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...]

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...]

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 company as a business?  Is Ann Arbor a good place for a global headquarters? Mark: Having this location... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK President, CEO, Elected Chair of International Economic Development Council

Ann Arbor SPARK president and CEO Paul Krutko was recently elected chair of the International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) board of directors. Krutko will retire his past role as vice chair to begin his new, one-year term in January 2013. “It is truly an honor to have been elected chair of IEDC, the world’s leading membership organization of economic development professionals,” Krutko said. “The vision and leadership... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK Launches New “Selling Smart Workshop” Series

Ann Arbor SPARK will kick off a new entrepreneurial education series, the Selling Smart Workshop, on June 6, 9-11 a.m. at SPARK Central.  This first event in the series, “A Practical Process for Selling Services,” will offer information on how to create a systematic approach for qualifying leads and closing opportunities. “Sales is an aspect of business that so many entrepreneurs struggle with, yet it’s absolutely critical to a company’s... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK awarded $500,000 from the MEDC for SPARK East Incubator

Ann Arbor SPARK was recently awarded $500,000 from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) 21st Century Jobs Fund. The funding will support the Ann Arbor SPARK East business incubator. “MEDC support for Ann Arbor SPARK’s East incubator extends and enhances opportunities for start-ups throughout the region,” said Paul Krutko, president and CEO, Ann Arbor SPARK. “Business incubators play an important role... [Read More...]

Paul Krutko Appointed New CEO and President, Ann Arbor SPARK

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,... [Read More...]

Entrepreneur awards and VC program features SPARK’s Amy Cell

From Crain’s Detroit Business Nov. 11, 2009; “The seven winners joined about 140 attendees this morning at a networking breakfast followed by peer-to-peer strategy sessions. Chris Rizik, president and CEO of the Renaissance Venture Capital Fund, presented a session on pitching to venture capitalists and angel investors with Amy Cell, vice president of Ann Arbor Spark. It’s important to understand the role of venture capital, Rizik... [Read More...]