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Welcome to the 2013-2014 University of Dayton Business Plan Competition

Congratulations to this year's teams advancing to the Final Round!!

Finalist Teams:

Business Name Team Members
College Base Camp Justin D'Arcy; Emily Meyer 
Lagoon - intelligent water usage Wiliam Wiebe; Nathan Heidt; Eric Elias; William Blum 
Liquid Hope Jim Danis; Brian McGee, Robin Gentry McGee; Namrata Maguire
Product Sampling Technology David Ricupero; Venkata Ayyadevara, Matt Veryser 
TravelBlender Genevieve Catalano; George L'Heureux

Congratulations to this year's Elevator Pitch Round winners and teams advancing to the Cameo Round!!

Elevator Pitch Winners:

Rank Winnings Name Business Name
1 $1,500 Aaron Pugh Hot Seat
2 $1,000 Genevieve Catalano TravelBlender 
3 $500 Joseph Battle Inquiring Minds Entertainment
4 $500 Ann Kyne Full Circle Trailer Aerodynamics
5 $250 George L'Heureux HotIron
6 $250 David Ricupero Product Sampling Technology
7 $250 Emily Meyer Xtend Workstation
8 $250 Carson Scheidler SummerAde
9 $250 Justin D'Arcy College Base Camp
10 $250 Katie Zikias Dry Shampooch

Teams Advancing to the Cameo Round:

Business Name Team Members
TravelBlender Genevieve Catalano, George L'Heureux 
Liquid Hope Jim Danis, Robin Gentry McGee, Namrata Maguire
The Brad Eley Team Kim Murray, Mark Zimmerman, Cole Aston 
Full Circle Trailer Aerodynamics Ann Kyne, Adam Marasco, Jacob Houk, Kevin Joseph, Kerrie Kramer, Colin Dee, Kevin Barunas, Corey Trombley
Adjustable Hearing Protection Devices Jeremy Smith, Jessica Smith 
Hot Seat Aaron Pugh 
Lagoon - intelligent water usage Wiliam Wiebe, Nathan Heidt, Eric Elias, William Blum 
Waste Identification & Segregation Device Heena Rathore, Rakesh Rathore, Pinar French 
Inquiring Minds Entertainment Joe Battle 
HotIron George L'Heureux 
Compost Dayton Stephen Mackell 
Product Sampling Technology David Ricupero, Venkata Ayyadevara
Life Patch Aaron  Goldstein, Khristian Santiago, Collin Hill
Golden Chef Oven Racks Nathan David, Jessica David 
College Base Camp Justin D'Arcy, Emily Meyer

For the 8th straight year, the University of Dayton is ranked as having one of the top-20 undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the nation!

 ENT Ranking 2014 

Please direct any additional questions to the following:


Diane Sullivan
Associate Professor and Competition Director
UD Business Plan Competition
sullivan@udayton.edu
(937) 229-3705

Terence Lau
Chairperson, Department of Management & Marketing 
tlau@udayton.edu
(937) 229-4556

2013-2014 Schedule and Key Dates

Event
Time
Event Topic
Location/Details
Friday, September 6, 2013 5:30pm-6:30pm UD Business Plan Competition Information Session Miriam Hall, Room 119 - O'Leary Auditorium
Saturday, September 7, 2013 9:00am Application System Opens Competition Application
Saturday, October 12, 2013 5:00pm Application Deadline (e.g., application system closes) Competition Application
Friday, October 18, 2013 5:00pm - 7:00pm Optional Elevator Pitch Practice and Feedback Session/Dress Rehearsal Miriam Hall, Room 103
Saturday, October 19, 2013 5:00pm Elevator Pitch Slide must be emailed as a JPEG image dsullivan1@udayton.edu
Saturday, October 26, 2013 Noon Elevator Pitch Competition Miriam Hall, Room 119 - O'Leary Auditorium
Friday, November 15, 2013 5:00pm Cameo Round Write-up Submission and Slides must be emailed dsullivan1@udayton.edu
Saturday, November 23, 2013 10:00am (tentative) Cameo Round Miriam Hall, room 209
On or about Friday, December 6, 2013 Finalists Announced On UDBPC Website
Friday, January 17, 2014  Must be completed by no later than 4:00pm Finalize team rosters and complete financial/payment information Financial information to be completed in Miriam Hall, room 710, with Office Manager Pam Stukenborg
January 2014 TBD Meet the Mentors TBD
Saturday, February 1, 2014 5:00pm Business Plan Rough Draft Due via Email dsullivan1@udayton.edu
Saturday, February 22, 2014 5:00pm Final Business Plan Due Date via Email dsullivan1@udayton.edu
Ongoing during the week of February 24-28, 2014 TBD UDBPC Finalist Presentation Dress Rehearsals TBD
Monday, March 3, 2014 Noon UDBPC Final Round PowerPoint Due via Email dsullivan1@udayton.edu
Saturday, March 8, 2014 10:00am Finals Round Miriam Hall, Room 119 - O'Leary Auditorium
Tuesday, April 8, 2014  TBD Entrepreneurship and UDBPC Awards Banquet TBD

