April 30, 2024 | EMU STUDENT CENTER

The Ann Arbor SPARK Annual Meeting is attended by business, government, and academic leaders from across the Ann Arbor region. This insightful event is your unique opportunity to preview new projects and initiatives for the coming year. Early bird tickets are $75 each before February 29 (regular price $95 each).


Coffee & Networking: 10 – 11:00 a.m.

Program & Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Welcoming Remarks
  • 2023 Metrics and Results
  • Annual Meeting Awards
  • Keynote Panel
  • Closing Remarks

SPARK Chairs Reflect on 20 Years: Past, Present and Future

SPARK Chairs Reflect on 20 Years: Past, Present and Future

Join us for a captivating panel discussion featuring four distinguished past board chairs of Ann Arbor SPARK. Each leader brings a unique and insightful perspective on the organization’s significant impact over the last 20 years. The conversation promises to be a fascinating journey through their personal stories with SPARK, beginning from their initial involvement, driven by diverse motivations and experiences. These narratives will be peppered with memorable projects and experiences, offering a glimpse into the moments that shaped their leadership and left a lasting impact on the region’s prosperity. The panelists will delve into the invaluable lessons they’ve learned during their tenure, providing wisdom and insights for the future leaders of SPARK and those aspiring to contribute positively to the region. Furthermore, the panelists will share their visions for the future of southeast Michigan, exploring how SPARK can influence and shape this future landscape.

Moderator: Kelly Sexton

University of Michigan
Associate Vice President for Research
Innovation Partnerships and Economic Impact

Stephen Forrest

University of Michigan
Peter A Franken Distinguished University Professor of Engineering

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Tim Marshall

Bank of Ann Arbor
President & CEO

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Rick Snyder

Co-Founder & CEO
Former Governor of Michigan

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Cynthia Wilbanks

Peterson Rudgers Group
Senior Advisor
University of Michigan
Emeritus Vice President for Government Relations

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