2020 Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship
2020 Eweek Activities have been postponed or canceled:
BGSU’s executive team in charge of our COVID-19 response will be exploring all options and do everything we can to ensure a majority of the planned activities will be rescheduled when appropriate. We will know more within the next few weeks regarding the progression of the virus and will follow the guidelines provided by the CDC, Ohio’s Governor and our public health officials.
The Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship is the culmination of Entrepreneurship Week (E-Week) presented by the Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership in the College of Business at Bowling Green State University. Each year this program attracts highly successful, world-class entrepreneurs to campus who share their valuable messages to more than 600 business and community leaders, students, faculty, and administrators. This renowned program has been a sold-out event and we expect the same for this year.
We are excited to bring you the 2020 Sebo Series with the theme – “Innovation Nation: Everyone is an Entrepreneur”.
About J. Robert Sebo '58, '13 (Hon.)
Since its inception, the Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship has been generously sponsored by J. Robert Sebo who earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration in 1958 from BGSU.
Dr. Sebo is a successful business executive, and retired as the senior vice president of Paychex, Inc., a Rochester, New York-based payroll and human resources company. He is a longtime contributor to his alma mater and supports a variety of areas, including the Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship and football and jazz studies scholarships. The Sebo Athletic Center is named in his honor and recognizes his financial support to that facility. He served as a member of the university’s Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2011. BGSU granted an honorary degree to him in 2013.
Co-Founder, Nottingham Spirk Family Office
John Nottingham is the Co-Founder of Nottingham Spirk, a family office and a leading business innovation firm with over 1,250 patents, of which 95% have been commercialized. The Nottingham Spirk “Vertical Innovation™” process has helped partner companies earn over $50 billion in combined sales for product lines like Dirt Devil, Little Tikes, Dutch Boy, and AXE.
Nottingham Spirk partners with other family offices to create companies based on NS innovations, like the Crest SpinBrush venture which was sold to P&G, returning $475 million, 24 times EBITDA to family office investors. Their Swiffer Sweep+Vac venture was also sold to P&G. The ThermoScan Ear Thermometer venture was sold to Braun/Gillette for $175 million. Their new Tempo Walk Autonomous Golf Caddie was recently acquired by Club Car. Their CardioInsight non-invasive electrocardiographic mapping venture was acquired by Medtronic and has so far returned over $100 million to investors.
Their Swiffer Sweep+Vac venture was also sold to P&G. The ThermoScan Ear Thermometer venture was sold to Braun/Gillette for $175 million. Their new Tempo Walk Autonomous Golf Caddie was recently acquired by Club Car. Their CardioInsight non-invasive electrocardiographic mapping venture was acquired by Medtronic and has so far returned over $100 million to investors.
The Nottingham Spirk current portfolio of venture companies include TecTraum; concussion therapy system, Sterifre; low cost disinfection system, XaTek; blood coagulation monitor, HairClinical; break-through technology in hair care, and Polar Delight; single-serve premium ice cream dispensing system.
Nottingham Spirk recently partnered and co-invested with InvestIndustrial to acquire Jacuzzi Brands and is currently co-creating the next generation of premium spa products to double sales, triple profits and drive equity growth.
John serves on the Cleveland Clinic Board of Trustees, Case Western Reserve University Technology Commercialization Board, CWRU Think[box] Makerspace Advisory Board, boards of Global Center for Health Innovation, Great Lakes Biomimicry, and Cleveland Institute of Art, as well as several private equity company boards of directors.
John is one of the top individual patent holders in the USA, a 2017 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, an inductee of the Inside Business Hall of Fame, and a 2017 winner of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Other awards include Gold IDEA Award, Edison Gold Award and DuPont Packaging Gold Award.
He has presented numerous times at family office events on the subject of innovating for maximum equity growth for portfolio companies. He has been featured on the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, Japan Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, New York Times, Wired and Fast Company.
Robert B. Clasen ’66, ‘69
Chairman and CEO, Starz LLC, (retired)
Robert B. Clasen has been a Media and Entertainment Executive until his retirement in 2010. During his forty-year career, he has served in a variety of senior positions in the cable television, telecommunications, and New Media industries. Just prior to his retirement he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Starz, LLC, overseeing the country’s largest provider of premium movie channels available on cable, satellite, telecom, and Internet platforms under the Starz and Encore brands, and an Independent movie studio, Overture Films.
In the cable television industry, Mr. Clasen’s positions included: President of Comcast Cable Communications, President of Comcast’s International Division, and President and CEO of ComStream Corporation. He also served in executive, advisor and director positions for such companies as Lightwave Solutions Inc., Home Director, NTN and Path 1.
Since his retirement he has served as Chairman of the Colorado Creative Industries Council, and as Executive in Residence at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. Currently he is Chair of the Denver Film Society Board of Directors.
Mr. Clasen is a graduate of Bowling Green State University in Ohio where he earned his graduate degree in Counseling Psychology and was selected for the 100 Years/100 People honor in 2010.
Senior Manager, Accenture Operations
Maxine Hersch is best known for the energy and creativity she brings along with her Program Management and Design Thinking expertise. She holds a Batchelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in Distributed Computing and Robotics.
Over the past few years, Maxine has pioneered Design Thinking (DT) in Accenture Operations, introducing DT methods into Accenture’s Global Procurement and Supply Chain business, through Solution Architects, Account Managers, Sales, and Technology groups. While her current focus is on driving creativity and innovation in highly collaborative Client and Sales Workshops around the world, Maxine has also served as Faculty for Accenture’s Design Thinking Academy, Talent of the Future and FORM classes to promote continuous learning and roll out ever-evolving innovation-inspiring techniques like Storytelling.
Maxine also serves as a mentor for many women in business and acts as a creativity coach for men and women in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.
Mike McDaniel '01
Senior Managing Director, Accenture Resources
Mike McDaniel is currently the Accenture North America Resources Sales Origination Lead. McDaniel joined Accenture in 2006 where, over the past 14 years, he has had roles of increasing responsibility across regional general management, acquisition integration and running global delivery operations. He most recently served as Southwest Region Lead for Accenture Operations, responsible for all Operations accounts across the region.
Prior to that he led the Acquisition Integration team for Accenture Operations where he transitioned into Accenture 5 acquisitions across Energy, Life Sciences, Marketing, Mortgage, and Procurement Services. McDaniel’s delivery experience includes running global delivery and product development across the Americas (US, Canada and Latin America), Executive Director of Global Operations for Accenture’s Procurement Services, and Global Delivery lead for Accenture’s utilities services business.
Before joining Accenture, McDaniel served as Vice President across many functions in general management and operations within Honeywell Aerospace over an 11-year period. Prior to his experience at Honeywell, Michael held engineering positions at Honda of America Manufacturing and United Parcel Service.
McDaniel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo, a Master of Business Administration degree from Bowling Green State University and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. He is based in Phoenix, Arizona where he lives with his wife Michele and three children.
Founder, Pieces of Me
Elsa Vos is the founder of Pieces of Me, a unique jewelry brand that makes beautiful, affordable jewelry with a purpose. There are over two dozen designs, each depicting a different personality trait that is integrated into the jewelry, allowing individuals to "wear who they are."
Vos started the company out of graphic design project at BGSU and participated in the Hatch program in 2015. Since then, she’s continued to grow the company and also started Elsa Leigh Designs, completing graphic design services for a variety of clients.