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Over 30 years of experience providing leadership in large, high growth and entrepreneurial organizations. Extensive experience in advising companies on market, leadership, funding, commercialization and growth strategies. Principal at Cobalt Group, a nationally recognized private consultancy that is retained by leaders to assist with decision-making related to investments in capital projects, business strategy and development, technology initiatives and growth and sustainability strategies. Serve as a Venture Partner for JumpStart, Inc., a venture development organization whose mission is to accelerate the growth of early stage businesses in Northeast Ohio. JumpStart invests in companies that have high growth potential in large markets, and provides vital assistance to entrepreneurs. Served on the executive management teams of two software as a service (SaaS) start-up companies: DriveLogic in Chicago, which provided supply chain management for auto insurance claims; and ClaimIQ in San Francisco, which provided property-casualty insurance tools for bodily injury claims, fraud detection and liability assessment. In the 1990’s was a senior executive at insurance giant Progressive; Led the corporate IT group, served on the corporate claims management team and provided leadership for the transformation of field claims management through deployment of mobile and wireless technologies, while supporting 23% annual business growth. In the 1980’s was the Chief Information Officer at Invacare Corporation, a high growth leader in medical products; Led technology enabled innovation and cost reductions in key functions across the company. Serve as current Board President for the Cleveland International Film Festival. Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics from Michigan State University.