TBEIC Hires Stockburger as Chief Operating Officer

WARREN, Ohio – The Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center has named Rick Stockburger as its new chief operating officer and the incubator’s first full-time executive.

His primary duty is running TBEIC’s day-to-day operations, including program development, planning and entrepreneurial support.

“I am unbelievably excited to be joining the team at TBEIC as well as the opportunity to work in beautiful downtown Warren,” he said in a release. “The energy is palpable in the Valley, both as an industry as well as in the people that are working day in and day out to improve their communities.”

Stockburger is a Mahoning Valley native and graduate of Kent State University. He served in the Army for seven years before returning to the area to co-found two development organizations: Saving Cities, a media group focused on urban revitalization, and Launch League, a group of business founders based in Akron. Most recently, he was manufacturing engagement director for Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network.

“His experience working in the startup ecosystem of Northeast Ohio, working with other economic development agencies, and his drive for urban revitalization is what made him standout as the leading candidate for TBEIC COO,” said John Pogue, president of the incubator. “Rick has the drive and experience needed for TBEIC’s next phase of development.”

Founded in 2015, the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center, based in downtown Warren, focuses on developing businesses in the energy field. It currently has 11 tenants and 80 portfolio companies.

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