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Ann Arbor Spark

Ann Arbor SPARK Annual Meeting

May 18 | Virtual Event

Ann Arbor SPARK annual meeting & regional economic forum

The Ann Arbor SPARK Annual Meeting is attended by business, government, and academic leaders from across the Ann Arbor region. Business leaders will highlight the region’s accomplishments over the past year and include a presentation of the Annual Meeting Awards and preview new projects and initiatives for the coming year.

General Tickets: $75

PROGRAM: 11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

  • Welcoming Remarks
  • 2020 Metrics and Results
  • Key Projects
  • Annual Meeting Awards
  • Keynote Fireside Chat
  • Closing Remarks


Keynote Guest

John Tuttle, NYSE Group
Vice Chairman and Chief Commercial Officer

Join us as John Tuttle, NYSE Group vice chairman and chief commercial officer, sits down for a fireside chat with David Ruud and shares his perspective on topics ranging from how startups can position for IPO to how the pandemic has impacted capital markets. Additionally, John will discuss how the stock market has helped the economy during COVID-19 and answer questions during a live Q&A session.

As member of the senior leadership team, Tuttle leads NYSE’s Global Listings, Capital Markets, and Exchange Traded Products businesses, and is responsible for managing the Exchange’s relationships with more than 2,200 NYSE-listed companies and with the Investment Banking, Private Equity, Venture Capital, and Legal communities.

In addition, he leads the NYSE’s business development efforts for Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), Direct Listings, Exchanges Traded Funds (ETFs), Structured Products, Closed-End Funds, and REITs listing on NYSE or NYSE-American.

Since joining NYSE in 2007, Tuttle has served in a succession of roles including Global Head of Listings, Chief of Staff, Head of Corporate Affairs, and as Managing Director of Global Affairs and Government Relations for NYSE Euronext, then-parent company of the New York Stock Exchange as well as five other financial exchanges in Europe. Prior to joining the organization, Tuttle held various roles in the United States Government, including at the United States Department of State and at the White House.

John holds a MBA from the University of Notre Dame and BBA from Eastern Michigan University.

The NYSE Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE).

Fireside Chat Host

David Ruud, DTE Energy
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

David Ruud

David Ruud joined DTE in 2005 and has served in several senior leadership roles across the organization, accumulating deep experience across DTE’s various businesses. He brings a strong combination of financial, strategic, operational, and engineering experience to the role of CFO.

Prior to his current position, Ruud was senior vice president, corporate strategy and development of DTE Energy. In this role, Ruud worked with DTE’s executive team to shape company strategy and drive key strategic initiatives. Focused on identifying trends and themes in the industry, Ruud was instrumental in evaluating and pursuing value-enhancing growth opportunities and overseeing the company’s long-term planning.

Upon joining the company, Ruud led the Power & Industrial business, and was responsible for DTE’s cost reduction initiative and continuous improvement program.

Prior to joining DTE Energy, Ruud was vice president and partner at L.E.K. Consulting, an international consulting firm focused on delivering results for clients in the areas of strategy, mergers & acquisition, and value management. While at L.E.K., Ruud led the North American Energy practice where he directed consulting engagements involving corporate and financial strategy, growth options, and performance improvement opportunities for energy clients.

Ruud earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from Penn State University and an MBA with distinction from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He is the vice chairman of the Board of Directors for Ann Arbor SPARK and is on the Board of Directors for American Iron and Steel Institute. 


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