Board of Directors

Robert B. Cooper Board Member Russel R. Heiser II President and CEO Bruce A. Jackson Board Member Robert Lee Board Member William E. MacDonald, III Board Member Randall S. Myeroff Board Member Thomas N. Tyrrell Board Member

Robert B. Cooper

Board Member

Robert Cooper joined CBRE as Vice President in November 1999. His responsibilities include business development in the Akron/Canton markets, representation of and consultation with landlords and tenants. In his capacity as Director, Mr. Cooper represents a variety of Fortune 500 companies. His primary role is to guide clients in real estate acquisition, development and or disposition, from the initial stages of site selection and financial analysis through the project completion.

Mr. Cooper is currently involved in many new retail and office projects throughout Northeast Ohio, including Summa Hospital, the City of Akron and the University of Akron. He worked closely with the University of Akron Research Foundation to develop the new "Innovation Campus". His team was responsible for acquiring the land for the University of Akron Football Stadium. He also works closely with the University Park Alliance to develop new mixed-use projects in the immediate area of the University. Mr. Cooper is also involved the 50 million dollar mixed-use development project referred to Lock III, located along the Erie Canal in Downtown Akron.

Achievements

  • 2006 Top 5, Northeast Ohio District
  • 2004-2005 Recipient, Commercial/Industrial Hall of Fame, Akron Area Board of Realtors
  • 2003, NAIOP & SIOR Award for Northeast Ohio
  • 2003 Top 5, Northeast Ohio District
  • 2002 Top 5, Northeast Ohio District
  • 2000 Tradition of Excellence Award, Northeast Ohio Region

Russel R. Heiser II

President and CEO

In 2007, Rob Heiser co-founded Segmint Inc, a fast-growing marketing technology company based in Akron, Ohio. He currently serves as Segmint’s president and CEO. Heiser is also co-founder, president and CEO of WiredViews Inc., a boutique digital marketing agency.

Previously, Heiser was chief technology officer of SupplierInsight (acquired by Procuri), where he led the application and product development of the first commercially available Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) application. Heiser was also manager of internet applications and one of the founding employees of Xtrasource, Inc. (acquired by Sento in 2003).

Heiser’s experience as an accomplished entrepreneur and his cross-industry expertise regarding all facets of data analytics, delivery channels and marketing technologies have provided him superior success in developing, launching and growing seven technology-driven businesses. His deep industry knowledge and experience also allow him to serve as an authoritative source regarding current and emerging trends impacting the constantly evolving digital marketplace.

Heiser holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in Management and Information from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.

Bruce A. Jackson

Board Member

From 1988-2005, Mr. Jackson served as Vice-President-Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Cedar Fair, L.P. (NYSE: FUN), which, during this period, grew from three amusement parks and one hotel (with revenues of just over $100M) to twelve parks and six hotels, reaching nearly $550M.

He was responsible for nine acquisitions and all related financing (bank credit facilities, private placements and one equity offering), managing relationships with independent accountants, attorneys, and the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors, including extensive involvement in planning and implementation of their Sarbanes-Oxley compliance program. He also assisted in the design, modification and monitoring of complex compensation programs. Prior to 1988, he spent four years as Partner and seven years as manager (including three years in the Madrid, Spain office) of Arthur Andersen & Co., supervising audits in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, retail, health care and other services, and dealing with large multi-national companies and international accounting standards. Mr. Jackson received his B.S. in Management Science from Case Western Reserve University, and served, for many years, as a member of the Advisory board of their School of Accountancy.

Robert Lee

Board Member

Rob Lee is EVP, Chief Product Officer, Retail Banking and Payments for Fidelity Information Services (FIS). In this role, Rob is responsible for leading product strategy and leveraged services for the $6.5 billion Banking and Payments division. With more than 20 years of technology and business leadership, Rob is responsible for a broad portfolio of distinct businesses within FIS.

Rob previously held the role of president of commercial technology at Convergys Corporation, a global leader in customer management. In his role as president of Convergys’ commercial technology division, Customer Interaction Technology (CIT), Rob ran a P&L and portfolio that includes over 800 licensed and SaaS technology clients around the world, in an array of industries.

Prior to joining Convergys, Rob was the founder and chief executive officer of Swyft Technology where he developed the design and architecture of Swyft’s scalable multi-tenant SaaS platform. Swyft is a multi-channel platform focused on delivery of the “next-best-offer” at the point of customer interaction.

Rob spent 11 years with Alltel as Executive Vice President of Product Strategy and Software Development, leading over 1,200 technology professionals. Rob had responsibility for all retail, consumer and mortgage banking products delivered to the top 100 banks during a time when the company achieved significant market share. Rob was also responsible for the international business process reengineering division, Benchmark Consulting.

