Mario Sciberras, CEO Podcast: Conversations on Economic Opportunity

Mario Sciberras is the president and CEO of Saline Lectronics, a circuit board assembly house located in Saline. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Mario talks about the importance of programs like Pure Michigan Business Connect, and why the region has been the ideal location to grow his company. Mario also …

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Stewart Brannen, CEO Podcast: Conversations on Economic Opportunity

Stewart Brannen is Cleary University’s faculty chair of entrepreneurship and leadership, and director of the Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Stewart was instrumental in the creation of the Livingston Entrepreneur Group United for Prosperity (LEG-UP). In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Stewart talks about what makes Cleary University stand apart from …

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Jeff Williams, CEO Podcast: Conversations on Economic Opportunity

Jeff Williams is the chairman & CEO of Tangent Medical Technologies, Inc. & NeuMoDx Molecular, Inc. Jeff is considered by many as the “ultimate serial CEO”. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Jeff talks about what makes the Ann Arbor region a strong entrepreneurial community, and suggestions for improving on …

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New! CEO Podcast Featuring Chris Rizik

Chris Rizik is currently the CEO and fund manager of the Renaissance Venture Capital Fund. Previously, he was a founding partner in two of the region’s largest venture capital funds.  Chris is also founder and publisher of SoulTracks.com. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Chris explains the venture capital world, …

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Michael Tidwell, Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Michael Tidwell is the Dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University. Originally from California, Dr. Tidwell received his undergraduate degree from Ball State University and holds two graduate degrees from Washington State University. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, Dr. Tidwell talks about why the EMU College of Business is described as innovative, applied, …

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Ora Pescovitz Talks Economic Opportunity with Paul Krutko

The University of Michigan’s first female executive vice president for Medical Affairs and CEO of the Health System, Dr. Ora Pescovitz, recently took the time to sit down with Ann Arbor SPARK’s CEO Paul Krutko for a CEO Podcast: Conversations on Economic Opportunity. During the course of her conversation with Krutko, Dr. Pescovitz discusses many …

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Conversations on Economic Opportunity with Sean Heiney

Barracuda Networks announced earlier this year that they would be expanding their operations into the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, where the old Borders store was located. Paul Krutko sat down with Barracuda’s director of new products initiatives, Sean Heiney, as part of SPARK’s podcast series. Q&A Paul:  You are the director of new product …

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Governor Snyder talks Michigan Talent, Business, & Tourism

To listen to the full podcast, please click here. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Governor Snyder discusses AnnArbor.com’s Deals of the Year and three great Ann Arbor success stories, The Corner Brewery, Llamasoft and Barracuda Networks. The Governor also discusses the importance of Michigan talent and the …

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Conversations on Economic Opportunity with Bob Guenzel

Bob Guenzel, retired Washtenaw County Administrator, is currently a member of Ann Arbor SPARK’s board of directors. Paul Krutko recently sat down with Bob Guenzel to discuss the past, present, and future of the Ann Arbor region’s economy. Q&A Paul: I’ve heard you talk often about the importance of building relationships and using those relationships …

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Conversations on Economic Opportunity with Jeff Finkle

Jeff Finkle is the president and CEO of the International Economic Development Council, and was recently the keynote speaker at SPARK’s Annual Meeting. Paul Krutko, president and CEO of SPARK, got the chance to sit down with Jeff and discuss the economy from a national perspective. Here are a few excerpts from the conversation: Paul: …

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Bill Milliken, Conversations on Economic Opportunity

Bill Milliken founded Milliken Realty, an award-winning real estate business, in 1996.  He is an active business community participant and supporter, and has long been recognized for his leadership. Paul Krutko recently got the chance to speak with Bill about Michigan’s turnaround from the recession and its current real estate market. Q&A Paul: Bill, you …

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Dr. Rose Bellanca Talks Jobs, Training, and Other Resources Available From WCC

Area employers have a high demand for talent; there are more than 200 jobs currently listed on SPARK’s Talent Portal. Do you have the training & expertise it takes to land one of these jobs? Washtenaw Community College can help you learn the skills necessary for many of the region’s most in-demand careers. In her …

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Mayor Hieftje: Conversations on Economic Opportunity

In August, Paul Krutko, president and CEO of SPARK, sat down with Mayor John Hieftje to discuss economic opportunity in the Ann Arbor region. Mayor Hieftje assumed office in 2000, and has served as the city’s mayor ever since. The Mayor has led the city through a period of tremendous change, including the worst recession …

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Conversations on Economic Opportunity with Mark Sutter of Terumo

Mark Sutter is the president and CEO of Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Corporation, a global leader of products for the cardiac and vascular surgery marketplace. Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, recently sat down with Mark to record a CEO Podcast: Conversations on Economic Opportunity. Q&A Paul: How has Ann Arbor helped the …

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Conversations on Economic Opportunity with Mike Miller

What does it take to work at the Google AdWords headquarters? Why did Google decide downtown Ann Arbor was the perfect place to do business? Paul Krutko recently sat down with Mike Miller, head of the Ann Arbor Google AdWords office, to discuss these questions and more as part of SPARK’s podcast series. Q&A Paul:  …

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Dave Brandon Talks Athletics & Economic Impact in SPARK’s Latest CEO Podcast

Michigan Athletics is a global brand that draws in more than 100,000 people and generates around $15 million in economic impact every home football game. David A. Brandon has been the leader of this major economic driver since March 2010. In his conversation with Donna Doleman, VP Marketing, Communications and Talent, Dave discusses his role …

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