Paul BenedictPaul Benedict

Paul Benedict is a seed-stage investor, executive and entrepreneur bringing 14 years of industry experience to the classroom.  Paul teaches entrepreneurship in the Professional MBA program and management in the Integrated Business Cluster. Paul earned his BA in political science from the Honors Tutorial College here at Ohio University. He earned his MBA from the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University.

DavidBossDavid Boss

Dr. Boss is the Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the Management Department at Ohio University’s College of Business. He earned his MBA from Babson College in 2009 and his Ph.D. in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from Texas A&M in 2014. His research interests include resource-based view (RBV), corporate governance, and entrepreneurship.

christopher_crawfordChris Crawford

Christopher Crawford is Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. In 2014, Dr. Crawford won the “Best Ohio University Professor” award. In a past life, he founded The Red Apple Consulting Company, served as Director of Marketing for Rexarc International, and was a clinical assistant professor of marketing and management at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for eight years. Christopher is Chair of the professional development workshop “Using Simulation Experiments to Build and Test Entrepreneurship Theories” at the Academy of Management meeting. He co-developed the Kauffman Firm Survey Wiki for scholars who conduct research on young firms. For work on his dissertation, “Causes of Extreme Outcomes in Entrepreneurship”, Dr. Crawford is the recipient of a Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Award and was named an Emergent Scholar by the Kauffman Foundation.

John Louis KeiferJohn Louis Keifer

John has 23 years experience practicing law, representing the interests of commercial firms in the banking, savings and loan, and fast-food franchise industries among others. His research interests include Competitive strategy, organizational development and configuration, and corporate renewal strategies.

Vernon KennedyVern Kennedy

Vern spent the last fifteen years consulting with small and medium size companies at various stages along their organizational life cycles.  Along the way he have developed relationships with financial institutions, suppliers, business consultants, marketing specialists, and other business owners.


luke_pittawayDr. Luke Pittaway

Dr. Luke Pittaway is a tenured full professor and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Ohio University (Athens, OH). Dr. Pittaway has previously worked at the University of Sheffield (UK), Lancaster University (UK), the University of Surrey (UK), and Georgia Southern University. He has been a Research and Education Fellow with the National Council of Graduate Entrepreneurship and an Advanced Institute of Management Research Scholar. Dr. Pittaway’s research focuses on entrepreneurship education and learning and he has a range of other interests including: entrepreneurial behavior; networking; entrepreneurial failure; business growth; and, corporate venturing.

PJM HeadshotPaul Mass

Paul Mass is the “Entrepreneur-in-Residence” at the College of Business at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. He also serves as Associate Director of the University’s Center For Entrepreneurship where he will help build the entrepreneurial ecosystem supporting student and faculty entrepreneurs, as well as individuals and businesses throughout the southeast Ohio region. Paul has benefited from a diverse career beginning as a corporate attorney and continuing on as a successful entrepreneur and business executive helping to create, fund, manage and lead companies in the cable television, radio, information service, biotech and e-commerce industries. Paul has served as a partner, General Counsel, Chief Operating Officer, and President and CEO, respectively, at various times throughout his more than 35 year professional career. Paul has long sought to teach students at the University level and is excited about the opportunity to join the Ohio University community and work with students faculty and businesses who seek to turn their ideas into real businesses.

ikenna uzuegbunamDr. Ikenna (Ike) Uzuegbunam

Dr. Ikenna (Ike) Uzuegbunam is a visiting assistant professor of strategy in the College of Business at Ohio University. His research interests include technology strategy, innovation management, strategic alliances and social entrepreneurship. Ike has been honored for his teaching and research including an honorable mention for teaching in the University of Kentucky MBA program; best paper nomination at the Strategic Management Society Conference; and the best paper in track award at the Southern Management Association Conference.