Dennis Vitori - Chair
I was born and raised in Middletown Ohio, graduated from Fenwick High School in 1965 and Xavier University in 1969 with a degree in business. I have been a financial consultant since 1974, starting out in downtown Cincinnati, and coming back to Middletown for over 30 years with Financial Planning Consultants, Integrated Professional Financial Planning, and Summit Financial Advisors, where he is still a consultant. I live with my wife of 46 years, Suzi, in the Browns Run area of Madison Township. I have a daughter, Ami, son-in-law Kevin, and three very active grandsons ages 6,4, and 2 who love to go across the street to the golf course to chip, putt and hit balls. I love to travel to big cities and abroad, but have always been most at home in small towns with genuine people and authentic atmospheres. With the resurgence of Middletown with the new shops, wine bar, coffee shop and restaurants downtown, I am excited to witness and be part of seeing my home town grow and prosper.
Phillip Harrison-Vice Chair
I have been a Middletown resident since 1999, and am a 37 year veteran Flight Attendant for Delta Air Lines. I am a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, where I received a B.A. in English Literature at the age of 41. For the past several years I have been actively involved in the Middletown community primarily focused on the revitalization of our downtown. During that time I have become a downtown business owner, commercial property owner and developer, and have served as a Director on the DMI Board since 2013. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my wife, family and friends, playing golf, and kayaking on the Great Miami River. When asked what I love most about Middletown, I say without a doubt it's the passionate, caring people in our community. Although I am not originally from Middletown, it is my home and I want to work together to help make our downtown the place we'd all like it to be.
G. Roger Daniel-Treasurer
Presently engaged in Property Management. Retired as Vice President, Development for Duke Energy Corporation as Director, Development for Capital Power Corp. (a Canadian independent power company) after a combined 39 years in the areas of finance, corporate development and business development. Born in Middletown and lived for many years in various parts of Warren and Hamilton Counties in Ohio. Education-University of Cincinnati BBA, Xavier University MBA, CPA State of Ohio (inactive). Married and with wife Bonnie have lived in the City of Middletown for the past 18 years.
After graduation from The University of Pennsylvania I went to work at Reed Klopp Furniture. The downtown mall put that store out of business, and I later joined the Rogers Jewelers team where I was for 38 years. I helped grow the business into a 46 store group with the headquarters in downtown Middletown. During that time a small investment group aquired several properties with the hope of developing better businesses. We donated the land to the City of Middletown to create Governors Square. We all had a passion for a better downtown. I am still engaged in private jewelry but take as much time off as I can to visit my grandchildren, and enjoy a great meal.
I am a Middletown native, leaving this city only while I attended business school at Miami University and law school at University of Dayton. After college, my wife Meagan and I could have settled down anywhere, but we made an intentional decision to start our family in Middletown and invest in our hometown. We now have two daughters. I own Hurley Law Office, LLC, located in Middletown. My law practice is focused on small business law. In addition to serving on the DMI Board of Directors, I also volunteer in various capacities for the Middletown Community Foundation, Chamber of Commerce, Middletown Young Professionals, Middletown Airport Commission, The Oaks Community Church, and the Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project. I am excited and honored to be part of DMI and the significant impact it will continue to make on the entire Middletown community.
Ex Officio Members
Matt Eisenbraun-Assistant Economic Development Director, City of Middletown
Joe Mulligan-City Council Representative, City of Middletown
Jeff Payne-Executive Director
J. Jeffrey (Jeff) Payne, is a native of Dayton Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati, and a Masters in Management from Antioch (McGregor)) Midwest, in Yellow Springs Oho.
Jeff has over 30 years experience working in local and state government, as well as non-profits. He started his career with the Montgomery County Community Development Department, worked for 20 years with the City of Dayton Planning Department, focusing on transportation, land use and zoning, economic development and project management. He manage a HOPE VI program for the Greater Dayton Premier Management (DMHA), and served as the executive director for the Tawawa Community Development Corporation located in Wilberforce, Ohio. He has also served as an adjunct professor to local community colleges and universities.
Jeff enjoys the challenges of working with citizens, partners, and stakeholders in building communities, and has a special passion for historic preservation.
He and his wife reside in Dayton along with the youngest of their four daughters.