Clay has served as the Founder and Managing Director of North Coast Angel Fund since its founding in 2006. Clay spent the previous eight years as a co-founder of Sycamore Partners, LLC, a company focused on early-stage investing and consulting support to pre-seed and seed-stage companies.
Clay currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. (HY-NYSE) and several startup companies, including the NCAF portfolio company SironRX Liquidity Trust. His 40+ years of experience include: President and COO of Bruning Paint Company (a producer of consumer coatings), Vice President of Corporate Development and CFO of Laurel Industries, Inc. (a producer of plastic additives), Director of Marketing for the Cleveland Twist Drill division (a producer of cutting tools) of Acme-Cleveland Corp., General Manager of the XMR Laser Systems, Inc. (a start-up producer of industrial laser systems) subsidiary of Acme-Cleveland Corp., Senior Associate for McKinsey & Co., and Commercial Lending Officer for the First National Bank of Boston. Clay holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.