The first Wednesday of every month is the Venture Connectors Luncheon. These events, at the Muhammad Ali Center, feature announcements, an entrepreneurial pitch and a keynote panel or speakers.
This month’s luncheon is on Nov. 5 at 11:30 a.m. and features two former heads of EnterpriseCorp as the keynote panel: Tendai Charasika and Bobby Ferreri. Charasika left his post to join a startup and Ferreri left his post to found his own law firm. They’re expected to talk about how working with GLI spurred their “just do it” attitudes. You can probably assume they’ll be asked to talk about why that particular position remains unfilled since Charasika’s departure this spring.
Tickets are free for Venture Connectors members, $45 for visitors and $40 for students. You can RSVP and reserve your ticket online here.
Below are the bios of Charasika and Ferreri provided by Venture Connectors:
After leaving EnterpriseCorp earlier this year, Charasika became CEO of SuperFanU Inc., which aims to be the top fan engagement platform for sports teams and brands around the country. His leadership responsibilities include guiding the vision and strategy of the company, while ensuring the execution of value-creating milestones.
Prior to EnterpriseCorp, Charasika was the first person hired to help scale the sustainability division of the fast-growing, entrepreneurial firm, Summit Energy, which was acquired by Schneider Electric in 2011 for $268 million.
Charasika was recently named to the board of directors for the Louisville Sports Commission and is the current president-elect of Venture Connectors. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and an entrepreneurial MBA from the University of Louisville.
After his tenure at EnterpriseCorp ended in May 2013, Ferreri founded Ferreri Partners PLLC, a fast-growth law firm focused on workers’ compensation defense and corporate law. The firm has grown to include a team 11 professionals, two office locations and clients throughout Kentucky. As managing partner, Ferreri is responsible for driving the firm’s strategic growth for the benefit of its stakeholders.
During his time at GLI, Ferreri was responsible for attracting more than 1,000 headquarter jobs to the Louisville region, developing leading-edge economic development cluster strategies, and raising more than $20 million in funding for early-stage companies. His work in entrepreneurship-focused economic development includes the founding of XLerate Health (a leading health-related accelerator), the transformation of the Vogt Awards into one of the nation’s first hardware accelerator programs, and the establishment of the Enterprise Angels Community Fund I.
Ferreri serves on the boards of the Kentucky Association of Corporate Growth and Venture Connectors. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Miami University, and an MBA and juris doctorate from the University of Louisville.