Jay Schabel: Chief Executive Officer, MSEE Iowa State University
A serial entrepreneur with four start-ups on his resume, including the growth of one startup from no annual revenue to over $350mm in an eight year period.

Mehmet Gencer: Chief Technology Officer, PhD Chemical Engineering Drexel University
Seasoned technical manager with experience and expertise in leading industrial process development and commercialization.  Current founder of a clean technology company focused on renewing waste water into viable fresh water.

Richard A. Schwarz: Technical Advisor, PhD Chemistry Duke University
Experienced professional in new product development and commercialization. Currently serving as science coordinator at the National Museum of Education.

Michael Dungan: Director of Sales and Marketing, BA Communications Youngstown State University
Twenty-five years of experience in procurement, marketing, sales management and for-profit and non-profit executive leadership.


Board of Managers

Phillip Ashkettle – Chairman
As the former Chairman and CEO of M.A. Hanna Co. Mr. Ashkettle oversaw the merger with GEON to form PolyOne Inc.  He has also served as President and CEO of Reichhold Chemicals, Inc. and held several senior management positions with Ashland Chemical.

Geoffrey Korff                                                                                                                                                                         Mr. Korff is President of Quaker City Castings, a steel and iron foundry in NE Ohio. He has held numerous roles in the manufacturing world including operations, administration and legal. Geoff is a graduate of The Ohio State University and holds a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.

Joel Stevenson
A serial entrepreneur with a successful track record of start-ups in the waste industry, Mr. Stephenson now serves as a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management for the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina (USC).  In 1999, Joel founded the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator where he served as Executive Director for 12 years before joining the faculty at USC.

Matt Lesser
Mr. Lesser provides leadership to Ambassador Enterprise’s For Profit Investing team. Previously, he served with the executive team at Ambassador overseeing operations. Matt started his career in the petroleum industry, building a wholesale distribution and retail-services company serving Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio that expanded 15-fold before being sold in 2007.

Mike Erler                                                                                                                                                                              Mr. Erler is a member of Ambassador Enterprise’s For Profit Optimizing team as well as assists the Treasury and Finance team. Prior to joining Ambassador, Mike was a CPA and partner for 34 years with the national CPA & advisory firm BKD, LLP where he provided financial and consulting services to closely-held businesses and the families that owned them.