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 of locating a business in Livingston County and how the region can compete globally. He also talks... [Read More...]

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 SPARK, Marisa discusses why she decided to start her own business, how to find talent in the Ann Arbor region,... [Read More...]

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 in Pittsfield Township,... [Read More...]

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, and storytelling have transformed the typical business office... [Read More...]

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 receive the award, a company must have over $100,000 in revenue and grow by at... [Read More...]

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, which have applications in the defense and entertainment... [Read More...]

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 of Ann Arbor SPARK, Raymond discusses Faurecia’s... [Read More...]

SPARK Podcast ft. Dr. Carl Van Horn

Dr. Carl Van Horn, Director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University As the county continues to regain its footing after the Great Recession, how have Americans’ perspectives on employment and the future of the workplace changed? Dr. Carl Van Horn, author of the book Working Scared (Or Not at All): The Lost Decade, Great Recession, and Restoring the Shattered American Dream, addresses that very question. Listen... [Read More...]

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 be the easiest company in America to work with. Listen to the podcast... [Read More...]

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 SPARK, Kalyan describes the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, the importance of leadership... [Read More...]

« Previous PageNext Page »