Chris Zito

Chris Zito is a lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio currently residing in Rocky River, Ohio with his wife Chari. Chris and his wife are avid boaters and 35- years members of the Cleveland Yachting Club.  From 1980-1989 Chris served as President of Suburban West Agency with Zito Insurance Agency where Chris is Managing Director.

Chris contributes his times and talents to the community through his non-profit board affiliations:

Board member; Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute Leadership Board

Board Chair; Our Lady of the Wayside ( 2001-2005, 2008-2010 & 2017 present)

Board Chair; Senior Support Network, Westlake Ohio

Board Member, Secretary, Executive Committee, and former Chair of finance Committee; Baldwin Wallace University

Board Member, Cleveland Yachting Club


Joanne Abbott 

Joanne Abbott is an attorney experienced in defense acquisition, federal contracting, leading technology commercialization, and creating private-public partnerships. She earned a B.A. in business and a Doctorate degree in Jurisprudence.

Her government experience started as a NASA Contracting Officer for the development and launch of multi-billion dollar advanced technology programs. Later as a NASA Program Manger, she led a national effort with the Defense Department and industry to commercialize new technology to benefit the U.S. economy. During this she established two ( Other Transaction Authority) consortia, one for advanced space communications, the other for ultra-high temperature materials.

Industry experience includes an executive position with a Clinical Research Organization where she developed business and solved problems with customers at the program executive level within the National Institutes of Health. Later, working with a state economic development organization, her due diligence assessments and executive coaching enabled five start-up medical based businesses to receive venture capital investments.

For over 5 years, she was a Professor- and the only subject-matter-expert on Other Transaction (OT) Authority- at the Defense Acquisition University where she also developed courses and instructed.

As a sought after speaker, she has presented at more than 40 national conferences including the American Bar Association’s 2018 Annual Conference.  She has briefed U.S. Senators and has presented government-industry partnership strategies to cabinet executives at the White House.

Todd A. Schrader

Todd Schrader has been practicing law for over 20 years and joined Seeley Savidge Ebert & Gourash in 2013.One of his positions prior to joining SSEG was serving as in-house counsel with a well-known suburban Cleveland, Ohio real estate developer. Todd also served as sole in-house counsel with one of the nation’s largest privately-held industrial sales and rental organizations headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

Mr. Schrader’s practice emphasis includes commercial, industrial, multi-family, and residential real estate matters; formation, governance, management, but-sell matters, etc. related to corporations and limited liability companies; complex debtor-creditor and distressed asset/ workout matters; counseling closely-held business entities on asset protection and business succession strategies.

Some of Todd’s successes while at SSEG include negotiating the acquistion of land for a large acreage retail complex; facilitating the manger of two medium-size accounting firms; facilitating business succession plans with multi-generational, privately-held entities; assisting with ownership and governance chorganizations across broad and diverse spectrum of industries; successful negotiation of workout arrangements for many organizations suffering financial or organizational distress.

Todd has also been the featured speaker to the public as well as professionals on real estate and limited liability company matters.

Todd and his family are active members of St. Colette’s Parish in Brunswick, Ohio and he is a musician when not practicing law. In his spare time, Todd enjoys golfing, hunting, reading, musical endeavors, and spending time with his wife and their two children.


Lynda David