Next up at Corporate Club
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
11:30am Registration | 12 noon Luncheon and Program
DAVID GILBERT, President & CEO, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission & Positively Cleveland
BAIJU SHAH, President & CEO, BioEnterprise
IVAN SCHWARZ, Executive Director, Greater Cleveland Film Commission
Chris Tye, Emmy Award-Winning Reporter, WKYC TV 3
$35 per person / $270 per table of (8) eight.
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DAVID E GILBERT is President & CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, whose goal is to make Greater Cleveland the nation’s foremost destination for amateur sporting events and activities. The organization is responsible for attracting, promoting and managing major amateur athletic events and to create sporting opportunities for youth and amateur athletes.
Since refounding in 2000, the Sports Commission has had significant success by attracting and creating more than 100 events to the Greater Cleveland area including the NCAA Women’s Final Four, National Senior Games, NBC Gravity Games, U.S. Figure Skating Championships, U.S. Gymnastics Championships, International Children’s Games, McDonald’s All-American High School Basketball Game, and U.S. Olympic Trials Box-Offs. These events have contributed to more than $300 million in local economic activity.
Beginning January 1, 2011, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission formally launched a coordinated alliance with Positively Cleveland. While each organization will remain separate and continue to fulfill its individual mission, they will both be managed by David as he assumes the role of President and CEO of each organization. Under joint executive leadership, the two organizations and staffs will be able to work more closely together to share ideas and resources to enhance each other’s effectiveness.
Prior to his current role, David served as Director of Community Affairs and Special Projects for the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland where he was responsible for advancing Cleveland’s travel and tourism service standards and related developments. Highlights of his tenure with include funding and development of two new, full-service visitor information centers and spearheading the funding, creation and operations of the Spirit of Hospitality Career Training Program, an innovative, new welfare-to-work initiative that received national recognition and acclaim.
Prior to his work with the CVB, David served as executive director of North Coast Harbor, Inc., a local development corporation responsible for the master planning and marketing of Cleveland’s downtown lakefront development district. He also held the position of director of corporate development for The Cleveland Play House.
David also serves as Vice President on the board of the International Children’s Games, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, and sits on the board of Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Greater Cleveland Film Commission and various other local boards and committees. He is a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2001, has been named by Crain’s Cleveland Business as one of Cleveland’s 30 Influencers of the past 30 Years and one of Cleveland’s 40 under 40, honored with the 2004 Pillar Award as the Non-Profit Executive of the Year and the 2006 Anthem Impact Award. David has a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing from Ohio State University and an M.B.A from Cleveland State University.
David resides in Solon with his wife Faith, daughter Emily (13) and son Bradley (10). He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and marathon running.
BAIJU R SHAH is President and CEO and a Founder of BioEnterprise, a partnership of Case Western, Cleveland Clinic, Summa Health, and University Hospitals.
BioEnterprise is a business acceleration initiative to support the growth of bioscience companies. Since 2002, it has helped more than 100 Cleveland companies that have collectively attracted more than $1 Billion in new funding.
Prior to BioEnterprise, Shah was with McKinsey & Company, where he played a leading role in the Growth and Business Building practice. In the community, Shah is a Founder and has served as Chair of Global Cleveland, TIE (The International Entrepreneurs) Ohio, and Summer on the Cuyahoga. He also serves on the Boards of Great Lakes Science Center, Saint Luke’s Foundation, Cleveland International Fund, and Sustainable Cleveland 2019.
Shah has been named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and has been recognized as one of Cleveland’s most powerful and influential leaders by several publications. Shah, a Cleveland native, received a J.D. from Harvard and his B.A. from Yale.
IVAN SCHWARZ is a 20-year veteran of the film industry with rich experience. Ivan has worked on significant productions, such as HBO?s hit television series Band of Brothers and Entourage, and has worked alongside top industry professionals, such as Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.
Ivan was recruited to join the leadership of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission as Vice President in October of 2006, and took over as Executive Director in August of 2007. Upon joining the Film Commission, Ivan became a lead advocate in the effort to pass a statewide film tax incentive to promote filming in Ohio and support the local film workforce. In July 2009, the state passed the Ohio Film Tax Credit, which provides $30 million in credits to film,television and other media productions.
Ivan leads the Film Commission in three main areas of work: Workforce Development; Business Attraction and Media Development; and Public Policy and Advocacy.
The Film Commission?s Workforce Development Programs are designed to provide local talent with the tools they need to succeed in the industry and are created in consultation with industry experts and in partnership with local colleges and universities to yield relevant, employer-driven curricula, training and networking opportunities for the local film community.
The Film Commission aggressively pursues Business Attraction and Media Development opportunities that can make a significant impact on the local economy and serves as a onestop-shop for local, national and international filmmakers and producers to ensure great filming experiences. The organization’s work in Public Policy and Advocacy focuses on creating a positive environment for film and media production and has resulted in the passage of a competitive film tax incentive in 2009.
Ivan believes that Cleveland is a great place to make movies and he is dedicated to strengthening the film industry and helping to build a strong, experienced and competitive local workforce.