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...]

Connected Vehicle Research Center Planned on Site of Former Willow Run Powertrain Plant

A consortium led by Ann Arbor SPARK that includes RACER Trust, Devon Industrial Group, and Walbridge Development, today announced that the former Willow Run Powertrain plant is the proposed home for a technologically advanced connected vehicle research center.  This project could become a hub of research and development for the vehicles of tomorrow and a catalyst for jobs in innovative automotive research. Based on input that Ann Arbor SPARK solicited from... [Read More...]

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 talks about how he has been able to hire and retain key talent at Saline Lectronics. Click to listen.... [Read More...]

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 of the exciting new projects she is working on with the U-M Health System. They discuss the economic... [Read More...]

Conversations on Economic Opportunity with Tim Marshall

Tim Marshall is the president and CEO of Bank of Ann Arbor, and he is also the current chair of SPARK’s board of directors. Tim sat down with Paul Krutko to discuss the economy of the region, Bank of Ann Arbor, and the direction he wants to lead SPARK in.  They even touch on those clever Bank of Ann Arbor billboards that dot Ann Arbor. Q&A Paul:  One of the things that we were intrigued about is that you’ve been really innovative in... [Read More...]

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 initiatives at Barracuda. You’ve been in charge of the Ann Arbor site and you’ve been here since... [Read More...]

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 quality of life and how the two benefit the state of Michigan. Hear how business, talent, and... [Read More...]

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. Bob Guenzel, Former Washtenaw County Administrator Q&A Paul: I’ve heard you talk often about the importance of building relationships and using those relationships to make life better for citizens.  Can... [Read More...]

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: Jeff Finkle, IEDC Paul: While I’m very familiar with the International Economic Development Council, I don’t know that... [Read More...]

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 Bill Milliken of Milliken Realty Company Paul: Bill, you have an interesting background, having been in... [Read More...]

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