Entrepreneur Speaker Series at UC Blue Ash


The UC Blue Ash Entrepreneur Speaker Series features local business leaders who have turned an idea into an extremely successful venture. These are interactive presentations that encourage questions from the audience, providing important information for business leaders or anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit. All presentations are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Event: 
Entrepreneurship with a Mission
March 21, 2018  •  7 p.m.  •  Muntz Auditorium

Join us to hear from three local social entrepreneurs who are changing the landscape of philanthropy in our region.
Craig Young

Inspiring Service,
Founder & Exec. Director

Craig has nearly four decades of success creating technology products and companies, over two decades of engaged philanthropy, and over a decade of combining both of those to create technology and programs encouraging, inspiring and celebrating actions by many in the areas of volunteering, sustainability and compassion.

Joel Bockelman


Trying to “Be the change you want to see in the world,” Joel and his wife, Marnie, started ChangingGears to help clients experience the freedom of private transportation. The company provides affordable vehicles for people who are working their way out of poverty. For Joel, the most rewarding part about ChangingGears is “being part of a team that’s being the hands and feet of God as we run after those in need.”


Social Venture Partners,
Exec. Director

Lauren brings a background in marketing, sales, business development and community involvement to her role at Social Venture Partners – Greater Cincinnati’s home for engaged philanthropists. The international network of 3,500 partners collectively invests time, talent and grant money in innovative ways to strengthen local nonprofits.

Past Speakers

Built in Blue Ash

Ryan Rybolt - CEO, Infinitech

The audience listened to Ryan Rybolt discus his decision to leave a secure career to start Infinitech and revolutionize the payment processing industry.

Carla Eng  - President, Abstract Displays

Carla Eng talked about how overcoming adversity has made her a better leader and positioned her company as a leader in its industry.

From The Ground Up - Panel

From coffee to market research to craft beer, our panel of business owners found a niche and created their companies from the ground up.

  • The audience heard them talk about why they thought the time was right to launch their startup and how they continue to grow their business.
  • What it takes to make it and the potential pitfalls you need to avoid.
  • Gained incredibly insightful information for any current or prospective entrepreneur.

Speaker: Tony Maas - JTM

Learn about the business model that turned a butcher shop into an international, multi-segmented food-processing company. Tony Maas talks about how his family relied on core principles to make their dream a reality, and how you can do it too. 

Speaker Patty Brisben - Pure Romance

Pure Romance is a thriving international company that specializes in relationship enhancement. It was created 20 years ago by Patty Brisben and maintains its corporate headquarters in downtown Cincinnati.

Speaker: Craig Kurz - HoneyBaked Ham

Thank you to Craig Kurz, owner and board member of the Honeybaked Ham Company and Café, for sharing his insight on how a family-owned business with one store grew into a household name with more than 460 locations across the U.S.  We also appreciate Craig bringing delicious Honeybaked Ham sandwiches for the reception! 

Speaker : LaRosa Family - LaRosa's Pizza

Buddy LaRosa, the founder and chairman emeritus of LaRosa’s Pizza, and his sons Mark and Michael, are the featured guests for this installment of the UC Blue Ash College Entrepreneur Speaker Series.

Speaker : Jeff Wyler - Jeff Wyler Automotive Family

Jeff Wyler, Chairman & CEO of the Jeff Wyler Automotive Family, will share his tips for starting a new business, some of the secrets to his success, and other valuable information in a free presentation at UC Blue Ash College.


Video playlist for past events

Contact Information

Email: kent.lutz@uc.edu