Judges

Judges

Elevator Pitch round
Dayton, Ohio

Emily Fehrman Cory

Emily Fehrman Cory received her Ph.D. in Electro-Optics from the University of Dayton in 2014. Since then, she has held diverse positions in innovation and entrepreneurship, starting as the Chief Technology Officer of America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Institute and then founding the Air Force Research Laboratory's first makerspace: the AFRL Maker Hub. Dr. Cory is also an active force in the Dayton region, as co-founder of the Dayton Maker Faire and associated action group, Make It Dayton. She also sits on the Mayor of Dayton’s Manufacturing Task Force and is the founder of the Southwest OhioMakerspace Alliance. Dr. Cory is now Faculty of Practice in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Dayton School of Engineering where she will be active in the KEEN entrepreneurship grant as well as the University's newly established makerspace.

Aaron Delidow

Aaron Delidow is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Business and holds a Finance degree.  Delidow is known for being a well-rounded executive and has 30+ years of hands-on, practical experience in management, finance, operations, sales and marketing.  He began his career as an auditor for a national drug store chain focusing on mergers and acquisitions.  Delidow’s experience includes effecting the close of multi-year 7 and 8-figure contracts.  He has also consistently achieved P&L objectives within budget and gainfully concluded hundreds of mergers and acquisitions.  Naturally inquisitive, Delidow employs instinct and analytical skills to secure the desired results for his clients.

Vince Lewis

Vince Lewis is the Fifth Third Bank Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Director of the L. William Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership in the University of Dayton’s nationally ranked entrepreneurship program.  Vince Lewis teaches undergraduate and graduate level entrepreneurship and management classes in one of the top 20 entrepreneurship programs in the U.S. Courses taught include corporate strategy, the capstone course in entrepreneurship and Financing Entrepreneurial Ventures. He also has served as director of the UD Business Plan Competition, one of the largest university level business plan competitions in the U.S., and now in Suzhou, China. Lewis also serves as Chairman of Logos@Work, and has been an executive and business owner in Dayton for more than 20 years. Lewis currently serves on the advisory boards of Afidence Technologies in Mason, Ohio; Kerber Sheet Metal in Troy, Ohio; Prime Controls in Kettering, Ohio; and PrxPx in Dublin, Ohio. Lewis is also a trustee with the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. 

Jordan Roe

Jordan Roe received a B.S. in Physiology from Ohio State University in 2007. He ran organizational wellness programs at Wright Patterson Air Force Base for five years till turning focus to entrepreneurship. In 2014 he received a M.S. in Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises from Oklahoma State University. For field studies he traveled to Cape Town, South Africa with the University of Florida to consult for disadvantaged entrepreneurs in the poverty struck townships. Inspired by his experience, he came back to Dayton and started his own consulting business. In June of 2015 Jordan began working for The Entrepreneurs Center, a technology incubator with strong focus in commercialization and acceleration; he was tasked to run the Technology Acceleration Program. Through the TAP program, funded by the Air Force, he has trained 50+ Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) companies on commercialization, and has helped secure over 8 million dollars in Venture Capital, Angel Investment, or Government Grants for these companies. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Dayton (Fundamentals of New Technology Ventures) and Wright State University (Business 4000). Jordan now manages the Entrepreneurial Services Program, a 6.5 million dollar State grant to provide early stage technology-focused entrepreneurs with professional services (prototyping, patenting, private placement memorandum (PPM), etc.). On the side, Jordan and his wife own a company with 20 employees and $800k in revenue and also a separate holding company with commercial real estate, and they will be acquiring another business in June of 2018.

Tom Vogel

Thomas L. Vogel served as an economist with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources before launching a 24-year business career with Verizon Communications where he performed progressive duties in demand forecasting, new product development, pricing, regulatory matters, and product management. Upon early retirement in 2003, Tom turned his attention to agriculture. He presently owns and manages 12 grain farms in western and central Ohio as well as four cattle operations. Throughout his 34-year career as an adjunct faculty member at eight colleges and universities, Tom has injected a huge dose of economic and business reality into every course while introducing students to his two business models for success – the Vogel Planning Model and the Vogel Growth Model.

 

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