Nick York - President
Nick York is an entrepreneur and strategic business advisor with experience ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies, universities and national non-profit organizations. Prior to dedicating himself full time to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Nick had a highly successful twenty-year legal practice with firms in Cleveland, Chicago and Columbus. Nick has been an owner, investor, director and partner in several companies throughout his career, including his most recent role as Co-founder and CEO of Transom Group.
Nick’s motivation and passion over his 25-year career has been to inspire and help people and organizations maximize potential. He has played leadership roles in a number of community and non-profit organizations focused on improving the lives and conditions of the communities around him.
Nick has served as Vice Chair of the University of Akron Board of Trustees, focused extensively on Strategic Planning and Student Success initiatives. He has been a champion of entrepreneurship on the national level as a Board Member of the National Small Business Association (NSBA) in Washington, DC, and as Vice Chair of the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) the largest small business member organizations in the country.
Nick is also a Co-founder of the Mindful Nation Foundation (MNF). Inspired by the book, A Mindful Nation, Nick helped launch the organization to bring together the best in cognitive science, community leadership and proven techniques to develop programs to improve the lives of Veterans, Children, Teachers, Healthcare providers and Leaders.
Nick is an avid reader, runner and sports fan. But Nick's greatest joys in life are his wife Karry and their four children, Alex, Sophie, Edgars and Ryan for which his holding company KASER Enterprises, LLC is named.
Bobby Kovey - Chief Advisor
Bobby Kovey is an experienced business development and government relations consultant, having worked extensively in both the public and private sector.
Bobby serves the Ohio IT Association in the role of Chief Advisor. Along with Nick York, Bobby was one of the founders of the OITA.
In his role of Chief Advisor, Bobby helps the Executive Director and the Advisory Board formulate the OITA’s strategic vision, coordinate public sector outreach, develop policy forums to foster discussions of how technology can improve the public and private sector.
Bobby also is the Managing Director of a government relations and market development firm – The Credo Company (www.credocompany.com).
Prior to founding The Credo Company, Kovey worked within various state offices. He began his career in government in the Ohio Senate. Later, he served as an aide in the Ohio House of Representatives. After his time in the legislature, Kovey managed and worked on several Ohio campaigns.
As managing partner of The Credo Company, Bobby oversees the firm's multiple lines of business – including business development, government relations, public-private partnerships, and private investment project development.
Born in Binghamton, N.Y. and raised in Pittsburgh and Northeast Ohio, Kovey is a graduate of The Ohio State University's Max M. Fisher College of Business. There he earned a B.S.B.A. degree in Finance. Later, Bobby obtained a Certificate in Catholic Social Doctrine & Business Ethics from Catholic University and a certificate in Executive Management from the University of Notre Dame.
Bobby and his family reside in the historic neighborhood of Old Clintonville and are members of Saint Patrick Church.
In his spare time, Bobby enjoys spending time with his family, having an occasional cigar, watching movies or following the Cleveland Indians, the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.
John McClelland - Communications Director
John McClelland is an experienced government and public affairs professional, and his work at the intersection of policy and politics provides clients with a unique perspective on how organizations can effectively advocate for the issues they care about.
John began his career as a journalist, covering news for radio and television stations from South Carolina to Ohio.
He later became the press secretary for a member of congressional leadership and served as communications director for a battleground state political party and the Ohio Senate.
John serves as the chief advisor and the director for legislative affairs for The Credo Company. Previously, John also founded of Trimac Advisors, a strategic communications firm. He has provided advice and management of government and public affairs campaigns for organizations of all sizes, multiple from Fortune 500 companies to local non-profit groups.
John has a passion for public service. He has consulted with candidates and issue campaigns at the national, state and local level and has received awards for his political advertising work. He has also trained hundreds of grassroots activists in media relations and social media strategies.
John has served the last three political cycles as director of the Republican Senate Campaign Committee, the political operation of the Ohio Senate’s majority caucus. In that role, John manages the campaign strategies that led to the largest majority in state history, and he successfully defended that majority in the face of a challenging 2018 midterm election.
John and his family live in New Albany, Ohio, where he also serves as president of the New Albany-Plain Local School District Board of Education.
Rose Hale - Director of Operations
As Director of Operations, nothing passes through without Rose’s knowledge. With three decades of experience managing professional service organizations, Rose oversees all the operational aspects of our business including: human resources, marketing, accounting, and administrative functions. Rose’s role as Director of Operations with all of our partners and projects allows her to fulfill her passion for people and progress. As a life-long learner, she is always interested in engaging new ideas and efficiencies within our company and if you peer into her office, you will always see a new business book or CD. Everyone is always attracted to Rose because of her true passion for meeting and engaging new people. Her sincerity in helping everyone and anyone keeps OITA’s culture grounded in what counts most – people.
When time permits, Rose enjoys traveling from across the US to one of the first US citizens to visit Cuba. And it’s only natural, because of her experience with Cuba, that Rose is now studying Spanish as a second language.