2013-2014 UD Business Plan Competition Applicant Eligibility

APPLICANT / TEAM ELIGIBILITY

This is a team-based competition (teams can range from 1-8 individuals). Team members may come from anywhere, subject to the restrictions and eligibility requirements below (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!). Specifically:

  • Anyone may participate in the Elevator Pitch and Cameo stages of the competition. But if your entry is selected to be one of the five finalist teams, your team MUST include at least one currently enrolled UD student (in any undergraduate or graduate degree program), OR at least one alum who has earned a UD degree (graduate or undergraduate)
  • Teams MUST select ONE team member who will present the elevator pitch.  Any prize money won is awarded to the presenter only.
  • Teams CANNOT  include students who are currently serving a University disciplinary suspension
  • An individual may be a member of a maximum of TWO competition entries (judged separately on each), but may only be on ONE finalist team
  • Team rosters may be modified (members added or dropped) up to 4:00pm on Friday, January 17, 2014—after that, no roster changes are permitted. Anyone initially submitted as a team member must agree in writing to be dropped.   Everyone on the roster as of January 17, 2014 time is guaranteed a minimum of 10% of the prize package.  Unless written documentation is provided stating otherwise (signed by all team members), prize money is split evenly among all team members. 
  • ALL finalist team members must appear at the finalist competition presentations though not all are required to speak (finalist team members who fail to attend finalist presentations will forfeit all prize money winnings over 10%, which will NOT be shared among the remaining members). 
  • To receive individual prize monies, all elevator pitch and finalist team members MUST provide payment information to Pam Stukenborg, Management/Marketing Department Office Manager, by January 17, 2014 at 4:00pm (Miriam Hall, room 710, 937-229-3745)
  • If a finalist team wants prize monies to be paid to a company or non-profit, then firm ID and tax numbers must be submitted to Pam Stukenborg, Management/Marketing Department Office Manager, by January 17, 2014 at 4:00pm (Miriam Hall, room 710, 937-229-3745)
  • By entering the UD Business Plan Competition, applicants agree to allow the University of Dayton to use their application materials, photos, likenesses, and presentations to market, promote, and provide information about the Competition (this extends through all stages and aspects of the 2013-2014 UDBPC)
  • By entering the UD Business Plan Competition, participants acknowledge that funds awarded by the competition are intended for purposes of funding the business concept entered.
  • By entering the UD Business Plan competition, participants acknowledge that they must conform to the technology specifications detailed by the competition for the submission of competition materials (e.g., PowerPoint, document, etc. submissions).  Further, while the competition will work to ensure proper technology functioning throughout the competition, we do not guarantee it.
EVALUATION CRITERIA -- WHAT JUDGES LOOK FOR

This is a generalist competition.  It is open to any type of business (subject to the restrictions listed below).  Elevator pitches and business plans are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Ease of growth potential
  • Level of innovation/creativity/originality
  • Quality of benefits/customer value propositions
  • Competitiveness in the marketplace/concept viability
  • Perceived ability to execute
  • Quality of the presentation
  • Coverage and thoroughness
BUSINESS PLAN ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES

The competition reserves the right to disqualify business plans that fail to adhere to competition rules or are inconsistent with the values and mission of the University of Dayton as a Catholic institution of higher education. The following guidelines were created to clarify what is and is not acceptable for the competition. Each entry is vetted by members of the competition eligibility committee, who make the final determination whether or not the entry meets acceptable guidelines.

