Our mission is to strengthen the regional economy by driving talent and capital into scalable technology companies in Western Ohio. The DDC’s Accelerant team manages the fund with the assistance of an independent advisory board.
Vice President, Accelerant Venture Capital Fund
Roger is the Vice President of the Accelerant Venture Capital Fund, an Initiative of the Dayton Development Coalition. Mr. Edwards works closely with regional entrepreneurs, providing both the business and technical guidance needed to assist with developing and commercializing new solutions within a variety of different markets. Mr. Edwards began his career with Huffy Corporation within their internal audit department, and then joined Ernst & Young leading audit and review engagements for publicly and privately owned companies in the Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus, Ohio areas. Mr. Edwards later served as a Senior Director of Product Management and Software Development for Reynolds & Reynolds, a Fortune 1000 Technology based company headquartered in Dayton, Ohio. Since 2005, Mr. Edwards has started various business advisory teams within the Dayton Region specializing in business management, operations, as well as managing new solution introductions to the market with private equity. Mr. Edwards is a Certified Public Accountant within the State of Ohio, and holds a dual major in Accountancy and Finance from Wright State University.
Carol Warner joined the Accelerant entrepreneurial venture fund team of the Dayton Development Coalition in 2015. Her role focuses on investment due diligence and financial reporting and analysis, including responsibility for regular communication of results to fund investors.
Carol was previously the CFO of Commuter Advertising, one of the Dayton Region Signature Fund investments, and brings good perspective and experience to the Accelerant team from the start-up company environment. She was selected as the 2012 CFO of the Year by the Dayton Business Journal while with Commuter Advertising. Carol came to Dayton in 2001 as Vice President – Finance of LM Berry and Company; her finance career with AT&T/Bellsouth/Berry spanned 20 years. Carol also has prior experience in public accounting and was certified as a CPA in Georgia. She received both an MBA and BA from Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business in Atlanta, Georgia.
Carol has been active in the community since coming to Dayton. She currently serves on the board of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, and is the treasurer of the United States Air and Trade Show and deputy treasurer of the Citizens for Good Libraries. She previously served on the boards of the Miami Valley Research Foundation, Dayton Opera and the Organizational Review Committee of United Way of the Greater Dayton Area. She was a member of the Leadership Dayton Class of 2004.