Denise is an entrepreneur who has co-founded five start-up companies whose outcomes have included the outright sale of a company to a large corporation, the sale of her interest in a company to a private buyer, business shuttering after success in order to pursue a different opportunity, and business shuttering after failure to get a product to market. Two of the businesses were in the medical industry, two were in the construction industry, and one was in the education industry. Denise is also a CPA with 6 years of public accounting experience.
Denise is currently a faculty member at Kent State University in the Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship where she is involved in teaching and coaching entrepreneurship students. In 2011, Denise received the Kent State University College of Business Teaching Excellence Award. In 2014, she was nominated for the same award. In 2015, she received a Faculty Recognition Award from the Kent State University Teaching Council.
Denise has developed and taught a variety of traditional and online entrepreneurship courses at Kent State University, including Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Experience I & II, Entrepreneurial Tools, Entrepreneurial Marketing, New Venture Creation and Entrepreneurial Finance. She is also Coordinator for Kent State University's Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Curriculum.
Specialties: As an entrepreneur, Denise has specialized in overall business strategy, business planning, process and procedure development, and overall company management. Denise has extensive experience in all phases of the administrative development and proper exit of new business ventures. As a CPA, Denise specialized in audit, business valuation and corporate taxation.