's overall branding, marketing, public relations, community relations, and contribution strategies. Full Profile...
As Staff Accountant, Matt is responsible for monitoring financial and non-financial performance measures for the organization. His areas include Accounting and Financial Reporting, Capital and Financial Budgeting, the Financial Audit, and Financial Analysis/Decision Support. He also has organizational responsibilities including preparing metrics and assisting with business process management. Matt reports to Deb Carter, Director of Operations.
Business AdvisorJay Meyer is the founder and owner of EagleLaunch, a life and business-coaching organization that builds on his experience in the professional world. Previously, Jay served as a partner and President of HealthCare Pharmacy (HCP), a major healthcare company. During Jay's 30 year tenure at HCP Jay utilized a professional management model in order to effectively facilitate the company growth, growing sales more than 200 fold. Full Profile...
Strategic Development Specialist
As the daughter and granddaughter of entrepreneurs, Krista has seen firsthand the challenges that small business owners face, and is passionate about professional management raising the quality of life for business owners, their families, and their organizations. Full Profile...
Client Development Specialist
Jennifer Roettker is responsible for documenting, evaluating, and continuously improving the processes and practices of the Client Development department. This role is responsible for internal marketing and communications to the Client Development team, assuring awareness of upcoming products and services. This role serves as the main point of contact for Aileron’s Creating/Replacing Outside Board services, and coordinates all board-related services with the Business Advisors. The Client Development Specialist is responsible for compiling, reporting, and raising awareness of Client Development team metrics and measures, and is responsible for defining, evaluating, and continuously improving the process for objectively measuring and reporting client satisfaction data to assure progress in the organization’s ability to meet or exceed our client’s expectations. Full Profile...
Executive in Residence
David L. Sullivan is president and managing partner of Shamrock Group, Inc., a management consulting firm located in Denver, Colorado. The Shamrock Group specializes in strategic management and board governance. Full Profile...
Being the third full-time employee has its perks. Jean is the "go-to" person for all things Aileron. As Communications Manager and the “voice” of Aileron, Jean keeps Aileron’s business owner community connected through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email newsletters and special events on and off campus. Jean is a social media facilitator and consultant to business owners and senior leaders. Full Profile...
Business Owners & Leaders
Robert ImhoffRobert Imhoff’s 34 years in the Music Industry have given him extensive knowledge in the many areas of the professional management life style. Robert’s expertise includes technical and manufacturing skills, strategic thinking applied to brand management, marketing, and sales, as well as strong company culture including using the right people and insuring great customer relations. Full Profile...
Michael KalterMichael Kalter supports organizations with executive coaching , strategic planning, operational strategy, sales leadership, and rescue plans. His work is instrumental in driving cultural change to find a collaborative balance between accountability and empowerment. Full Profile...
Scott KnowlesScott Knowles is president of The Wolf Creek Company, an Ohio-based wholesale distribution business specializing in irrigation and landscaping products. Representing the second generation of his family's business, Scott has spent most of his adult life working in the irrigation industry. Full Profile...
Mike NemethMike Nemeth is the general manager of Elliot Tool’s tube-tool business unit, a division that sells engineered tools used to install and maintain equipment for industries such as heat transfer, processing, and energy. Serving in this role over the past seven years, Mike has applied his sales, marketing, finance, and P&L management skills, helping to drive a sharp increase in revenue, return on assets, and employee satisfaction. The adoption of a successful employee performance system was instrumental in triggering these improvements. Full Profile...
Beth SavageBeth Savage is director of operations for PQ Systems, Inc. where she is responsible for leading the company in helping its customers demonstrate proof of their quality performance. Full Profile...
Wendy VloedmanWendy Vloedman is an executive and leadership coach specializing in organizational change, training and development strategy, sales leadership, succession planning, and mergers and acquisitions. With extensive experience in both publicly and privately held companies, Wendy has an extensive background in human resources, sales management, and executive management. Full Profile...
Darcy BienDarcy Bien is a director at Partners in Change, LLC. In this role, Darcy concentrates on strategic planning, continuous process improvement, and performance management. Since 2001, she has helped nearly 100 local and regional companies plan and execute their strategic planning initiatives. Her most recent clients include Wells Fargo Insurance Services, Nuvo Technologies, United Performance Metals, Busken Bakery, Rogers Jewelry, PDI Communications, and Telestar Media. For five years, she also facilitated and co-led the Strategic Eight planning process with the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce. Full Profile...
Joseph F. CastellanoJoseph F. Castellano is a professor of accounting at the University of Dayton. Prior to joining the University of Dayton faculty, Joe was a professor of accounting and former dean of the College of Business at Wright State University. Full Profile...
Tony CollinsOver the last 25 years, Tony has started, turned-around or helped grow over five different small to medium sized businesses in a variety of industries. Full Profile...
Mary ConnorsAs co-founder of Connors Davis and Company International, located in Maryland, Connecticut and Ireland, Mary Connors has extensive international and domestic experience in organization and human development, strategic formulation, change management and knowledge transfer. Full Profile...
Ed EppleyEd Eppley is the executive vice president of Prospex Sales Force Strategies and a founding partner of Tyson Eppley Management. In these roles, Ed deals with a wide range of organizations as he provides expertise and consulting in the areas of management, sales performance, process improvement, and performance management deployment. His roster of clients includes BMW Financial Services, STERIS, Telesphere, Sara Lee, and Freshway Foods. Full Profile...
David GanzsartoDavid Ganzsarto is the Chief Executive Officer of Alternate Solutions HomeCare, Alternate Solutions HealthCare, Family Choice, Alternate Solutions HomeCare of Cincinnati, and Alternate Solutions First, Ltd. Full Profile...
Wesley GipeWes offers over a decade of experience in the information technology industry, driving results through strategy, cultural leadership and team development. Wes brings valuable insight and knowledge regarding the leadership and management challenges faced by small businesses and growing healthcare group practices alike. Full Profile...
