2020 Northeast Ohio Smart 50 Awards celebrate area’s top executives

Brett Lindsey
President & CEO
Everstream

Brett Lindsey’s leadership has guided Everstream on a growth trajectory not often experienced, while meticulously cultivating a corporate culture where integrity, transparency and open communication are paramount.

In 2015, he secured an investment to fund Everstream, and between 2016-2017, more than tripled the size of the organization with two Michigan-based acquisitions. In 2018, Lindsey facilitated the sale of Everstream to AMP Capital. In the past year, Everstream has opened five offices and completed two additional acquisitions.

Lindsey has emerged as a thought leader in the telecom industry and the merger and acquisition space, securing guest articles, panel placements and interviews, leveraging both his successes with Everstream and more than 25 years of experience in the industry.


Rob Falls
Founder, president & CEO
Falls

Falls, led by Founder, President and CEO Rob Falls, has become one of the fastest growing marketing companies in the Midwest with an expected growth of more than 40 percent in 2020 over 2019. This is being accomplished by merging three companies — Falls Communications, Falls Digital and Wyse Advertising — into one integrated agency, which will soon be renamed Falls & Co.

The mergers, which were complete in late 2019, integrated the three entities, providing a successful and comprehensive offering of public relations, communications, digital and advertising. The strategic decision by Falls to bring all three together into one unified approach has proven to be a growth accelerator for the agency’s existing clients and has increased the ability to attract new clients.


Joe DiRocco
Regional president
Fifth Third Bank

Joe DiRocco runs a smart organization by focusing on growing the business through hiring top talent, encouraging a collaborative culture and servicing the community to improve lives through financial solutions.

He focuses on a collaborative culture, encouraging team members to focus on the customer and the community, and ties employees’ work to improving lives through financial solutions and supporting strong communities. At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, he helped lead employees to make major changes to accommodate customers, including making branch modifications, rolling out several hardship programs, facilitating the bank’s support of the SBA Paycheck Protection Program and coordinating local philanthropic efforts to address the effects of COVID-19.


Scott Mawaka
President & CEO
Fleet Response

Scott Mawaka, president and CEO of Fleet Response, leads his team through innovation. He has a strong conviction for treating employees and clients like family. As a result, he is committed to operating on Fleet Response’s founding principle of innovation, with a culture that not only places clients in the forefront of the business, but employees as well.

Mawaka knows that the difference between good customer service and great customer service ultimately depends on the people who provide the service. By creating a family-focused environment, everyone truly cares about the work they are accomplishing.

The mission of Fleet Response is to provide innovative and effective service to its clients and maintain high standards of professionalism and partnership in an environment that fosters opportunity, integrity and excellence.


Ed Weinfurtner
Executive Chairman & Co-Owner
Great Day Improvements LLC

The growth of Great Day Improvements continues at a strong rate under the leadership of Co-owner and Executive Chairman Ed Weinfurtner and his management team. During four years at the helm, it has doubled in size and expanded into nine new markets.

In the past 12 months, Great Day Improvements has expanded its geographic footprint, opening locations in 14 additional markets, mostly in the Southeast and South Central U.S. It serves 40 metro markets, up from 12 in 2017, with more on the way.

Qualified Remodeler Magazine recently ranked the company in the Top 20 on its list of the U.S’s Top 500 largest remodeling companies. Year to date, it has realized a 51 percent increase over last year in customer inquiries and sales.


Tu Scaparotti
President & Director of Operations
Greenspace Construction Services LLC (GCS)

Tu Scaparotti is a successful entrepreneur dedicated to making companies grow and thrive. Born in Vietnam, she immigrated to the United States in 1973 and has started four companies, all of which are in operation today. Her newest endeavor, Greenspace Construction Services (GCS), was founded in 2011, and she has assembled a diverse, experienced team devoted to the construction industry.

Scaparotti has established GCS as a leader in the Ohio construction market. She sets the direction and plans the course for all critical aspects of the business. With her background in business administration, she takes a primary role in the oversight and management of the business’s marketing and development, accounting, estimating and financial operations. She also directs the day-to-day operations of all project staff members.


Sam Falletta
CEO
Incept

Sam Falletta, Incept’s CEO, has been at the center of developing and executing customer engagement strategies for companies like Ford, Honda, Microsoft and the American Red Cross, and has been responsible for over 20 million conversations between his clients and their customers.

Some conversations have helped companies save millions of dollars through the retention and acquisition of customers, while others have saved lives through blood donation recruitment. Falletta is continuously on the edge of innovation, transforming a call center company traditionally known for its negative appeal into a heavily sought-after career move. He encourages Incept employees to be the best versions of themselves by giving the company a youthful appeal with progressive policies, no dress code and community involvement.


W. Michael Jarrett
President & CEO
Jarrett

W. Michael Jarrett believes that some of the most important factors to running a smart organization are passion, financial responsibility, vision, persistence and a solid foundation of integrity, character and faith.

Jarrett secures the success of his organization by hiring people with integrity, character, honesty, respect and work ethic. He believes that with the right people in the right positions, through the values they possess and the training JLS can provide, the business will grow.

JLS has an open door policy in place to encourage employees to discuss new ideas, opportunities and projects that will advance the organization. Jarrett believes that if employees feel like their opinions matter and their ideas are taken seriously, that will help a company truly succeed.


Jon Pinney
Managing partner
Kohrman Jackson & Krantz LLP

Jon Pinney, managing partner at Kohrman Jackson & Krantz, is well known in Cleveland’s legal and business community for his leadership, credibility and trustworthiness. His tireless efforts of community involvement and betterment have been recognized for years — for instance, being a prime architect of the winning bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention and serving in leadership positions on local boards.

He uses his legal acumen and business savvy to win for clients, including those critical to the regional economy like entrepreneurs, privately held businesses and nonprofit organizations. Pinney believes in and practices excellence in client service. He is a great delegator, assigning team members to appropriate clients and empowering them to do their best jobs.


Peruri Srinivasulu
CEO
Krish Services Group

Peruri Srinivasulu is CEO of Krish Services Group, an information technology, development and service company in Northeast Ohio with more than 40 employees between its Brecksville, Ohio, headquarters and Bangalore, India, offices.

Srinivasulu was born in Nellore, India, and came to the U.S. in 1999 to work for Pilgrim Software in Florida. He moved to Cleveland in 2005 to join a local employer as a Microsoft consultant and founded Krish Services Group in 2011. Srinivasulu structured his team to deliver end-to-end services in the areas of Microsoft SharePoint/Office 365, enterprise application, and mobile app development. As business markets and needs change, Srinivasulu continues to grow his technology service offerings to meet demand.