DEC Jelly Presenters

2018

February

Erika Boll

Erika Boll

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Erika Boll is the Founder and CEO of the Toasted Oat, a growing, national brand of gluten-free granola. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Erika’s mid-western roots continue to fuel her work ethic, her determination and values. Like many young adults, Erika ventured beyond the Buckeye State for college, and graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX where she held various student leadership positions and graduated with a BA in Accountancy. Upon returning to central Ohio, Erika to joined the Columbus office of KMPG. However, Erika quickly realized that a more creative work environment played to her strengths; leveraging her problem-solving skills with a passion for design, she spent the next decade at Limited Brands. At the age of 33, Erika was diagnosed with Celiac disease and began experimenting with gluten-free baking. After sharing numerous recipes with family and friends, she set out on her own retail venture and founded The Toasted Oat soft baked, gluten-free granola.
Erika says, “The ability to create a business centered around family is unbelievably rewarding. Not only did I build The Toasted Oat brand with my own family, but I get to share our yummy products with families everywhere—especially those challenged with a gluten-free diet.”

Michael Bowers

Michael Bowers

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Michael Bowers has worked with entrepreneurs and small business owners for over 25 years. He is the Director of the award winning Ohio Small Business Development Center at Columbus State where he works closely with entrepreneurs and business owners assisting them in building their companies. He has a diverse business skill set with experience in banking, private equity, strategic planning, digital media and marketing.

January

Michael Bowers

Michael Bowers

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Michael Bowers has worked with entrepreneurs and small business owners for over 25 years. He is the Director of the award winning Ohio Small Business Development Center at Columbus State where he works closely with entrepreneurs and business owners assisting them in building their companies. He has a diverse business skill set with experience in banking, private equity, strategic planning, digital media and marketing.

Jeff Shick

Jeff Shick

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Jeff Shick has over two decades working in and around technology transfer and technology-based economic development programs at colleges & universities, as well as federal laboratories in Ohio and across the country. Jeff’s skill set focuses on creativity and innovation. His work allows entrepreneurs to embrace and engage newer ideas that allow their businesses to thrive.

2017

Michael Bowers

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Andrea J. Ewing

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Mike McCann

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Heather Harmon

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Rick Coplin

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Nancy Stoll

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Michael Kindrat-Pratt

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Bob Wiggins

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Bill Troy

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Ron Docie

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Karen Brown

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Kristy Campbell

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Janis Mitchell

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Kwame Christian

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Roberta Winch

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Parker MacDonell

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Chad Willett

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Jeff Hutton

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Anthony Reynolds

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Ryan Frederick

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Matt Byrne

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Janis Mitchell

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Tony Trippe

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Alicia Oddi

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Doug Wanamaker

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Dr Dana Winchester

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David Cain

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Dan Costello

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Brian Pitzer

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Greg Pugh

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Craig Howell

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Eileen Guan

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Frederick Adenuga

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Kary Oberbrunner

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Bryan Driscoll

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Ryan Helon

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Alisha Nesline Shaw

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Tyler Abrams

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Shaun Young

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Olga Gerchik

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Connie Chwan

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Jason Dhir

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Matt Veryser

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