Steering Committee

Steering Committees

Ohio Steering Committee

Chairman: Heather Lennox, Prominent Community Leader

Heather Lennox was named one of Northeast Ohio’s Most Influential Women in 2019 and named a “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer. She is active in Ohio economic development, serving on the Board of the Greater Cleveland Partnership. Heather serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Ohio Business Roundtable.

Pastor Darrell Scott

Dr. Scott serves as the Pastor of New Spirit Revival Center and CEO of WCCD Radio. He was the CEO of the National Diversity Coalition for Donald J. Trump and served on President Donald Trump’s executive transition team.

Jeff Wyler and David Wyler, Wyler Auto Group

Jeff and David Wyler are Cincinnati stalwarts–operating iconic automotive dealerships and investing in the community. Jeff Wyler is currently a minority owner of the Cincinnati Reds, and the family is active in charitable giving.

Andrew Jackson, CEO, Elsons International

Andrew Jackson was named one of Industry Era’s Ten Best Successful CEOs of 2020. Jackson is actively involved in a number of civic/community projects with a focus on bettering the community at large, in general; and the minority community in particular.

Will Lucas, Founder and CEO, A William Lucas Company

Lucas is the founder and CEO at A William Lucas Company. Under this umbrella, Lucas founded several tech and media-related businesses. TechCrunch named him on its 40 Diverse People In Tech Who Made Big Moves In 2015. Business Insider listed him as one of the 46 Most Important African-Americans In Technology in 2014 and NBC’s “The Grio” ranked Lucas as one of the Top 10 Blacks in tech to look out for in 2013.

Howard L. Lewis, Chairperson of Development, Cuyahoga Community College

Howard L. Lewis is Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer (ret) Emeritus of Family Heritage Life Insurance Company of America.

Terry Stewart, President (Retired) of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum

Stewart was the Rock Hall’s longest serving leader. In his 14-year tenure, he transformed the non-profit museum into a thriving, financially stable Cleveland institution and an international tourist attraction.

Terry Coyne, Real Estate Broker

Terry Coyne is a Vice Chairman in the Cleveland office of the commercial real estate services firm, Newmark. Over the course of his 25-year career, he has sold or leased more than 2 billion dollars’ worth of real estate and Northeast Ohio.

Vic DiGeronimo Jr, Chief Executive Officer at DiGeronimo Companies

Vic DiGeronimo Jr is the CEO of one of Ohio’s most impactful heavy civil construction and real estate development companies–with over 35 years of experience in the space and more than 1,000 employees.

Matt Hlavin, CEO of Thogus Products Company

Matt Hlavin was named President of the Avon Lake, Ohio manufacturer in early 2009 after mastering roles such as sales representative and vice president of sales and marketing.

Jon Pinney, Managing Partner, Kohrman Jackson & Krantz LLP

Jon Pinney counsels entrepreneurs, privately held businesses, non-profit organizations and high net-worth families through Kohrman Jackson & Krantz LLP (KJK). He is also Chair of the Board of Directors for Destination Cleveland, and serves on the board at FRONT Exhibition Company and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Jon was a member of the local RNC committee’s board, as well as its general counsel and treasurer, after authoring the successful bid to host the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in 2016.

Debbie Donley, Owner and Principal, Vocon

Debbie Donley is founding principal of Vocon, a woman-owned architecture, interior design, and workplace strategy firm that has represented the nation’s leading property owners and space occupiers since 1987. Under Debbie’s leadership, Vocon has grown into one of the largest design firms in the country and one of the top 40 firms internationally, with more than 175 employees in three cities and a portfolio of award-winning work. Vocon is widely recognized for its vision, creativity and innovation, and it has been named among the “Best Places to Work” 16 different times. Debbie is committed to professional development and mentoring, and is deeply engaged in the community through her activism and charitable work.

Todd Leebow, President and CEO, Majestic Steel USA

Todd Leebow is President and CEO of Majestic Steel USA, a privately-held, family-owned American business which distributes and processes flat-rolled steel. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Majestic services diverse customers in construction, manufacturing and distribution throughout North America. In addition to leading Majestic Steel USA, Leebow has also founded and launched several businesses through his holding company, Majestic Universe Ventures and Investments (MUVI) that operates a diversified portfolio of businesses including Felux, Kind of One Concepts, Bond Street Group, Majestic Dynasty Investment Group, and Sozo. Under Leebow’s leadership, Majestic has purchased over 95% of its steel from U.S. producers despite the financial incentive to import cheaper products. Most recently, Leebow has advocated for reshoring manufacturing and increasing supply chain reliability to strengthen the American economy and to protect the health and security of the American people. Leebow was born and raised in Northeast Ohio. He is also a philanthropist in the Cleveland area, and he was recognized as a 2019 recipient of the Values-in-Action Foundation’s Sam Miller Goodness Award for contributions and service to the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland.

Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor of Cleveland’s Parkside Church

Alistair Begg has been a pastor since 1975. After graduating from The London School of Theology, he worked at Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh and Hamilton Baptist Church for eight years in Scotland. He then moved and became senior pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland. Alistair has written many books and talks on Truth For Life, a radio program, on a daily basis.

Ida Haber, Executive Vice President, The PDI Group | Irwin G. Haber, Chairman and Owner, The PDI Group

Ida Haber is the Executive Vice President of The PDI Group, a leading manufacturer and designer of weapons and aircraft support equipment, where she is involved in setting strategy for growth at the Company. She has been actively engaged in the political arena where her advice and guidance has helped candidates achieve successful campaigns and careers. She is actively sought by political candidates to provide guidance by serving on their Steering Committees. For the past 20 years she has been deeply involved in numerous philanthropic activities and has taken leadership roles in raising substantial funds for causes she is deeply passionate about. Currently, she serves on the Leadership Councils for University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center and Seidman Cancer Center. She is chairing the Radiology and Imaging sub-committee for the University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center Phase 2 Capital Campaign, a $250 million expansion, and also co-chairs the University Hospital Five Star event which benefits the Seidman Cancer Center. She recently co-chaired the Mandel Jewish Day School’s 50th anniversary gala. Ida is a recent recipient of the Jewish National Fund Tree of Life award – the highest humanitarian award the JNF presents in appreciation of outstanding community involvement and dedication to peace and the security of human life. Above all, her greatest joys are her three grown children and five grandchildren. Ida has been married to her high school sweetheart for 42 beautiful years.

The PDI Group is a leading designer and manufacturer of a variety of weapons and weapons platforms support systems, and aircraft support equipment. Today, PDI provides weapons and weapons platform support equipment to the United States Air Force and Navy as well as 47 air forces throughout the world. In 2018, PDI was one of 44 companies to receive the Presidential “E Award” for excellence in exporting and, in 2017 was recognized by the US Small Business Administration as the “Exporter of the Year for Region V”. Irwin is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors for University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center and serves as a member of the University Hospitals Health System Board of Trustees. He was recently the Ohio Chapter Chairman of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, a 501C3 organization and serves on its National Board of Directors. Irwin was the Finance Chairman of the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County (Ohio) from 2016 to 2020. He has also served as the past President of Agnon School (now Mandel Jewish Day School) and AIPAC’s Northeast Ohio Council.

Jared Barker, Vice President, Huntington Bank

Jared Barker is a Vice President at Huntington Bank in Cleveland, Ohio. He served as the President of Greater Cleveland Young Republicans from 2014 – 2017. Jared worked on local campaigns throughout northeast Ohio over the past six years. Jared’s mother, Judge Pam Barker, is a federal appointed judge in Ohio by President Donald J. Trump.

Bill Nottingham, Managing Partner and Vice President of Growth, Nottingham Spirk.

Bill Nottingham is a Managing Partner and Vice President of Growth at Nottingham Spirk. Nottingham Spirk (NS) is headquartered in Cleveland and known for its ability to partner with companies, from Fortune 500 corporations to funded ventures with the goal to invent, develop and commercialize innovation. Since being founded in 1972, NS has generated over 1350 global patents with a 95% commercialization rate. Bill is a recent member of YPO. For over a decade, he has been an active member of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) , best known for putting on CES, the world’s largest trade show, highlighting the best in technology. Bill has served on the CTA Board of Industry Leaders and currently is on the Health Division, Smart Home Division, XR Division and Vehicle Tech Division. He serves as a Delegate for NEXUS, an international non-profit, focused on next generation of social innovators and global impact investors. He has been serving on the Board of Trustees for the Cleveland Institute of Art for over a decade and recently launched the podcast, “Keeping Innovation Alive,” found on any of your favorite podcast platforms.

National Steering Committee

Chairman: Ambassador Richard Grenell, President Donald J. Trump Cabinet Member

Ric Grenell is an American diplomat and political advisor who served as Ambassador to Germany and Acting Director of National Intelligence in President Donald J. Trump’s Cabinet.

The Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Family, Columbus, Ohio

The Andrew and Lindsey Wierda Family, Holland, Michigan

Ed McMullen, Ambassador to Switzerland for President Donald J. Trump

Ed McMullen was the Chair of President Donald J. Trump’s successful 2016 Presidential Campaign in South Carolina. He helped to plan the 2016 Republican National Convention and served as a member of Trump’s transition team and as vice chair of the Trump inaugural committee. In 2017, he was appointed by President Donald J. Trump to be ambassador to Switzerland.