Marty GrunderMarty Grunder is the president and CEO of Grunder Landscaping, a Dayton - based creative landscape design, installation and maintenance business that employs more than 40 professionals. Founded by Marty in 1984, the organization has won numerous awards recognizing its high level of service and sustained growth. He is also the founder of Marty Grunder! Inc., a business consulting company that provides speaking, training, and consulting services to entrepreneurs and business leaders. Full Profile...
Jack LohbeckJack Lohbeck is director of business consulting for Battelle & Battelle LLP, one of the largest independent certified public accounting firms in Dayton. In this role, Jack helps companies and organizations engage in corporate planning, with a focus on priority issues and strategies. He also provides expert guidance on financial and operational matters, drawing on 27 years of corporate experience with both privately held and publicly traded companies. Full Profile...
Richard MacaulayRichard Macaulay is the owner and CEO of Buckeye Fabricating Company, a manufacturer of welded steel pressure vessels and process tanks. Dick began attending the Center for Entrepreneurial Education in 1996 and participated in numerous professional management offerings after the organization evolved into Aileron. Full Profile...
Scott McGohanScott McGohan is Chief Executive Officer of McGohan Brabender Companies. As Chief Executive Officer, Scott’s focus lies in three key areas. Scott’s first goal concerns the execution of strategic direction and growth within McGohan Brabender Companies – whether it be from sales, new product development, strategic partnerships or acquisitions. Second, Scott is always concentrating on keeping ahead of the game with the changing economic climate of healthcare. Finally, Scott constantly strives to ensure that the culture, values and passion of McGohan Brabender continue to be nurtured internally and externally and to grow as our organization expands. Full Profile...
Tom RubensTom Rubens has been a lifelong entrepreneur. He began trading on The Chicago Board Options Exchange after graduating from the University Of Illinois, and traded commodities and options for 13 years, before entering the minor league sports business. Full Profile...
Joe CallowayJoe Calloway is a performance expert who helps companies align people, culture, and strategy to drive results.
Sean GeehanSean Geehan is CEO and Founder of Geehan Group, the leader in guiding B2B executives to building sustainable, predictable, profitable growth. His book, The B2B Executive Playbook, will be available January of 2012.
Matthew KellyMatthew Kelly is founder and president of Floyd Consulting, a firm dedicated to helping business leaders maximize the potential of themselves and their people. Acclaimed internationally as a speaker and author, Mr. Kelly's books have sold more than one million copies and have appeared on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and other best-seller lists.
Tim KoegelTim Koegel has strengthened the communication and presentation skills of CEOs, world leaders, business executives, managers and sales professionals from the White House to boardrooms worldwide.
Peter LuongoPeter Luongo is an accomplished business leader, corporate strategist, and author. As President and CEO of The Berry Company, Peter was instrumental in guiding the firm through a period of record sales growth, numerous acquisitions, and its perpetuation as an industry leader and a "great place to work." He retired in 2003 after a 33-year career at Berry.
Jim StengelIn October 2008, Jim Stengel shocked the marketing world by leaving his prestigious role as Global Marketing Officer at Procter & Gamble, one of the most admired brand building companies in the world. This bold move was Jim’s first step on a new mission to share his passion for growing business through a focus on higher ideals. To continue on his mission, Jim has embarked on a variety of exciting roles: President/CEO of The Jim Stengel Company, LLC, author of Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World’s Greatest Companies, and Adjunct Professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Our generous contributors enable Aileron to grow, to add new learning experiences and to reach more clients, bringing us closer to our vision. Thank you.
- David and Pam Andre – Andre Corporation
- Mark Bradstreet
- Michael Karaman
- Scott McGohan – McGohan Brabender, Inc.
- Brian Weltge
- David and Pam Andre – Andre Corporation
- Les Banwart – Banwart Strategies
- John Bertsch – Detailed Machining
- Joe Castellano, Sr.
- Trace Conger
- Marty Grunder – Grunder Landscaping Company
- Bryan Hogan, Afidence
- Bob Imhoff – Hanser Music Group
- Michel Kalter – Michael Kalter, LLC
- Todd Kelchner - Kelchner Inc
- Joe Kelley – GTO, Inc.
- Jay Meyer – EagleLaunch
- Dave Osborne – CYMI, Ltd.
- Curt Selby – Regal Beloit
- Steve Staub – Staub Manufacturing Solutions
- Touch of Gratitude
- Bill Uhl – The Uhl Agency
- Trace Conger
- Mary Connors - Connors Davis & Co., Intl.
- Chris Eifert - TricomB2B
- Marty Grunder – Grunder Landscaping Company
- Dan Hypes - LifePlan Financial Group, Inc.
- Todd Kelchner - Kelchner Inc.
- Kevin Manley – Complete Petmart
- Tim Mathile – Franklin Brazing
- Norm Orlowski – On Stage Publications
- Bobby Pittenger – Pittenger Group
- Bev Shillito
- A.O. Smith
- Randy Tischer
- Jenni Watson - Swiftdogz
- Bill Uhl – The Uhl Agency
- Wendy Vloedman
- Brian West - Park-N-Go Airport Parking
- Michelle Blake – A.O. Smith
- Larry Connor
- Nick Demana – Benjamin Steel Company
- Greg Dove – Levin Associates
- Steve Evans
- Michael Hosford – VARtek Services, Inc.
- Todd Kelchner – Kelchner Inc.
- Dick Macaulay
- Steve Minneman – MTM Molded Products
- David Mohler – ClearLogic Corporation
- Bev Shillito
- Bill Uhl – The Uhl Agency
- Paul Broerman – Ed's Heating & Cooling
- Frans Jager – PrimeraTurf, Inc.
- Scott Lucas – Corporate Flight Alternatives
- Timothy Mathile – Vistage
- David Mohler – ClearLogic Corporation
- Bev Shillito
- DNLD Publishing
Would you like to make a financial donation? If so, you can send a check to Aileron at 8860 Wildcat Road, Dayton, Ohio 45371 or give us a call and we can process a credit card donation over the phone at 937-669-6500. We are happy to accept your donation in honor of someone special, to celebrate a special occasion, or the memory of a loved one or friend. If you would like, you can provide their name, address, and reason and Aileron will send a personalized card on your behalf notifying them of your generosity. Your gift will pay tribute to someone special while fueling Aileron's vision to raise the quality of life through professionally managed organizations.
