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Session A

CEO Roundtable

Presented By: First National Bank

A high-level discussion among several of the region’s top executives about their respective organizations’ growth stories, observations on the economic climate for M&A, and general lessons learned making deals. 


Jeff Bechtel
President - Cleveland Region
First National Bank

Jeff is the Regional Market Executive and President – Cleveland Region with First National Bank. In this role, Jeff lead’s FNB’s cross functional business model in the Cleveland market, with direct responsibility for regional Corporate Banking efforts and business development opportunities.

Prior to joining First National Bank, Jeff spent 30 years in the financial services industry, most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for First Federal Lakewood and also in various commercial banking leadership roles for large regional banks.A native of the Cleveland area, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Bechtel is also actively engaged in the local community as Chairman and President of the Cuyahoga County Community Improvement Corporation and as a board member for Downtown Cleveland Alliance and Achievement Centers for Children.


Chris Adams
President & CEO
Park Place Technologies

Chris Adams first joined Park Place Technologies in 2006 as CFO, before moving to COO, where he oversaw global operations and all M&A activity. In his current role as President & CEO, Chris is committed to extending the traditional strengths of Park Place’s data center services while meeting the changing needs of customers in an era of digital transformation.

Dee Haslam
Haslam Sports Group

Dee is the founder and executive producer of RIVR Media and CEO of the Haslam Sports Group. Dee is a co-owner of the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League, along with her husband, Jimmy Haslam.

Mitch Kroll
Co-Founder & CEO

Mitch Kroll is the Co-Founder & CEO of Findaway, a digital media start-up from Cleveland Ohio, focused on Audiobooks that was acquired by Spotify in June 2022. Mitch led Findaway to become the industry's most strategically integrated audiobook company with Business Units in: Digital Distribution, Self-Publishing, Audio Production, Publishing, Publisher Services and its flagship Playaway Products. Since its founding in 2004, Findaway has had an unparalleled focus on team first strategies that drive innovative disruption.

Conference Location

100 Lakeside Avenue East
Cleveland, OH 44114
Tel: (216) 413-5000