2017-2018 NOMINATIONS FOR COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERS
- Marc Malandro
Vice President of Operations, Science at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Palo Alto, California
Marc Malandro serves as the Vice President of Operations for Science at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, serving as part of the team to partner and support novel advances in scientific research. Researchers around the world are dramatically expanding our understanding of the science behind medicine. To accelerate this progress, we will bring scientists and engineers together in new ways, create computational and experimental tools to empower the scientific community and build a movement to support basic scientific research.
Previously, Dr. Malandro was the Vice Chancellor for Technology Management and Commercialization and the Founding Director of the Innovation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. The Innovation Institute leverages the University’s campus-wide expertise in teaching and supporting entrepreneurship, assisting entrepreneurs, and transforming world-changing Pitt research into innovations with great commercial potential. Under Dr. Malandro’s leadership, the University filed over 1,100 new US patent applications, had been granted 609 US issued patents, entered into over 1,203 license agreements and formed 86 companies based on University research. Dr. Malandro still serves as an Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering and Medicine.
Prior to joining the University, Dr. Malandro co-founded Sagres Discovery, a systems biology company focused on the understanding of the molecular basis of cancer, where he served as Vice President of Technology and Strategic Alliances and was involved in all aspects of intellectual property, licensing and alliance management. Marc completed a PhD from Case-Western in 1996, and earned a BS and MS in Biological Sciences from YSU.
Dr. Malandro’s expertise is at the interface of science, business and law including technology transfer, commercialization of technologies based on academic research, intellectual property, industry–academia relations, innovation and entrepreneurship, licensing, new company formation and partnership–alliance management.
- Sam Grooms:
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sam Grooms is responsible for measuring risk, managing growth, and maintaining relationships with Hy-Tek Material Handling’s vendors, bankers, and other valuable business partners.
Based in Columbus, Ohio, Sam Grooms has spent his entire professional career, more than 33 years, at Hy-Tek. Working his way through the ranks from Aftermarket Sales Representative and Capital Sales Representative to Vice President of Integrated Systems, Sam was named CEO in 1997.
Under Sam Grooms’ leadership, Hy-Tek’s revenues have grown nearly seven-fold over the past decade, with sales of $72 million recorded in 2013. Recognized for his business acumen, Sam has twice been a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
As an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), Hy-Tek is owned by its associates. CEO Sam Grooms retains one-quarter ownership of the company, with the remaining three-fourths divided among Hy-Tek’s employee-owners.
Active professionally, Sam served on the board of directors of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) from 1994-2002. In addition, he was a member of MHEDA’s executive board, 1995-2002, and served as the association’s youngest ever president in 1999. Grooms served on Key Bank’s Advisory Council as well as NACCO Material Handling Group and Unarco’s Client Advisory Councils.
Sam Grooms holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Youngstown State University.
- Jameal Tito Brown:
JAMAEL TITO BROWN is a lifelong resident of Youngstown, Ohio. He is the Director of Operations for the Mahoning County Treasurer’s Office, where he manages the day to day operations. Tito is married to Lynette C. Brown, formerly Lynette Frost. They have 5 children, Aaron, Kimberly, Camille & Clarisa, and Quentin. In August, 2011, Tito was appointed to Youngstown City Council as President of Council. Prior to the appointment, he served as 3rd Ward City Councilman for 3 ½ years. Tito was also a Member of the Youngstown City School Board for 4 years. Tito won the 2017 Democratic primary election for Mayor of the City of Youngstown.
Master Degree in Clinical Counseling, Youngstown State University
Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice, Youngstown State University
High School Diploma, The Rayen School
Chief Deputy Treasurer, Mahoning County Treasurer Office
Human Relations Director, City of Youngstown (appointed by former Mayor Jay Williams)
Community Organizer, Youngstown State University
Case Worker, Mahoning County Children Services
President, Youngstown City Council
Third Ward Councilman, Youngstown City Council
Campaign Manager, Jay Williams for Mayor
Member, Youngstown Board of Education
Board Member, Mahoning Valley Sanitary District
Board Secretary, Wick Neighbors Inc.
Board Chair, Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action Partnership
- Gary Wagner
Gary Wagner has been named vice president and senior regional officer of the Cincinnati Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland effective October 1, 2016.
Wagner will serve as the Bank’s senior official in the Cincinnati region, with responsibility for managing relationships with regional stakeholders, monitoring the region’s economic environment, and conducting economic research and analysis.
“Gary brings with him significant expertise on issues such as regional economics, state tax structures, and municipal pension systems, expertise gained through his work at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and in academia,” says Mark Schweitzer, senior vice president of the Bank’s Outreach and Regional Analytics Department. “Gary’s appointment is part of our ongoing commitment to outreach and engagement in the region, allowing the Bank to gather information regarding economic developments in the Cincinnati region and to better inform our decision making.”
Since 2015, Wagner has served as the Philadelphia Fed’s regional economic advisor, conducting applied research on regional and public finance issues. Prior to his work at the Philadelphia Fed, Wagner was a professor of economics for 15 years, most recently at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. During his tenure there, he served as associate director of the Old Dominion University’s Economic Forecasting Project and as co-editor of the State of the Region Report (2013–2014), and he also participated as a respondent in the quarterly Survey of Professional Forecasters produced by the Philadelphia Fed.
Wagner is an active economic researcher, publishing in peer-reviewed journals on a variety of economics and finance topics including revenue cycles, state budget funds, and public-sector savings. He has been a visiting scholar in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, as well as a member of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors in Arkansas from 2008 to 2011 while serving as professor of economics at the University of Arkansas.
Wagner holds a PhD and an MA in economics from West Virginia University and a BA in economics and political science from Youngstown State University.