Our Team

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Matthew Yerkes

Executive Director


Matt Yerkes is the founder of Cultivate, providing coaching and workspace for startups. Matt launched his first SaaS business called Honeycomb Archive in 2001. Matt has started a range of successful endeavors with a passion of helping Cultivate business startups that include several web based SaaS products.



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Mesha Whitman

Director




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Rick Hulse

Board Member


Rick Hulse is the CEO and President of Rampart Hosting, one of the top 25 web development firms in Central Ohio. Rick’s expertise is providing software and business development for startups and technology firms.


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Gary Ross

Board Member


Gary Ross is a CEO experienced in leading the growth of software, technology and service businesses from startup to $150M in revenues. Gary coaches small business owners and executives, and works alongside them, to help them reach their growth goals utilizing concepts captured from his book, The Growth Cube (www.thegrowthcube.com). Gary has also recently founded and launched a new healthcare software startup called Med-Compliance IQ. (www.medcomplianceiq.com)


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Kristy Campbell

Board Member


Kristy has spent her 20+ year career working with – and within – tech startups to help them build their brand, grow revenue and scale. She leads Rev1’s portfolio sales and marketing efforts, helping companies generate awareness, first customers, and a repeatable sales pipeline.


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Kyle Rausch

Board Member


Development Director – City of Grove City


Michael Lanese

Board Member


Mike Lanese is co-founder and CEO of OnSeen, Inc, a software company that provides a Command & Control platform for mobile teams. Prior to OnSeen, Mike was the Chief Executive Officer of ClearSaleing, Inc. He served in the United States Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer and currently serves as a Civil Affairs Officer in the United States Army Reserve. He recently completed a deployment to Iraq and was awarded a Bronze Star for his performance. Mike holds degrees from Oxford University, where he attended as a Rhodes Scholar, and The Ohio State University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, captain of the football team and two-time Academic All-American.


Allen Houk

Board Member


Allen Houk, CPA, CMA is an accomplished Certified Public Accountant and small business advisor. He has over thirty-six years in the field, including time with regional CPA firm, Meaden & Moore, and several years working in the private sector. Over the past twenty-seven years, he has also operated a tax preparation consultancy, and nearly fifteen years ago, began his own public accounting firm in Grove City, Ohio.


Jason Hipsher

BOARD MEMBER



Jason Hipsher, an operations executive turned consultant and strategic advisor, has over 20 years of practical and technical experience in the healthcare, insurance, energy, payments and retail industries.

Jason has a passion for innovation and has spent the past 2 years assisting Rev1 Ventures with start-ups in Columbus, OH; most recently with Med-Compliance IQ, helping them with business plans, product development, and venture funding. Jason is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Marketing and continues live in the Columbus, OH area supporting his beloved Buckeyes!


LArry Pliskin

BOARD MEMBER



Experienced health care, operations, and compliance leader with strong business acumen. Extensive background providing day-to-day direction to people and to companies in highly regulated industries. Viewed as “customer focused” and a “business partner.”