Client Advisory Council
The Aileron Client Advisory Council was first established in 2007 and consists of 14 Aileron clients who meet quarterly for a term of two years. The purpose of this group is to create a dialogue directly with our customers on our strategic direction, services and programs to ensure we are building an organization that benefits our clients and the community. The group provides insight and feedback on our process and procedures and is used to pilot new concepts and offering formats.
Jeff Annis is a lifelong entrepreneur from Augusta, GA. His company, Advanced Services dominates their marketplace in pest control, termite control, nuisance wildlife exclusion, and pest proof insulation. His 47 team members are well known for their excellence in creating customer loyalty, team member engagement, and community service. In an industry of more than 19,000 companies, Advanced is one of the top 125 pest control companies in the USA.
Jeff attributes much of his recent success to the training he and his leadership team have received at Aileron. Jeff touts the benefits derived from three sources in particular: Aileron’s Course for Presidents, Strategic Coach, and his two year association with Marty Grunder.
In another role, Jeff is a partner at Work Life Advisors, LLC, a company that trains and coaches entrepreneurs in achieving a successful business life in conjunction with a fulfilling personal life. Strategic planning and cultural turnarounds are also a specialty of WLA. He is also a partner in PMP Discovery Retreats, a series of two-day events that train pest management professionals how to become remarkable business professionals.
Previously, Jeff was a part time caddie at the Augusta National Golf Club and continues to pursue his passion to race sailboats, play competitive tennis, travel with his wife Beth, and play with his grandchildren.
Eric Detmer is the President at Detmer and Sons Heating and Air Conditioning. Eric decided to follow in his father's and grandfather's footsteps in 2001 after graduating from the University of Findlay with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management. Through acquisitions and diversifications, Detmer and Sons has seen much growth over the past decade. Today, it is home to over 60 team members serving in two locations in the Dayton and Springfield markets.
Besides serving on Aileron's Client Advisory Council, Eric also serves on the Board of Directors for the Air Conditioning Contractors of America Greater Dayton Chapter. In 2013 he will begin a two-year term as President of the Board. He is married with four children.
Kristen Harris has held several positions over the past 18 years, but the one thing that never changes is her involvement, connection and passion for the Central Ohio creative community. Currently she is an owner and co-founder of Portfolio Creative, a niche staffing and recruiting firm focused on the marketing, advertising and design fields. Based in Columbus, Portfolio was founded 2005 with the goal of providing a better way of connecting creative talent with clients in the Central Ohio area.
Portfolio fulfills client needs on a freelance, contract or fulltime basis from their specialized network of top creative talent. Applying their professional creative design and leadership experience, the Portfolio team clearly understands the needs of both the client and the associate, and are able to recruit and manage top creative talent in a variety of functions.
Previous to starting Portfolio Creative, Kristen Harris held a number of creative positions in the Columbus area, including Design and Art Direction responsibilities at Express, Structure, Limited Too and Victoria's Secret. Additionally, throughout her career she has assisted a variety of freelance clients with their marketing, design and advertising needs. She graduated with honors from Columbus College of Art and Design, earning a B.F.A. in Retail Advertising.
Kristen is a Certified Staffing Professional and an active member of the American Staffing Association, as well as the Advertising Federation of Columbus, Columbus Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Women Business Owners, and board member of Columbus Society of Communicating Arts. She was recently included on the Forty Under 40 list by Business First, and honored as Member of the Year by the Columbus chapter of NAWBO. Portfolio is a certified women-owned business through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, and has recently been named to the Inc. 500 list, the Fast 50 list by Business First and The Best Temporary Staffing Agency by Columbus CEO.
Greg Knox is President of Knox Machinery Inc, a distributor of high tech CNC machinery based in Franklin Ohio. Knox Machinery is one of Southern Ohio’s premiere servicing dealers of computerized metal cutting equipment for the manufacturing sector. Greg moved to the region and started the company in 1995, when he and his wife decided that they wanted to raise their family in Southern Ohio (both are NYC expatriates)
Greg is a board member of the Dayton Region Manufacturer’s Association (DRMA), and will serve as chairman of the board for them in 2013. Greg is also an active member of the AMT, SME, TTMA and belongs to two different leadership roundtables.
Greg has a passion for mentoring and working with youth (especially his 6 young children) and is very active local workforce development efforts focused at raising student awareness of manufacturing as a viable career path.
In addition to being a horrible shot with his bow, Greg also describes himself as "one of the area's worst guitarists ... but best home brewers!”
Jim Sever is president/CEO of PSC Crane & Rigging, a specialized-trades service provider performing machinery moving, rigging, millwright services and industrial plant maintenance predominately in the Midwest. He has worked at PSC since receiving a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Wright State University in 1996. During his time at PSC Crane & Rigging, the company has experienced significant organic growth.
Jim recognizes that PSC’s most importance asset is people. He believes that you can purchase all the new technological advanced assets you want, but they cannot operate safely or efficiently without marrying highly skilled and trained members to them. Consistency is critical even though every job PSC performs is different with varying degrees of influence from outside factors.
Jim has served in leadership positions at the Piqua Area United Way, Miami County YMCA, Treasurer of the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association Foundation, as well as other charitable and business organizations. Jim also stays very active with his twin sons Devon and Dylon helping coach baseball, basketball and football, while trying to influence the importance of team dynamics.
Jim Schrader is the founder and owner of TECHnology SITE Planners, Inc. (TECH SITE). He began his career in the critical infrastructure field almost 30 years ago with the Liebert Corporation. Jim has a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a licensed engineer in Ohio and several other states. In 1989, Jim left Liebert Corp. to provide design/build services for data centers and other critical environments.
