Our team at BRITE Energy Innovators is made up of hard-working individuals dedicated to the success of startups, entrepreneurs and the community. From our staff to our board of directors, BRITE is powered by some of Northeast Ohio’s most experienced and committed individuals working tirelessly to support and empower people.

Our Team

The close-knit staff keeping BRITE going every day:

Rick Stockburger
President and CEO
Sara Daugherty
Director of Operations and Economic Impact
Bill Whittenberger
Chief Technology Officer
Ted Theofrastus
Chief Innovation Officer/General Counsel
Chris Mather
APEX Senior Consultant

Chief Morale Officer

Board of Directors

Our diverse and experience-backed board supplies BRITE with guidance and feedback as we work towards our mission.

Mr. Patrick Kelly

Director, Economic Development, FirstEnergy Corp.

Mr. Stan Feret

Treasurer: Senior Vice President – Chief Lending Officer, Cortland Banks

Mr. Michael Hripko

Associate Vice President for External Affairs, Government Relations and Economic Development, Youngstown State University

Mr. Bill Merkel

Executive Committee: VP, Planning and Marketing, Nidec Industrial Solutions

Mr. Bill Phillips Jr.

President, Niles International Expanded Metals

Mr. John Pogue

Chairman of the Board: Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell

Mr. Theodore Schmidt

Regional President, PNC

Mr. Anthony Trevena

Vice Chairman of the Board: Director of Economic Development, Western Reserve Port Authority

Mr. Phillip Walker

Customer Advocate CEO, Network Solutions Provider USA

Advisory Board

Dr. Max Briggs

Acting Aeronautics Research Directorate Mission Directorate Liaison for Small Business Innovative Research, NASA Glenn Research Center

Ms. Barb Ewing

Chief Executive Officer, Youngstown Business Incubator

Mr. Doug Franklin

Mayor, City of Warren

Mr. John Lauletta

CEO and CTO, Exacter, Inc.

Mr. Rick Leonard

Ex-Officio District Director, Office of Congressman Tim Ryan OH13

Looking to join our team? Check out current opportunities here!