Guest Speaker: DAVID WILHELM 

“What Would the Authors of the Constitution Say…If They Were To Land In Ohio Today?” 

Wednesday, September 19  at Noon

Kulas Auditorium, Administration Building

A former campaign manager who rose to prominence as chair of the Democratic National Committee in the 1990s, today David Wilhelm is an entrepreneur and impact investor devoted to building sustainable jobs and wealth in small town America.

Wilhelm is the founder of two regionally-focused venture capital funds (Adena Ventures and Hopewell Ventures) designed to invest in businesses with high growth potential in the central Appalachian and Great Lakes areas of the United States. He recently launched a new business, Turning Point Power, which is dedicated to developing clean energy projects in the same region of the country; its first effort is a 50mw solar array, which will be constructed on reclaimed mine land in southeastern Ohio, the largest solar project ever built in the eastern United States.

On the economic development front, Wilhelm is a founder of a newly-created Ohio Appalachian Business Council and in 2010 served as co-chair of a successful statewide campaign in support of the Ohio Third Frontier. He is co-chair of the advisory council for the Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University and a director of three privately held companies: iTRACS, Citizens Bank of Logan, and DFW Furniture.

Before transitioning to this private sector work about a decade ago, Wilhelm had established a reputation as a leading manager of political campaigns, working for candidates such as Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, Richard Daley, and the late Paul Simon.

Wilhelm earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio University and a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who, are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.

This event is open to the John Carroll University community. Refer to Inside JCU for more details.