ECDI Board of Directors
Stephanie Steward-Young, Board Chair
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.
Steve Fireman, President and General Counsel
As an accomplished entrepreneur, Mr. Fireman has taken his experience and success as a business founder and owner to the non-profit world, where he currently serves as the President and General Counsel of the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI). Additionally, Mr. Fireman focuses his practice on representing and counseling small business clients.
Inna Kinney, Founder and CEO
CEO and Founder Inna Kinney, started ECDI in a basement. As an immigrant, she saw the difficulties and pitfall immigrants faced in business. While assisting immigrants find jobs, she learned that training was only one way to help, immigrants needed funding. That's when she launched ECDI. Under Inna’s direction, ECDI has grown from a small operation to the 3rd largest US SBA intermediary microlender and largest microlender in Ohio, as well a US Treasury designated CDFI. Through her hard work, passion, and sheer force of will, she has grown ECDI to service all 88 counties in Ohio, with offices in Akron, Columbus, Cleveland, Toledo, and most recently Cincinnati.
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.
John Hrusovsky II
John Hrusovsky is a Senior Executive with 32 years of proven business, nonprofit and higher education experience in providing leadership, developing relationships, and organizing and implementing organizational, business process and information technology change. John has helped organizations to become best in class through increased service delivery, the application of business and industry best practices, improved customer satisfaction, and effective utilization of resources.
Pete Mattingly serves as head of branch control operations at J.P. Morgan Chase. He is a results oriented general manager, with a track record of building teams, delivering complex end-to-end initiatives, and connecting people and processes.
Moniqua L. Spencer has over 25 years’ experience in banking and finance. She is currently a Vice President in Business Banking with US Bank. As a Business Banking Officer, she focuses on lending, depository, and cash management needs of businesses and non-profit organizations up to $25MM in annual revenue.
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.
Ms. Townsend is an executive with over 25 years of leadership and management experience in positions of increasing responsibility in private, non-profit and government organizations. She has proven leadership ability; extensive practical and educational experience in community development, entrepreneurial studies, fiscal management, project, product and program implementation management, consumer and commercial real estate lending, retail banking sales, staff supervision and customer service.
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.
Margaret (Maggie) Ference
Maggie is a Senior Vice President and the Business Banking Credit, SBA, and Operations Director for Huntington National Bank, a $100 Billion Dollar Regional Bank based out of Columbus, Ohio. With a background in financial underwriting, commercial closing and due diligence, and SBA Program Eligibility, Maggie has built a career specializing in business lending and is very active as a small business advocate in the communities that Huntington serves.