Jeffrey D. Weedman, '75
Professional Association: Founder/CEO (Retired), Cintrifuse; VP Global Business Development (Retired), The Procter & Gamble Company.
Education: Albion College, 1975. Master of Business Administration, University of Michigan, 1977.
After graduation, Jeff joined The Procter & Gamble Company ultimately holding senior functional roles in Marketing, Sales and Finance. As VP/General Manager he ran consumer and institutional businesses in the U.S. and Canada. Jeff then founded and led P&G’s Global Business Development responsible for worldwide Acquisitions/Divestures, Trademark/Patent/IP Licensing and leading P&G’s Open Innovation platform (Connect & Develop). Jeff negotiated and lead the signing of deals every 2 ½ days for a decade with companies, individuals, universities and governments across the U.S., Europe and Asia.
As founder/CEO of Cintrifuse (on loan from P&G), Jeff led the creation of Cintrifuse, a Cincinnati based innovation network designed to make the region a global destination for high potential start-ups. Cintrifuse provides start-ups with preferred access to capital, space and most importantly customers. Supported by the business, academic and start-up communities, Cintrifuse has raised a $55MM+ Fund of Funds, which has already invested in top tier Venture firms with over $600MM in investable capital. He also secured a $16MM permanent mortgage free urban campus (Circa 1880’s) in the heart of Cincinnati’s urban renewal Over-The-Rhine core. Cintrifuse proactively connects start-ups with companies that could be beta customers, investors or acquirers, with VC 's with early stage capital and mentors/services.
At Albion College, Jeff’s activities included: Sigma Chi, Student Senate (President), Economics and History honoraries, Project 250 Award, Lacrosse (Club) and as a Recent Graduate Trustee. Currently, he serves on the Gerstacker External Advisory Board and Albion Colleges’ Board of Trustees.
Jeff and his wife, Cheri (Lee), ‘77, have two children and reside in Cincinnati, Ohio. He can be reached by email at email@example.com, on Twitter: @theweed, and at www.linkedin.com/in/jeffweedmanventures/
Mr. Weedman serves as an Albion College Trustee because…
he wants to partially “pay back” the tremendous benefits he received from the faculty, fellow students and alumni. Albion College changed the trajectory of his life and “paying it forward” motivates his service.
Double Wins at Home Show (October 18, 2014)
Albion College’s stock seat team hosted their home show on October 18, and it turned out to be a day of firsts! For the first time, the home show was held at coach Denise Webber’s farm, Nottawa Paint Horses, as the Held Center is currently undergoing construction on its indoor arena. The Albion team won first place overall (out of 10 teams total) at both shows of the double-header, also becoming the first time the Brits won both the AM and the PM shows on home turf.
Senior Morgan Carey (Hemlock/Saint Charles Community) led the team with her winning ride in Reining, achieving first place and the high point rider award for the AM show. Sophomore Kristine Mussell (Midland/H.H. Dow) took home two first places in Novice, and co-captain Allison Voorhess (Mount Clemons/Lutheran North) won first place in Novice.
Other big wins came from first year riders Brooke Viele (Midland/H.H. Dow) and Taylor Sandberg (Spring Lake/Spring Lake) in Advanced and Intermediate II respectively.
The gracious host and coach Denise Webber was thrilled with how the team did and says she is very proud to be their coach. “Two wins and one high point rider means three out of four possible big ribbons went home with Albion,” she says. “Go Albion!”
The Albion College wireless network transmits on the standard 2.4 ghz and 5 ghz radio frequencies. These radio waves are subject to interference from active and passive sources. Knowing about the sources of such radio interference can help you position your wireless devices to limit or avoid interference.
Active Sources of Wireless Interference:
An active source of wireless interference is usually a device that emits a radio signal on the same 2.4 ghz frequency as the wireless network. Below is a list of common devices that can emit 2.4 ghz radio signals and can thus be potential sourches of wireless interference:
- Cordless Phones (2.4 ghz) - Cordless phones that use the 2.4 ghz frequency can cause severe wireless signal interference
- Bluetooth devices - Bluetooth devices transmit over a short range 2.4 ghz signal. Many cell phones, game controllers, cordless mice and other devices use Bluetooth.
- Other wireless networks - Multiple wireless networks setup within close range can cause mutual interference.
- Other wireless devices - Many other devices, such as wireless keyboards and mice, use the 2.4 ghz frequency
- Microwave ovens - Improperly shielded microwave ovens can emit 2.4 ghz frequency radio waves
- Video Players - Devices such as AppleTV, Chromecast, or Roku players frequently transmit on the same frequencies as wireless.
If you find that you have a poor or inconsistent wireless signal in your room, see if you have any of these devices nearby. In most cases, simply moving your wireless device farther away from the source of interference is enough to solve the problem.
Sometimes, however, it is necessary to remove the interfering device from the environment. This step can be problematic if the device is immovable or doesn't belong to you. Under such circumstances, testing your wireless device in various locations may be your only option.
Tips to improve wireless access:
- Place a work request, or contact the
. IT can resolve many connection issues, if we know you are having trouble.
- Replace, or relocate, your microwave - The biggest cause of interference in residential wireless networks are old or poorly shielded microwave ovens. A microwave that causes such interference is likely faulty and needs to be replaced.
- Moving your device closer to the hallway will improve signal strength. The access points in the hallways are generally easy to see – place your device so that there are the fewest possible number of obstructions between the device and the access point.
- Turn around – the Human Body is a great absorber of radio frequencies. Make sure you do not place yourself between the device and the access point.
- Turn off interfering wireless devices – Bluetooth devices, gamebox controllers, smart TV’s, and other wireless electronics cause interference on the wifi. Powering these down when not in use will reduce interference.
- Update your drivers – make sure your laptop has the most current drivers for the wireless connection. Visit the Helpdesk if you need assistance.
- Switch to 5 ghz – the 5 ghz channel is less susceptible to interference. Most newer laptops are able to choose between 2.4 ghz and 5 ghz. Visit the Helpdesk if you need assistance.
Involved in: President of Student Senate, Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, Honors Institute, Former President of the Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity - Pre-Law Chapter, Curriculum and Resource Committee, Women's and Gender Studies Committee.
I came to Albion College because…
It allows you to develop great relationships with professors and administrators, in large part because of the small classroom setting. Albion College focuses on the student as an individual, and gives you a lot of opportunities for involvement on campus.
My most memorable moment at Albion College has been…
When I spoke at the maquette unveiling for the Ford Institute, which included an event on campus, as well as an event at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids. I focused my speech on President Ford’s connection to Albion College, and I also had the opportunity to introduce President Ford’s daughter, Susan Ford Bales.
Albion College will change you as a person by…
Providing you with a better sense of who you are and where you want to go. Albion has made me a better public speaker, which is a skill that is invaluable in a number of different settings.
Albion College is special because…
You’re given a unique advantage (both academically and professionally) because of the relationships you develop with your professors, and the networking opportunities you have with alumni, faculty and staff. The professors are here because they love to teach and they truly want you to succeed.
If given one word, I would describe Albion College as…
Rewarding. You can expect to grow a lot while you’re here: academically, socially and professionally.
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