Founders Series Podcast: Dr. Mary Sue Coleman, president emerita of the University of Michigan

As part of the Ann Arbor SPARK 10-year anniversary celebration, we’ve invited founding members to this special series to share their insights and reflect on the economic progress we’ve made in the Ann Arbor region. During this podcast, Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, interviews Dr. Mary Sue Coleman, president emerita of the University of Michigan. Dr. Coleman talks about the economic environment 10 years ago and her... [Read More...]

Larry Freed: Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Larry Freed is managing partner of Second Stage Partners, where early and second stage companies are assisted with efficiently increasing their revenue to achieve business maturity. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Larry discusses his success as president and CEO of ForeSee, the launch of Second Stage Partners, and the three-phase framework it offers its clients. Listen to the podcast at this link.  Read More →

Joe Vig: Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Joe Vig is CEO of J.S. Vig Construction, which was founded by his father in 1965. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Joe discusses how J.S. Vig Construction has completed more than 1500 projects since inception, a division of the company called Project Green, and their remodeling project of Schembechler Hall at University of Michigan. You can listen to the podcast at this link.     Read More →

Esperion Therapeutics, Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Roger Newton is Executive Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer of Esperion Therapeutics Tim Mayleben is President and Chief Executive Officer of Esperion Therapeutics Esperion Therapeutics is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing first-in-class, oral, low-density, lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) lowering therapies for treatment of hypercholesterolemia and other cardiometabolic risk markers. In their... [Read More...]

Luis Sanz: Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Luis Sanz is the Director General of IASP, the global network for science parks and areas of innovation that drives growth, internationalization and effectiveness for its members. Ann Arbor was recently designated an “Area of Innovation” by IASP making the region one of only nine nationwide. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Luis discusses IASP, the mission behind his visit to Ann Arbor, and... [Read More...]

Angela Barbash, Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Angela Barbash is founder of Reconsider and principal of sister company Revalue. Reconsider is an impact economy research and development firm based in Ypsilanti, and Revalue is a registered investment advisory firm.  In her conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Angela discusses both companies, the Investment Readiness program that helps entrepreneurs in need of capital funding, as well as Local Investor Education... [Read More...]

Kris Lamb: Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Kris Lamb is vice president of engineering at Arbor Networks, a monitoring and security provider for global communications networks. Arbor Networks was founded in 2000, and is a University of Michigan spinoff. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Kris discusses entrepreneurship and Arbor Networks’ recent hiring effort and facility expansion. You can listen to the brief 12 minute podcast online at the following... [Read More...]

Mary Jo Callan: Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Mary Jo Callan Mary Jo Callan is the director of the Office of Community and Economic Development for Washtenaw County. The aim of this office is to maximize the effectiveness of local government’s efforts to foster place making and quality of life for Washtenaw County residents. In her conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Mary Jo discusses how local investment makes a tremendous impact on the local economy,... [Read More...]

Nigel Francis: Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Nigel Francis is the Senior Automotive Adviser to the State of Michigan, and the Senior Vice President, Automotive Industry Office, Michigan Economic Development Corporation. He is charged with developing, implementing, and executing a strategic plan to promote, retain, and grow Michigan’s automotive industry. Nigel will be a featured speaker at Ann Arbor SPARK’s 2014 Annual Meeting on May 20th. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president... [Read More...]

Sassa Akervall: Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Sassa Akervall is the Chief Operating Officer of Akervall Technologies, an Ann Arbor startup founded in 2007. Since then, the company has experienced significant growth, including the launch of a new product, the SISU Mouthguard. As it ramps up production, Akervall is moving from its current office space to a facility where it can house operations and manufacturing together. In March of this year, Akervall Technologies was named one of the Top... [Read More...]

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