In 2001 Jim founded TECHnology SITE Planners, Inc. TECH SITE provides engineering and design/build services for clients. These services include Conceptual Design and Budgeting analysis, which allow TECH SITE’s clients to plan for their critical space requirements. Jim and the other engineers on the TECH SITE team provide detailed engineering services including site selection, architectural, structural, security, mechanical, fire suppression, electrical, data cabling, and monitoring system design. In addition, TECH SITE provides total Turnkey services including construction management, risk mitigation, maintenance management, and commissioning and testing.
Tony Schroeder is President of Choice One Engineering in Sidney, Ohio. Since 1994, Choice One Engineering has been providing public and private clients with common-sense, practical civil engineering and surveying services. Over the years, Tony and his fellow Choice One leaders and employees have developed and maintained a unique company culture rich in enjoyment, trust, honesty, responsiveness, and outright fun.
Tony began his career in civil engineering after graduating from Ohio Northern University in 1984 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He has worked for a contractor as a Project Engineer, as City Engineer for the City of Sidney, and as a Project Manager for Worl & Associates, before founding Choice One Engineering with several partners. Tony has worked to develop his leadership skills and the leaders of Choice One Engineering first at The Center for Entrepreneurial Education. After Aileron's creation, Tony has become a regular subscriber to the small business philosophies presented there, and has a special focus on implementing and using the DOC Model.
In addition to presidential and project management duties at Choice One Engineering, Tony has been actively involved in the leadership of the Shelby County United Way, West Ohio Development Council, Holy Angels Parish in Sidney, and Lehman Catholic Schools where he serves as the head high school soccer coach. In his free time Tony enjoys cycling, camping, and spending time with his wife Joan and children Cara, Wade, and Marla.
Cindy Lu Steinbrecher
Cindy Lu Steinbrecher is an innovator in her field and thrives on carving out new “categories” in Professional Services businesses. Cindy has over 20 years of experience in professional services. She is currently President and CEO of The Novo Group, a Milwaukee based Professional Services firm providing custom recruiting solutions, which she co-founded in 2003. Cindy’s tireless efforts to revolutionize the re¬cruiting industry, elevate her employees and mentor those around her have undoubtedly contributed to the success surrounding her. The Novo Group has won numerous awards including the Milwaukee Metropolitan Asso¬ciation of Commerce’s “Future 50” (’06-‘08) for companies seeing extraordinary growth and who are making an impact in the industry, MetroParent Magazine’s Family Friendly Award (’07-’08) and the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Best Places to Work (’08). In addition, The Novo Group was named by Inc. Magazine to their Inc5000 list (ranked #43 in HR).
Before joining The Novo Group, Cindy was the Principal of J. Galt & Associates, a boutique executive search firm located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prior to J. Galt, Lu served as Regional Managing Director overseeing existing and new office expansion for Parson Group of Chicago, Illinois. A significant part of Cindy’s career was spent at Parson Group as part of the core team responsible for Parson’s #1 ranking in the year 2000 for the Fastest Growing Private Company by Inc. Magazine.
Cindy’s search career was launched at Highland Concord, a risk management and insurance search firm located in Highland Park, Illinois. As a Partner, she grew a Risk Management search and project based practice from the ground floor to over 30 consultants with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to large Insurance car¬riers.
Cindy graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Cindy was named to The Milwaukee Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 2003 she also currently serves on corporate boards for The Novo Group and TJ Hale. She also serves on the boards of the Milwaukee County Council of The Boy Scouts of America (nominating committee) and Junior Achievement of Milwaukee. Cindy helped found and is a current member of Gan Bei, an organization of Chinese women in business and was formerly on the board for the Insurance School of Chicago and Associate Board for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Tempo Milwaukee.
Nick Strehle is President of Sunburst Landscaping located in Charleston, South Carolina. Sunburst is a landscape design, build and maintenance company striving to create an outdoor environment for their clients that will add enjoyment to their lives. Nick and his team focus on the importance of finding the right balance of quality of product; employee and client experiences; as well as company goals and core values.
Originally from the Dayton area, Nick went on to graduate from Purdue University with a degree in Agronomy. Before settling down in Charleston he spent a few years building and maintaining golf courses. Nick is married to Meredith, and they have two children, Tillman (2010) and Caroline (2012). When not playing with his children, Nick enjoys reading, cycling, and keeping up with Purdue.
Joe Chiellini is President and CEO of Ameriscape Services, a commercial landscape management company servicing the Greater Tampa Bay area. Ameriscape currently maintains properties in five counties while employing 50 team members. Joe has led this company to success with the vision to be West Central Florida's highest quality landscape management company through superior customer service, a family oriented culture, a positive learning environment providing continuing education and training. Joe and Ameriscape Services have received many awards for this high standard of customer care from several of the local apartment associations, including Associate Member of the Year 2007, 2008, 2009 and Company of the Year 2008.
In addition to overseeing Ameriscape Services, Joe is also a twenty year employee of Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue. He is also the originator and President of the Krewe of the Knights of St. John, a non-for- profit organization benefiting several local charities. Joe has recently developed a passion for consulting local small business owners and sharing with them ideas regarding strategic planning and customer service.
Patrick Golembiewski is the president and managing director of V2 Technology, LLC in Northfield Center, Ohio. V2 provides information technology flexible staffing, custom solutions and CIO strategic services for mid-market companies and fortune 1000 institutions. Pat began his entrepreneurial walk in 1999 with Lynks Technology and founded V2 in 2005.
Besides serving on Aileron's Customer Advisory Board, Pat also is an angel partner for STEMout. STEMout is based in Cleveland, OH and their mission is to inspire students to take STEM career paths. Pat holds a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration Degree from Cleveland State University. He is married with two children.
David Fisher is the President of ThreeWitt Enterprises, Inc., which owns and operates Milano's Atlantic City Submarines locally. He and his three partners opened their first Buffalo Wild Wings in 1994 on Brown Street near the University of Dayton. Inn 2002, he and his partners acquired the Milano’s concept and have been fortunate to grow over the years through dedicated team members and strong outside advisors. David and his team attribute much of their success to the courses they have attended at Aileron including Course for Presidents and the Course for Outside Boards. Click here to watch David's real story.
