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. Donald Emerson
Executive Committee Secretary, Secretary, Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority
Mr. Patrick Kelly
Director, Economic Development
Dr. Max Briggs
Acting Aeronautics Research Directorate Mission Directorate Liaison for Small Business Innovative Research
Ms. Barb Ewing
Director, Youngstown Business Incubator
Mr. Rick Leonard
Ex-Officio District Director, Office of Congressman Tim Ryan OH13
Mr. Theodore Schmidt
Regional President, PNC
Mr. Stan Feret
Executive Committee, Treasurer Director, Cortland Banks
Mr. Bill Phillips Jr.
President, Niles International Expanded Metals
Mr. Anthony Trevena
Executive Committee Vice President, Director of Economic Development, Western Reserve Port Authority
Mr. Doug Franklin
Executive Committee, Mayor, City of Warren
Mr. John Pogue
Executive Committee President, President, Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell
Mr. Pat Valente
President, Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition
Mr. John Lauletta
CEO and CTO, Exacter, Inc.
Mr. Bill Merkel
VP, Planning and Marketing, Nidec Industrial Solutions
Mr. Phillip Walker
Customer Advocate CEO, Network Solutions Provider USA
Mr. Michael Hripko
Associate Vice President for External Affairs, Government Relations and Economic Development, Youngstown State University
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