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STEVE POTASH, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Steve Potash is president and Chief Executive Officer of OverDrive, a company that he founded in 1986. He also serves on its Board of Directors. As CEO, Steve leads an Executive Strategic Team focused on OverDrive’s vision to create a world enlightened by reading. Under his leadership, OverDrive has become the leading digital reading platform for eBooks, audiobooks and other digital media for libraries, schools, government agencies, corporate learning centers and colleges and universities worldwide.
A true pioneer in the digital content and distribution industry, Steve was among the first to develop useful applications for digital books in the 1980s. He began his career offering innovative floppy diskette, CD-ROM and print-to-digital conversion services, and introduced early versions of digital books to the law, accounting and healthcare industries. In 2000, Steve launched OverDrive’s flagship digital content distribution hub, OverDrive Marketplace, now one of the largest B2B catalogs in the world for institutional buyers of eBooks and other digital media in over 100 languages. Many of the world’s leading publishing houses rely on OverDrive to sell their premium content to a global network of 36,000 libraries and schools in 63 countries.Steve has been recognized by the industry with a variety of awards. In 2016, he was honored by the UJA-Federation of New York Publishing Division, and in 2011 he received the first Ambassador Award from the publishing industry at BookExpo America. In 2017, Steve also was honored as a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient from Cleveland State University.

A graduate of The Ohio State University and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Steve was a founding member of the Open eBook Forum (renamed International Digital Publishing Forum) and a contributing author for the industry standard eBook format EPUB specification. In addition, through his collaboration with federal and state agencies, Steve has worked extensively for improved digital media accessibility for the visually impaired.

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Greg Farmer, Chief Financial Officer

Greg joined OverDrive in 2013 and now leads OverDrive’s finance and accounting teams. Prior to joining OverDrive, he was vice president and corporate controller at Hilite International, a global designer and manufacturer of highly engineered powertrain components for the automotive market. In addition, Greg also served as an audit manager at a large public accounting firm. He is a CPA and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kent State University.

 

 

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Lori Franklin, Chief Operating Officer

Lori Franklin joined OverDrive in 2002 and is currently responsible for operational functions including Human Resources, Facilities, Customer Support and Success, and Knowledge Services (Business Systems and Technical Writing). Prior to joining OverDrive, Lori held financial and consulting positions with Ernst & Young and franchise companies that own Applebee’s and Chili’s Bar & Grill restaurants. She is a CPA and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Baldwin Wallace University. Lori was recognized by Crain’s Cleveland Business as one of its Women of Note in 2012.

 

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Jeff Sterling, Chief Technology Officer

Since 1994, Jeff has been leading the development and architecture of OverDrive’s technology, including customer-facing applications, back-end services, and everything in between. Jeff graduated from Ohio Northern University with a BS in Electrical Engineering.