VentureOhio names new leader to promote state’s entrepreneurs
Evan Weese, Columbus Business First

Following the sudden death of its first leader and a brief stint for his successor, the year-old VentureOhio believes it has a long-term top executive.

The trade group representing Ohio’s entrepreneurial community named Falon Donohue as executive director, starting May 1.

Donohue spent the past seven years in Central Ohio’s startup community, including most recently as a business adviser for Houston, Texas-based consulting firm Insperity, working mostly out of Rev1Ventures’ offices. She served in the Ohio Air National Guard from 2001 to 2010.

“(VentureOhio) had a start we were very proud of – a lot of membership on a statewide basis, a great venture report published. We were having lots of momentum (but) we went into a little bit of a lull,” Rich Langdale, managing partner at Columbus’ NCT Ventures and vice president of VentureOhio, told me. “I think we absolutely found (the fix) in Falon.”

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