Jerome W. Jones is a Business Consultant with The Small Business Development Center at Columbus State Community College and Managing Member of The Danash Group, LLC. Prior to working with the Danash Group, he served as VP of Lending with the Economic and Community Development Institute. He has held other small business development positions including the Vice President of Business Services at Telhio Credit Union where he was responsible for the business loan department, Vice President of Community Development Lending for Key Bank, and a senior loan officer for Community Capital Development Corp. Jones is also very active in the central Ohio community, having served on the United Way of Central Ohio Finance Committee and the City of Columbus Loan Review Committee, as well as serving as a board member of the Columbus Urban League. Jones is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional and attended Jackson State University and Franklin University. He resides in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, Elnetta and two children.
Sue Johnson is the President and Founder of 360 Talent Group, a private search firm dedicated to working with technology-based firms in Columbus, OH. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Communications and more than 20 years’ experience focused exclusively in IT recruiting and executive level sales in the central Ohio market. Over her tenure, she has gained considerable exposure in working with private sector consulting, Fortune 100 firms and tech start-ups. Susan has participated in numerous training initiatives across the country with an emphasis on social media recruitment strategies and creating culture based recruiting programs. Additionally, she was selected to participate in one of the country’s top leadership and management programs for the Walt Disney World Company.
Rachel Roman is the Director of Talent, HR, and Culture at Updox.Updox is a Dublin, Ohio based software company and the industry-leading healthcare care coordination solution. Rachel has been an HR professional for 6 years and has worked in the Finance, SaaS Software, Telephony, and Healthcare IT industries in various HR roles. She specializes in growing talent for both private and public companies in hyper-growth phases by: bringing in top technical and executive talent, retaining top talent, identifying high potential performers, curating effective performance management philosophies, and ensuring the company culture remains strong and scalable.
Lora is excited to continue deepening the support that Rev1’s First Connect delivers to Rev1 portfolio companies. She’s focused on leveraging our Backyard Effect and the cadre of First Connect advisors and experts to help entrepreneurs make even more effective connections and engagements.With a background in community outreach and talent acquisition, Lora also brings experience and know-how to help entrepreneurs develop best practices in identifying and recruiting the talent their companies need to scale.
A devoted and enthusiastic music educator, Jonathan Waters proudly serves as Director of Bands at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. Prior to that, he served as Director of The Ohio State University Marching and Athletic Bands from 2012-2014, and held the post of Assistant Director from 2002-2011. The outstanding work of his students and an adherence to the mantra “Tradition through Innovation” garnered Waters and his students national and international recognition.
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