Bio: Rodney D'Souza is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Northern Kentucky University. He received his Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and Strategy from the University of Louisville. He also holds an MBA from Northern Kentucky University, a Masters in Information Systems from Pune University, and a Bachelors of Commerce from Pune University. Rodney teaches the new venture creation, the new venture management, and the business plan writing classes.His areas of interest include entrepreneurial opportunity identification, new venture teams, and new venture financing. His research has appeared in journals such as Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies (JLOS), the Journal of Small Business Strategy (JSBS), Journal of the Association for Information Systems (JAIS), Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship (JBE), and Southern Journal of Entrepreneurship (SJE). Additionally, he has presented papers at conferences such as the Academy of Management (AOM), BABSON, United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), and International Council for Small Business (ICSB).
Bio: Adam Caswell serves as President of the Campbell County Economic Progress Authority, Inc. (CCEPA). In his role, he is responsible to aid in the acquisition, retention and development of land for industrial and commercial purposes to produce job growth. Adam focuses on these efforts through three strategic components: promoting and enhancing Campbell County’s key assets, retention and expansion of current businesses, and developing/redeveloping sites to allow for maximum growth. Prior to becoming President of the CCEPA, Adam served as Executive Aide to the Chief of Staff for Kentucky Governor Steve Besehar. Through this position, he played an integral role in the duties addressing state needs. Before his term as a senior member of the Beshear Administration, he served as Legislative Liaison for the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, a role that saw Adam craft legal policy and advocate judicial issues with the General Assembly. In addition to his professional duties, Adam dedicates his time to many community organizations. He serves on the board for the Campbell Conservancy, Northern Kentucky Forum, Northern Kentucky Economic Competiveness Work Group and Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana (OKI) Regional Council of Governments. Additionally, Adam is President of Legacy Young Professionals and a graduate of Leadership Northern Kentucky. Adam is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and resides in Fort Thomas with his wife, Rachel.
Bio: Ben "The Wuzzle Guy" Martz is the Chair and a professor in the Department of Business Informatics. He teaches Quantitative Analysis with Excel; Introduction to Problem Solving and Creativity. His childhood ambition was to become an architect, but got a marketing degree from the College of William & Mary and a master's degree and Ph.D. in MIS from the University of Arizona instead. He started at NKU in July 2006. He teaches because he enjoys watching students learn. "Observing the 'aha moment,' when someone understands a difficult concept is very rewarding." Martz is a busy man, with more than 70 publications in academic peer-reviewed journals on a variety of topics including: distance education; group decision support systems; entrepreneurship; technology transfer; systems thinking; and student learning environments. He was a project manager of several large scale, million dollar, projects dealing with implementating computer labs in an educational environment. Ben is also a co-founder of a high tech spin-off company from the University of Arizona. When he's not working, he makes attempts at playing golf and plays computer games. His eclectic taste in music includes everything from Manhattan Transfer to ZZ Top to Mozart to "The Man in Black," Johnny Cash.
Bio: Dave Knox is Chief Marketing Officer for Rockfish Interactive. Prior to Rockfish, Knox was a seven-year veteran of Procter & Gamble, where he was instrumental in the digital turnaround that led to P&G being named to AdAge’s Digital A-List. As Brand Manager for Global Branded Entertainment, Dave led the strategy for new business models in venture investment, digital media and original content. Previously, Dave served as P&G’s Corporate Marketing Brand Manager for Digital Business Strategy, responsible for driving digital innovation and capability across P&G's 300+ brands worldwide. Dave’s team made the strategic choices on which digital brand building skills and innovations would be areas of focus for P&G's brands. Author of the industry leading blog, HardKnoxLife.com, Dave was named to the iMedia 25 Class of 2010, by AdAge as “1 of 25 Media People You Should Follow on Twitter” and Media Industry News as a “2010 Social Media Superstar.” Dave speaks frequently on brand and digital marketing, including appearances at SXSW, TEDxCincy, American Express Innovation Summit, Web 2.0 Summit, and the IEG Sponsorship Conference. Dave is active in the entrepreneurial community, serving as a Board Observer / Advisor to several venture-backed companies. He is the co-founder of The Brandery, a seed stage consumer marketing venture accelerator, and of Cincinnati Social Media. He also serves on the Board of VCU Brandcenter in Richmond, VA and as Professional Vice President on Pi Sigma Epsilon’s National Council.
Bio: Tim Metzner is the Director of Marketing at SparkPeople.com. Since first joining in 2001, Tim has helped grow SparkPeople from a startup to the largest diet and fitness website in America. As the Director of Marketing, Tim focuses on developing and executing the strategies behind SparkPeople's user acquisition, user engagement, and social media efforts. Tim is also the co-founder of QuiteLiked.com, a social content aggregator that uses the Facebook Like button to find and deliver the best articles across the web. Tim is a graduate of the Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS Program at the University of Cincinnati, with a BBA in Marketing.