Group Claims First JobsOhio President Cashing In On Ohio Connections

Dec 10, 2013

A group critical of JobsOhio says the California native brought in to be its first president may have used that position to set himself up for a big payday later.

The liberal group Progress Ohio has been trying to find out about the deals Mark Kvamme has been striking with his firm Drive Capital since leaving JobsOhio. Progress Ohio’s Brian Rothenberg says based on a similar proposed deal with one of the state’s pension funds, Kvamme could net $9 million in fees, half a million in expenses and 20% of future profits from The Ohio State University’s investment in his company.

“I think he definitely cashed in on the relationships that he was able to develop in Ohio – better than most Ohioans could,” says Rothenberg.

Rothenberg says he’s had a difficult time getting documents to prove this, but he thinks the deal Ohio State received is the same one as proposed to the pension fund – though the records he received from OSU are so heavily redacted it’s hard to tell. Progress Ohio is part of a suit challenging the constitutionality of JobsOhio.