Meet the Team


Executive Director

Kelly is the Executive Director of Main Street Ventures. Prior to her current role, Kelly was a part of the third generation of her family's business, BGR, Inc., where she was instrumental in leading the company's strategic planning and growth efforts in her position as COO.


She is actively involved in several Cincinnati organizations, serving on several boards including the University of Cincinnati Goering Center for Family & Private Business, The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Ambassador Council,  and was a member of C-Change, Class 8 and WeLead, Class 11.


She was named one of Cincinnati’s Forty Under 40 by the Business Courier and winner of the 2018 Larry Grypp Rising Leader Award.  Kelly received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton and her MBA from Xavier University.  

Program Manager

Brianna is a Program Manager for Main Street Ventures. Her background includes experience in economic development, social innovation, and entrepreneurial education.


Brianna received her bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University and is a 2019 Venture for America Fellow, a fellowship program for recent college graduates who want to become startup leaders and entrepreneurs. Brianna relocated to the Cincinnati region to join Main Street Ventures through the Venture for America program and brings a passion for entrepreneur ecosystem building to our region.

Program Manager

Abby is a Program Manager for Main Street Ventures. With more than 7 years of experience in the industry, Abby Ober is a dedicated professional who thrives on supporting entrepreneurs and helping them take their business to the next level.

Prior to her latest endeavor, Abby served as the program director for the State of Kentucky’s Innovation Hub in NKY. Abby’s robust career has allowed her to create an incredible community for entrepreneurs, implement countless programs and execute highly successful programs and events, some of which include virtual experiences and annual Demo Days with more than 300 attendees. 


She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, Public Relations from the University of Cincinnati. Abby is also heavily involved within her local business community as she serves as a member of Renaissance Covington’s Entrepreneurship Steering Committee.


Sarah is a CPA with 15+ years of experience. Over the years she has worked with a wide range of businesses, from Fortune 50 public companies, to new venture startups. Sarah has been the CFO of Main Street Ventures and The Brandery since 2014.  Sarah is currently a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Finance Committee for Notre Dame Academy.  Sarah was a graduate of C-Change Class 8.  Sarah received her bachelor’s degree from Thomas More University. 


Board of Directors

Tony was the General Manager of The Brandery from 2015 to 2017 and a board member for several years prior. He, along with the rest of the Main Street Ventures team, spent 2018 laying the foundation for a new direction of giving back to the Cincinnati startup & small business community.  He has started several companies over the past 15+ years of entrepreneurship, sits on several corporate boards, and is an active angel investor. Tony is a graduate of Miami University and has been active there previously as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence and guest lecturer.

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Dave bridges the worlds of the Fortune 500 and entrepreneurship. He is the author of the award-winning book Predicting The Turn, former CMO for Rockfish and an alumni of Procter & Gamble. A leader in StartupCincy, Dave is co-founder of The Brandery, Vine St Ventures, and Miami University’s Cradle of Marketers.

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J.B. currently serves as the President of Dinovite, a manufacturer of pet health and wellness products.  His background spans over 20 years of product development, mergers & acquisitions, and strategic leadership in early-stage companies. J.B. was previously the Managing Director of Gorilla Ventures and Corporate Development for The Gorilla Glue Company.  Before that, he held positions at EW Scripps, Twitter, Vitrue & ShareThis. A Cincinnati native, J.B. is one of the founders of The Brandery and a graduate from Denison University.

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Rob is also the Chair of the Cincinnati Business and Finance group at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP, where he routinely recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America®. Rob is a co-founder The Brandery and co-manager of Vine Street Ventures, a mirco-VC fund. Civically, Rob is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and on the executive committees of the Dan Beard Council and the Association for Corporate Growth. Rob received his bachelor's degree from Duke University, MBA from Kellogg School of Management, and his JD at Washington University.

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George is an original co-founder of Main Street Ventures and board member for The Brandery. He is a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, focusing on mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance. George is regularly recognized by Best Lawyers in America, which named him 2021 Lawyer of the Year in Cincinnati for Venture Capital.  George is a board member and the Treasurer of the Cincinnati Zoo.  He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and Notre Dame Law School and is a former CPA with Deloitte.

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John is President of Moore Air Company, a full-service commercial and residential HVAC firm. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and the Cincinnati Preservation Association. John is Immediate Past Chair for the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce and Former President for the Air Conditioning Contractors of Greater Cincinnati. John is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. 

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Joel is the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Fifth Third Private Bank for the Cincinnati, Dayton, and Northern Kentucky Regions.  He has spent his entire professional career at Fifth Third Bank and previous responsibilities include Private Banking Services and Fiduciary Services. Joel is an active community volunteer, leveraging his financial expertise and commitment to giving back to the local community by serving on the Boards of the Cincinnati Ballet, the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, The Summit Country Day School, The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Cincinnati Youth Collaborative. In 2013, he was honored by Louisville Business First as a Forty Under Forty recipient. He is also a graduate of  Cincinnati USA’s C-Change, Class 5, and Leadership Louisville Class of 2016.

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Tara Noland is VP, Client Services for Ignite Philanthropy where she helps local nonprofits reach their fundraising goals. Prior to that, Tara served as the Founding Executive Director of the GreenLight Fund in Cincinnati. She brings a wealth of nonprofit expertise and community knowledge to the Main Street Ventures board. Tara earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Kentucky. She is a past board member and president of the Junior League of Cincinnati and was a member of C-Change, Class 4 and WeLead, Class 10. She was named one of Cincinnati’s Forty Under 40 by the Business Courier and a YWCA Rising Star in 2012.

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Ryan Watson is a seasoned entrepreneur with deep experience in finance & accounting. Ryan is a partner at Upsourced Accounting, advising venture-backed startups and creative agencies on growth. Formerly, Ryan served as COO of Ahalogy, a local venture-backed startup acquired by Quotient Technology in 2018, and CEO of Sqrl. Ryan received an Entrepreneur of the Year EDGE Award from Ernst & Young and ‘Outstanding Emerging Innovation’ honors from the Cincinnati Business Courier. Ryan began his career as a CPA at Deloitte.