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Ann Arbor Spark

June 04, 2018

CEO Podcast: Thomas Gawne, Senior Manager, Yeo & Yeo

May 31, 2018

CEO Podcast: Tim Marshall, President and CEO, Bank of Ann Arbor

May 08, 2018

CEO Podcast: Mandy Grewal, Pittsfield Charter Township Supervisor

April 05, 2018

CEO Podcast: David O. Egner, The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. — a longtime resident of southeast Michigan — was the founder and 54-year owner of the Buffalo Bills. His namesake foundation, established in 2015 with CEO and president David O. Egner at the helm, carries on his generosity by investing in projects that will provide an immediate and meaningful impact on […]
December 20, 2017

CEO Podcast: Shawn Planko, Expedia

About Our Guest: Shawn has been in the IT and mobile industries for 19+ years, working for a few different companies during the Internet boom. He started off in quality assurance (QA) and now runs a team of QA managers, technical project managers, and developers. Shawn has his BBA with a focus in management. About […]
December 14, 2017

CEO Podcast: Edwin Olson, May Mobility

Edwin Olson is founder and CEO of May Mobility, a company that builds and deploys fleets of driverless shuttles in structured environments. Olson is also an associate professor at the University of the Michigan and director of the APRIL Robotics Laboratory. He is the winner of the 2010 MAGIC robotics competition, the 2013 DARPA Young […]
December 06, 2017

CEO Podcast: Jeff Disher, Disher Design

About Our Guest: Jeff Disher is a 27-year veteran of new product development. Jeff started his company in Holland, Mich., in January 2000, to create a product development approach based on innovation, technical discipline, and great customer service. Jeff led the growth of Disher Corp. to more 130 employees. Prior to Disher Corp., he was […]
November 16, 2017

CEO Podcast: Len Gauger, Connect Space

Len Gauger, is CEO of ConnectSpace, formerly known as Message Blocks. Message Blocks started as a basic agenda building tool and has evolved to become a full-fledged suite of tools that helps organizations create meaningful connections between event attendees. Len talks with Ann Arbor SPARK’s president and CEO, Paul Krutko, about starting up in Ann […]
November 09, 2017

CEO Podcast: Carrie Leahy, LDFA

In addition to being a member attorney at Bodman PLC, Carrie Leahy is also a member of the board of the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti SmartZone, known locally as LDFA (Local Development Finance Authority). In her podcast with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Leahy discusses why she chose to relocate to Ann Arbor […]
October 18, 2017

CEO Podcast: Aaron Rajda, Ford Labs

Aaron Rajda is IT Director at the new Ann Arbor-based FordLabs, a unit of Ford Motor Company focused on software development and implementation. FordLabs is a result of the company’s investment in California-based Pivotal Software. Rajda advocated for FordLabs to be located nearby, but outside of Ford’s existing facilities in order to create a distinct […]
October 03, 2017

CEO Podcast: Bekah Wallace, Cultivate Ypsi

Cultivate Coffee and Tap House is playing a role in the resurgence of Ypsilanti’s Depot Town. Owner Bekah Wallace created Cultivate to be an inclusive destination where “everyone belongs.” In her podcast with Ann Arbor SPARK’s president and CEO Paul Krutko, Wallace talks about Cultivate’s unique non-profit business model and why it’s important to her […]
September 21, 2017

CEO Podcast: Rich Perlberg, EDCLC

Rich Perlberg is chair of the Economic Development Council of Livingston County (EDCLC), a key economic development partner of Ann Arbor SPARK. Perlberg was instrumental in creating the partnership, and also championed the creation of the Greater Ann Arbor Region, a multi-county partnership designed to encourage economic growth more broadly across southeast Michigan. In his […]