David currently serves as the board VP for a local non-profit, Learning Tree Farms, for the past 10 years. David also serves on two local boards of advisors. As a former Buffalo Wild Wings Franchisee, David served on the Buffalo Wild Wings National Franchisee Association Board of Directors from 1998-2001 and 2003-2005. He served as chairman from 1998-2000 and 2003-2004.
David is a graduate of The Ohio State University, with a bachelor's degree in political science.
Mark Henson is the founder and chief imagination officer of sparkspace, a unique and inspiring business retreat center in Columbus, OH. Mark's passion for customer service and positivity is experienced by tens of thousands of people each year through his writing, workshops, and public speaking events.
Prior to starting his own business in 2000, Mark was a director for Fitch, a leading brand-development and design firm. Mark also spent a decade as promotions and marketing director for several radio stations around the country. Mark makes it a priority to escape to the Aileron campus monthly to focus, plan, and dream about the future of his company.
Doug Miller, Executive Vice President and Partner, manages ongoing client relationships by improving employee benefit offerings and enhancing employee understanding and appreciation. In the employee benefits industry since 1983 and as a Chartered Health Consultant (CHC), Doug aligns the clients' needs with a team of specialists that tailor benefits to fit an organization's specific needs.
HORAN's leverage with major carriers works to the client's advantage, delivering the best possible value for their benefit dollar. Doug emphasizes strategic planning so that long-term execution of the benefits program remains seamless, simple and painless. Doug established the employee benefits department 23 years ago, which now manages diversified products for more than 450 companies.
Todd Miller is president of Classic Products, Inc., a leading manufacturer of specialty residential metal roofing systems. He has worked at Classic since receiving a Bachelor's degree in Communications from Bluffton College in 1986. Todd has also had extensive training with Gerber Business Development and Sandler Sales Institute. During his time at Classic, the company has seen significant growth both organically and through acquisitions. In 2009, they were recognized by the Ohio SBA as Family-Owned Business of the Year.
Todd knows firsthand the importance of developing systems which make a company operate with consistency. He is also a proponent of strong customer service and needs-based selling methods. Todd has served in leadership positions at his Sidney First United Methodist Church, the Piqua Area United Way, Christian Academy Schools, Metal Roofing Alliance, Metal Construction Association, and Cool Metal Roofing Coalition as well as other charitable and business organizations.
Margery Murphy established Dayton-based Acadia Lead Management Services to strengthen the connection between marketing and sales. Under her guidance and leadership, Acadia has grown significantly and engages clients both nationally and internationally to develop sales lead qualification programs designed to increase revenue.
Using her unique skill sets in engineering, sales and computer science, Margery started Acadia in 1999. She began by collaborating in the creation of an on-line database, as a way to track leads, capture data and provide real time opportunities and client feedback. Her innovative process captured information from trade show activity, tracked the leads generated through the sales cycle, and connected revenue figures to provide clients with a measurable Return on Investment (ROI).
With a BS in Electrical Engineering, from Manhattan College and an MS in Computer Science from Pace University and over 20 years of sales experience, Margery brings an invaluable resource to her clients in terms of both technology and strategy.
David Peters is Revenue Cycle Manager for Systems, Charge Entry, Coding, and Registration for University of Cincinnati Physicians. UC Physicians is a multi- specialty practice group consisting of over 900 providers. He is the former President and founder of KAMS, Inc. a medical billing, accounts receivable and information management company. He has a BA from Eastern Kentucky University and MCP from the University of Cincinnati where he attended on a two year university graduate scholarship. Dave has also worked successfully in government and private consulting as David P. Peters Consulting, LLC.
In his leisure time Dave enjoys traveling with his wife Sharon, exercising, playing golf or cooking. He is a six year volunteer for Gourmet Sensation at Mason ATP Tennis Center, helping to raise money for Hospice of Cincinnati.
Bill Ratterman is the president of Pinnacle Employer Services, a human resource management practice based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Pinnacle focuses on helping small businesses manage the human resource function and developing people strategies that result in higher performing teams. Founded in 2000, Pinnacle's clients represent a broad cross section of industries including manufacturing, construction, health care, information technology, and professional associations.
Bill has over 15 years of experience coaching and training organizations on employee selection strategies, performance management, workplace behavior and other employment matters. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resource Certification Institute. Bill also holds certifications as a Behavior, Values, and Attributes analyst in the TriMetrix® System of assessments and is a certified facilitator of the Team Diagnostic™ assessment.
Shelly Robinson Heller
Shelly Robinson Heller graduated from The Ohio State University in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in Communications. Beginning at a public relations/marketing firm in Chicago, Shelly started as a publicist and became vice president of the agency. She returned to Dayton, Ohio in 1998 and chose a sales position in the manufacturing industry. After repeated requests from her father James E. Robinson, Shelly joined the family business as a sales representative. Over the past 10 years, she became the leader in sales, volunteered to be sales manager and is currently President of Allied Shipping and Packaging Supplies, Inc. In its 28th year, Allied Shipping and Packaging Supplies, Inc. is a WBENC (woman-owned), E.D.G.E. certified business and is awaiting GSA Schedule approval.
Craig Rozelle is the President of FirstSource Roofing & More, a family-owned roofing and specialty contracting company based in Dayton, Ohio. Craig is also a partner in Lake Breeze Capital, LLC, a real estate investment company. Before acquiring FirstSource in 2009, Craig was the COO of Five9 Technologies, an IT consulting firm. Prior to Five9, Craig led professional services organizations for enterprise software vendors including BMC Software, Peregrine Systems, and Remedy Corporation.
Craig holds an M.B.A. from Miami University and a B.S. in business administration from the University of Dayton.
Steve Shuchat is president of Clean All Services, a regional janitorial services company located in Sidney, Ohio. Steve is a graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor degree in Accounting. Under Steve's leadership, Clean All Services has grown to become a company with over 240 employees serving businesses in 18 counties throughout west-central Ohio.
In addition to serving on the Aileron Client Advisory Council, Steve is a past-president of the Sidney Rotary Club and the Board of Directors for Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Sidney. He has completed the Course for Presidents along with many other courses offered at Aileron.
