Steve Potash, President and Chief Executive Officer
Steve Potash is President and CEO of OverDrive, a company that he founded in 1986. Under his leadership, OverDrive has become the leading global platform for eBooks, audiobooks and other digital media for libraries, schools, government, and retailers worldwide. Active in the electronic publishing industry since the 1980s with innovative CD-ROM and print-to-digital conversion services, Steve launched OverDrive’s flagship content distribution service in 2000. Under his leadership, OverDrive has built longstanding trusted relationships with channel and supplier partners resulting in a global network spanning more than 50 countries and one of the largest digital content catalogs in the world.
Steve was a founding member of, and has served as President and Board member for, the International Digital Publishing Forum (www.idpf.org). Through his collaboration with the federal and state agencies, Steve has worked extensively for improved digital media accessibility for the visually impaired and blind. He received the first Ambassador Award from the book and publishing industry at BookExpo America in 2011.
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.
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.
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.