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 …

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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, …

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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 conversation with Paul …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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Mary Jo Callan: Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

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, …

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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 …

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CEO Podcast: Scott Griffith, President of ERA Realty

Scott Griffith is the president of ERA Griffith Realty in Livingston County. Scott is a fifth generation Livingston County resident and has been a business owner for over 30 years. He is also a member of the Ann Arbor SPARK Executive Committee. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Scott discusses the advantages …

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CEO Podcast: Marisa Smith, Founder and CEO of The Whole Brain Group

Marisa Smith, a University of Michigan graduate, founded The Whole Brain Group in 2002. The web design and digital marketing firm has thrived in Ann Arbor since then, and this impressive growth landed the company one of Ann Arbor SPARK’s FastTrack Awards in 2012. In her conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor …

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CEO Podcast: Les Alexander, Navitas Advanced Solutions Group

Les Alexander, formerly of T/J Technologies and A123 Systems, works as the general manager of Navitas Advanced Solutions Group. Navitas is a leading provider of energy-enabled system solutions, energy storage products, and power electronics for commercial, industrial and government agency customers. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Les discusses the company’s recent expansion …

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Rich Sheridan, Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Rich Sheridan, CEO and chief storyteller at Menlo Innovations, recently released his first book Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Rich discusses why joy is a cultural intention at Menlo, and how that translates into business results. Rich also talks about how Menlo’s rituals, ceremonies, …

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Don Hicks, Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Don Hicks is the founder, president and CEO of LLamasoft. LLamasoft provides software and expertise to help large organizations design and improve their supply chain network operations. LLamasoft has experienced impressive growth since the company was founded in 2003 in Ann Arbor. They are now a six-year recipient of Ann Arbor SPARK’s FastTrack Award. In order to …

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Mitch Rohde, Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Mitch Rohde is the co-founder and CEO of Quantum Signal. A longtime Ann Arbor-ite, Mitch received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Michigan. Quantum Signal is headquartered in Saline, and develops math-based engineering products. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Mitch discusses his latest technology-based products, …

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Raymond Boufford, Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Raymond Boufford is the vice president of business transformation at Faurecia. Faurecia is a global automotive components manufacturer with more than 30 locations worldwide. It is the world’s sixth largest automotive equipment supplier. Faurecia was recently named “Project of the Year” at Ann Arbor SPARK’s 2013 Annual Meeting. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO …

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Trevor Lauer, Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Trevor Lauer is vice president of distribution operations for DTE Energy. Trevor also serves as treasurer on the executive committee of Ann Arbor SPARK’s Board of Directors. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Trevor talks about how DTE Energy contributes to Michigan’s economic development, and why DTE Energy’s goal is to …

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Kalyan Handique, Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Kalyan Handique is the president and CEO of DeNovo Sciences, the 2011 grand prize winner of the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Kalyan co-founded HandyLab in 2000. The company was acquired by Becton, Dickinson and Co. in 2009. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor …

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