October 15, 2019 – October Chapter Meeting

Keynote Presentation


Keynote Speaker:  Dan Ruminski,  President, Martison – Nicholls, Inc. and Cleveland History Storyteller

Cleveland’s Great Millionaire’s Row

Dan Ruminski is a lifelong resident of the Cleveland area. He is a graduate of Orange High School as well as John Carroll University receiving a B.A. Degree in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. After graduating college, Dan served in the Vietnam War. Upon his return from the War, Dan began a teaching and coaching career at Gilmore Academy. He left teaching to purchase his company Martinson-Nicholls, Inc.  As President of Martinson-Nicholls, Inc., for the last 25 years, Dan has taken the company from a small local player to a much larger  international force in the area of floor matting and pressure sensitive anti-slip tapes.  Working niche markets and inventing solutions for customer problems has caused sales to grow over 500% in 25 years.

The Cleveland Storyteller began in April of 2008 at Gates Mills Library. Forty people were expected and over 100 attended. Motivated by his passion and the response he is experiencing to his talks, Dan continues to research Cleveland history, specifically the families of Millionaire’s Row and their contribution to Cleveland’s greatness during the years 1875-1929. Join us on October 15 to hear a marvelous story about the “Row” and the day-to-day lifestyles, fortunes and tragedies of its families.

Professional Development Session

Presented by SunTrust Bank

Topic: Reducing Employees’ Financial Stress to Enhance Culture and Performance

Roughly half or Americans live paycheck to paycheck, and 8 out of 10 identify money as a significant source of stress in their lives. We will explore the role companies can play in reducing employees’ financial stress and the positive benefit this can have on company culture and performance.

Speaker:  Drew Egan, Senior Vice President, SunTrust Bank

Event Details/Registration


Date: Tuesday, October  15, 2019


  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Professional Development Session
  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Networking Reception
  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Keynote Address


The Union Club of Cleveland
1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115

Complimentary valet parking available – access by entering the Union Club garage on E. 12th.



September 25, 2019 – September Chapter Meeting at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Keynote Presentation

Keynote Speaker:  Tim Offtermatt, VP of Finance, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


Tim Offtermatt, the Vice President of Finance of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will discuss his background in investment banking and involvement with a number of local high profile projects, including First Energy Stadium, Progressive Field, Quicken Loans Arena, Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland and the Hilton Cleveland Downtown and how and why he chose to join the Rock Hall leadership team. Tim will provide an overview of the financials of the Rock Hall currently (their sources of funding and how it is spent) and how this will change with the $30 to $35 million expansion approved by Cleveland City Council in April.

Mr. Offtermatt will provide some details of the initial plans for this expansion, which involves the Rock Hall using the acreage that sits between its building and the Great Lakes Science Center – two of the finest selling points Cleveland has – to increase its exhibition and display and entertainment space by 50,000 square feet. The expansion will also add more room for the organization’s education programs and provide more than a physical connection to the Science Center (programming involving the science behind the music). The Rock Hall’s budget for education programs for 2019 is 55 percent greater than it was in 2018. He’ll discuss what they had to do to secure land, the fundraising campaign and the timeline and estimated costs for this project, as well as its expected economic benefit to Northeast Ohio. Cleveland’s Planning Director Freddy Collier has praised the Rock Hall for enabling an expansion that would preserve public space around the harbor.

Professional Development Session

Presented by Protivi

Topic: Capital Project Risk Management

Capital projects of any size present significant challenges and risks to today’s organizations.  In this session, key components of the project lifecycle and emerging project delivery risks are discussed, what they mean to the delivery of capital projects is analyzed, and steps that can be taken within any organization to mitigate these risks are reviewed.  The discussion focuses on both strategic and operational risk mitigation practices.

Speaker: John Critelli, Managing Director, Protiviti

Jon Critelli is a Managing Director at Protiviti and leads Protiviti’s Capital Projects and Contracts practice. Jon is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Construction Auditor (CCA), and Construction Controls Professional (CCP) and provides capital projects controls reviews and risk assessments, capital project process reengineering, and contract review services.

Event Details/Registration

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019


  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Guests are welcome to arrive early to tour the museum. Check-in at the FEI registration table in the main lobby to pick up a wristband.
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Professional Development Session
  • 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Keynote Presentation
  • 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Networking Reception



Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
1100 E 9th St
Cleveland, OH 44114

Complimentary parking is available at the Science Center parking garage.


August 27, 2019 – Professional Development Breakfast Session presented by KPMG

Professional Development Session
Presented by KPMG

Topic:  “Treasury – Meeting Today’s Demands and Evolving for the Future”

A corporate treasury group’s primary focus is managing a firm’s liquidity and mitigating operational and financial risk.  Those responsibilities don’t stop at the day-to-day and Treasury should be a key participant during significant transactions.  In many transactions, Treasury is often overlooked during the due diligence process, yet in almost all transactions it is one of the first corporate functions to be stood-up.  In this session we will look at the risk and considerations of Treasury starting with the due diligence process through successful integration and separation activities.   In addition, we will explore various treasury models and consider how emerging technologies, including the current intelligent automation landscape, can help enhance your finance operations.

Speaker: Andrew Hay, Director,  Risk Advisory at KPMG

Andrew Hay is a Director in KPMG’s M&A Advisory Services group with over 30 years of experience.  He works with Treasury operations providing value to achieving strategic business goals of multinational publicly-held companies and midsized privately-held companies.


7:30 a.m.- 8:00 a.m.   Breakfast and Networking
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  Professional Development Session/ Q&A
9:00am – Adjourn


8001 Rockside Rd.
Independence, OH 44125

Pre-registration is requested

No Charge for FEI Members
No Charge for Strategic Partners
$50/per person for non-members



June Professional Development Breakfast Meeting presented by Mercer – 6/24/19

Professional Development Session
Presented by Mercer

Topic:  Connecting Employee Engagement to EBITDA
Speaker:  Steve J. Halleen, Partner, Employee & Benefits

Steve is a Partner in the Health & Benefits business in Mercer’s Chicago office and brings over 20 years of experience in the health care industry. He specializes in leading engagements with large and jumbo clients.

Steve is a senior client lead, which includes working with these clients developing and implementing cost control and plan management strategies, analyzing the viability of new market innovations, assessing the impact of health care reform initiatives, formulating approaches to meet compliance requirements, and advising clients on consumer-driven health plans, health and productivity strategies and performance networks.


Monday, June 24, 2019
7:30 a.m.- 8:00 a.m.   Breakfast and Networking
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  Professional Development Session/ Q&A
9:00am – Adjourn


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
6200 Quarry Lane
Independence, OH 44131