David T. Fischer, Ambassador to Morocco for President Donald J. Trump

David T. Fischer was the Chairman and CEO of the Suburban Collection, an auto dealership in Troy, Michigan. He served as chairman emeritus for North America International Auto Show. In 2017, he was appointed by President Donald J. Trump to be ambassador to Morocco.

Jamie McCourt, Ambassador to France for President Donald J. Trump

Jamie McCourt became the highest-ranking woman in Major League Baseball. She is the founder and CEO of Jamie Enterprises and a former executive of the Los Angeles Dodgers. President Donald J. Trump appointed her to Ambassador to France and Monaco in December 2017.

Grant Cardone, CEO, Cardone Capital

Grant Cardone founded and manages a real estate investment firm, Cardone Capital, with $2.2 Billion assets under management. He is the author of eight business books, thirteen business programs, and is the CEO of seven privately held companies. Forbes calls him one of the top social media business influencers in the world.

Todd Blue, Founder (Retired), indiGO Auto Group

While with indiGO Todd Blue also represented his colleagues nationally on dealer boards for Porsche, Bentley and Aston Martin. Todd was nominated for the TIME Magazine Automobile Dealer of the year in 2019. He currently serves on the board of Kataman Metals in St Louis, MO. Todd most recently formed Lapis Management in Houston Texas. Lapis invests in and operates businesses focused on luxury, access, performance, innovation, and service – all of which are passions of Todd.

Joe Agresti, CEO of Dream Motor Group

Joe Agresti is the founder and CEO of Dream Motor Group which is a group of luxury automobile dealerships located throughout the southern part of the country. They are perennially ranked among the best dealerships in the country. In addition to his automotive holdings Agresti is an Operating partner in One Rock Capital Partners, a Co-founder and Owner of Capps Capital Management, the Owner and CEO of Agresti Family Ventures, the founder of Dream Teachers, LLC which is a charity to support public school teachers and is a Board Member of the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund. Joe has achieved success in many different roles in his career, but he is most proud of his role as a dutiful son, loving husband, and father to his two children.

Ja’Ron Smith, former Deputy Assistant to President Donald J. Trump for Domestic Policy and former Director of American Innovation for the Trump Administration

Ja’Ron Smith served as a Deputy Assistant to President Donald J. Trump for Domestic Policy Director and deputy director of the Office of American Innovation the Trump administration.

Chris Cox, Founder, Bikers for Trump

Chris Cox is an activist who founded Bikers for Trump. The grassroots group is a national political phenomenon with millions of on the ground volunteers with the sole purpose of supporting President Donald J. Trump and America First agenda candidates. The organization has been distinguished by President Donald J. Trump many times.

Jose Arrieta, Chief Information Officer, Trump Administration Department of Health and Human Services

Jose Arrieta is the former Chief Information Officer and Chief Data Officer of HHS–serving President Donald J. Trump’s efforts to combat COVID-19 and innovate within the federal government.

Robert (Bob) Pence, Ambassador to Finland for President Donald J. Trump

Robert Pence founded The Pence Group (formerly known as Pence-Friedel Developers, Inc.), a commercial development firm, in 1984 and served as its president for more than thirty years. He was recommended for an ambassadorial appointment by Vice President-elect Mike Pence, to whom he is not related. A graduate of the Washington College of Law at American University, he is the namesake of the school’s Pence Law Library. Robert Pence has served on the boards of many charitable, cultural and educational institutions including The Gary Sinise Foundation, The Kennedy Center, George Mason University, and the Wolf Trap Foundation. He holds multiple graduate degrees from Yale University and American University.

Lana Marks, Ambassador to South Africa for President Donald J. Trump

Ambassador Marks served as the Chief Executive Officer of the LANA MARKS fashion brand, which she founded in 1987. Over the course of 30 years, she developed the label into an international brand, operating throughout the United States and across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. In 2001, she was one of 50 American CEOs – and the sole fashion representative – invited to the White House for the Women Business Leaders’ Forum. As ambassador, she helped further cultivate the bilateral relationship between South Africa and the United States, with groundbreaking achievements in the realms of agricultural trade, automobile production, alternative energy, water reclamation, HIV epidemic control, land reform, and infrastructure projects. Ambassador Marks is a longtime advocate of women’s empowerment. Ambassador Marks has served on Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government’s Women’s Leadership Board and as a distinguished speaker at Georgetown University’s Women’s Leadership Initiative. She represented the United States twice for the Women Business Leadership Summit in Helsinki and is a supporting member of the Council of Women World Leaders. In 2002, the Star Group selected her as one of 40 businesswomen to be honored as a leading woman entrepreneur of the world. Ambassador Marks has joined forces with dozens of charities to advance breast cancer research and support children and the arts.