Denise, who grew up in the Canton, Ohio area, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Accounting from The University of Akron in 1988 and received her M.B.A. from Ashland University in 2006.
Denise has seven years of public accounting experience, working first for the Akron office of Ernst & Young, then for the Akron-based accounting firm Spector & Saulino, Inc., CPA's. During her years as a public accountant, Denise specialized in audit, corporate taxation and business valuation.
Denise has been the co-founder, CFO and Treasurer of four start-up companies. Two of these companies, North Coast Medical Products, Inc. (NCMP) and American Table Manufacturing, Inc. (ATM) were in the medical space. NCMP, a medical equipment and supply sales company servicing the five state region including Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana and West Virginia, was sold to a private buyer in 1997. ATM, a developer and manufacturer of high-tech surgical tables, was sold to Steris Corporation in 2001. Her other two companies, EastCoy Technologies, Inc. and Imperial Luxury Home Builders (ILHB) were in the construction industry space. Denise sold her interest in ILHB to a private buyer in 2007.
Denise brings “real world” experience and practical application to the entrepreneurship classes she teaches at Kent State. Such classes include Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Experience and Entrepreneurial Marketing. Denise is also co-faculty advisor for the Kent State University Chapter of Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization and a member of the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium.
Denise has two teenage sons, has been an active stock trader since 2003 and is an avid runner who completed her first half marathon in July 2008.