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Executives in Residence
Ms. Jensen provides generalized services to clients throughout 32 Ohio counties of Appalachia. She has coordinated, guided and evaluated MBA student applied learning projects. She works extensively in the energy sector, ranging from solar, wind and geothermal industries to cutting edge, disruptive technologies. Ms. Jensen's experience in all facets of business include stints as a buyer in specialty retail (Seifert's, Inc.), specialist in integration of purchasing and pricing systems and as Manager of the Price Change and PLU office for the 270-plus door Bon Ton Stores, Inc. She was raised in an entrepreneurial family with both her parents drafting her into their full-time family businesses. Ms. Jensen is a past-president of the Ohio University Women's Club and serves as representative of the Ohio Bobcat Club. She has a BA in German from Central College in Pella, Iowa.
Innovation Center Executive in Residence
Ms. George joined the Innovation Center team in July 2011 after serving as a business advisory consultant since 2006 at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and TechGROWTH Ohio. Ms. George is a Lancaster, OH native and grew up working in her parents' 3rd generation family owned meat-processing business prior to beginning her professional career. She has also had extensive international experience spanning over the past decade working with companies in Hong Kong, Thailand, Mexico, England, and Hungary. As a consultant, she advised pre-revenue/early stage technology inventors and entrepreneurs as well as lifestyle businesses. She was also responsible for managing teams of Ohio University MBA and Center for Entrepreneurship students, guiding them through strategy consulting engagements with clients. Ms. George serves on OU's Global Leadership Center Advisory. Bethany holds an Ohio University Master of the Arts in business, economics and political science and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism.
Executive in Residence
Ms. New joined the TechGROWTH senior advisory staff in 2011. Employed for ten years at The Ohio State University, Ms. New is an expert in technology commercialization and intellectual property protection and management, particularly in the specialty fields of life sciences. Ms. New has acted as a business advisor to various entrepreneurial endeavors and brings to TechGROWTH experience in both incubation and fund management in the area of technology-based economic development. Ms. New has a BS degree in Business Administration and earned her MBA and Master's Degree in Accounting and Information Systems from the University of Kansas.
Jessica Bridwell Sherman
MCBI Regional Director
Ms. Sherman provides consulting services to start ups and existing businesses, facilitates client access to TechGROWTH Ohio grant funding, Angel Investment and traditional bank funding and connects clients with experienced mentors.
Prior to Ms. Sherman's directorship at MCBI, she held positions in Merchandising, Commercial Sales and Sports Marketing for Lowe's Companies out of their Mooresville, NC headquarters. Most recently, she maintained a position as Account Supervisor at GMR Marketing where she managed the Lowe's Corporate Event Marketing Business, including New Store Consumer and Commercial Grand Openings, Commercial Sales Events, Sponsorships with GMC, NASCAR, NCAA Athletics, and the NFL.While at GMR, she also managed over 100 Lowe's Vendor Relationships and developed a proprietary scheduling system to communicate Lowe's events and activate vendor assets. Ms. Sherman is a graduate of Charleston Southern University in Charleston, SC with a B.A. in Business Administration and Marketing.
Mr. Glazer has overseen TechGROWTH program planning and implementation since 2008. He serves as the TechGROWTH Board representative on two portfolio companies. Mr. Glazer is a recognized professional in technology-focused entrepreneurialism, with a career dedication to economic development in underdeveloped regions of the US and abroad. Mr. Glazer began as a university lecturer, then segued to the private sector, eventually becoming President and CEO of Little Professor Book Centers, Inc., a national bookstore franchising company. He was the founder and CEO of four additional startup companies, one international. He has been an instigator of, and advisor to, numerous technology economic development projects in the Detroit area and internationally, working with founders and entrepreneurs to start up and finance enterprises and initiate the training, marketing, and service programs to help them succeed. In addition to his role with TechGROWTH, Mr. Glazer currently serves as President of New Work Enterprises and as Director for Lift Africa Technologies, based in South Africa. Mr. Glazer holds an MA and ABD Ph.D. from the University of Michigan where he taught in the Philosophy, English, and Anthropology departments as well as the Honors College.
Principal, Innovation Forward
Mark is Principal of venture capital management and consulting firm Innovation Forward. Since forming Innovation Forward Mark has: co-founded and is the fund manager of the East Central Ohio Tech Angel Fund which, with 32 investors, is the second largest rurally focused angel fund in the U.S.; and the TechGrowth Fund a $3 million seed fund affiliate of TechGROWTH Ohio. Mark has also consulted on the formation of angel funds in Michigan, Maine, West Virginia and New York, and venture capital funds in Ohio and West Virginia.