Richard Stoff is the founding president and CEO of the Ohio Business Roundtable (BRT), a partnership of the chief executive officers of Ohio’s largest and most influential businesses. Established in 1992, the Roundtable’s mission is to apply the knowledge, experience, and insight of its members to solve Ohio’s most complex, long-term public policy challenges. Highly selective in the issues it addresses, the Roundtable works only in areas in which their business experience can make a significant difference in effecting real systems change. As Roundtable President, Mr. Stoff has served hundreds of top corporate executives, in bipartisan collaboration with four governors and numerous legislative leaders and policymakers, to foster innovation, improve competitiveness and stimulate economic growth in the state of Ohio.
Prior to founding the Roundtable, Mr. Stoff served 18 years in management consulting with two of the world’s largest professional service firms. He was elected as a Partner with Ernst & Young, directing the Firm’s public sector practice in Ohio and before that he served as a Senior Consultant with Touche Ross & Co. (now Deloitte & Touche), working with a range of clients in real estate, banking, and health care, in addition to serving as a lead consultant in the firm’s landmark engagement to design and install a new integrated financial management system for the City of New York during the City’s period of default and financial recovery in the late 70s. While with the firm, Mr. Stoff also specialized in financial feasibility studies for new and expanded professional sports and entertainment facilities.
Mr. Stoff has a long history of civic engagement having served on the boards of trustees of the National Assault Prevention Center, Prevent Blindness Ohio, and as both a board member and treasurer of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus. He currently serves on the boards of trustees of Jobs for America's Graduates and Battelle for Kids, which he and the Ohio Business Roundtable created in 2002. He is also Vice Chairman of Operation Respect/Don't Laugh at Me (chaired by folk singer Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary), in addition to his serving as the Founding Chairman of the Board of Friends of the Drexel Theatre. Mr. Stoff was recently appointed by Ohio Governor John Kasich to the Governor's Executive Workforce Board. He is the founder, creator and Chairman of the Board of BRIGHT New Leaders for Ohio Schools.
A native New Yorker, Mr. Stoff earned his BA in Political Science, with honor, in 1972 from Northeastern University and his MPA in 1975 from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where he concentrated in public finance. His wife of 35 years, Carol Zelizer Stoff, is a practicing attorney and received her BS, MPA and JD degrees, all from The Ohio State University. The Stoffs reside in Bexley and are the proud parents of Jenni. Together, Jenni and her husband Sumit received their MPP degrees from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and today they carry on the family tradition of public service while living in Washington DC.
Jackie Swick joined the Ohio Business Roundtable in April of 1996 as Executive Assistant to the President. Over the years, her job responsibilities expanded into human resources, finance, accounting, and overall office management.
Prior to her employment with the BRT, Ms. Swick began work at Society Bank (now KeyCorp). After five years with Society Bank, Jackie moved to employment with the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce where she eventually became Coordinator of the Columbus Regional Information Service. Ms. Swick also was employed with two downtown development organizations in Columbus and Dayton, Ohio.
Ms. Swick received her BA in history, cum laude, from Ohio Dominican University.
Erin Harper joined the Ohio Business Roundtable in 2006. She is responsible for event planning and member relations, as well as support to the President and CEO.
In 2012, Ms. Harper assisted with the successful start-up of JobsOhio as Office Manager, returning to the Roundtable after JobsOhio was running effectively.
Prior to joining the Roundtable, Ms. Harper managed a small boutique where she recruited and supervised staff, built a motivated sales team and developed skills in inventory and customer relations.
Ms. Harper received her BA degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2004.
While the BRT functions with a small full-time staff, this does not limit our capacity to serve the Membership and get things done. For years, the organization has leveraged outstanding professional and analytical support from McKinsey & Company, Ernst & Young, Accenture, Battelle and other member firms. In addition, a number of generous foundations, among them the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, The Procter & Gamble Fund, KeyCorp Foundation, Cardinal Health Foundation, Nationwide Foundation, Battelle Foundation, the State Farm Foundation and the Cleveland Foundation have helped support our 501(c)(3) subsidiaries. The Roundtable is especially grateful to our extended team of former staff members who remain part of our family, deputies appointed by our member CEOs, and other trusted advisers who have contributed to our success.