January 7, 2011

Gov.-elect Kasich announces new development director

Gov.-elect John Kasich
visits Fisher class

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Fisher entrepreneurship students were given the first opportunity to pose questions to Ohio’s newly appointed head of business and job development, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Mark Kvamme, during a press conference held by Ohio Governor-elect John Kasich at Fisher.

Gov.-elect Kasich chose Michael Camp’s TEC Academy’s entrepreneurship and commercialization class in Gerlach Hall as the setting for the press conference announcing his latest administration appointment on Friday, Jan. 7. Kasich introduced Kvamme, a partner at Sequoia Capital in Menlo Park, Calif., to Fisher students, their executive mentors and Ohio Statehouse reporters covering the event.

Kvamme was appointed the interim director for the Ohio Department of Development. He is charged with taking the Ohio Department of Development private and launching a new nonprofit, JobsOhio.

Although more than a dozen statehouse reporters attended the class, the governor-elect selected MBA candidates Dante Guerra, Aaron Friedman and other students to ask Kvamme questions about supporting entrepreneurship and developing the culture and economic environment found in California’s Silicon Valley in Ohio.

"Gov. Kasich chose a meaningful venue for the Mark Kvamme announcement," Friedman said. "As Ohio State students in Dr. Camp's Technology Entrepreneurship class, the audience had a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities of such a plan." Guerra, who is the process of forming a start-up, was pleased to have access to the governor and Kvamme. 

Christine A. Poon, Fisher dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business, introduced the governor-elect at the event.

“This university is on the rise and without any question took a giant step forward by bringing Chris Poon into this environment,” Kasich said, about the dean’s appointment to Fisher. “Chris is here to try to bring together this notion of education, innovation and our ability to combine the work we do at the universities helping our industries be more successful and more cutting edge and more 21st century oriented.”