paul_benedict-150x150 Paul Benedict

Paul Benedict is a seed-stage investor, executive and entrepreneur bringing 14 years of industry experience to the classroom.  Paul teaches entrepreneurship in the Professional MBA program and management in the Integrated Business Cluster. Paul earned his BA in political science from the Honors Tutorial College here at Ohio University. He earned his MBA from the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University.

DavidBoss David Boss

Dr. Boss is the Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the Management Department at Ohio University’s College of Business. He earned his MBA from Babson College in 2009 and his Ph.D. in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from Texas A&M in 2014. His research interests include resource-based view (RBV), corporate governance, and entrepreneurship.

christopher_crawford Chris Crawford

Christopher Crawford is Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He received his Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship from the University of Louisville in 2013. In 2014, Dr. Crawford won the “Best Ohio University Professor” award. His research interests include: new venture creation and growth; behavioral and corporate strategy; complexity science and agent-based simulation modeling applications to entrepreneurship; and understanding the mechanisms that     generate power law distributions and outliers in social systems. His work has been published in  Journal of Business Venturing, Small Business Economics,  Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, Journal of Organization Design , and Journal of Business Venturing Insights . In a past life, he founded The Red Apple Consulting Company, served as Director of Marketing for Rexarc International, and was a clinical assistant professor of marketing and management at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for eight years. Christopher is Chair of the professional development workshop “Using Simulation Experiments to Build and Test Entrepreneurship Theories” at the Academy of Management meeting. He co-developed the Kauffman Firm Survey Wiki for scholars who conduct research on young firms. For work on his dissertation, “Causes of Extreme Outcomes in Entrepreneurship”, Dr. Crawford is the recipient of a Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Award and was named an Emergent Scholar by the Kauffman Foundation.

John Louis Keifer John Louis Keifer

John has 23 years experience practicing law, representing the interests of commercial firms in the banking, savings and loan, and fast-food franchise industries among others. His research interests include Competitive strategy, organizational development and configuration, and corporate renewal strategies.

Vernon Kennedy Vern Kennedy

Vern spent the last fifteen years consulting with small and medium size companies at various stages along their organizational life cycles. Along the way he have developed relationships with financial institutions, suppliers, business consultants, marketing specialists, and other business owners.

Alan McMillian Alan McMillan

Alan spent 30 years in executive leadership in technology companies but discovered a new calling 9 years ago when he identified an unmet need—and that is helping 18 to 24 year olds understand what it takes to secure a career and lifestyle that makes them happy successful, fulfilled and proud, and all along the way, secure their financial independence.

He inspires students and newly minted college graduates to create a vision based on what they want out of life—and then provide actionable steps based on real life examples to support their transition from college to the workplace—and beyond! Covering, getting a job, thriving in that role, if there is disruption of employment, gaining a new role better than the one they just lost, and all the while making tangible progress toward their financial independence.

He does presentations at college campuses across the country, post weekly blogs, write syndicated columns, develop on-line learning opportunities, and is in the process of writing/publishing his first book. This body of work is for today’s 21m-American college students and to those who love them.

Fortune 500 companies also retain his services to help with college and diversity recruiting and entry-level employee development.

luke_pittaway Dr. Luke Pittaway

Dr. Luke Pittaway is a tenured full professor and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Ohio University (Athens, OH) where he leads the academic programs in the College of Business and is leading enhancements to University-wide programs. He was formerly the William A. Freeman Distinguished Chair in Free Enterprise and the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Learning and Leadership at Georgia Southern University where he managed programs in entrepreneurship until May 2013.

Dr. Pittaway has previously worked at the University of Sheffield (UK), Lancaster University (UK), and the University of Surrey (UK). He has been a Research and Education Fellow with the National Council of Graduate Entrepreneurship and an Advanced Institute of Management Research Scholar. He is on a number of editorial boards including: International Small Business Journal; International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research; and, the Service Industries Journal. Dr. Pittaway’s research focuses on entrepreneurship education and learning and he has a range of other interests including: entrepreneurial behavior; networking; entrepreneurial failure; business growth; and, corporate venturing.

Paul Mass Paul Mass 

Paul Mass is the “Entrepreneur-in-Residence” at the College of Business at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. He also serves as Director of the University’s Center For Entrepreneurship where he will help build the entrepreneurial ecosystem supporting student and faculty entrepreneurs, as well as individuals and businesses throughout the southeast Ohio region. Paul has benefited from a diverse career beginning as a corporate attorney and continuing on as a successful entrepreneur and business executive helping to create, fund, manage and lead companies in the cable television, radio, information service, biotech and e-commerce industries. Paul has served as a partner, General Counsel, Chief Operating Officer, and President and CEO, respectively, at various times throughout his more than 35 year professional career. Paul has long sought to teach students at the University level and is excited about the opportunity to join the Ohio University community and work with students faculty and businesses who seek to turn their ideas into real businesses.

Robert (Zeke) H. S. Sarikas Robert (Zeke) H. S. Sarikas

Zeke recieved his PhD in Accountancy and taxation from the University of Illinois in 1992, an MAS from University of Illinois in 1988, an MPA from the University of Texas in 1980, and a BBA from the University of Oklahoma in 1978. He is a Certified Public Accountant with experience as a tax professional working for an international accounting firm (Arthur Andersen & Co), in Houston, Texas. His research interestes include International accounting, taxation, and business with country   specializations of China, India, Russia, and Vietnam. His industry specializations include electric power, and oil and gas exploration and production.

Jason Stoner Dr. Jason Stoner

Dr. Jason Stoner joined the College of Business in fall 2007 coming to Ohio University from Florida State University where he completed his Ph.D. in organizational behavior and human resource management. He earned his M.B.A. and undergraduate degrees from Bradley University. Dr. Stoner’s teaching experience includes the areas of leadership, negotiation and conflict management, organizational behavior and general management. While at Florida State University, Jason won the Doctoral Teaching Award for teaching excellence. During his time at Ohio University, Jason has taught organizational behavior in the Integrated MBA, Professional MBA, and undergraduate programs, as well as general management in the Cluster.

ikenna uzuegbunam Dr. Ikenna (Ike) Uzuegbunam 

Dr. Ikenna (Ike) Uzuegbunam is a visiting assistant professor of strategy in the College of Business at Ohio University. Previously, he taught at the University of Kentucky. His research interests include technology strategy, innovation management, strategic alliances and social entrepreneurship. Ike has been honored for his teaching and research including an honorable mention for teaching in the University of Kentucky MBA program; best paper nomination at the Strategic Management Society Conference; and the best paper in track award at the Southern Management Association Conference.

Ike’s prior industry and consulting experience include stints in medical devices, oil & gas, electronics, software, and the social sector. He is the founder and chief strategy officer of Luno Ventures, LLC; a strategy and innovation consulting firm. He holds a Ph.D. degree in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; an MSc degree in technology and innovation management from the University of Sussex; and a B.Eng. (Honors) degree in electronic engineering from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.