Mike Thieman is President of THT Presses Inc, a manufacture of capital equipment based in Dayton Ohio. THT is a global leader providing energy efficient solutions and related machinery to the electric motor and transportation industries. Mike has led the 35 year old company to be recognized as the most respected resource in our industry while achieving over 90% international sales.
Mike is a member of the Semi-Solid Processing of Alloy and Composites International Scientific Committee, an active member of the North America Die Cast Association, and also has served on the Steering Committee for Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Advanced Casting Research Center. A 1993 graduate from the University of Dayton, Mike has co-authored and contributed on several technical papers and international patents.
Randy Tischer is President of Green Velvet Sod Farms Ltd. A second generation owner of a privately held family business, Green Velvet today produces over 600 acres of Turfgrass Sod and distributes Turf and Ornamental products and supplies throughout Ohio and neighboring states. Headquartered in Bellbrook Ohio, Green Velvet was founded in 1959 by Randy's parents Ray and Mary Tischer. Randy is married and operates Green Velvet with his wife Beth, who together have three daughters.
Randy has served as President of The American Sod Producers Association (now known as Turfgrass Producers International) International Turfgrass Producers Foundation, The Ohio Sod Producers Association, The Ohio Turfgrass Foundation and the Ohio Turfgrass Research Trust. Randy is currently serving as Secretary on the Board of Directors of PrimeraTurf - a buying cooperative of turf and ornamental distributors doing business throughout the United States. On a local level, Randy is serving as a Commissioner of the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Park District.
Greg Dove graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern Maine in 1986 with a bachelor degree in Business Administration. For the past 22 years, he has successfully developed a professional management career, which began in Maine. This career has provided Greg with a myriad of experience, including retail, service, property management and commercial fishing.
Greg now lives and works in Ohio, where he is the President of Levin Associates; which owns/operates Caesar Creek Markets, Treasure Aisles (formerly Turtle Creek Flea Market), North Dixie Drive-in Theatre and a number of other real estate holdings.
Chris Frutkin is the founder of both Cincinnati Seal Coat and City Center Properties, which he has grown to include apartment, warehouse, office, entertainment, retail space and condominiums. He focuses his work in the Over the Rhine and Clifton gaslight neighborhoods of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Chris is currently area director for the Entrepreneurs Organization, he is on the board of directors for the Cincinnati Preservation Association, and he is an advisory board member for the Xavier University Entrepreneurial program and the Aileron Client Advisory Council.
Douglas R. Coster serves as president of Nolte Precise Manufacturing, a family-owned provider of machined component parts in Cincinnati, Ohio. A graduate of John Carroll University with a B.S. in accountancy, he has held positions with Ernst & Young and Deloitte & Touche, receiving a Gold Star for excellence in client service Deloitte & Touche.
Under Doug's leadership, Nolte Precise Manufacturing has increased revenue and profit by over 200 percent. The company earned a Manny Award from Cincy magazine and was named a Family Business of the Year Finalist. Doug has completed the Next Generation Institute at that Center and the Course for Presidents from Aileron.
Larry Trimbach is the vice president of 2-J Supply Company, an HVAC distributor with locations in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. Along with his brother Greg, he has grown the business from one location and eight to ten employees to eight branches in three states with nearly 100 employees.
Besides serving on Aileron's Customer Advisory Board, Larry also serves on the boards of two non-profit organizations, Athletes in Action and Church Planting International. He has attended many courses offered at Aileron and has also served on the Board of Advisors for a local company.
Peter S. Harsh is an architect and president of App Architecture, an architectural, interior design and planning firm located in Englewood, Ohio. Beginning at Southwestern Portland Cement Co. where he helped develop a new product line and manufacturing process, Pete joined E Lynn App Architects in 1983 as a project manager and became a firm principal in 1988.
He has served as President of the Dayton Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Dayton and is active on their ISUS Charter School Committee. He is also a Board Member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Miami Valley, and his certifications include LEED Accredited Professional, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and American College of Healthcare Architects.
Jamie Gerdsen is president of Apollo Heating and Cooling, which has been family owned and operated since 1910. Through creativity and innovation, Jamie has positioned Apollo as an industry leader across the nation. He is committed to embracing innovation and using new technology to offer the best products and service while maintaining a good value. Under Jamie's guidance, the company started Apollo University four years ago and was selected as North American Technician Excellence training and testing center.
Prior to Apollo, Jamie gained professional experience at Z-Tel Communications, where he was director of business development. Jamie is involved with several organizations, including EO Cincinnati, Habitat for Humanity and Cincinnati Preservation Association, and he is a former board member of Goering Center for Family and Private Business.
David Bannerman has been the Chief Executive Officer of The Ohio Masonic Home, a non-profit corporation providing retirement communities and community-based services to Masons and the general public across Ohio. Dave has been with the Masonic Home since October 2004. Previously, he was with Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services and The Brethren Retirement Community. He has also served the Epilepsy Foundation and Children's Services.
Dave serves on the Advocates Board of the College of Health and Human Services at Bowling Green State University, the board of the Association of Ohio Philanthropic Homes, Housing and Services for the Aging (AOPHA), and the Executive Committee of the Masonic Homes Executives Association of North America
Chris Eifert is a Principal at TriComB2B. He has nearly 20 years of sales, marketing and management experience in a variety of technical industries. Chris joined TriComB2B in 2002 and held several management positions before purchasing the company with his partner, John Buscemi, in 2006. Prior to joining TriComB2B, Chris served in product and marketing management roles for SmartWorks, a strategic business unit of Standard Register. Before that, Chris held a variety of engineering, sales, product development and marketing roles at two industrial manufacturers – Flowserve Corporation and Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company. His experience also includes training and business development support in Europe, Asia and South America.
Chris holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton.
Rob Moyer is the CEO at Rexarc International, Inc., a family-owned business where he has held positions ranging from product assembly and customer service to inside sales and senior management positions. Under Rob's leadership, Rexarc instituted an active outside board of advisors, hired an outside president and developed and strengthened its professional management structure and corporate growth vision. Rob works with a team of executives to achieve the corporation's strategic objectives and promotes focus on operating at the most efficient means possible.
