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January Gorilla Group

Dec 28, 2011   //   by shakergeek   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

Where: The Market Ave Wine Bar

When: Tuesday January 10th at 6:00 PM


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W. Allan Eva, III “Allan” or “Woody” as he is nicknamed after his antique wooden motor yacht, grew up in the Cleveland area. Shaker Schools, Tufts University in Massachusetts then Case Western Reserve Univ School of Law where he made Law Review. After stints with Calfee, Halter and Baker & Hostetler during law school, Allan went into entrepreneuring. First was an exterior restoration business with his brother, then eventually his current business, Jet Dock Systems, Inc. which began in 1993. In its 18 years, Jet Dock has placed 6 times on the Weatherhead 100 listing, finalists for the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year, EDI Innovation Award, and has earned 9 United States, Canadian and International Patents for watercraft drive-on docking inventions. With no private capitalization, bank financing or personal wealth, Allan and his partner David Faber have grown the business into building a 3 acre facility in Sweet Valley, an office/warehouse in Fort Lauderdale, and currently service consumer, marina and military customers throughout the world. Allan is an avid boater and conducts over 20 charity and networking mixers per summer with his antique and modern motor yachts. He is married to Janice, a KeyBank EVP, and is the proud father of 7 year old boy/girl twins.

December Gorilla Group

Nov 21, 2011   //   by shakergeek   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

Due Diligence – Entrepreneurs Managing Risk

Where: The Market Ave Wine Bar

When: Tuesday December 6th at 6:00 PM

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Guest Drinker

Laura Bennett, Founder and CEO of Embrace Pet Insurance

Laura is a Former HOT Seat at The Gorilla Group. Back in 2004 she joined the group with plans to build a business. Now she is the Guest Drinker. Some of her other accolades include: MBA Graduate of Wharton School of Business; Palmer and Siebel Scholars, Chairperson of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association, and misplaced, rather, displaced Brit!! But she is best known as a Gorilla Group Alum!


Please join us in also welcoming

The British American Chamber of Commerce




November Gorilla Group

Oct 25, 2011   //   by shakergeek   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

Join us for our next meeting:

Where: The Market Ave Wine Bar

When: November 1st at 6:00 pm

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Guest Drinker

Rocco A. Di Lillo is a serial entrepreneur, he founded his first company, City Visitor Inc. in 1980 with the mission of serving travelers and businesses that serve them. City Visitor publishes visitor guides and hard bound travel books along with specialty publications for major attractions including Cedar Fair, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Six Flags and Sea World.

Rocco is the former founder and CEO of Corporate Lodgings and founder of Bridgestreet Accommodations, which provides fully furnished housing for travelers in over 130 markets around the world. In addition, he is the former CEO of Cooperative Resource Services, the third largest relocation company in America which was sold to Allied Worldwide. Rocco was the founder and chairman of Porchlight Rental Services which was sold to Equity Properties.

As Chairman of PCX Corporation, the largest manufacturer of off-site electrical and mechanical gear for the construction industry, he has reduced operating costs of large scale start-up construction projects for such companies as Wal-Mart, Target, Nordstrom and Walgreens. He is also Chairman of PCX Energy Services which assists companies improve their energy efficiencies.

Rocco serves as Chairman of Advanced Hydro Solutions, a developer of hydroelectric facilities in the eastern portion of the U.S. and serves as a board member of the following associations: AMCO Worldwide, GMA Partners, Algon Capital, Britton-Gallagher & Associates, West Park Direct, Main Street Gourmet, The Entrepreneurs EDGE and the M.A.C. Foundation Tee Off on Leukemia.


Hot Seat:

Scott Colosimo is the founder of Cleveland Cyclewerks, a manufacturer of motorcycles. His plans are for a global business with a supply chain through Asia and sales in the US, Europe.

October Gorilla Group

Sep 30, 2011   //   by shakergeek   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

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Where: The Market Ave Wine Bar
When: October 4thth at 6:00 pm

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Guest Drinker

Buffy G. Filippell

Over 40,000 men and women have a job in sports through Buffy G. Filippell – either through her executive search practice, TeamWork Consulting, or through her online executive recruiting software system, TeamWork Online. Buffy Filippell is the President of TeamWork Online and TeamWork Consulting. In 1987, Buffy launched a first-of-its-kind business, a retained executive search firm specifically geared towards recruiting middle to senior level executives for the sports industry. An Indiana University graduate, Ms. Filippell started her career with Wilson Sporting Goods and later worked as an agent at IMG. Buffy resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Started in 1999 mirroring her executive search process in a digital format, Buffy started TeamWork Online.  It is the recruiting software of choice for over 750+ sports organizations. TeamWork Online is the recruiting system of choice for the majority of teams in the NFL, NBA, MLB, and the NHL, as well as International Speedway Corporation, IMG, Major League Soccer and 20+ National Governing Bodies, plus many minor league sports leagues. TeamWork Online is the #1 (non-sponsored) link on Google for “sports jobs.” Over 8,000 online candidates have been hired through TeamWork’s network in 2011 (, representing an increase of 60% over last year, with only an increase of 20% new clients this year and 2 leagues in lock-out.   The number of online hires this year represents 25% of the total number of people hired online in 12 years.   The sports business has been hiring and all of the sports recruiting is being routed through Ohio!

Hot Seat

Mike Belsito

Mike Belsito is the Founder of a startup in the Death Care space.  His company does not provide virtual funerals.  Rather he like to call it Angie’s List meets Lending Tree.   He will explain more at the meeting.

Mike admits this is not the most common industry for a 20 something to jump into.  He spent the Summer in Columbus as part of the State’s incubator program.  He is getting closer to launch and will be with us Tuesday night.

September Gorilla Group

Aug 13, 2011   //   by shakergeek   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

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Where: The Market Ave Wine Bar
When: September 13th at 6:00 pm

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Guest Drinkers

Bill and Michelle Myers

The Gorilla Group presents a tandem of Guest Drinkers for September.  Bill and Michele Tyers are the owners of Moving Solutions.  It is a local moving company?  Not really.  It is a storage company?  Not exactly, since they hold corporate documents, do retrieval and supply customers with their own information.  Perhaps it is full service logistics company.   The business has evolved substantially over the last 21 years since Bill bought the company.  It was a pure moving business at the time and he was head of sales.  Since then there has been great growth, plenty of diversification and more than one near death experience.  Not too bad for a guy who thought he was going to drive a truck his whole life.

Hot Seat

Teddy Clemmens

Teddy Clements started Barcode Connections last year.  The company provides advanced social media and QR code marketing services. The platform allows any business or organization to track, analyze, and evaluate both print media and internet marketing efforts. He specializes in designing data-driven marketing campaigns that integrate old media, new media, social media, and custom QR code applications.



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