Meet Our Moderator
Tim Metzner, President, Differential
Tim Metzner is co-founder and partner of Differential, a leading software development and technology innovation studio. Tim is also a co-founder and member of the Board of Directors for Agora Endeavors a non-profit that operates OCEAN Accelerator and Unpolished with a mission to increase the presence of God in the marketplace by building into entrepreneurs. Prior to Differential, Tim served as the Vice President of Marketing for SparkPeople.com for over a decade. Tim is very active in the Cincinnati entrepreneurial community which, among other efforts, has included bringing Startup Weekend to Cincinnati and serving on the Advisory Board for NKU’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. In addition to his volunteer and entrepreneurial endeavors, one of his greatest honors and challenges is co-leading his family with his wife, Kristy (they have three young children at home).
Meet Our Panel
Alex Bowman, CEO, Casamatic
Alex Bowman is CEO of Casamatic, a real estate application that uses an innovative algorithm to match home buyers to their perfect home. After some time at tech companies BlackBerry and Amazon, Alex took his sales and marketing skills to ChoreMonster, a startup in his hometown of Cincinnati. Alex was inspired to start a company to solve problems in a process he just recently went through - buying a home. He founded Casamatic with Chris Ridenour (CTO) and together they've explored the world of artificial intelligence and machine learning to create an unrivaled home buying experience.
Sara Jackson, Distributor of Pixie Dust, Cerkl
Sara is affectionately known as the “Distributor of Pixie Dust” for Cerkl. Through Cerkl’s data, Sara helps people see and believe how Cerkl uses automated personalization technology to drive engagement among your audience. Sara has extensive experience and expertise in community engagement, digital marketing, social media, partnerships, and public relations in both the public and private sectors. Prior to starting her own company, The Edvance Group, she worked in professional sports, particularly with the National Football League and Major League Baseball, where she worked for the Cincinnati Bengals in marketing, corporate sales, announcing, and planning all game day entertainment. Sara resides in Independence, KY with her two daughters, Gracie and Ella.
Ann Lauer Thompson, Co-founder, The Garage Group
Prior to co-founding The Garage Group, Ann’s 17-year career consistently delivered strategic thought leadership, a consistent focus on people development and business results to multiple work groups and organizations. During her tenure at P&G, Ann worked across multiple business units, led significant training and capability building efforts within the Consumer and Market Knowledge function; After leaving P&G in 2006, Ann spent four years at Seek, where she drove diversification of their client base as well as their mix of offerings and innovated the overall organizational model. Ann is active in several local entrepreneurial groups, including her role as the President of Square1, a non-profit program to help aspiring entrepreneurs navigate the world of accelerators, incubators and investors. She guest lectures at several University MBA programs and teaches at various incubator and accelerator programs.