Russia Business Advisory Committee


The Business Technical Advisory Committee is an organization established to assist startup or expanding companies with advice and business knowledge.


The Committee consists of successful area businessmen that have backgrounds and expertise in a variety of occupations. This Committee offers assistance in areas such as marketing, finance, engineering, banking, computers, grants, accounting, and other business services. Let us help you start or improve your business expertise.



Members of the Technical Advisory committee include:



Doug Borchers


Doug Borchers is Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Dickman Supply Inc., the Upper Miami Valley’s largest independent electrical and industrial products wholesaler, and is also Vice President of Electro Controls Inc., a custom electrical automation systems manufacturer. He leads a team of 15 sales and marketing professionals, and interfaces regularly with the leaders of many of this region’s manufacturing facilities, both small and large.  His company has won numerous local and national awards, recently receiving the Sales and Marketing Excellence award from the IMARK Group, the largest electrical wholesale entity in the US, as the top Sales and Marketing organization in the country.  Doug joined Dickman Supply and Electro Controls in 1997 after 10 years of technical sales and management positions with Eaton Corporation in Milwaukee, Cincinnati, and Dayton, where he earned the national sales engineer of the year award after quadrupling his sales over a three year period. Doug was recognized by the Dayton Business Journal as a “Top 40 under 40” winner in 2000.


Doug has served as President of both Sidney Rotary and Piqua Country Clubs, and sits on advisory boards at Edison State College, Sinclair College, and Upper Valley Joint Vocational School.  He chairs Sidney Rotary’s Foundation Committee, and has been a division chair for the Shelby County United Way annual fund drive for ten years.  He received his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and MBA with a marketing concentration from The University of Dayton. Doug and his wife Beth chose to move back to Russia because of the family atmosphere it offered their seven children, and remain very involved in those children’s activities.




Ed Borchers


Ed Borchers, a lifetime resident of Russia, Ohio is retired president of Superior Aluminum Products, Inc.  Associated with the firm as part owner for 40 years, he is currently on the Board of Directors.  Superior Aluminum is a national manufacturer of aluminum railings and columns.  He was responsible for all phases of management and production.


Ed is a graduate of Miami Jacobs Business College with an Associate Degree in Higher Accounting. Ed’s other current affiliations include serving as Chairman of the Board of Versailles Savings and Loan Association, on the Board of Directors and Past President of the Community Foundation of Shelby County, and President of E M Products, Ltd.  He is also a member of the Russia Knights of Columbus, and a member and Past President of the Versailles Lions Club.


He would like to assist anyone starting a new business venture, or expanding an existing business.


Gary Daniel


Gary Daniel is a founding partner at Rapid Equity Ventures (REV).  REV invests in and mentors new and existing small businesses in the west central Ohio region. Prior to REV Gary spent 29 years at Hewlett-Packard (HP) where he led a team of 9,000 employees in his role as Senior  Director of Support  Delivery Operations for Commercial and Enterprise Systems for North and South America.  Gary held cost responsibility for this billion dollar plus division which provided onsite as well as remote support for HP’s most critical customers. His primary expertise lies in the areas of logistics, training, acquisition integration, organization design and effectiveness, P&L management, sales, and most importantly, leadership and mentoring skills.  Gary also sits on advisory boards for small companies in the local area via his relationship with Aileron, a non-profit dedicated to helping small businesses thrive. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking and spending time with his wife and family.


Keith Daniel


Keith Daniel is a founding partner at Rapid Equity Ventures (REV).  REV invests in and mentors new and existing small businesses in the west central Ohio region. Prior to REV he spent ten years in various senior management roles at two software startup companies, Powersoft and SilverStream, both of which had successful IPO’s and achieved combined market values of over $2.9 billion dollars. Keith’s areas of expertise lie in corporate strategy, sales and marketing, and personnel selection and development. His passion is building teams that are capable of implementing high growth strategies.  His other past employers include Texas Instruments, Corning, Goldman Sachs, and Oracle.  Keith holds elected office as a member of the Russia Local School Board and also sits on several boards including The Community Foundation of Shelby County, Definity Partners, Shumsky, and Vartek.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Degree from the University of Dayton and an MBA from Duke University.


Jon Heffner


Jon Heffner is the Owner/General Partner of Heffner and Associates, Ltd. of Russia, Ohio.  Heffner and Associates is a real estate, development, and management consulting company.  Jon is also an Associate of Emerson Wagner Realty Co., Inc. and manages the Russia Branch office of Emerson Wagner Realty.  In addition, Jon is a general partner of Buckeye Building Associates, LLC (sales and construction of steel buildings) and the ProtoGen Group, LLC (corporate and workforce training).


 Jon holds degrees in Political Science, Psychology, and Counseling/Therapy with post graduate work in Business Administration and Finance.  He has been designated as a Certified Business Analyst by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Ohio Department of Development.


Mike Monnin


Mike Monnin is a life-long resident of Russia currently serving as the Market President of Chase Bank in Sidney, Ohio. Mike’s banking career spans 38 years with the majority of his time spent working with small and medium sized companies. 


Mike has a very good understanding of what the small business person needs to do to be successful.  He has been mentoring clients for years emphasizing the need for them to surround themselves with a solid team made up of a banker, accountant, lawyer, and insurance agent in addition to a mentor or advisor.  The key is to follow their advice and allow the business person to focus on what they do well and not be expected to know all the things that his team will bring to the table.