  • All work must be the original work of the applicants--proposals and plans that constitute “academic dishonesty” will be disqualified even if discovered after the competition ends.
  • If the application involves an existing venture, major start-up event (e.g. first sales, incorporation in Ohio or other states) dates should be 30 months old or newer, at the time of the competition's launch. Researching the business and discussing it with others are not generally considered major start-up events. If you are unclear if your business fits this guideline, please contact Terence Lau via email: tlau@udayton.edu.
  • All plans must be based on a legitimate business enterprise--ventures that involve breaking the law as part of their business model are prohibited (e.g., music piracy)
  • Plans or any venture that involves a liquor license to be legal, or whose primary purpose is the promotion or sale of alcohol, are prohibitedPlans that conflict with University values are prohibited--these include, but are not limited to, plans involving:
    • Payday loan/check cashing companies
    • Gambling
    • Events/activities featuring violence
    • Pornography
  • All plans must be startups--purchasing a current venture, including Business Opportunities and Franchises, is prohibited
  • Plans involving pyramid-based marketing are prohibited
PARTICIPATION EXPECTATIONS FOR FINALIST TEAMS

It is imperative that ALL teams advancing to the finalist round (including five finalist teams and two alternates) adhere to the participation expectations outlined below. This ensures fairness as well as helps teams do the best that they can in the competition. Specifically:

  • Finalist teams MUST meet with their assigned mentors in January 2014
  • Finalist teams MUST complete (if asked) up to five periodic status reports from December 2013 to March 2014
  • Finalist teams MUST attend one UDBPC finalist dress rehearsal/coaching session prior to making their final presentations
  • Finalists must submit their initial slide show two days before their assigned dress rehearsal sessionFinalist teams must submit a rough of their business plan draft on February 1, 2014 
  • Finalist teams MUST submit their final business plan submission on February 22, 2014 
  • Finalist teams MUST submit their final PowerPoint presentation on March 3, 2014 
  • Finalist teams MUST present their business plan at the UDBPC Finals on March 8, 2014 (tentative) 
  • Finalist teams’ UD Students MUST discuss their experiences in the competition at UD’s Stander Symposium on April 9, 2014
  • Alternate finalist teams are subject to all of the same expectations as the five finalist teams—should a finalist team withdraw, the first alternate team will be allowed to compete for the top prize packages (the same holds if a second finalist team withdraws and the second alternate team advances)

This is a three stage competition:

1. Elevator Pitch → 2. Cameo Round → 3. Finalist Round

Stage 1 - Elevator Pitch
One minute, one slide... $1,500!

During the fall term, entry applications are submitted no later than Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 5:00pm.  The number of entries is capped at 125, so enter early!   Entrants will make an elevator pitch about their business ideas to a panel of judges on Saturday, October 26, 2013, in Miriam Hall, room 119 (the O'Leary Auditorium).  Pitches last a maximum of one minute and entrants are limited to ONE PowerPoint slide that must be submitted to competition director (Diane Sullivan, dsullivan1@udayton.edu) via email no later than Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 5:00pm.  Slides must be saved as a JPEG file (.jpg) prior to emailing it to the competition director.  Only one person from an entry needs to be present at the elevator pitch stage of the competition.    

Elevator pitch presenters may NOT…

  • Bring additional slides
  • Use equipment or computers other than what is provided by the Competition
  • Set up additional props or materials
  • Present their pitches virtually (e.g., no Skype, YouTube, video recordings, etc.).  Participants must be physically present at the competition in order to present their pitch. 

The ten best elevator pitches will win the following prize monies:

  • 1st place:            $1,500
  • 2nd place:           $1,000
  • 3rd place:            $   500
  • 4th place:            $   500
  • 5th -10th place:   $  250 each
Stage 2 - Cameo Round
Five minutes, five slides... $1,000

After the elevator pitch stage concludes, the panel of judges will select 15 entries for participation in the cameo round, to be held Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 10:00am (tentative time).  All entries advancing to the cameo round, are guaranteed $1,000, provided they adhere to all cameo round team expectations as described in the rules.  

The 15 entrants advancing to the cameo round must submit a 5-page write up about their business and participants must present up to a five minute presentation about their business to the cameo round judges on Saturday, November 23, 2013.  In addition to the five-minute presentation, cameo round judges are allowed up to five minutes to ask questions of participants following their presentation.  At the five-minute presentation, cameo round participants are allowed a maximum of five PowerPoint slides and they may use props as appropriate.  The five-page write up and five PowerPoint slides must be submitted to competition director (Diane Sullivan, dsullivan1@udayton.edu) via email no later than Saturday, November 15, 2013 at 5:00pm.  The five page write-up must be submitted as a MS Word document and the presentation slides must be in a MS PowerPoint format.  Files submitted must be able to operate on a PC running MS Windows.  No other file formats, operating systems, etc. are permitted in the competition.  In addition, participants may not use their own computers, etc. to project their PowerPoint slides or other materials during their presentation.

