Pace Setters Awards
Executive Award

The Pace Setters Executive Award is given annually to a “pace setter” in the business community, recognizing the ideals we strive to instill in our students. As we help them grow and develop, it is with the goal of having them someday be the future leaders that shape the world.

2020 Executive Award recipient

Bill Baumel

Bill BaumelBill Baumel
Managing Director
The Ohio Innovation Fund

Bill Baumel spent more than 20 years working in venture capital in Silicon Valley, investing in software, data science, cyber security and medical technology (medtech). The result was four companies that went public at more than $1B and 10 major acquisitions by companies such as Dell, SAP, Medtronic, Intuit, Stryker and more. He currently has three private unicorns in the medtech, augmented reality and autonomous vehicle markets.

Following his passion to build leading companies in the industries of the future in his home state, Bill returned to Ohio to start the Ohio Innovation Fund (OIF), a venture capital firm that partners with bold, disruptive founders to rapidly scale their companies and drive the growth of Ohio's entrepreneurial ecosystems. OIF’s companies have secured the majority of the Fortune 500 as customers, built strategic partnerships with Microsoft, Facebook, SAP, Sanofi, Citi, Genentech and more, and won numerous awards, including sweeping TechOhio’s early and late-stage top startup awards.

His passion for educating the next generation of entrepreneurs is evident in the hundreds of students who have gone through OIF’s Student Experience Program. He earned a BSBA summa cum laude from The Ohio State University and an MBA with high distinction from the University of Michigan.


Past Executive Award Recipients

  • Recipients

    2019: Laith Khalaf
    2018: Ami Scott
    2017: Karl J. Frey
    2016: Eric Lenard
    2015: Steven A. Davis
    2014: Jesse J. Tyson
    2013: James E. Rohr
    2012: Paula Bennett
    2011: William E. Arthur
    2010: Sander A. Flaum
    2009: Press Southworth III
    2008: Joseph A. Alutto
    2007: Kenneth Coleman
    2006: Elizabeth Mily
    2005: Clayton Daley
    2004: James E. Grote and Jane Grote Abell
    2003: Irving Schottenstein
    2002: Kerrii Anderson
    2001: David T. Kollat
    2000: Tanny Crane
    1999: Vincent T. Aveni
    1998: J.A. “Fred” Brothers
    1997: Diane R. Sauer
    1996: Alan J. Patricof
    1995: Frederick G. Ruffner Jr.
    1994: Raymond E. Mason,Jr.
    1993: Sandra W. Harbrecht
    1992: Charles Y. Lazarus
    1991: Donald B. Shackelford
    1990: John B. Gerlach Sr.
    1989: Katherine S. LeVeque
    1988: John F. Havens
    1987: John H. McConnell
    1986: William P. Cheng
    1985: Ray J. Groves