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Carl Erickson is the president of Atomic Object, a 34-person software product development company with offices in Grand Rapids and Detroit, Michigan. Founded in 2001, Atomic Object designs and builds web, mobile and embedded software products for clients ranging from the Fortune 500 to startups, in diverse markets including automotive, healthcare, financial services, education, distribution and entertainment.
Michael A. Finney is President and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), a public-private partnership serving as the state's lead agency for business and job growth, talent enhancement, tourism marketing, arts and cultural grants, and overall economic growth. His responsibilities at MEDC also include serving as Governor Rick Snyder’s Economic Growth Group Executive and as President and Chairman of the Michigan Strategic Fund.
Rob Fowler is President and CEO of the Small Business Association of Michigan. Having joined the staff of SBAM in 2000, he served for three years as the vice president of the subsidiary corporation Small Business Insurance Services. He assumed his current position in July of 2003.
Chris Gibbons is the director of the Business/Industry Affairs Department for the City of Littleton, Colorado, the economic development arm of the city. The department is responsible for ensuring the economic health of the community and the City of Littleton. Gibbons is co-inventor (along with city manager Jim Woods) of the Economic Gardening entrepreneurial approach to economic development.
Fran Korosec is the director of client services for The Florida Economic Gardening Institute (GrowFL) at the University of Central Florida. Fran oversees all aspects of the GrowFL program, including administration and outreach, technical assistance, CEO forums and roundtables. Korosec brings more than 25 years of experience in management consulting, integration services, technology development and manufacturing.
Mark Lange is the executive director for the Edward Lowe Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to accelerate entrepreneurship and its impact on community and economic development. Since joining the Edward Lowe Foundation in 1998, Lange has led the organization to increased national recognition and a focus on second-stage entrepreneurs.
Rick Snyder is an American business executive, venture capitalist, and Governor of Michigan. He assumed office as the 48th governor of Michigan on January 1, 2011. From 2005 to 2007, Snyder served as the chairman of the board of Gateway, Inc., based in Irvine, California. Previous to his election as governor, he was chief executive officer, chairman of the board and co-founder of Ann Arbor, Michigan-based venture capital firm Ardesta LLC.