Board Of Directors

The Peoria Innovation Alliance Board of Directors consists of a diverse group of individuals that are primarily driven by their passion, optimism and a “give before you get” philosophy as it relates to the improvement of the Greater Peoria community.

With over half of the board members having first-hand experience as entrepreneurs and/or business owners, the phrase “by the entrepreneur, for the entrepreneur” is emboldened by the lens in which the board operates and makes strategic decisions for the organization.

Photography by Shane Bruer // Portrait Life

Reuben Cummings   Reuben Cummings is a Peoria native, international speaker, and data consultant who helps organizations increase customer engagement and retention. He is the Founder & President of Nerevu Group and has over 10 years experience in data analysis, software development, and entrepreneurship.  Learn more about Reuben  HERE .

Reuben Cummings

Reuben Cummings is a Peoria native, international speaker, and data consultant who helps organizations increase customer engagement and retention. He is the Founder & President of Nerevu Group and has over 10 years experience in data analysis, software development, and entrepreneurship.

Learn more about Reuben HERE.


Kevin Evans   Kevin currently serves as the Senior Economic Engagement Specialist for City of Peoria. Previously, he spent 3 years as the Director for the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University. During his tenure at the SBDC, Kevin assisted more than 400 business in their startup and growth goals.  Learn more about Kevin  HERE .

Kevin Evans

Kevin currently serves as the Senior Economic Engagement Specialist for City of Peoria. Previously, he spent 3 years as the Director for the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University. During his tenure at the SBDC, Kevin assisted more than 400 business in their startup and growth goals.

Learn more about Kevin HERE.

Francie Hinrichsen - Secretary   Francie Hinrichsen is the owner of Simply Integrated, LLC, a marketing and content company based out of Morton, Illinois. She also organizes a monthly local meetup for women business owners in the central Illinois area called Lipstick and Lattes, which helps group members push through their current business challenges.  Learn more about Francie  HERE .

Francie Hinrichsen - Secretary

Francie Hinrichsen is the owner of Simply Integrated, LLC, a marketing and content company based out of Morton, Illinois. She also organizes a monthly local meetup for women business owners in the central Illinois area called Lipstick and Lattes, which helps group members push through their current business challenges.

Learn more about Francie HERE.

 
Peter Kobak   Peter is an unabashed believer in Peoria and the city's future. He is a human rights activist, community advocate, and government nerd. He has worked as a community organizer for criminal justice reform, an Innovation Consultant in Peoria's City Hall, and now serves as a Recruiter for Peoria Public Schools.  Learn more about Peter  HERE .

Peter Kobak

Peter is an unabashed believer in Peoria and the city's future. He is a human rights activist, community advocate, and government nerd. He has worked as a community organizer for criminal justice reform, an Innovation Consultant in Peoria's City Hall, and now serves as a Recruiter for Peoria Public Schools.

Learn more about Peter HERE.

Philip Lockwood - President   Philip Lockwood has been an active professional and social entrepreneur in the Central Illinois community for many years. Professionally, Philip is currently a Manager for Strategic Transformation Consulting for CGN Global specializing in commercial and market intelligence and serves as a business advisor for the Bradley University Turner Center for Entrepreneurship.  Learn more about Philip  HERE .

Philip Lockwood - President

Philip Lockwood has been an active professional and social entrepreneur in the Central Illinois community for many years. Professionally, Philip is currently a Manager for Strategic Transformation Consulting for CGN Global specializing in commercial and market intelligence and serves as a business advisor for the Bradley University Turner Center for Entrepreneurship.

Learn more about Philip HERE.


Dave Lucas - Vice President   Dave is a former Caterpillar marketing executive who spent over 20 years at the company in various marketing and communication roles, including his last role (5+ years) as Global Digital Marketing Manager. In this role he had global responsibility for CRM, 23 Cat.com sites, search, social, customer information, marketing automation, content management, customer experience and demand/lead generation.  Learn more about Dave  HERE .

Dave Lucas - Vice President

Dave is a former Caterpillar marketing executive who spent over 20 years at the company in various marketing and communication roles, including his last role (5+ years) as Global Digital Marketing Manager. In this role he had global responsibility for CRM, 23 Cat.com sites, search, social, customer information, marketing automation, content management, customer experience and demand/lead generation.

Learn more about Dave HERE.

 
Denise Moore   Denise is an entrepreneur, financial professional, volunteer, and the first African American woman elected to the Peoria City Council, representing Peoria's eclectic First District. In addition to serving on the city council, Denise is the Founder/CEO of the Black Business Alliance Peoria Chapter and the Minority Business Development Center.  Learn more about Denise  HERE .

Denise Moore

Denise is an entrepreneur, financial professional, volunteer, and the first African American woman elected to the Peoria City Council, representing Peoria's eclectic First District. In addition to serving on the city council, Denise is the Founder/CEO of the Black Business Alliance Peoria Chapter and the Minority Business Development Center.

Learn more about Denise HERE.

Justin Pflederer - Treasurer   Justin   is a Global Operations and Strategy Business Manager for Caterpillar based in East Peoria, IL. He is responsible for business operations located in the North America, Europe and Asia regions. He also oversees profitable growth strategies and implementation to drive business unit transformation.  Learn more about Justin  HERE .

Justin Pflederer - Treasurer

Justin is a Global Operations and Strategy Business Manager for Caterpillar based in East Peoria, IL. He is responsible for business operations located in the North America, Europe and Asia regions. He also oversees profitable growth strategies and implementation to drive business unit transformation.

Learn more about Justin HERE.

Ashley Schreck   Ashley, affectionately referred to as the "Promotor of Everything Good", is the Director of Marketing for EP!C, a local nonprofit that enriches the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. When not working for EP!C, Ashley leverages her experience, passion and talents to advise several organizations.  Learn more about Ashley  HERE .

Ashley Schreck

Ashley, affectionately referred to as the "Promotor of Everything Good", is the Director of Marketing for EP!C, a local nonprofit that enriches the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. When not working for EP!C, Ashley leverages her experience, passion and talents to advise several organizations.

Learn more about Ashley HERE.

 

Leadership Team

Jake Hamann // Founder & Executive Director   With over 13 years of experience in marketing, training, and innovation initiatives at Fortune 100 companies, Jake’s element truly transcends in matching problems with ingenious solutions. His resume speaks for itself. In 2012, Jake founded and grew an innovation agency (ONEFIRE) from 2 to 35 employees and $3M in revenue within 4 years; focusing on operations, sales, strategy and culture.  Learn more about Jake  HERE .

Jake Hamann // Founder & Executive Director

With over 13 years of experience in marketing, training, and innovation initiatives at Fortune 100 companies, Jake’s element truly transcends in matching problems with ingenious solutions. His resume speaks for itself. In 2012, Jake founded and grew an innovation agency (ONEFIRE) from 2 to 35 employees and $3M in revenue within 4 years; focusing on operations, sales, strategy and culture.

Learn more about Jake HERE.

Jess Brown // Co-Executive Director   Over the past 15 years of working in the design industry Jess truly believes design should be informative, intuitive, and inspiring. Formerly the lead Interaction Designer at Google Nest and previously a Designer-in-Residence at the incubator, Science Inc., he now resides as founding member and VP of Design at Aspiration.  Learn more about Jess  HERE .

Jess Brown // Co-Executive Director

Over the past 15 years of working in the design industry Jess truly believes design should be informative, intuitive, and inspiring. Formerly the lead Interaction Designer at Google Nest and previously a Designer-in-Residence at the incubator, Science Inc., he now resides as founding member and VP of Design at Aspiration.

Learn more about Jess HERE.