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Thomas Tyrrell Great Lakes Biomimicry, Chairman

A serial entrepreneur, Mr. Tyrrell founded Great Lakes Biomimicry in 2010 and was the organization's CEO through August 2017. He remains an active Advisor and the Board Chairman.

Mr. Tyrrell was responsible for the start-up or restart of a dozen organizations, each achieving revenues between $250K and $1.5B. Mr. Tyrrell is also Co-Founder of Segmint, Inc., an award-winning provider of data analytics driven marketing technology.

Mr. Tyrrell has served on five college boards, accumulating nearly 60 years of service, including 21 years as Trustee and 16 years as Academic Affairs Committee Chair at Baldwin Wallace University. He is a committed regionalist, having served on NEO economic development boards including NorTech, Lorain County Community College’s GLIDE Innovation Fund, the Youngstown Business Incubator and the University of Akron ArchAngels. Mr. Tyrrell also was founding chair of Business Volunteers Unlimited in 1990 and a co-founder of venture catalyst Glengary LLC.

A strong advocate of regional environmental initiatives, his involvements include chairing the Ohio & Erie Heritage Canalway restoration project, founding chairman of the Conservancy of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Trails Forever initiative, and trustee of the Cleveland Zoological Society.

Mr. Tyrrell was a regional award winner and national finalist of E&Y’s Entrepreneur of the Year award; received an Esquire Magazine Register Award for Business and Industry; appeared in Who’s Who in America; and, was named one of 30 Difference Makers in Crain’s Cleveland Business’ 30th Anniversary issue. He received his BA from Elmhurst College and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Baldwin Wallace University.