Our Initiative

ConnXus supplier management solutions simplify the complexities of global supply chains and allow buyers to achieve their goals of responsible and sustainable sourcing. ConnXus is a NMSDC, CPUC and State of Ohio-certified minority-owned business enterprise based in Mason, Ohio with local, regional and international capabilities.

Our Story

Like all innovations, ConnXus was born out of frustration.

As the founder and managing partner of consulting firm Accel Advisors, Rod Robinson worked with Fortune 1000 companies to improve or create supplier diversity programs. Time and again, he heard from corporations how challenging it can be to identify new, quality, diverse suppliers. Likewise, he heard from small business owners and diverse suppliers how difficult it can be to share their qualifications or develop relationships with purchasing officers at large companies.

Like his clients, Rod found himself frustrated with incomplete databases, fragmented resources and expensive software. So he set out to create a more complete, convenient and cost-effective solution to meet the needs of both buyers and suppliers.

In 2010, ConnXus was born.

Board of Directors

Learn more about ConnXus and it’s leadership.

Rod Robinson

Rod Robinson

FOUNDER & CEO, CONNXUS, INC.

Rod Robinson is the founder and CEO of ConnXus, a supplier diversity software company that connects diverse suppliers to Fortune 2000 companies. In 2012, Rod was recognized by Ernst & Young as an Entrepreneur of the Year finalist.

Daryl Hammett

Daryl Hammett

SECRETARY TO THE BOARD, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER, CONNXUS, INC.

Daryl joined ConnXus as Chief Operations Officer in early 2014. He is a retired Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sears Optical, N.A., a licensed brand owned and operated by Luxottica Group.

Dave Cohen

Dave Cohen

CO-FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER, TECHSTARS

David Cohen is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Techstars. Previously, David was a founder of several software and web technology companies. He was the founder and CTO of Pinpoint Technologies which was acquired by ZOLL Medical Corporation.

Chris Downie

Chris Downie

FOUNDER & CEO, SPARKPEOPLE, INC.

Chris is the founder and CEO of SparkPeople.com, America’s largest online diet and healthy living community, with more than 15 million registered members. Chris started his career with consumer products giant Procter & Gamble.

Carlton Jenkins

Carlton Jenkins

PARTNER, THE YUCAIPA COMPANIES

Carlton is a founding partner in the Yucaipa Corporate Initiatives Growth Funds, a partnership between The Yucaipa Companies and Magic Johnson Enterprises with more than $500M of investable capital focused on high-growth investments within emerging markets and MWBE business sectors.

Mike Venerable

Mike Venerable

MANAGING DIRECTOR, CINCYTECH

Mike is managing director of digital, software and health tech at CincyTech and a member of the CincyTech investment committee. Venerable has more than 20 years of experience as a software industry entrepreneur and executive.

Liz Luckett

Liz Luckett

BOARD OBSERVER, PRESIDENT OF THE SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS’ FUND (TSEF)

Elizabeth (Liz) has an extensive background in philanthropy, technology, analysis and market research. Before joining TSEF, Liz was Director of Impact Investing at the Pershing Square Foundation.

Kesha Cash

Kesha Cash

BOARD OBSERVER, FOUNDER OF IMPACT AMERICA FUND

Prior to founding Impact America Fund, Kesha launched Jalia Ventures, a minority-focused impact investing initiative that was funded by Josh Mailman and Serious Change, LP.

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