Simon Business School

Entrepreneurship Faculty

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Richard Couch

BA, University of Buffalo
MS, Warner School of Education, University of Rochester
MBA, Simon Business School

Career Highlights: Served as Founder, Chairman of the Board, CEO and Managing Principal, since 1983, of Diablo Management Group (DMG), a nationwide management consulting company. In addition, Couch has handled numerous assignments as a Chapter 11 bankruptcy trustee, he founded and managed RGC Associates, a turnaround consulting firm, and was a Senior Vice President and Principal with INCO Venture Capital Management. Couch has also been a board member of several startup companies and was the past Executive Director of the Tri-Valley Technology Exterprise Center (TTEC). Read more about Richard Couch.

Ron Goettler Profile

Ron Goettler

BS, Economics, Miami University 
PhD, Economics, Yale University

Career Highlights: Research spans quantitative marketing, industrial organization, and finance, with an emphasis on structural econometric methods to understand consumer and firm behavior. His research has been published in various academic journals including the Journal of Political Economy, the RAND Journal of Economics, and the Journal of Marketing Research. Before joining the Simon School in 2012, Goettler was an assistant professor of marketing at the University of Chicago. Read more about Ron Goettler.

Rami Katz Profile

Rami Katz

MBA, Simon Business School
LL.B (JD), Tel-Aviv University

Career Highlights: Rami Katz is the COO of Excell Partners, a seed-stage VC fund focused on Upstate NY, where he manages the fund's investment process and serves on the board of directors of multiple startups. Rami helped entrepreneurs raise over $40M as part of a regional incubator, as well as launch several ventures of his own. Rami has a law degree from Tel-Aviv University and an MBA from the University of Rochester. Read more about Rami Katz.

Dennis Kessler Profile

Dennis Kessler

BS, City University of New York 
MA, Sociology, John Jay College, City University of New York
MSL, Yale University Law School
LLM Northwestern University Law School

Career Highlights: Owner and operator of multiple franchise restaurant concepts employing over 3,000 associates and one of the largest employers in upstate New York. Formerly Friendly’s Restaurant largest franchisee, operating 48 restaurants and 21 Burger Kind restaurants with a substantial real estate component. Member of the Board of Directors of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. President of the Rochester Police Foundation. Read more about Dennis Kessler.

Duncan Moore Profile

Duncan T. Moore

MS, Optics, University of Rochester
PhD, Optics, University of Rochester

Career Highlights: Former director for technology in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy during the Clinton Administration, where he worked on the Next Generation Internet, elder tech, crime tech, and nanotechnology. Founder and former president of Gradient Lens Corporation of Rochester, New York, the manufacturer of the high-quality, low-cost Hawkeye boroscope. Also served as president and chief executive officer of Infotonics Technology Center Inc., and currently Vice Provost and area coordinator for Entrepreneurship. Read more about Duncan T. Moore.

David Oliveiri Profile

David Oliveiri

BS, University of Buffalo
JD, University of Buffalo
MBA, University of Rochester

Career Highlights: Held several executive positions over a thirty-year career in publishing and law. He has held positions as senior vice president and publisher, vice president of business development, vice president of product systems, and general manager/ president/ chief operating officer for various "Thomson-Reuters Corporation" companies and groups. Author of the Revised Edition of Nimmer’s Commercial Asset-Based Financing, a leading legal treatise. Read more about David Oliveiri.

Mike Pavia Profile

Michael Pavia 

BS, Optics, University of Rochester

Career Highlights: President and co-founder of Sydor Instruments, involving a novel imaging technology developed by the University of Rochester. Prior to starting Sydor Instruments, held key technology and management positions in laser systems, semiconductor capital equipment, satellite remote sensing systems, and other advanced imaging applications. In a key role at Eastman Kodak, he led worldwide marketing programs for a $1.5B strategic product group covering North America, Europe, and Latin America. Read more about Michael Pavia.

Jim Senall Profile

Jim Senall

BS, Electrical Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology 
MBA, University of Rochester

Career Highlights: President of High Technology Rochester, where he manages all aspects of the organization in supporting innovators, entrepreneurs, and manufacturers in the nine-county Rochester/Finger Lakes Region. Senall also serves as Managing Director of the Rochester Angel Network, a group of 75 accredited investors interested in seed and early stage opportunities. Prior to joining HTR, Senall was Managing Director of Business Development at Greater Rochester Enterprise. Read more about Jim Senall.

Bob Tobin Profile

Bob Tobin

BA, Sociology, Seton Hall University

Career Highlights: Co-Founder, Former President and CEO of Tobin & Associates, Inc., an Information Technology Services firm which was established in 1987. Over the next twenty years the company grew from six employees to over 120, while extending its core competencies and capabilities to better meet the evolving technical requirements of its clients. Also played a key role in the funding and development of three additional for profit and two non-profit ventures. Read more about Bob Tobin.

Mark Wilson Profile

Mark W. Wilson

ME, Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnics Institute

Career Highlights: Founded Initiatives in 1997; a consulting company that crafts and implements commercialization strategies for ideas that turn into new products and companies. Creator of Pre-Seed Workshop: an intense company-building workshop with over 4,000 alumni. Formerly with Baxter Healthcare and Bausch Lomb in engineering and management roles that launched new medical device and pharmaceutical platforms now totaling over $1 billion in annual revenue. Read more about Mark W. Wilson.

Michael Wohl

Michael Wohl

BS, Optics, University of Rochester
MS, Biomedical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Career Highlights: Built his first multinational firm during graduate school. Wohl has established and ran several companies in the fields of manufacturing, media, and environmental finance. He has extensive experience in strategic planning and project development with a focus on social entrepreneurship and impact investing. In addition, Wohl is the executive director of a foundation for the promotion of conflict resolution, nonviolence, and the preservation of Tibetan Buddhist culture. Read more about Michael Wohl.


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