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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Focused on the Future, Ann Arbor Michigan

This article was originally published at Business In Focus, for the August 2014 issue.  The community grew up around the University of Michigan, which is one of the top three publicly funded research universities in the nation. The institution both attracts and develops talent, and encourages a culture of innovation. “Ann Arbor is a significant …

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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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Pinkerton Relocates Corporate Headquarters to Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor SPARK to provide talent services as company expands Pinkerton, the industry’s leading provider of risk management services and solutions for organizations throughout the world, recently moved its corporate headquarters to Ann Arbor. The company is relocating from New Jersey. Pinkerton offers organizations a range of corporate risk management services from security consulting and …

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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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Ann Arbor SPARK Supports Mahindra GenZe, Company Expands to U.S. with New Vehicle Research and High Tech Manufacturing Facility

Ann Arbor SPARK’s efforts to attract high tech businesses to the region has resulted in Mahindra GenZe, a division of the multinational company Mahindra and Mahindra, choosing to locate in the City of Ann Arbor. Mahindra GenZe is designing and manufacturing a new technology vehicle here, at its first facility in the United States. As …

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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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XanEdu expands in Ann Arbor with $1M investment and 50 jobs

XanEdu, Inc. is expanding its operations in the Ann Arbor region, investing more than $1 million and planning to hire over 50 people. As part of the expansion, XanEdu is consolidating its Michigan and Kentucky operations into its current headquarters, located in Pittsfield Township. XanEdu currently has 30 employees in the region. The jobs the …

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Greater Ann Arbor Region attracts $361 million in investment, 2,930 jobs

A campaign to attract businesses to the Greater Ann Arbor Region is yielding terrific results, including more than $361 million in new investment and the creation of 2,930 new jobs. Efforts to keep businesses in the Greater Ann Arbor Region, and help them grow here, have resulted in the retention of more than 1,200 jobs. …

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President and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK Presents at National Summit on Autonomous Vehicles

Ann Arbor SPARK recently had the opportunity to participate in the Autotech Council’s summit on autonomous vehicles. The Autotech Council is a Silicon Valley-based organization focused on increasing the amount of innovation in the automotive industry. At the summit, Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, shared the Ann Arbor region’s success in growing the autonomous …

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XanEdu Expands in Ann Arbor with $1M Investment and 50 Jobs; Ann Arbor SPARK Connects Company to Incentives, Talent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MARCH 19, 2014 – ANN ARBOR, MICH. — With support from Ann Arbor SPARK, XanEdu, Inc.  is expanding its operations, investing more than $1 million in Ann Arbor and planning to hire over 50 people. As part of the expansion, XanEdu is consolidating its Michigan and Kentucky operations into its current …

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Want to grow? Work locally, but think globally

By Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK Last year, Michigan set a record. Nearly $60 billion in goods were exported from Michigan — a 3 percent increase from 2012. Every billion dollars of exports supports around 5,000 U.S. jobs, giving us a significant reason to focus our attention on these export markets. Livingston …

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Auto Testing Center Drives Michigan Development Plans

Article originally published on IndustryWeek.com It’s never a good idea for a region, especially one in Michigan, to be looking in its rear view mirror and see the competition catching up. That’s how Southeast Michigan was feeling as it was watching Silicon Valley build up its auto IT innovation sector. “We didn’t want to be …

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Thomson Plastics Opens Howell Township Manufacturing Facility, Plans to Create 46 New Jobs and Invest Nearly $4 million

With support from Ann Arbor SPARK, Thomson Plastics, Inc. is expanding to Michigan, with a new manufacturing operation in Howell Township. As part of establishing its facility in Howell Township – its first in Michigan – Thomson Plastics plans to create 46 new jobs and invest nearly $4 million over two years. “Thomson Plastics’ decision …

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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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Ann Arbor SPARK Recognizes Consistent Company Growth with FastTrack Awards

Ann Arbor SPARK recently presented its annual FastTrack awards to Washtenaw-based companies that have demonstrated consistent growth. Several of the 2013 FastTrack award recipients were multiple year winners. “To grow a business is an amazing accomplishment, but to grow it consistently at a rate of 20 percent or more is an achievement worthy of recognition …

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Navitas Systems Expands in Pittsfield Township, Will Invest $9.3 Million and Create 125 Jobs

Woodridge, IL – October 23, 2013 – Navitas Systems LLC (www.navitassys.com), a leading provider of energy-enabled system solutions, energy storage products, and power electronics for commercial, industrial and government agency customers, announced that it is expanding its operations and relocating to a new facility in Pittsfield Charter Township, and has committed to make a capital …

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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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Universal Marketing Group Expands to Ann Arbor, Will Hire 150 by End of Year

Universal Marketing Group is opening a new call center in Ann Arbor, where the company expects to hire 150 by the end of the year.  The company, which is headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, was awarded $600,000 in incentives from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to support its expansion in to Michigan. “Attracting a rapidly growing …

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