ECDI Board of Directors
Nick is Managing Partner and CEO for Applied Biomolecular Technologies. Prior to his current role, Nick was the founder and President of Signature Medical Direct, which he sold to an industry leader in 2010. He has extensive entrepreneurial experience having started and grown 7 businesses and one foreign (GmbH) operation. His passion is helping entrepreneurs successfully launch and scale new ventures. Nick received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from The Pennsylvania State University and his MBA from The University of Dayton.
Jerome is Senior Vice President, Regional Manager Business Banking North & Central Ohio, for U.S. Bank. U.S. Bank is the 5th largest commercial bank in the country with $454 billion in assets. His market focus is on providing businesses ranging from $2 million to $40 million in revenue with complete, turnkey, best in class credit and non- credit banking product and services. Mr. Archambault joined ECDI's board as an advocate for discovering solutions for all business and is a staunch supporter of ECDI's microlending platform and services provided to the entire community.
Paul is vice president and community affairs officer in the Community Development Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. His responsibilities include strategic oversight of the department’s work on a range of consumer credit, community reinvestment, and asset-building issues with the Bank’s Research, Policy, and Supervision & Regulation departments and with other Federal Reserve offices. He also directs research, outreach, and public programs that promote fair and equal access to credit in the Fourth Federal Reserve District. (The Fourth District includes Ohio, western Pennsylvania, eastern Kentucky, and the northern panhandle of West Virginia.
Stephen was a Fellow in the American Council on Education from 2011-12. Currently, he is the Carole A. Anderson Faculty Fellow in the Office of Academic Affairs reporting to the Vice President for Outreach and Engagement and the Vice Provost for Academic and Strategic Planning. Responsibilities include a leadership role in 1) developing and implementing a university-wide outreach and engagement program, and 2) building the infrastructure and relationships necessary to deploy the new Discovery Themes initiative, a major entrepreneurial Since 2005, he has served as Assistant Director of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), the research arm in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State. OARDC (www.oardc.ohio-state.edu), involving 10 Departments and 274 research scientists with over 400 research projects, is one of the most comprehensive agbioscience centers in the country.
Matthew is president and CEO of the Romanoff Group, which he founded in 1992. Over the last two decades the Romanoff companies have received many Fast 50 Awards from the Business Journals. The Fast 50 is awarded to the top 50 fastest growing private companies, recognizing entrepreneurial excellence and leadership. Prior to the Romanoff Group, Matt worked in his family business, Romanoff Electric, holding positions from apprentice to company executive. Matt holds a BA in Organizational Management from Arizona State University.
Stephanie is Vice President of Community Affairs for 5/3 Bank. She brings 13 years of financial service skills to the ECDI Board of Directors. Mrs. Steward-Young has worked with community based organizations to deliver critical products and services to underserved markets for the past 8 years. She will utilize her community development experience to help ECDI continue to deepen its reach in the community.
Retta arrived in the United States with his wife and three children in 2004; he left behind his twelve- year career as a civil engineer in his home country of Ethiopia. While working unskilled jobs to make ends meet, Tegegne sought ways to use his engineering skills and background to support his family. Today, Tegegne is preparing to start a graduate program and is working to position himself to get a loan from ECDI to expand his successful construction business.
ECDI's Board Chair David Tumen is a Martindale Hubble AV rated lawyer and heads the Tax Practice Group at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, LLP. David is recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer and a Best Lawyer in Central Ohio. He brings to the ECDI Board many years of specialized legal expertise in tax and non-tax issues with respect to non-profits. Additionally, he has particular knowledge regarding Affordable Housing and New Market Tax Credits.
Adam Wezey is Vice President of Midwest Business Capital, a division of United Midwest Savings Bank specializes in providing owner occupied commercial real estate financing using SBA and USDA loan programs. His expertise helps deploy grant and loan funds statewide with emphasis on projects that provide underserved clientele and communities with healthy food, health care, small business, education, affordable housing, manufacturing, and community facilities.
David is a partner in Porter Wright’s Litigation department and is the Chair of the firm's Business Competition practice group. He has a broad range of litigation experience with matters in various state and federal courts including matters with an emphasis on complex commercial business competition and intellectual property disputes.