It is with great pleasure that we announce that JumpStart CEO Ray Leach will receive the American Spirit Award at the upcoming National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) Leadership Gala. The March, 8 event serves as a celebration of the venture industry and an opportunity to honor those who have made significant contributions to foster innovation, advance technology and drive job creation. Here’s what the NVCA had to say about Ray.

“Over the last 14 years, Ray Leach has helped create an innovative venture development organization in Cleveland Ohio, leveraged those learnings to become a trusted NVCA leader, and significantly advanced efforts to make the venture industry more inclusive.”

The NVCA American Spirit Award was created to recognize members who have shown philanthropic leadership by applying business skills, knowledge, expertise and resources to make an outstanding contribution to society.

Ray is not only a past member of the NVCA board of directors, he is the current Chair of the NVCA Alumni Council and a founding member of the NVCA Diversity Task Force.

To learn more about NVCA and their commitment to funding America’s most innovative entrepreneurs to drive U.S. job creation and economic growth, visit their website.