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Growing Through Financial Uncertainty

Presented By: U.S. Bank / Clark Schaefer Hackett

A Leader’s Dilemma: How Do You Pick Your Favorite Child?

Life is all about decisions. In business, it’s no different. During times of turbulence, decisions are even more critical. Hear three seasoned business leaders discuss their decision making process and how their decision making is (and in some cases is not) different this year versus last year.


Ray Attiyah
Chief Innovation Officer
Clark Schaefer Hackett

Inspired by his desire to seek breakthrough improvements, Ray Attiyah founded Definity Partners in 1996. Since then, Ray has started, acquired or invested in 16 other businesses, from manufacturing to publishing to e-commerce. Ray is also an accomplished author, writing his first book, Run Improve Grow in 2013. Definity was acquired by Clark Schaefer Hackett in 2018 and Ray now serves as the Chief Innovation Officer.


Steve Bennett
Market President
U.S. Bank

Steve has led the region as U.S. Bank’s senior executive since 2016. He has more than 27 years of experience in banking. As head of U.S. Bank’s Commercial Banking Group in the greater Columbus area, Steve focuses on helping middle-market clients work toward their goals and meet their financial and operational needs. In addition, he leads the local U.S. Bank Foundation.

Ilya Bodner
Founder and CEO
Bold Penguin

Ilya has changed the way people buy, sell and think about commercial insurance. A startup enthusiast and insurtech pioneer, he is the founder and CEO of Bold Penguin, a rapidly growing tech company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. He started his career on the front lines as an agent and has been on a mission to upgrade the industry through one successful startup after another.

Merry Korn
President & CEO
Pearl Interactive Network

Merry, an experienced businesswoman with a master’s degree in social work, founded Pearl Interactive Network, a social enterprise that blends a for-profit business with a social mission that provides work opportunities to the people with barriers to employment. Through Merry’s leadership, the company is scaled to over 1,500 employees, and registered in 26 states. Pearl gained traction among the world’s largest federal government contractors, and positioned the company as an expert comprehensive contact center with specialties in beneficiary and supportive care navigation services.

Jim Ziminski
Crane Renovation Group

Jim joined Crane Renovation Group as President in August, 2014 to lead the company on an aggressive growth plan. Jim has experience in rebranding and growing companies. In 2000 he joined Crane Group as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing of their siding group that was called VIPCO at the time. Jim led the rebranding of the company to Crane Performance Siding and became President in 2002. The company continued to grow and ultimately was rebranded as Exterior Portfolio by Crane.

Conference Location

401 North High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Tel: (614) 384-8600