Michigan Business Beat

The economic climate of Michigan is constantly changing. It can often be difficult to keep up with the current challenges facing the state. This why we are pleased to announce that SPARK’s CEO, Paul Krutko, will be a recurring monthly guest on the Michigan Business Beat radio show.  He’ll be bringing his 30 years of experience into conversations on economic opportunities in the region.

The show is hosted by Chris Holman, and regularly highlights success stories from around the state in the world of business and finance. It’s also focused on discussing solutions to the challenges facing Michigan’s economy, from technology to manufacturing.

Paul’s first and second interviews with the Michigan Business Beat were in September and October. He spoke about recruiting new senior talent into SPARK, and the fresh perspectives they are bringing into the organization. Other topics include MichAgain, SPARK’s upcoming talent attraction event in San Jose, CA. The event is aimed at attracting Michigan alums back to the Great Lakes State. He also spoke about the upcoming Deals of the Year awards and the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition. These topics are just the tip of the iceberg, so be sure check out the recording for yourself here. Check back with us later in November for Paul’s next interview!


Paul Krutko Appointed New CEO and President, Ann Arbor SPARK

Paul Krutko, Ann Arbor SPARK's new CEO, President
Paul Krutko, Ann Arbor SPARK's new CEO, President

Paul Krutko has been selected as the new president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK. Krutko will join the organization on April 18 and will oversee continued efforts to expand economic opportunities in the Ann Arbor region through collaboration with local, state, federal and university resources.

Krutko brings over 31 years of economic and business development expertise to Ann Arbor SPARK. Recently, Krutko led San Jose’s economic development efforts.  He has also worked for the cities of Cleveland and Jacksonville.

“Over the last nine years, I’ve worked in the heart of Silicon Valley, one of the most innovative places in the world,” Krutko said. “The opportunity to come back home to the Midwest and join an organization that’s becoming known across the country for its work in changing Southeast Michigan’s economic destiny, is exciting.”