MEET THE BOARD

MEET THE BOARD

MEET THE BOARD

Our board is comprised of business executives and leaders within the community. Each board member shares several common characteristics. They want to help raise awareness for charities, events and good causes within the community. They also want to see Ohio State athletics succeed.

WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS ON OUR BOARD

**All board members are not compensated for their advisory and efforts but purely volunteering their expertise and time for the well being of the cause and their love and passion for Ohio State athletics.

WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS ON OUR BOARD

**All board members are not compensated for their advisory and efforts but purely volunteering their expertise and time for the well being of the cause and their love and passion for Ohio State athletics.

WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS ON OUR BOARD

**All board members are not compensated for their advisory and efforts but purely volunteering their expertise and time for the well being of the cause and their love and passion for Ohio State athletics.

Cardale Jones

CO-FOUNDER, GENERAL MANAGER & BOARD MEMBER

Cardale Jones led the Buckeyes to the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship during the 2014-2015 season. His performances against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship game, Alabama in the college football semifinals and Oregon in the National Championship are some of the most iconic wins in Ohio State’s coveted history. Cardale played several seasons in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills and San Diego Chargers. He graduated from Ohio State in 2017. Cardale is a founding partner of The Foundation and looks forward to connecting student athletes with local charities.

BRIAN SCHOTTENSTEIN

CO-FOUNDER AND BOARD MEMBER

Brian is the President of Schottenstein Real Estate Group. Brian was recently named one of the Smart 50 executives by Smart Business Magazine. Brian was also recently selected as a Future 50 leader by Columbus CEO magazine and 18 Difference Maker by Columbus Jewish News. Columbus Business First named Brian as part of the Power 100 in 2021. He is on the board of several organizations including JewishColumbus, the President of the Columbus Apartment Association and the President of Lifetown. He received the Lifetown Legend honor and Treasurer of the Ohio State University Hillel. Brian was an Ohio Electoral College Member, Judge of Miss Ohio USA ‘12 and ‘17 and a scorer for the 2013 Presidents Cup. Brian is also the Co-Founder of The Foundation. Brian testified for NIL at the state house to support Ohio college athletes profiting on their name, image and likeness. 

Jeffrey Schottenstein

BOARD MEMBER & CO-GM

Jeffrey Schottenstein is the founder and CEO of the TACKMA sportswear brand and the named benefactor of the Jeffrey Schottenstein Program for Resilience at the Ohio State University. Committed to helping others and leading by example, Jeffrey is a champion for mental health awareness and the services people need to live healthy lives with meaning. Jeffrey also serves in leadership roles at a variety of investment vehicles – including SEI Inc., the Schottenstein Property Group and SB360 Capital Partners.

d’angelo russell

BOARD MEMBER

D’Angelo is a current NBA superstar for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was selected as a McDonald’s All-American in 2014 and played college basketball for the Ohio State Buckeyes. He was the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. Formerly playing for Ohio State in 2014-2015, Russell earned the Oscar Robertson Trophy, Wayman Tisdale Award and Jerry West Award. He was named a consensus first-team All-American, as well as first-team All-Big Ten and Big Ten Freshman of the Year. In 2019, Russell was selected as an NBA All-Star.

Rick Ricart

BOARD MEMBER

Rick is the President of Ricart Automotive Group, one of the largest automotive dealers in the United States based in Columbus, Ohio. The Ricart family has a long and storied tradition in the Columbus market. Ricart Automotive was established in 1950 and has turned into a multi-generational success. The Ricart commercials are some of the most well-known TV and advertising spots in Central Ohio. Rick has been at the forefront of the NIL initiative, connecting student athletes with sponsorship opportunities. Rick is very involved in the community as well. Rick has served A Kid Again in various ways, most recently as the 2021-2022 Columbus chairman and board member. He also is a Ronald McDonald House volunteer and partner and is a champion for the Ricart R-Community Program and helped initiate the company’s internal One of R Own 501(c)3 which supports employees in need.

