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Ohio’s Innovation Awards to announce recipients at award ceremony

Hannah Koerner
March 27, 2015

Ohio University’s third annual Innovation Awards will announce winners in each of its five categories on Tuesday, March 31.  The event will be held in Ohio University’s Baker Center Ballroom, with a networking reception at 6 p.m. to be followed by dinner and the awards ceremony at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

To register, click here.  Registration fees are $35 for an individual or $280 per table of eight.

The Innovation Awards are sponsored by the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs as part of an effort to support entrepreneurship in southeastern Ohio.

Nominees for the third annual Innovation Awards are:

Entrepreneur of the Year: Daniel Allwine, Keplaris, LLC; Chris Chmiel, Integration Acres, Ltd.; Patrick Clark, Meridios; Bill Forquer, RealWeld Systems, Inc.; Nate and Kathryn Blake Hayes, Athens Uncorked; Troy Lowe, Silverback Safety & Training Solutions, Inc.; Ronald Palmer, Network4Rentals.com; Kent Shields, E3 Clean Technologies, Inc.; Rich Sloan, FWD:Energy, Inc.; Jan van der Werff, Ecolibrium Solar; Ronald Whaley, Geo-Tech Polymers, LLC; and Edward Zatta, RXQ Compounding, LLC.

Outstanding Faculty Innovation: John Bowditch, Jared Butcher, Jun Choi, Michelle Ferrier, Don Flournoy, Brooke Hallowell and Shawn Ostermann, all of Ohio University.

Outstanding Woman in Innovation: Michelle Ajamian, Shagbark Seed & Mill; Michelle Corrigan, Live Healthy Appalachia; Michelle Ferrier, Ohio University; Kamile Geist, Ohio University; Brooke Hallowell, Ohio University; Tanya Hire, Ohio University Chillicothe Campus; Sara Marrs, Business Remixed; and Stacia Moore, Davis Moore, Inc.

Outstanding Social Innovation: Jeff Fite, Sojourners Care Network; Vanessa Kaukonen, Fur Peace Ranch & Psylodelic Gallery; Ben Lachman, Athensworks; and Mark Plaskow; Modern Clinical.

Outstanding Student Innovation: Babatope Ayeni, Products Gulf; Alex Geiser, Cubic, LLC; Alex Harshaw, Ohio University Entrepreneurs; John Herbert, Compact Automated Pizza Printers; Ryan Lovingood, Ohio University; Seema Mahato, Ohio University; Noah Roseblatt, Ohio University; Austin Stahl, Archer Technologies; and Taylor Van Neste, Taylor Products, LLC.

Winners for these categories will be chosen by an external panel of judges.  The prestigious Konneker Medal for Entrepreneurship will also be awarded at this time.

Click here to read the article from the Office of Research Communications.