Our Local Chapter
Conscious Capitalism Central Ohio is your local branch of the international movement. We are dedicated to cultivating the theory and practice of Conscious Capitalism through events, presentations, and publications. We support the local community and serve as a resource on your journey to a more conscious business.
Mark Kovacevich is the President of Improving (Columbus), a national leader in delivering technology consulting and training. He is responsible for all Columbus operations and leadership. In addition, Mr. Kovacevich is a member of the board of directors for Improving, and is responsible for strategic mergers and acquisitions. Through a combination of leadership, excellence and teamwork, Improving Enterprises has enjoyed great success becoming an eight time recipient of the Inc. 500 award. In Columbus, Mark’s efforts led the organization to eight Best Places to Work (2008-2015, #1 in Small Business Category in 2012) and Fast Fifty awards (2009-2011 & 2013-2016) from Columbus’s Business First.
Mark is very active in the Columbus philanthropic community. He is currently serves on the board of directors for Columbus Speech and Hearing, Alvis, and The Goodwill Business Advisory Council. A proud graduate from The Ohio State University, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife, two girls and watching the Buckeyes deliver another win against Michigan.
Finally, Mr. Kovacevich was honed to receive Business First’s 40 under 40 award in 2010.
Jacquie brings over 12 years of experience in sales, customer service, and professional leadership. Jacquie currently leads business development and account management for Improving’s Columbus based subsidiary. Since joining the Improving leadership team, revenues at Improving (Columbus) have more than doubled. In addition, the company was named to the Fast 50 in 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2015 Jacquie was a recipient of The Stevie Award for Executive of the year for women in business. Jacquie is also passionate about learning and growth, she’s a certified instructor of FranklinCoveys “The Speed of Trust” Prior to joining Improving Jacquie attended Mt Vernon University for music, she then continued her studies of Business Management.
Haley is a brand and communications consultant with 20+ years experience working with Fortune-500 companies, non-profit organizations and startups to elevate storytelling and build differentiated brand positions.
Prior to founding Storyforge, Haley spent 16 years with L Brands (NYSE: LB), most recently as Vice President of Internal Communications directly supporting the company’s founder and chairman in strategic, leadership and internal communications, designing and implementing messages, communications strategies and engagement campaigns to reach 100,000 global employees. As head of the internal communications function for the enterprise, she was additionally responsible for all change communications including mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations and reductions in force.
In her life before retail, she worked in the non-profit sector, supporting a DC-based liberal arts accreditation agency, producing special events and directing and stage managing theater in NYC.
Barry specializes in business building, brand strategy and marketing. Since 2003, he has launched three (and sold two) strategic consulting businesses and worked with more than 500 businesses from pre-revenue startups to publicly traded companies to help drive margin and identify differentiated brand positions.
A qualified hotel manager in Ireland, Barry spent five years as part of the management teams of luxury hotels and cruise lines, circling the globe twice. He established Ireland’s first food & beverage control consultancy, and launched Barkeeper, an award-winning online subscription service for bar owners to manage more efficient and profitable businesses, expanding to the UK and the US, and adding a digital marketing agency in 2010.
In 2012, Barry’s businesses were acquired by Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE: NTN) who hired Barry as Chief Marketing Officer to lead brand strategy, market development and help determine the strategic direction of the company in line with growth potential and market opportunity.
Brandon is the Chief Marketing & Technology Officer at IGS, a family of companies providing services such as electricity supply, solar power, and home warranty coverage. With an emphasis on exceptional customer experiences, Brandon oversees Marketing teams responsible for product strategy, brand, digital, and sponsorships. He is also responsible for IT teams delivering solutions that automate operations and enable digital experiences. With 12 years of experience in IT, Brandon ensures technology plays a key role in the future of IGS and its customers.
Brandon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from The Ohio State University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He is a board member at the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio, a community board member at COSI, and a foster parent at the Capital Area Humane Society.