In 2006, Rexarc was honored with a Governor's Award for Excellence in Exporting, which recognizes Ohio companies that have used exporting to increased sales volume, Ohio-based employment as a direct result of export activity or international expansion.
Heather Stacy is Vice President and co-owner of Cable & Connector Technologies, a Dayton based company that provides electronic cable and wiring solutions. Since 1996 Heather has been responsible for sales and customer satisfaction. Cable & Connector Technologies' customers are from all over the country and vary in scale from corporate, educational, and small business entities.
Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wright State University.
Michael Bridges is the president of Peerless Technologies Corp in Fairborn, Ohio. Peerless provides information technology and intelligence solutions to the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. Michael founded Peerless in 2000 and was the first tenant at The Entrepreneurs Center in Dayton, where he now serves on the board of trustees. Now with 50 employees, Peerless continues to grow and offer innovative services to it clients while being a Dayton Business Journal Best Places to Work winner in 2007 and 2008.
Mark Casella, the CEO and founder of Coppertree Ltd., is a leader in providing family office services. As a second-generation co-owner of a privately held family business, Mark is uniquely positioned to aid wealthy families in the challenges of legacy management, helping families activate all forms of their capital toward their goals.
Prior to forming Coppertree, Mark worked at both U.S. and international firms, most recently as Senior Vice President at UBS AG. Mark holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza school of Business (cum laude).
George D. Atkinson is the president of Hartzell Fan Inc. in Piqua, Ohio. George previously held management positions in the sales and marketing area—including industrial markets coordinator, regional sales manager, sales manager, vice president of sales, and vice president sales & marketing—before being appointed president of Hartzell Fan Inc. in September 2005. He has been associated with Hartzell Fan for over 28 years.
George graduated from Ohio Northern University with a B.A. and then a B.S. in Business Administration. He is a member of the Air Moving and Control Association International Inc. Board of Directors; Vice President of Piqua Rotary Club; Director at Large of the Piqua Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Member of the Dean's Advisory Board, James F. Dicke College of Business Administration, Ohio Northern University; Member of the Superintendent Piqua City Schools Executive Advisory Council; and the Client Advisory Council of Aileron.
Fran Furtner is president of MRA Advertising/Production Support Services, Inc.—one of the leading advertising production consulting companies in the country. MRA specializes in helping major national and international advertisers get more effective advertising and maximum value out of their production spending in television, print and digital media.
Fran has been in the advertising business since her graduation from Stanford University. She began her career in brand management at Procter & Gamble, where she worked on a number of brands, including new products. In 1986, Fran joined MRA as an advertising and production consultant and, in 1992, she earned an Executive MBA from Xavier University. Presently, in addition to running the firm and working with key accounts, Fran conducts seminars for marketing managers and is an integral part of many advertisers' training programs
Len McConnaughey founded Arctech Fabricating in 1992 in his home garage. With 30 years of manufacturing experience, he currently runs 60,000 square feet of manufacturing at two locations. A few of his professional accomplishments include: 2005 SBDC Business Makeover Award winner, 2005 Guinness World Record holder for manufacturing the largest pumpkin pie pan in the world, 2007 nominee for small business of the year for the SBDC and 2008 nominee for the Entrepreneur Business of the Year.
Mike Cleary, Ph.D., founder and president of PQ Systems, Inc., in Dayton, OH, is a noted authority in the field of quality management and a professor of management science (emeritus) at Wright State University in Dayton.
Dr. Cleary is a charter member of the Education Division of the American Society for Quality Control and played a principal role in developing the Transformation of American Industry national training project as well as the Total Quality Transformation training system. He served on the planning committee for the U.S.-Japanese Business Conference in Tokyo, and has presented papers on statistical process control and the applications of quality management principles to a variety of audiences in Korea, China, France, Great Britain, Australia, Singapore, and Japan. He is author of Data Analysis Handbook Using SPSS, used in university classrooms throughout the nation.
Phil Cohen is President and Founder of Flipside Products. Phil has an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from The University of Michigan. He is married with three children, volunteers on the Board of Our Daily Bread, and loves coaching youth sports.
Flipside is a manufacturer and distributor of office, school, and craft supplies sold to retail stores and schools. Products include marker boards, cork boards, construction paper, and displays. "Starting and running this business has been a challenge, a passion, and a career."
About our Board of Directors
At Aileron, we believe that one of the most beneficial strategies a business can employ is to form a strong outside board. It's crucial to bring in "outsiders" who are independent from your organization to serve on your board. Boards can provide incalculable advantages for any business, regardless of its size or type, by providing guidance and expertise on key strategic issues.
A board is there for you whenever you need it, providing a sounding board for ideas and issues, access to talent you otherwise might not be able to afford, and the ability to tap resources that might be out of your reach. You benefit directly from the value that the board creates, giving you a tremendous advantage in your efforts to achieve long-term prosperity and success. At Aileron, we put into practice what we teach.
Board of Directors
Marjorie Blanchard, PhD
Dr. Blanchard has earned a reputation worldwide as a compelling motivational speaker, an accomplished management consultant and trainer, a best-selling author, and an entrepreneur. She was the corecipient with her husband, Dr. Kenneth Blanchard, of the Entrepreneur of the Year award from Cornell University.
Coauthor of The One Minute Manager Balances Work and Life and Working Well: Managing for Health and High Performance, and Leading at a Higher Level, Dr. Blanchard is well-versed in a variety of topics and often speaks on leadership, balance, managing change, aging parents, and life planning.
As cofounder of The Ken Blanchard Companies®, she works diligently with Ken, developing the company into one of the premier management consulting and training companies in the world. Dr. Blanchard served as president of the company from 1987–1997, leading its rapid growth and success.
Margie now heads the firm’s unique Office of the Future — a think tank charged with shaping the future of both the training industry and the company.