William E. MacDonald, III

Board Member

William E. MacDonald, III retired as Vice Chairman of National City Corporation on December 31, 2006. During his 38 year career at the company he held a succession of management positions in the consumer, corporate banking and wealth management divisions, served as chief executive officer of National City’s lead bank in Ohio, and was responsible for the seven state regional banking businesses of management positions in the consumer, corporate banking and wealth management divisions.

Mr. MacDonald received a BA degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Baldwin-Wallace College. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Lincoln Electric Company and the Cleveland Clinic. Previously he has served on the boards of American Greetings, MTC Technologies and Lamson & Sessions.

Randall S. Myeroff

Board Member

Randy Myeroff is President and CEO of Cohen & Company, one of the top five CPA firms in Northeast Ohio. The firm looks to Randy for overall strategy and vision, and particularly to attract and develop additional leaders to serve the firm and its clients today and in the future. Randy’s leadership has led the firm to more than triple in size and to significantly expand service offerings since becoming CEO in 1997.

Integrity, honesty, passion, empathy and truly being the best at what you do are the uncompromising values Randy lives by and drives into the firm’s culture every day. He recognizes that sustainable success comes from personal discipline, empowering others to thrive, understanding that mistakes are an important part of the journey, and always focusing on the client’s best interests.

Randy’s clients look to him for his firsthand knowledge of what it takes to develop and run a successful business. And Randy truly relishes the role. Navigating mergers and acquisitions, offering proven negotiation skills, tapping capital resources, structuring ownership succession plans, and providing strategic and family planning are all key areas of Randy’s expertise. Randy also serves as a member of the board of directors and on advisory boards for a number of business, community and industry organizations. He speaks periodically at national conferences regarding firm management issues.

Thomas N. Tyrrell

Chairman

Mr. Tyrrell is a Co-Founder and Chairman of Segmint. He is also the Founder and CEO of Great Lakes Biomimicry (GLBio), a collaborative of key, diverse NEO leaders creating conditions for educationally driven sustainable regional economic development, through place-based innovation inspired and tested by nature, specifically focusing on K-PhD, professional and business biomimetic education, as well as the attraction, support, and growth of biomimetically inspired entrepreneurs and start-up companies. He is Founder and Managing Partner of Collaborx, an organization that identifies, facilitates and assists with the discovery, implementation, execution and support of not-for-profit (as well as for-profit) business collaborations. He is a Co-Founder, Senior Advisor and a Director of Glengary LLC, which combines an unparalleled network of support services with investment capital. His prior thirty-three year career in the metals industry included significant turnaround, M&A and IPO experience, with responsibility for five start-ups, restarts or consolidations ranging from $250M-$1.5B in sales, partnering directly with investment firms which included Primus Venture Partners, PNC Equity Management, Warburg Pincus and The Blackstone Group. In 1988, he won Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) Award for NEO, and in 1989 was selected an EOY national finalist, for the restart and operation of American Steel & Wire; received an Esquire Magazine Register Award for Business and Industry in 1988; and, appeared in Who’s Who in America commencing 1992.

Since moving to NEO in 1986, Mr. Tyrrell has spent much of his time engaged with the “three E’s” – Education, Environment and Entrepreneurism – all aimed at enhancing regional economic development. He has supported undergraduate and graduate-level entrepreneurial programs at Midwestern colleges and universities. Among these, he is a Trustee Emeritus for Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois, having been a board member from 1990-2011 and Board Chair from 2002-2007. He is a Trustee Emeritus for Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio, having served as a board member from 1989-2010, and Chair of Academic Affairs Committee from 1993-2009. Mr. Tyrrell is a member of the Foundation Board of Lorain County Community College (LCCC) and serves as Chair of their GLIDE Innovation Fund. He is engaged with the University of Akron regarding their Research Foundation and the Akron ArchAngels, as well as a member of the Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI) Board of Directors. Mr. Tyrrell serves on the NorTech Board of Trustees and is a member of the Cuyahoga Valley Initiative (CVI), both major NEO economic development efforts. He chairs the Trails Forever Legacy Leadership Campaign for the Conservancy of Cuyahoga Valley National Park and from 1988-1994 and 2000-2006 (Vice-Chair) was a trustee of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Association, the oversight board for the federally funded Ohio & Erie National Heritage Canalway. He is a trustee of the Cleveland Zoological Society and Vice-Chairman of the NEO Mayors’ and City Managers’ Association’s Regional Prosperity Initiative (RPI). Mr. Tyrrell has been involved with numerous other NEO philanthropic organizations, most notably as Founding Chairman of Business Volunteers Unlimited, was a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 1988 and, in 2010, was named one of 30 Difference Makers in Crain’s Cleveland Business 30TH Anniversary issue.

Mr. Tyrrell received a B.A. in Business Administration from Elmhurst College and an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Baldwin-Wallace College.