Eric Diamond is a Co-Founder and CEO of the Central Kitchen Companies. Previously Eric spent over twenty years in banking, lending and community development. Using his background Eric has been able to help over 400 local companies start and scale their food business concepts. Throughout his career Eric has developed a passion for helping small businesses and entrepreneurs. Eric states “there is no better professional feeling than knowing you played a part in helping someone fulfill their dreams of owning their own business.” Eric is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace College and holds and MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. In his spare time Eric enjoys raising his four boys, cooking, gardening and is an avid reader. ×
Director of Education & Community Engagement
David is a community activist who fights daily for the rights of those that are marginalized and left on the fringes of society. He is an inspirational speaker at heart. In 2014, David took a leap of faith and became an entrepreneur by starting the David Miller Group (DMG). Not long after in 2015, he launched an after-school center for youth in Ashtabula County called the One Step Center. One Step Center provides after-school recreation, study tables, academic programming, training, mentorship opportunities and FOOD to Conneaut area youth. In 2016, David took on a position as the Director of Development at the NEO Fund in Ashtabula City. His responsibility was to work with Start-up businesses to provide developmental strategies and financial support through Micro-lending.
Currently, David is the Director of Education and Community Engagement for the Central Kitchen. His role includes working with food business students and leading the scholarship program as well as serving as liaison with community organizations and individuals alike. David is also the lead Facilitator for the Food Business Bootcamp courses online.
David enjoys spending quality time with his family. He also enjoys cooking, and Inspiring others to be the greatest version of themselves. ×
Barry Jarvis is a video producer, publisher, scientist, and chef. All four of his grandparents had an active role in working the land and honoring seasonal eating's natural rhythm. Those lessons fueled his life passions to become an Environmental Scientist and later a classically-trained chef. After 15 years in the environmental field, Barry decided working in food media would more profoundly impact human and ecological well-being. For the last ten years, he has worked on food technology projects, edible Tulsa, and video production in Oklahoma. Barry is thrilled to be joining Central Kitchen, back on his home soil in Ohio. He holds degrees in Botany with Environmental Science and Culinary Arts. His favorite pastime is cooking with his three little chefs Carter, Grant, and Jack. ×
Incubator Kitchen Manager
A passion for food, social justice, entrepreneurship, and sustainability first brought Olivia to pursue a career in local food systems while studying at Ohio University. She majored in Sustainable Entrepreneurship, minored in Business Administration, and received certificates of Environmental Studies, Entrepreneurship, and Food and Culture. Experiences such as working on a team of student consultants for the OHIO Student Gardens, as well as being a student farm intern solidified her passion. In May of 2020, Olivia began her role as an urban farm intern in Detroit, MI with hopes to deepen her understanding of some of the socioeconomic disparities faced by communities of color—particularly food insecurities. Soon after, she accepted a Farm Manager position there, helping her to learn the value of empowering people through food, community building, and having equal access to adequate nutrition.
Olivia found her way back home as she returns to Cleveland to harness her love for the city and it’s robust local food scene. She stands behind the belief that developing avenues for small businesses to grow and thrive will create a brighter future for local economies. Olivia’s hobbies include grocery shopping, traveling, cooking, skiing, and ceramics. You may find her at her family's favorite Italian import store on a busy Saturday, or helping out on her uncle's farm in Ashtabula County. ×