Fund members have elected a leadership team to successfully guide the Fund’s day-to-day business, attract quality deal flow, and conduct due diligence on potential investments. See below to learn more about the Athens Ohio Investment Alliance leadership team.
Michelle Greenfield is the former co-owner and CEO of Third Sun Solar, which was one of the Midwest’s largest solar companies. Third Sun was purchased in 2022 by Kokosing Industrial, Inc.
Prior to Third Sun, she was a Rural Action VISTA volunteer, and chartered and managed the Appalachian Development Federal Credit Union (ADFCU). Michelle also worked with several small business development and finance non-profits in Athens County, was an organizer and board member of the Clean Energy Credit Union, past President of Green Energy Ohio, and served on the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce and APAC boards. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Miami University and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Ohio University.
Neill Lane is a successful entrepreneur and start-up CEO. His currently an advisor, board member and angel investor.
Neill was the founding CEO of Stirling Ultracold, an Athens, Ohio, company that delivered the first environmentally friendly, energy efficient, ultra-low temperature cooling products to customers worldwide. Neill led four rounds of fundraising as the company established cleantech manufacturing in Appalachian Ohio. In May 2021, the company was acquired by BioLife Solutions (Nasdaq BLFS).
During 2008 and 2009, Neill was a co-founder and president of Blight to Bright LLC, a developer of large-scale solar installations, and an executive in residence with TechGrowth Ohio.
Previously Neill served for 10 years as CEO of Sunpower Inc. Under his leadership the company established its cryocooler manufacturing capability and was acquired by Ametek (NYSE AME) in 2009.
Geoffrey A. Morgan
Geoff is the former Vice President & General Manager for Quidel’s advance manufacturing subsidiary located in Athens, Ohio (2010 to 2022). Quidel is a leading manufacturer of diagnostic medical devices and plays an industry leading role in providing testing solutions for detecting infectious diseases including SARS COV-2 (COVID-19). Prior to his role as General Manager, he served as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Diagnostic Hybrids, Inc. from 2003 to 2010. He led the corporate finance group and partnered with Dave Scholl (CEO) to guide the Company through rapid growth and success. Diagnostic Hybrids was acquired by Quidel in 2010.
Geoff started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in 1987 and served many of the Cincinnati office’s premier clients including the Kroger Company and Jacor Communications. After leaving PwC in 1999 as a Senior Manager, he joined Blue Chip Broadcasting based in Cincinnati as CFO and led the corporate finance team through a series of acquisitions culminating in the sale of the Company to Radio One in 2002.
Geoff graduated from Miami University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Accounting. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Athens County Foundation and was past board chair for BioOhio.