Board of Directors

tom_waltermire-1Thomas A. Waltermire, Chair of Board

Mr. Waltermire was Chairman and CEO of PolyOne Corporation, an international polymer company. He has also served in executive positions with BF Goodrich and The Geon Company. Mr. Waltermire led Geon in its initial public offering as CFO and later served as its Chairman and CEO.  After leaving PolyOne, Mr. Waltermire served for several years as CEO of Team Northeast Ohio (Team NEO), a regional private-sector-led economic development organization. Mr. Waltermire’s education includes a B.S. in Biological Sciences from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Harvard University. Mr. Waltermire serves on several business boards, spanning both large and early stage companies.  He was the founding Chairman of the Ohio Polymer Strategy Council, appointed by three Ohio Governors to the Third Frontier Advisory Board and is a Board Member of The Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Zoological Society, ideastream (PBS/NPR) and Baldwin Wallace University.

felix-brueck1Felix M. Brueck

Mr. Brueck is a Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company. He began his McKinsey career in 1983 and spent time in their German and Tokyo offices. Mr. Brueck led McKinsey’s Manufacturing Practice in the Americas, building up their lean manufacturing capability. He has also led the Organizational Effectiveness Practice for McKinsey in the Americas. In his client work Mr. Brueck spans industries from hi-tech to chemicals, semiconductors, solar power, pharmaceuticals & medical products as well as healthcare. Most of his projects are transformation efforts that often combine sophisticated technical change with deep shifts in mindsets and behaviors. In some cases, these transformations span entire corporations while in other cases they are focused on individual business units or certain functions like R&D, manufacturing or sales and marketing. Mr. Brueck is Chair of the Board of the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET), a nonprofit that has as its mission to strengthen the regional economy. He is also the Chairman of the Board of That Can Be Me, a non- profit created to enable lifelong learning. Mr. Brueck holds a Masters of Mechanical Engineering from the RWTH Aachen in Germany and a Masters of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He has co-authored Simplicity Wins and Quality Pays.

jim_garrett-2James W. Garrett, CEO, Vadxx Energy

william_ullom-3William L. Ullom III, CTO/Founder, Vadxx Energy