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.
The close-knit staff keeping BRITE going every day:
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
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