Dean, Frank & Sammy move over, there is a new gang of 21st century performers taking the stage and stealing the show!
Just like their name sakes, this combination of unique personalities and trend setting talents is creating a buzz from underground clubs to concert halls, board rooms and business venues across the nation. But unlike the Rat Pack of old, this group of impudent trouble makers is set on generating economic, political, artistic, athletic, and social reactions in the Greater Ohio Valley!
So who are they? Why are they special? Even better, what are they up to and where are they appearing next?
Catch them when they drop their first live performance, dazzling audiences and the elite with the CreateWV conference in Parkersburg WV this fall!
Greg Kaple has been a serial entrepreneur for more than 15 years beginning with his first venture providing internet research services, CyberSearch, to college students in 1995. While attending school at Ohio University for Business Marketing and Finance, Greg worked with the University’s business incubator helping business startups like Specialty Books’ launch one of the web’s first ecommerce sites and the National Business Incubation Association’s online venture capital matchmaking database in 1996. After occupying roles with Microsoft as a product manager for Project ’98 and PricewaterhouseCoopers as a business turnaround consultant, Greg began a career in enterprise sales with AT&T. It was there that Greg honed his skills for business development with clients such as Columbia University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Ernst & Young.
In 2001, Greg launched another successful venture, TeamDynamix, to provide online project management and collaboration services. The company continues today with more than 30 clients and $2M in annual revenue headquartered in Columbus OH. Greg completed his Masters Degree in Telecommunications Management from the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken NJ in 2005. During his work on a ground breaking thesis for applying real options theory to managing operational risk in IT, Greg met his business partner and launched Integrated Management Services, a professional services firm specializing in technology management and process improvement. IMS’ fifteen full time professionals contribute to the Firm’s leadership as the premiere provider of total service delivery solutions for AmLaw 200 law firms, national healthcare providers and global service organizations. Greg is also the founder of GAK Enterprises, a management holding company built to support Enterprise, Micro-Businesses and Charitable Ventures. There four rules of Micro-Businesses 1) to create a product or service that satisfies a personal desire and is not readily available 2) requires low cost of entry 3) is fun to live vicariously through the stories of running the ventures 4) they have the potential to take off with exponential growth. GAK’s current ventures include a franchise of upscale men’s barbershops called Kennedy’s All American Barber Club, a new media for the masses creative production company called Nvision and a premium pork products distributor called the Wholesome Hog Co.
Beyond his commercial business ventures, Greg is a passionate supporter of investing in education and enabling the future of America’s competitiveness through grass roots programs that give back. He’s been a member of the Ohio University Sales Centre Advisory Board since its inception in 2004 and recently joined the advisory board of the newly formed Ohio University Centre for Entrepreneurship where he’ll be teaching a joint venture class between the two programs on Entrepreneurial Sales. Originally from Dayton OH, Greg has grown up with strong ties throughout the Ohio River valley and recently moved back to Parkersburg WV from 12 years of living and working in NYC to settle down with his wife to begin a family and help support a vision of making the Appalachian territory from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati the new global leader in workforce competitiveness and economic development.