Dean, Kent State University College of Business Administration
Deborah F. Spake is Dean of the College of Business Administration and Professor of Marketing at Kent State University. An expert in healthcare and services marketing, Dean Spake has produced more than 40 scholarly publications and received multiple awards for her research. Beyond the university, she is Past-President of the MidAmerican Business Deans Association, past-Executive Director of the Society for Marketing Advances, and former editorial review board member for the Journal of Business Research.Prior to her academic career, she served as the Marketing Research Director of a publishing company and, later, for consulting firms specializing in marketing research and strategic planning based in Atlanta. Spake’s doctoral and master’s degrees are in marketing and advertising, respectively, from the University of Alabama. She also holds a B.A. in communications from the University of South Alabama.
CEO & Co-Founder at BoxCast Inc
Gordon Daily is president and co-founder of BoxCast, a Cleveland-based live video streaming startup that makes it easy for organizations to deliver live video to anyone, anywhere.
After finishing his BS and MS coursework in computer engineering from Case Western Reserve University, and a failed attempt to play professional baseball, Gordon spent 11 years at Rockwell Automation. The job literally took him around the world, including a stint in Singapore. His time at Rockwell also gave him the opportunity to manage mission-critical projects, crafted international business deals and come up with creative marketing solutions. Along his journey, Gordon has managed to be awarded a dozen patents.
Managing Director, University Hospitals
Sarah is a Business Development leader within the UH Ventures Team. She has a deep commitment to healthcare innovation. As a strategic and creative healthcare professional, she has led the development and execution of new business models to help clients improve business results and foster collaborative relationships that drive sustainable value. Prior to joining UH Ventures, Sarah has enjoyed a 20+ year career in healthcare in both early-stage and Fortune 500 companies in healthcare information technology, manufacturing, and distribution. Sarah graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Microbiology.
Director of Technology Team NEO
With nearly 20 years of experience in the technology industry and originally from New Zealand, Neil moved to Northeast Ohio in 2016. Neil is contributing in Northeast Ohio working with Team NEO and JobsOhio in an economic development capacity to add value to technology companies for workforce, talent development and technology adoption initiatives.
In immersive technology Neil is known as a thought leader, especially for the Midwest and Ohio. Neil has added value working with some amazing people and companies to actively promote emerging technology such as XR / 5G / Blockchain and AI on social media and in national events such as CES (Las Vegas), Mixed Reality Marketing Conference (New York), and Blockland Cleveland.
The result of this work has led to several publications in both academic and literary works and a number of speaking events at prestigious places such as Carnegie Melon. His work featured on media networks like Cheddar Live, Nadimo.com E-commerce All Stars, VUDream, and has also appeared on a number of podcasts. Neil holds a masters degree in business and marketing.