Laura Comek

BOARD MEMBER

Laura is an experienced attorney that handles all facets of business, real estate transactions, and real estate development matters for her clients. Laura also handles business and commercial/corporate matters, various governmental law areas and board of revision/board of tax appeals work. Laura has handled a number of high-profile cases including the Jerome Township Innovation City of Columbus Impound Lot, the Gowdy Field redevelopment, the Lincoln Theatre Redevelopment, the TechSouth JRS project and the Northeast Area Pay As We Grow Development Program. Laura served as counsel to CAPA and the Lincoln Theatre Association and associate general counsel to the National Fraternal.

URBAN MEYER

BOARD MEMBER

Urban Meyer is one of the most successful college football coaches of all-time. He is a three time national champion. He led Ohio State to the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship in 2014. Urban had an unprecedented record against TTUN, going 7-0.  He ranks third all-time in win percentage only trailing Knute Rockney and Frank Leahy. Urban is unanimously considered one of the greatest recruiters of talent in college football history with countless former players in the NFL, many of which were drafted in the first round. Urban previously worked as a college football analyst for both FOX Sports and ESPN. 

J.T. Barrett

BOARD MEMBER

J.T. Barrett is the winningest quarterback in Ohio State history. His record as a starter was 38-6 with an .864 win percentage. He helped the Buckeyes reach two Big Ten Championship Games and a pair of College Football Playoff berths. Fans will always remember his perfect 4-0 record against TTUN. Additionally, Barrett holds several Big Ten Conference records including most passing touchdowns (104) and total touchdowns (147). He passed Drew Brees for most career offensive yards, with 12,697. J.T. is currently the quarterback for the The Edmonton Elks. He was also a member of the New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers. Barrett is known for his leadership skills. He will bring this characteristic to the board of The Foundation.

terry mclaurin

BOARD MEMBER

Terry McLaurin is an NFL superstar for the Washington Commanders. Terry was a 2022 Pro Bowl selection. He was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team during his first year in Washington. In his first three seasons, he’s averaged more than 1,000 yards per year. While at Ohio State, McLaurin had 1,251 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns. He ranks among Ohio State’s top 15 receivers in four major categories. Terry was a two-time team captain in 2017 and 2018. He was a part of Ohio State teams that won a national championship over No. 2 Oregon in 2014, Big Ten championships in 2014, 2017 and 2018, and bowl game wins over No. 1 Alabama (in the 2015 Sugar Bowl), No. 8 Notre Dame (2016 Fiesta Bowl), No. 8 USC (2018 Cotton Bowl) and No. 9 Washington (2019 Rose Bowl). He also played in four victories over Michigan and was red-shirting during another victory. Terry will bring the leadership he’s always possessed on the field to our board of directors.

JASON PARKS

BOARD MEMBER

Jason is the President of The Media Captain, a digital marketing and web design firm based in Columbus, Ohio. The Media Captain has received national recognition, being named a Top 1% Marketing Agency in the United States. Jason also Co-Founded DermWarehouse, one of the largest dermatologist owned eCommerce skincare websites. Jason has contributed and been quoted in many well-known publications, such as Entrepreneur.com, the New York Times and Forbes. Jason and his team at The Media Captain have worked with hundreds of businesses, many in Columbus, to improve their online presence.

Corey Schottenstein

DIRECTOR OF PLAYER PERSONNEL AND BOARD MEMBER

As Director of Player Personnel for The Foundation, Corey Schottenstein will play the activist role of discovering, scouting, and identifying new student athletes for The Foundation to engage with. This role also consists of overseeing and ensuring The Foundation thrives on its mission to put student athletes in the best position to succeed, including mentorship and advising. Corey Schottenstein is an innovator and a leader in today’s young business world. As Managing Partner of Schottenstein Real Estate Group, Corey works to expand the company’s real estate interests nationwide, and provides the underlying creative vision for each individual project and the company as a whole. Most recently, Corey took on a unique project, when he developed a 16,000 square foot resort-inspired mansion in Palm Beach, FL on speculation, which he ultimately sold to an NBA team owner for $50,000,000. Mr. Schottenstein is also an investor and published financial author, with articles featured in Yahoo Finance and CBS MarketWatch. Some of his favorite memories from youth consist of hanging out and tossing the football in the Woody Hayes facility throughout the 90s, and beyond, frequently attending OSU football practices and interacting with players and coaches from a young age.

