Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Kristin Warzocha
President & CEO, Greater Cleveland Food Bank

This event starts with tours of the cavernous food warehouse, kitchen facilities and massive freezer facilities. There are 3 million lbs. of food in the warehouse with 125,000 lbs. of food delivered to partner agencies and programs every day, and thousands of meals being prepared daily.

After the tours, we will have dinner and hear more about the Food Bank and its mission from President and CEO, Kristin Warzocha. Kristin has been with the Food Bank since 2000 and has concentrated on engaging the community in the work of the Food Bank.

Also, during the dinner portion, we will be holding the HBS Club Annual meeting where we will be asking for approval of a slate of new/renewing officers and trustees. We will also be requesting approval of new bylaws and a revised Constitution.

A popular addition to the evening is the opportunity to hear from our scholarship recipients who went to campus for one of the non-profit classes — hear about their experience and how they have applied what they learned in their organization’s day-to-day operations. This year we will have short reports from the following individuals:

  • Richard Cockran, Pres & CEO—Western Reserve Land Conservancy
  • Victor Ruiz, Executive Director—Esperanza, Inc.
  • Eleace Sawyers, President & CEO—Care Alliance Health Center

Great Lakes Theater

A discussion led by Charles Fee, Producing Artistic Director, Great Lakes Theater
and experience Agatha Christie’s: “WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION”

Charles Fee, as artistic director of a unique collaboration between three fully independent, geographically diverse regional theater companies in Cleveland—Boise Idaho and Lake Tahoe has created a groundbreaking model for the industry. And resulting in the success of the three companies involved. Hear about this—”another first for CLE” – as well as the joys and challenges of managing performing arts organizations.

Charles earned his BA from University of Pacific and MFA from University of California, San Diego. He and his wife, Lidia, and their 16 year-old daughter, Alexa live in Boise, Cleveland and Lake Tahoe – quite a feat that is made possible by the support of his family and the communities represented!

WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION – Agatha Christie’s Gripping Courtroom ThrillerWitness for the Prosecution

You are hereby summoned for jury duty. The stakes are high as Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow to inherit her wealth. Can this defendant convince the jury, and you, of his innocence and escape the hangman’s noose despite shocking courtroom testimony and impassioned gallery outbursts? Witness as Leonard and his lawyers struggle to untangle the truth in a whodunit suspense-thriller that will keep you guessing until the gavel’s last echo… and beyond!!

RhinoSystems, Inc.

Martin R. Hoke
President & Founder, RhinoSystems, Inc.

Based on US Centers for Disease Control there are 50 million people in North America suffering from chronic sinusitis. Martin Hoke, being one of the 50,000, set about to find a solution for addressing this need and helping this subset of Americans. RhinoSystems, Inc., founded in 2007, developed and markets the Navage Nasal Hygiene System and has grown rapidly.

“It’s been an amazing ride. It started at our kitchen counter, moved to Lorain County Community College’s GLIDE Incubator, then 25,000 feet in Brooklyn Heights, and now 65,000 feet in Brooklyn!” said Martin Hoke, President of Rhino Systems.

Team Neo reported that RhinoSystems is one of more than 700 biomedical companies in NEO — a number that has grown from 300 in 2002. Martin was born in Lakewood earned a bachelors degree from Amherst and law degree from CWRU. Founded a cell phone company, served in the US House of Representatives, is a pianist, has written an opera and now is an inventor.

Timken Bearings R&D Center

Headquartered in Canton, Ohio and operating out of 35 different countries, The Timken Company is a world-leading manufacturer of bearings and mechanical power transmission products,  continuously improving its portfolio and related services to make global industries stronger.   With more than a century of knowledge and innovation, they are aggressively developing and adding new product lines to their offerings while continuously working to improve the reliability and efficiency of global machinery and equipment that helps to move the world forward.

In 2018, Timken posted $3.6 billion in sales and employed more than 17,000 people globally.

Hope you will join the HBS Club of NEO for a tour of Timken’s operations, dinner and presentation.

Ryan Evans  joined Timken in 2002 and has served in a variety of positions including Materials Engineer, Product Manager, Tribological Specialist, Supply Chain Manager and now serves as Director of R&D. He earned a BS from University of Akron and his MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.


CANCELLED – Quasar Energy Group

This event was cancelled. Please contact the office at 216-696-2437 with questions.

Hyland Software

Brenda Kirk
EVP & Chief Product & Strategy Officer

In her role Brenda Kirk leads the teams responsible for the overall strategic vision, research and development, product management, global cloud services and technical support of its suite of information management products.

Founded in 1991, Hyland is a leader in providing software solutions for managing content, processes and cases for organizations across the globe.

For over 25 years, Hyland has enabled more than 19,000 organizations to digitalize their workplaces and fundamentally transform their operations. Since 2014, Hyland has been recognized as a Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® and in 2005 received the HBS Club of NEO Dively Entrepreneur Award.

Brenda serves as Chair of the Board of the MetroHealth Foundation and is a member of the Corporate Advisory Board for Union Home Mortgage. As the executive sponsor of Hyland’s Women in Tech group, Brenda is passionately committed to advancing opportunities for women in technology. In 2017, Hyland was recognized
by Fortune as one of the Best Workplaces for Women.

A resident of Bay Village, Ohio, in her free time Brenda enjoys spending time with her husband

and three children, practicing yoga and running.

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Presentation

Ellis Tallman
Executive VP & Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Discussion on “Fighting Financial Crisis: Learning From The Past”

Ellis Tallman in his position as executive vice president and director of research is responsible for advising the Bank’s president on monetary policy & related matters, setting the research direction, selecting & developing staff, and establishing departmental priorities. His research currently focuses on macroeconomics, economic forecasting, and US historical episodes of financial crisis and policy responses.

Prior to joining the Cleveland Reserve Bank, Dr. Tallman was the Danforth-Lewis Professor of Economics at Oberlin College, where he chaired the Economics Department. In addition, he was a visiting scholar in the Research Department at the Cleveland Fed.

Prior to joining Oberlin College, Dr. Tallman was a vice president and team leader for the macroeconomics group in the Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and an adjunct professor at Emory University. Tallman also served a two-year appointment as a visiting senior research economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia, where he engaged in policy support and provided economic research for the Australian central bank.

Dr. Tallman received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Indiana University, Bloomington, and an MA and PhD in economics from the University of Rochester.

Enter the Bank through the Superior Avenue entrance
Parking:  There are several public parking garages and street-level parking lots near the Bank on Superior Avenue, Rockwell Avenue, St. Clair Avenue, and East Ninth Street.


Holiday Party

Celebrate the season with good friends, good drinks, and good appetizers. Booth/Columbia/Darden/Kellogg/Stanford/Tuck/Wharton.