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Team Bios

 

Roger A. Edwards, C.P.A.

Entrepreneur In Residence

Roger A. Edwards joined the Dayton Development Coalition in August of 2013 as an Entrepreneur In Residence for the entrepreneurial venture fund, Accelerant. In Edwards’ role, he works closely with regional entrepreneurs, providing the business and technical guidance needed to assist with developing and commercializing new solutions within a variety of different markets.

Edwards began his career with Huffy Corporation within their internal audit department, and then joined Ernst & Young leading audit and review engagements for some of the largest publicly and privately owned companies in the Dayton/Cincinnati/Columbus areas of Ohio. Edwards later served as the Director of Product Management and Software Development for Reynolds & Reynolds, a Fortune 1000 Technology based company headquartered in Dayton, Ohio.

In 2005, Edwards joined Brixey & Meyer, a local CPA and Consulting Firm located in Miamisburg, Ohio, and lead the Business Advisory Services for the firm. In this role, Edwards specialized in business and technology consulting, as well as managing new solution introduction to the market place for new start ventures.  

Edwards is an alumni of Wright State University and graduated in 1993, with a dual concentration in Accountancy and Finance.  

 

Michael “Mike” Hadjinian

Entrepreneur In Residence

Michael Hadjinian joined the Dayton Development Coalition in August 2013 as an Entrepreneur In Residence for the entrepreneurial venture fund, Accelerant. In Hadjinian’s role, he focuses on investments in advanced materials and advanced manufacturing technologies for Accelerant.  

Hadjinian joins the Accelerant team as an experienced business executive who has successfully led and improved six businesses over a 25 year period. He has significant experience in various business-to-business functions, including marketing and sales; operational and strategic turnarounds; mergers and acquisitions; new product development and lean manufacturing.

Among many career highlights, Hadjinian was influential in enhancing the following businesses:

  • TPI Composites, Inc., a venture capital backed supplier of advanced composite products.  

  • Rexworks, Inc., a public firm that supplied construction and recycling equipment.

  • Accutec, a privately held manufacturer of precision fabricated metal products

  • JK North America, Inc., an equipment supplier.

  • Ventilex USA Inc., a supplier of highly engineered food, aggregate and chemical processing systems.

In Hadjinian’s early career, he supported sales and corporate development functions with Applied Power, a hydraulic equipment supplier; and FMC Corporation, a diversified Fortune 200 firm. Over his career, he has served as a Board of Directors member for multiple companies.

Hadjinian is a graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He is also a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where he received a Master’s in Business Administration.

 

Michael Klein

Lead Analyst

Michael Klein joined the Dayton Development Coalition in June of 2013 as an Analyst for the entrepreneurial venture fund, Accelerant. In his role as Lead Analyst, Klein is responsible for the identification, evaluation, and financial analysis of early-stage technologies. Klein works with start-up companies to create strategic and financial plans, advises management on investment opportunities for new ventures, and provides commercial strategy for mature assets.

Klein provides strategic information, intelligence and insights that drive critical business decisions and is engaged in Accelerant’s development, design, and execution. Klein also provides strategic recommendations and insights for seed funding investment decisions and seed fund portfolio management.

A Dayton Region native, Klein received a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in Finance from Wright State University and a B.S. in Exercise Science from La Sierra University. Prior to joining the Coalition, Klein worked for the Center for Innovation Management as a Market Analyst and Kettering Health Network as an Administrative Resident. 

 

Shawn Underwood

Executive Assistant

Shawn Underwood joined the Dayton Development Coalition in November 2013. In her role as Executive Assistant, she provides support to the teams of the entrepreneurial venture fund, Accelerant, and the JobsOhio West initiative.

Prior to joining the DDC, Shawn spent 24 years with WorkflowOne (formerly Relizon and Reynolds & Reynolds) as an Executive Administrative Assistant to the Vice-President of Finance, CFO, Controller,  Director of Legal Services and Manager of Real Estate. In her role, she performed various duties including assisting with month-end close, preparing budget reports, and assisting with the execution and implementation of customer and vendor contracts, and was the administrator of the intranet websites for Finance and Manufacturing & Operations.

For the past 12 years, Shawn dedicated the majority of her time as cheerleading coach at Stivers School for the Arts where she also used this time as an opportunity to mentor and develop young people. Since retiring from coaching in 2013, Shawn spends her time serving on the board of Polishedgirlz, where she also serves as advisor and assistant to the founder of the organization and assists with brand marketing. Shawn also works part time for a Class A minor league baseball team, the Dayton Dragons, where she aids in enhancing the customer experience as a suite hostess.