During the cameo round presentation, teams may choose to have just a single presenter, or they may have the entire team present.  Unlike the elevator pitch round, we assume an equal split of prize monies among all team members, unless there is a written agreement (signed by all team members) stating otherwise.  Each member will get no less than 10% of the prize winnings.  After the cameo round the judges will select five finalists (as well as up to two alternates) to advance to the finalist stage of the competition. 

Stage 3 - Finals Round
First prize:  $25,000

Once named, the five finalist teams will be guaranteed a minimum of $5,000, if the team adheres to all finalist team expectations as described in the rules -- including the completion of status reports, business plan submissions, PowerPoint slide submissions, and presentations delivered by the respective due dates (see www.udbpc.com).  The finalist round is tentatively scheduled to occur on March 8, 2014.  Teams can use as many slides as they want--but they only have 20 minutes to present their business plan to the finalist round judges.  After the 20 minutes are up, judges may ask questions.  The business plan and any status reports must be submitted as a MS Word document and the presentation slides must be in a MS PowerPoint format.  Files submitted must be able to operate on a PC running MS Windows.  No other file formats, operating systems, etc. are permitted in the competition.  In addition, participants may not use their own computers, etc. to project their PowerPoint slides or other materials during their presentation.  

All team members are expected to be present for the finalist round, although not all are required to speak during the presentation.  Each team at the finalist round stage must include either a current UD student (undergraduate or graduate), or an Alumni from UD.  Each team member is guaranteed at least a minimum of 10% of the winning prize package for their team.  We assume an equal split among all team members, unless there is a written agreement (signed by all team members) stating otherwise. 

The finalist teams will win the following prize monies based on the finalist round judge's final rankings: 

  • 1st place:  $25,000
  • 2nd place: $15,000
  • 3rd place:  $10,000
  • 4th place:  $5,000
  • 5th place:  $5,000


In addition to the prize money outline above, all finalist teams and alternate teams will win ten hours of free legal advice and support via the UD Law School's Entrepreneurship and IP Clinic (executable between January 2014 and the start of finals week in May 2014).

The top three finalist winners will also win 15 additional hours of free legal advice and support via the UD Law School's Entrepreneurship and IP Clinic (executable between the start of the fall session in August, 2014 and the start of finals week in the Fall, 2014 term). 

The first place winner of the 2013-2014 UDBPC will win the opportunity to meet with the venture capital firm, Draper Triangle LLC.  Draper Triangle LLC will provide a 30-minute meeting to the first place team (e.g., the Winners), subject to mutual agreement of a suitable date and time and place for such meeting, for the Winners to present their business plan to Draper Triangle (executable until August 1, 2014).  Draper Triangle would give serious consideration to the Winners business plan, and if the business plan meets Draper Triangle's investment criteria, would consider an investment in the Winners business plan up to $50,000.  Any investment by Draper Triangle would be subject to the completion of ordinary due diligence and the execution of binding agreements between Draper Triangle and the Winners.  

The first place winner of the 2013-2014 UDBPC will also win two hours of free sales training through the UD Center for Professional Selling for their team (executable dates, to be announced).

The first place winner of the 2013-2014 UDBPC will also win $5,000 worth of Training and Development at the University of Dayton Center for Leadership for their team (executable dates, to be announced).

2013-2014 UDBPC Online Coaching

Below are a series of slides that you may find helpful in answering your questions.

Title
Description
PowerPoint Slides
Kickoff The slides used at the UDBPC kickoff/informational meeting Kickoff Slides
1. Completing the Application These files provide tips for completing your UDBPC online application

Tips for Completing the Application

Tips for developing the financial information included on the application

2. Elevator Pitch Tips Here is some basic advice on improving the oral portion of your Elevator Pitch.  (Hint:  Practice!)

