Ohio Excels Board

Chairman of the Board

Joe Roman

President & CEO

Greater Cleveland Partnership

Joseph D. Roman (Joe) is president and chief executive officer of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), one of the nation’s largest metropolitan chambers of commerce with more than 9,500 members. The organization is governed by a Board of Directors of more than 70 CEOs and business owners who lead small, mid-sized and the largest companies in Northeast Ohio, as well as the region’s major health care and educational organizations.

GCP’s current areas of focus include preserving competitive air service at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport; helping to reform the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and public education in the city; and continuing to support the development of Cleveland’s downtown business district, lakefront and other major projects throughout the region. Other priorities are addressed through GCP’s advocacy platform, one of the most robust efforts by a U.S. metro chamber… READ MORE

Theodore Adams

Vice President & Sr. Counsel for Company Affairs

L Brands

Ted serves as Vice President & Sr. Counsel for Company Affairs at L Brands, a diversified specialty retailer based in Columbus, Ohio.  In this role, Ted provides strategic advice to the company and its Chairman and Founder in all facets of corporate external affairs and government relations.

L Brands, through Victoria’s Secret, PINK and Bath & Body Works, operates 2,943 company-owned specialty stores in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Greater China, and its brands are also sold in more than 650 franchised locations worldwide.  Created in 1963 …READ MORE

Alex R. Fischer

President & CEO

Columbus Partnership

Alex Fischer is the President and CEO of the Columbus Partnership, a civic organization of Columbus, Ohio’s, top business leaders formed in 2002 to improve the economic and cultural base of central Ohio. The Partnership is helping to lead the Columbus 2020 economic development effort, which is a collaboration of regional economic development organizations and is involved with education reform efforts with Columbus City Schools. The Partnership’s members include 15 Fortune 1000 CEOs, as well as the leaders of the nation’s largest university and world’s largest research and development organization.

The Columbus Partnership played a key role in winning the U.S. Department of Transportation’s “Smart City Challenge”  to bring $50 million of grant funding to the city and receiving official designation as the “Smart City” of North America. Fischer serves as Co-Chairman of Smart Columbus and leads the private­ sector efforts to make Columbus a pioneer in smart mobility.


Gary Z. Lindgren


Cincinnati Business Committee

Gary Z. Lindgren has served as the President of the Cincinnati Business Committee since August 2007.  The CBC is a private organization comprised of the region’s top CEO’s whose mission is to improve economic development and education. In late 2012, the CBC helped launch the Cincinnati Regional Business Committee which includes CEO’s from nearly 100 mid-size Cincinnati companies. Lindgren serves in a similar capacity for CRBC.

In his role, Lindgren is responsible for organizing business leadership from CBC and CRBC to address critical issues facing the city and the region. During his tenure, the CBC has spearheaded efforts to accelerate an innovation economy in the Cincinnati region. The CBC’s Regional Innovation Task Force launched Cintrifuse – an organization charged with scaling the innovation ecosystem while increasing risk capital and the number of venture-worthy companies in the region… READ MORE

Mary Beth Martin

Executive Director

The Farmer Family Foundation

Mary Beth Martin is the Executive Director of The Farmer Family Foundation. As Executive Director, Ms. Martin is responsible for executing The Farmer Family Foundation’s philanthropic goals and objectives.  She oversees all grant investments and serves as the spokesperson of the Foundation.

Prior to joining The Farmer Family Foundation, Ms. Martin’s experience was in the banking and commercial real estate industries in Greater Cincinnati.  She led the commercial real estate teams at both US Bank and KeyBank; the Commercial Banking Middle Market team at KeyBank; and the PrivateBank, Trust, and Asset Management groups at KeyBank/Gradison McDonald.  Ms. Martin’s commercial real estate experience includes tenure with two privately owned real estate companies in roles as Director of Finance and Business Development. Ms. Martin is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a BSBA double major in Finance and Real Estate.… READ MORE

Randell McShepard

Vice President of Public Affairs and Chief Talent Officer

RPM International Inc.

Randell McShepard is currently employed as the Vice President of Public Affairs and Chief Talent Officer for RPM International Inc., a $5 billion dollar chemical coatings/paint company headquartered in Medina, Ohio.  In this post, he is responsible for managing external and governmental affairs, leading the corporate philanthropy program, facilitating corporate purchasing initiatives and coordinating executive leadership development activities. 

An active community and corporate leader, Mr. McShepard is currently serving on several boards in Northeast Ohio including Baldwin-Wallace University, The George Gund Foundation and Taylor Oswald LLC.  He is Co-Founder and Chairman of PolicyBridge, a public policy think tank serving the Northeast Ohio region, and is currently serving as the Chairman for the Public Affairs Steering Committee of the National Association of Manufacturers… READ MORE

Daniel S. Peters


Lovett & Ruth Peters Foundation

Daniel S. Peters is president of the Lovett & Ruth Peters Foundation in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The foundation focuses on improving the quality of K-12 education nationwide. Dan previously spent 17 years at Procter & Gamble where he held a variety of executive positions in advertising, purchasing and research & development.  Dan is the former chairman of the Philanthropy Roundtable, a national association of grantmakers in Washington, DC, and co-founder of the Alliance for Charitable Reform, a Washington, DC-based organization advocating common-sense reform of the non-profit sector.  He currently serves on the boards of Hillsdale College and the Philanthropy Roundtable… READ MORE

Pat Tiberi


Ohio Business Roundtable

In October of 2017, the Ohio Business Roundtable announced the hiring of former Congressman Pat Tiberi as President and CEO of the Roundtable. During his 17-year tenure in the U.S. House representing central Ohio, Tiberi served as a senior member on the House Ways and Means Committee which has jurisdiction over tax issues, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and trade agreements. He also served as chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health where he worked to improve the quality, affordability, and accessibility of healthcare. Tiberi also served on the Subcommittee on Tax Policy, which he chaired from 2011 to 2014.

Throughout his time in Washington, Tiberi was a tireless advocate for comprehensive tax reform that would create a fairer, more transparent and more competitive tax code. Immediately prior to Tiberi departing the House, Congress passed the biggest tax reform in a generation, to make our businesses more competitive, create jobs, and provide much-needed relief to American families. Similarly, in his final year in the House, Tiberi served as Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, where he worked with members to examine economic policy and to help grow the economy… READ MORE

Margie Wright-McGowan

Senior Vice President Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Margie is a Senior Human Resources Executive and leader with a proven track record of delivering results in challenging assignments.  She has consistently aligned human resource strategy with business goals to achieve significant improvements in employee engagement, organizational productivity and management capability.  Margie has a broad experience in all aspects of Human Resources and progressive growth within changing organizations.  She has demonstrated the ability to lead change initiatives at the grass roots level.  Margie is a trusted partner to senior executives and their leadership teams.

Most recently, Margie is the Senior Vice President Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.  In this role she has responsibility for all aspects of the HR function as well as serving as the OMWI Director (Office of Minority Women Inclusion).  She is a member of the Senior Leadership Team and reports directly to the First Vice President, COO.  Recently she was appointed as the Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Resources for the Federal Reserve System… READ MORE

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