Ten Year Anniversary Town Hall Recap

Ten Year Anniversary Town Hall Recap


Aug 25th, 2018

A huge thank you to everyone that joined us the the Idea Foundry Town Hall! We enjoyed the spicy delights of Hot Chicken Takeover, shared a walk down memory lane that celebrated the amazing growth and impact the Idea Foundry has experienced over the last ten years and learned about the newest victories of our chief staff members. Be sure to check out our digital scrapbook video above--a montage of some of our favorite photos and video snippets from members and staff!

What was the big news?

Founder and Chief Mischief Maker Alex Bandar is excited to focus on new business development such as deepening our relationships with educators and leading outreach initiatives, and consulting for fellow Makerspaces. With Alex taking on new challenges, he has handed off the reins as CEO to Casey McCarty.

Casey McCarty is excited to focus on sustainability and long-term growth opportunities like growing Idea Foundry brand reach beyond Columbus, and embracing role of Makerspaces and the future of work.  “We have a robust community of Makers and entrepreneurs,” McCarty explained. “We are an ecosystem at the forefront of the future of work--many of our Makers have already rejected or re-negotiated conventional employment relationships.  The resources and lifelong learning opportunities available here really develop skill sets critical for thriving over the next decades as we experience market disruptions from AI and automation.”

We also re-introduced some of our staff, including Karla Ross, who joined us in July as our Events Coordinator, and Rebecca Gimblett, recognized as part of our intrepid shop team, who will be stepping into the role of Classes Coordinator, as the shop team takes over more ownership of our regular classes.  Nicole Coleman will be shifting towards our events team, helping to plan the programming for our hosted events and activities for third-party events.

The Idea Foundry now serves 800 members, including more than 400 Columbus-based small-business owners, and welcomes more than 3,000 lifelong learning students to its classes each year.