Tips for Delivering an Elevator Pitch

View last year's winning pitch here

3. Problem Identification These slides provide advice on what judges are looking for in a problem to be solved.  In particular these slides provide an overview on problems as a series of tradeoffs Problem Identification
4. Framing the Problem These slides explain how to describe your problem statement to the judges. Problem Framing
5. The Opportunity These slides explain 7 areas to consider when describing your opportunity, along with an example. The Opportunity
6. Information Sources How big is the problem you are solving?  Here are some resources available at Roesch library you may find helpful Finding Sources
7. The Business Model Many different business styles can solve the same problem.  These slides explain how to describe your business structure to the judges.  We spend time talking about the "make/buy" decision. Business Models
8. A Licensing Business Model One model that really works well with many entrepreneurs is a licensing model.  These slides give you some pointers about considering licensing A License Business Model
9. Showing Growth Judges like to see an idea that is growing.  Here are four tactics for demonstrating growth 4 Growth Models
10. Resources Required How do you estimate your costs?  These slides provide some "quick and dirty" tricks for estimating reasonable numbers Resources Required
11. Returns to Investors Here's how to provide all the financial information that judges want to see in an entry Returns to Investors
12. Why your idea might get tossed Here is some advice on making your entry more "bullet-proof" Avoid Rejection

Former Winners

2012-2013 Competition Winners
1st OurVinyl.TV William Limratana, Allen Ralph, Michael Reuther, Jordan Schneider (Visit OurVinyl.TV's website here)
2nd ChurchLink Robyn Bradford, William Bradford, Niel Petersen, Elizabeth Robertson (Visit ChurchLink's website here)
3rd MyEndoShop Danielle DeTrude, Russell Gottesman, Sam Nissim (Visit MyEndoShop's website here)
4th TravelBlender Genevieve Catalano, George L'Heureux (Visit TravelBlender's website here)
5th SafeStart by AoneC

Cathy Armstrong, Anthony Saettel, John Saettel (Visit SafeStart's website here)


2011-2012 Competition Winners
1st SoMoLend   Hamir Mahajan, Chris Seelbach, Candace Klein, Jenny Foster
2nd Safety Lighting Systems Joe Kiser, Larry Kiser, Mary Kiser, Alex Reineke, Jim Russell (visit SLS's website here)
3rd Aggiez Kyle Stahlberg, Daniel Vucenovic, Charles Lowe (visit the Aggiez website here)
4th SafeStart Cathy Armstrong, Anthony Saettel, John Saettel
5th UD Wind Turbine Matt Antenucci, Mike Groff, Chris Carcione, Austin Hancock, Eric Hedgedus, James Hundt
2010-2011 Competition Winners
1st Infant Innovations Jimmy Merlo
2nd Idea Rally Matt Veryser, Senay Semere (visit Idea Rally's website here)
3rd UDECX Michael Weaver, Patrick Bertke, Jon Van Leeuwen (visit UDECX's website here)
4th MsApp Kathryn Sunday, Patrick O'Grady
5th MyInsurance.com Patrick Mergler
2009-2010 Competition Winners
1st Commuter Advertising Russell Gottesman, Katie Hill (visit Commuter Advertising's website here)
2nd BrainRack Matt Veryser, Senay Semere, Pepijn de Visscher
3rd Babble Basics Jenay Sherman
4th PC Power Management Solutions Eric Hilton, John Rike
5th Comfort Care Bra Peggy Rohr, Nathan David, Jenna Hageman, CJ Jackson
2008-2009 Competition Winners
1st Free Copying 101 Alexander Göbel (learn about Free Copying 101 here)
2nd KDVS Innovative Concepts Wesley Hartig, Matthew Lakes, Curt Reigelsperger
3rd Patron Industries Safety Cone Nick Fahringer, Maroun Nammour, Nathan Ohlinger, Phil Yust
4th Sample Scan Alex Carney, Marty Kelchner, Michael Peters, Nick Kloppenborg, David Weber
4th Musky Fever James Schroeder, David Whitney
2007-2008 Competition Top Winners
1st Salud del Sol Visit Salud del Sol's website here
2nd Wheelin' Water Visit Wheelin' Water's website here
2006-2007 Competition Winner
1st Get Quick Visit Get Quick's website here

Competition Application

Thank you for your interest in the 2013-2014 UD Business Plan Competition.  The competition application system is now closed.  We hope to see you next year.  