Dr. Blanchard received her bachelor and master degrees from Cornell University and her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Former CEO of The Iams Company, Clay is the founder of Aileron—formerly known as the Center for Entrepreneurial Education. After graduation from Ohio Northern University with a B.A. in business, Clay worked as an accountant at General Motors in 1962. A year later he joined Campbell Soup, where he served for seven years. In 1970, Mr. Iams asked Clay to come to Dayton in 1970 to become general manager of The Iams Company. Clay became vice president in 1975 and CEO in 1980, and by 1982, he had purchased the company.
Clay serves as Aileron's chairman and also as the president of the Mathile Family Foundation. Passionate about education and entrepreneurship, he supports the Dayton Development Coalition's efforts to attract businesses and high value jobs to the Dayton region. And his vision for future generations led to the creation of PACE—Parents Advancing Choice in Education.
Clay insists his most important roles are that of husband, father of five and grandfather of 15. Life as a family man has led to yet another dream, "a family united forever."
Timothy L. Mathile
Mr. Mathile received his B.S.M.E. from Ohio Northern University (’87) and his M.B.A. from Xavier University (’91). In November of 1995, Tim & his wife Peggy purchased, Franklin Brazing & Metal Treating which provides brazing and annealing services to the automotive, appliance, lawn & garden and power generation industries. More recently, in 2008, he founded Coblynau Partners, which is a Private Equity company that’s mission is to assist business owners in pursuing their dreams. In addition to Franklin Brazing and Coblynau Partners, he has started or assisted in the start up of multiple ventures and currently holds equity position in a number of other entities.
In addition to his direct investments, Tim is the Chair of Governance for the Mathile Entities, which is a collection of profit and not-for-profit family controlled organizations. He currently is overseeing the transition of governance for these entities from the first Generation to the second. Tim has been active on both for profit and non-profit Boards. Currently he is a Board Member for the Mathile Family Foundation; CFA, Ltd.; and Aileron. Previously he has been a Trustee/Board Member for CYMI, Ltd.; Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens; Cincinnati Zoo Foundation (Chair); Cincinnati Art Museum; Summit Country Day School; Life Success Seminars; St. Anne’s Convent Development Board; Coppertree, Ltd and ONU Engineering Advisory Board.
Mr. Mathile is married to Peggy Mathile and is the father of two incredible daughters. He enjoys traveling with his family, attending his daughter’s sporting and cultural activities, and playing with his car collection. His lifetime ambition is to leverage the blessings and gifts God has bestowed upon him to help others pursue their dreams and life’s work.
John L. Ward, Ph.D.
A co-founder of the Family Business Consulting Group Inc., John is clinical professor at the Kellogg School of Management in Chicago, Illinois. He teaches strategic management, business leadership and family enterprise continuity, and he is an active researcher, speaker and consultant on family succession, ownership, governance and philanthropy.
John graduated from Northwestern University (B.A.) and Stanford Graduate School of Business (M.B.A. and Ph.D.). He is the co-director of The Center for Family Enterprises at Kellogg and currently serves on the boards of four companies in North America and Europe and conducts regular seminars in Spain, Italy, India and Hong Kong.
Carolyn Y. Woo, Ph.D.
Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo is President & CEO of Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. She joined CRS in January 2012 after a distinguished academic career.
Before coming to CRS, Dr. Woo served from 1997 to 2011 as dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, and the Ray and Milann Siegfried chair in Entrepreneurial Studies. During Dr. Woo's tenure, the Mendoza College was frequently recognized as the nation’s leading business school in ethics education and research, and received top ranking in 2010 and 2011 for its undergraduate business program from Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. The #1 ranking continued in 2012 and 2013 after her departure. Prior to the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Woo served as Associate Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Purdue University.
Dr. Woo’s research focuses on strategy, entrepreneurship, and organizational systems. She has received several awards including the International Council for Small Business Distinguished Scholar Award, Best Paper Award (Academy of Management’s Entrepreneurship Division: 1991, 1992), and the Salgo-Noren Award for Outstanding Teaching in the master’s programs. In 1997, she was inducted into the Order of the Griffin by Purdue University for exceptional service and commitment. In 1998, Change Magazine, a publication of the American Association for Higher Education, named Dr. Woo one of 40 Young Leaders of the Academe. She received the 2002 Excellence Award for Education from the Asian American Alliance and the 2003 John S. Day Distinguished Alumni Academic Service Award from Purdue University.
Dr. Woo currently serves on the Board of Directors for the AON Corporation; NiSource; Catholic Charities USA; the Board of Regents, University of Portland; the Board of Governors, University of Notre Dame Australia; Archdiocese of Baltimore Independent Child Abuse Review Board; Executive Council on Development of the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Migration & Refugee Services, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; and the International Policy Committee, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. She has served as chair and past chair of AACSB International, the accreditation association for business schools, and she has been a long-term member of the organization. From 2001 – 2009, she was a member of the Committee of 100, an organization of Chinese American leaders devoted to enhancing U.S.-China relations and the full participation of Chinese Americans in American life. Dr. Woo holds honorary degrees from various universities, including University of Notre Dame, Providence College and University of St. Francis.
Dr. Woo is married to David E. Bartkus and they have two sons, Ryan and Justin.
Former Board Members
Les Banwart is the former vice chairman on Aileron's Board of Directors. He is a course facilitator in the area of succession planning for family businesses and also a consultant to the families who are contemplating the planning process. For the past 10 years, Les was the president of CYMI, Ltd., a family office located in Dayton, Ohio. Prior to joining CYMI, Les was a partner with Arthur Andersen, where he served for 25 years. During all 35 years of his career, his work focused solely on serving families and their businesses.
Throughout his career, Les has specialized in meeting the unique needs of family-owned businesses and guiding them through the challenges of succession. His work includes strategic consulting with owners and owners' families, dealing with all types of succession issues, moderating family meetings and helping companies create boards of directors. Serving as an Aileron consultant and course facilitator, Les helps all types of family businesses develop a succession planning process that will meet the needs of both the family and its firm.
Les is married to Kathy, and they have three children: Jennifer, Molly and Blair.