Tim Michael


Tim’s business experience includes investment banking and entrepreneurship.  After spending 15 years in securities sales and corporate finance, he acquired a failing industrial safety equipment distribution company.  Within 1 year he returned the company to profitability and positive cash flow.  In the 3rd year of ownership he sold the business to a subsidiary of a NYSE business in the process of building a national chain of distributors.  Most importantly, the company achieved margins and profitability significantly above industry averages, which provided the basis for the quick and profitable sale of the company.  His next venture was to acquire 5 small companies within the healthcare staffing industry.  These small companies formed the platform to achieve extraordinary growth over a short period of time, i.e. a 126% compounded growth rate over 4 years resulting in a sales run rate of $150 million.  The company was acquired at 13X EBITDA and was sold for $150 million, i.e. 1x the projected sales rate.  The company was financed with bank debt and private equity, and both lenders and investors achieved significant returns on their capital.  Since selling the healthcare staffing business he has been an investor in disruptive technology and real estate

Tim is a graduate of The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and holds an MBA degree. He received the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award and currently, is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council.  In addition, he was a commissioned officer in the US Navy and served as a line officer during the Viet Nam conflict.

Mike Nemeth

Mike has spent the last 10 years in advanced technology projects, from helicopters at Sikorsky Aircraft to commercializing university technology at venture backed startups. He has created successfully funded business plans and prepared multiple companies for additional capital and acquisitions. Mike has extensive experience with companies that leverage state and federal funding, specifically non-dilutive capital through programs such as Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants. While his technical expertise is in nanotechnology and its applications for the aerospace industry, his personal passion for small business is rooted in his childhood experience as the son of entrepreneurial parents. In addition to S3, he operates an apparel company serving the youth sports market.

He is a graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY where he studied European History and Systems Engineering and has a Masters in Business Administration from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University in Marketing and Strategy. Mike also served on the National Advisory Council for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the United States Secretary of Commerce.


Margot Pradon

Margot is an expert in marketing analytics and research. She has worked for IBM, the United Nations, and Nielsen. Margot loves to understand customers and their decision behaviors. Margot supports the S3 Planning team from Europe.

Margot has masters degrees from Audencia Nantes Ecole de Management and the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.