Mike Gogis

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & AUDIT & BOARD MEMBER

Mike is the Founder of Impact Quotient (IQ), an impact agency that works with visionary leaders to maximize the intersection of purpose and profit. IQ helps companies profitably launch, grow, and scale their good ideas. A CPA and former nonprofit auditor, Mike served as CFO of a global leadership organization for 20 years and serves on the Board of EverFree, a nonprofit dedicated to accelerating freedom for human trafficking survivors, and the Hawk Foundation, which serves families of children with special needs. Since founding IQ, Mike has consulted with multiple for-profit and non-profit organizations, including some of the world’s most recognizable brands. Born and raised in northwest Ohio, Mike graduated summa cum laude from Taylor University and currently resides with his family outside of Indianapolis. Mike and the IQ team are proud to partner with Brian and Cardale to help get The Foundation launched as a nonprofit and will serve on the Board as chair of the Finance and Audit committees.

Skip Weiler

BOARD MEMBER

Robert J. “Skip” Weiler began working at The Robert Weiler Company in 1985,
following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He soon became the third generation to serve as president of the family business, specializing in the brokerage and development of residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, and mixed-use properties. His responsibilities include leading large-scale development, overseeing the commercial brokerage division, managing commercial and residential property, and cultivating partnerships throughout Central Ohio. His enduring ambition and steadfast partnerships have led to the transformation of thousands of acres into industrial and commercial developments, residential subdivisions, apartment developments and mixed-use projects. Skip has also been involved in the ownership and development of numerous additional projects including shopping centers, assisted living facilities, historical restorations, hotels, golf courses and apartment developments.

Mehek Cooke

BOARD MEMBER

Mehek Cooke is the Managing Partner of Ten Talents NIL, LLC which is a sports agency she started with Former National Championship quarterback and NFL player Cardale Jones and communications expert Jordan Ohler.Mehek brings over a decade of public affairs and legal experience working at the highest levels in both the public and private sector. She manages projects in business development, TV advertising, digital, and paid media marketing. Mehek also provides counsel to Fortune 500 companies and small businesses. Her experience and commentary on political and public affairs can be seen on national and local news outlets in the United States and Canada. Mehek leads with the belief that talent, opportunity, and grit can take you a lot of places, and she’s committed to helping athletes protect their brand, reputation, and legacy – both on and off the field.

Daniel Sa

BOARD MEMBER

Daniel Sa is the President of NFM Lending – Great Lakes Division, a full-service mortgage lender that funds in excess of 9 billion in mortgage loan volume per year. Scotsman’s Guide has recognized Daniel for his numerous accomplishments in the mortgage industry, including being named Top 1% originators in the country from 2015 to 2021, #1 in Central Ohio, and top 3 in the state of Ohio. In 2021 Daniel was proudly accepted into YPO (a global leadership organization of extraordinary chief executive) where he continues to serve. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Daniel has a passion for travel, but nothing says home like Ohio where he has been a resident for over 20 years. Daniel is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Will Allen

BOARD MEMBER

Will Allen began his professional career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he quickly became a leader on and off the field. Aside from playing the game of football he also possessed a great passion to be a leader in the community and was inspired to give back and make a difference. Allen always felt it was his designed purpose to help provide tools and resources to Educate + Influence + Empower those in his surrounding community. Being afforded so much and having wonderful mentors in his life, Allen was fervent to “pay it forward”. As a 12 year NFL veteran most recently with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Allen is convicted in strengthening his community and helping to build hope. He is very enthusiastic in encouraging others to take his same stance in helping their respective communities. You can frequently find him sharing creative ideas at community round table forums, speaking at corporate events or elementary schools or inspiring his teammates to give back. Will also enjoys the game of golf and continuing his education. Will has received continuing education certificates from Harvard Business School and Kellogg School of Business. He is also a graduate from The Ohio State University.

Laura Comek

Laura is an experienced counselor that handles all facets of business, real estate transactions, and real estate development matters for her clients. Laura also handles business and commercial/corporate matters, various governmental law areas and board of revision/board of tax appeals work. Laura has handled a number of high-profile cases including the Jerome Township Innovation City of Columbus Impound Lot, the Gowdy Field redevelopment, the Lincoln Theatre Redevelopment, the TechSouth JRS project and the Northeast Area Pay As We Grow Development Program. Laura served as counsel to CAPA and the Lincoln Theatre Association and associate general counsel to the National Fraternal.

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