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Introducing the 2018 Honorary Chairs

Aspire 2018

November 17, 2017

By: Dustin S. Klein

ASPIRE brings together the region’s entrepreneurial, dealmaking and investor communities for a daylong event filled with dynamic keynote speakers, engaging panel discussions and power networking opportunities. The four honorary chairs, led by Chairman Fred Koury, CEO of Smart Business, help shape the experience attendees have at ASPIRE. Click here to learn more about ASPIRE 2018. Meet this year’s Honorary Chairs:

Umberto P. Fedeli | CEO | The Fedeli Group

Umberto is an active investor and entrepreneur. His firm, The Fedeli Group, is one of Ohio’s largest privately held risk management and insurance firms, specializing in property and casualty, employee benefits consulting, workers’ compensation, environmental risk management and surety. Umberto sits on numerous private company boards, is a managing member of Strategic Value Bank Partners LP, and has previously held positions on the boards of many other public and private entities. He is a member of the board of directors of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and serves as chairman of the Government and Community Relations Board.


Stewart Kohl | co-CEO | The Riverside Co.

The Riverside Co. is a global private equity firm focused on making control and non-control investments in growing businesses valued at up to $400 million. Since its founding in 1988, Riverside has invested in more than 410 transactions. The firm’s international portfolio includes more than 80 companies. Stewart previously served as vice president of Citicorp Venture Capital and COO of the National Cooperative Business Association in Washington, D.C.


Edward F. Crawford | Chairman and CEO | ParkOhio Holdings Corp., The Crawford Group

Ed CrawfordEd has been the chairman of ParkOhio Holdings Corp. since 1992. He has completed more than 20 years of service to the company as a director and senior officer and has amassed extensive knowledge of the company’s strategies and operations. In addition, he also brings to the board his experience in leading a variety of private enterprises for more than 40 years. Ed serves as member of the board of advisors at Resilience Capital Partners LLC.


Steven J. Demetriou | Chairman and CEO | Jacobs
Steve DemetriouSteve joined Jacobs as Chief Executive Officer in August 2015 and was appointed chairman of the Jacobs’ board of directors in August 2016. Steve has international business perspectives and more than 30 years in leadership and senior management roles. Most recently, he served as chairman and CEO of Aleris Corp., a global downstream aluminum producer. Over the course of his career, Steve has gained broad experience with companies in a wide range of industries, including metals, specialty chemicals, oil & gas, manufacturing and fertilizers. His career highlights include 16 years at ExxonMobil. Steve also serves on the board of FirstEnergy Corp.