09 Jul July 11, 2016 – Toxic Client Garrett Sutton & Startup Scaleup JumpStart Inc. Ray Leach
Garrett Sutton – Owner & Founder of Corporate Direct, Inc. and Author of Toxic Client: Knowing and Avoiding Problem Customers
Garrett Sutton is an attorney, bestselling author, and one of Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Advisors. A clear and engaging writer, he demystifies legal topics and presents them in a very understandable and accessible manner. He has over thirty years of experience in assisting individuals and businesses to limit their liability, protect their assets, implement advantageous corporate structures and advance their financial goals. He has appeared in the “Wall Street Journal,” “New York Times,” and other publications. Garrett enjoys speaking on asset protection strategies and is a frequent lecturer for business groups and the Rich Dad Advisors educational series. He serves on the boards of the American Baseball Foundation, located in Birmingham, Alabama, and the Reno-Nevada based Sierra Kids Foundation.
Ray Leach – CEO of JumpStart Inc.
Northeast Ohio is a burgeoning hub of entrepreneurship as its startups have generated more than $1.4 billion in economic impact in 2015 and created more than 10,000 new jobs over the past 10 years. Ray Leach is the founding CEO of JumpStart Inc. a Cleveland, Ohio-based non-profit venture development organization that has gained a national best-in-class reputation for its innovative economic development models and its ability to leverage its experience and expertise across the U.S. JumpStart’s work focuses on assisting community leaders to maximize the job and wealth-creating economic impact of local startup and high-growth small companies with a focus on ways to assist and invest in these firms to dramatically improve local economic competitiveness. Ray is considered a national thought and practice leader at the intersections of public, private and philanthropic partnerships that accelerate job creation and increase economic outcomes in neighborhoods, cities, regions and countries. Ray was a Sloan Fellow and a graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management and the University of Akron. He began his career at IBM and went on to co-found four startup technology companies. Ray was a founding member of the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE). He also currently serves as the Chair of the National Venture Capital Association’s (NVCA) Alumni Council, is a founding member of the NVCA’s Diversity Task Force, serves on the board of Invent Now which educates 100,000 U.S. kids each summer in science, technology, engineering and math, and is on the board of the Global Center for Health Innovation.