Disruptive Technologies Affecting Tomorrow's Workforce
Jim Cossler is the Huntington Bank Entrepreneur in Residence for the Youngstown Business Incubator. From his position as Senior Vice President for Corporate Services of the Regional Chamber of Commerce, Jim joined the organization in 1998 as its CEO when YBI was positioned as a traditional "mixed use" incubator, and became the primary architect of its transformation into the nationally known incubator, accelerator and managed technology cluster that YBI is today. In May 2017, Jim stepped down from his role as YBI's CEO to devote himself to his passion, coaching startup companies. Today, as Entrepreneur in Residence, his primary role is to serve as a mentor and entrepreneurial expert to YBI's portfolio of companies, as well as to build and manage the internal and external relations and networks necessary for their growth and success. Jim has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Technology Evangelists in Northeast Ohio by the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper. He has also been recognized as one of the 100 most influential business leaders in Northeast Ohio by both Inside Business magazine and Crain's Cleveland Business.