Meet the Team

Our team at BRITE Energy Innovators is made up of hard-working individuals dedicated to the success of startups, entrepreneurs and the community we share. 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 fulfill our mission: empower founders to launch energy technology solutions.


Director of Operations,
Sara Daugherty
VP of Tech Acceleration,
Jeff Rockwood
Client Success Manager,
Cole Simon
Chief Innovation Officer,
Ted Theofrastous
Chief Morale Officer,
Entrepreneur in Residence,
Chris Mather
President & CEO,
Rick Stockburger
Marketing & Events Specialist,
Daniel Sylak
Chief Technology Officer,
Bill Whittenberger

Board of Directors

Chairperson: Mr. John Pogue, Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell
Vice Chairperson: Mr. Anthony Trevena, Western Reserve Port Authority
Treasurer: Mr. Stan Feret, Cortland Bank
Executive Committee: Mr. Patrick Kelly, FirstEnergy

  • Mr. Mike Hripko, Retired Industry Professional
  • Mr. Sumit Kovoor, Anayaa Hospitality Group
  • Mr. Bill Merkel, NIDEC
  • Mr. Bill Phillips, Jr., Niles International Expanded Metals
  • Mr. Theodore Schmidt, PNC Bank
  • Mr. Philip Walker, Network Solutions Provider

Advisory Board

  • Dr. Max Briggs, NASA Glenn Research Center
  • Ms. Barb Ewing, Youngstown Business Incubator
  • Mr. Doug Franklin, City of Warren
  • Mr. John Lauletta, Exacter Inc.
  • Mr. Rick Leonard, Office of Congressman Tim Ryan OH13

We’re hiring! Learn more about available opportunities here.