2013-2014 Judges

2013-2014 Elevator Pitch Judges:

1. Kelly Henrici:  Executive Director, Program in Law and Technology, UD Law School

2. Sharyl Gardner:  Chief Administrative Officer for Midmark Corporation.  Offering more than two decades of managerial and leadership experience, Gardner oversees all leadership development, training, employee relations, benefits and compensation, marketing communications and corporate/guest services for Midmark. A key and strategic contributor, she has promoted Midmark’s core values and missions, and has assisted in the organizational transformation to support its strategy.  Gardner is a member of the Miami Valley Senior Human Resources Group, a board member at Employer’s Resource Association and is also an active member of Professional Women in Healthcare.  She received her undergraduate and MBA from the University of Dayton. 

3. Vince Lewis:   Local business owner and investor. CEO of Logos@Work, a business which specializes in branded apparel, merchandise and uniform programs focused on education, small business, municipalities and health care. Vince is also CEO of 4 Iron Development Company, a holding company which owns some local commercial real estate assets. Vince is also an investor in the Dayton Development Coalitions ESP program.  Vince is a Dayton native, he received a BA in Public Relations and Business from Western Kentucky University, an MA in Management from Antioch University MacGregor and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School's Owner/President Management Program.

4. Mickey McCabe:  Vice President for Research and Executive Director of UDRI

5. Tom Vogel:  Agricultural entrepreneur, owning and managing numerous grain farms in central and western Ohio24-year experience with Verizon in pricing, new product development, and product management; Adjunct faculty member in leadership and economics at two universities

2013-2014 Cameo Round Judges:

1. Tim Cahill:  Entrepreneur, Senior Vice President-AfterMath Claim Science, Inc.,  a data mining and analytics organization serving the health insurance market and  Co-Founder and Principal-MY Lien Manager, a web-based regulatory information intermediary between the legal profession and  CMS subcontractors.  Mr. Cahill has over 20 years’ experience in innovative concept, product, and business development in the healthcare services industry to include several ventures culminating in successful transactions for principals and employees.  Mr. Cahill has been published in several trade magazines on topics related to the complex healthcare reimbursement models in the U.S. and has been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, and other national and regional publications.  Mr. Cahill resides in Louisville, Kentucky and is a graduate of The University of Dayton with a degree in both Marketing and Finance. 

2. Barbara Hayde:  President of The Entrepreneurs Center

3. Kelly Henrici:  Executive Director, Program in Law and Technology, UD Law School

4. Mickey McCabe:  Vice President for Research and Executive Director of UDRI  

5. Bill Meek:  Assistant Professor of Management, University of Dayton

2013-2014 Final Round Judges:

1. Tim Cahill:  Entrepreneur, Senior Vice President-AfterMath Claim Science, Inc.,  a data mining and analytics organization serving the health insurance market and  Co-Founder and Principal-MY Lien Manager, a web-based regulatory information intermediary between the legal profession and  CMS subcontractors.  Mr. Cahill has over 20 years’ experience in innovative concept, product, and business development in the healthcare services industry to include several ventures culminating in successful transactions for principals and employees.  Mr. Cahill has been published in several trade magazines on topics related to the complex healthcare reimbursement models in the U.S. and has been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, and other national and regional publications.  Mr. Cahill resides in Louisville, Kentucky and is a graduate of The University of Dayton with a degree in both Marketing and Finance. 

2. Jim Hill:  Jim Hill is the Business Incubation Manager for The Entrepreneurs Center in Dayton, OH where he has managed the Affiliate and Off-site Business Incubation Programs since 2008.  Jim also helps innovators launch new technology innovations through the Ohio Third Frontier ESP Program.  Prior to his current position, Jim spent 12 years directing county economic and community development efforts in Miami and Darke Counties.  He has nearly 25 years of experience in audio-visual media and technology and currently serves as the volunteer coordinator of the media ministries at Upper Valley Community Church in Piqua, Ohio.   Jim is a graduate of The Ohio State University, The Economic Development Institute and a Certified Business Incubation Manager.  He, his wife and two children reside in Troy.  

3. Vince Lewis:  Local business owner and investor. CEO of Logos@Work, a business which specializes in branded apparel, merchandise and uniform programs focused on education, small business, municipalities and health care. Vince is also CEO of 4 Iron Development Company, a holding company which owns some local commercial real estate assets. Vince is also an investor in the Dayton Development Coalitions ESP program.  Vince is a Dayton native, he received a BA in Public Relations and Business from Western Kentucky University, an MA in Management from Antioch University MacGregor and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School's Owner/President Management Program. 

4. Mickey McCabe:  Vice President for Research and Executive Director of UDRI

5. Bill Meek:  Assistant Professor of Management, University of Dayton