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IT That Works co-owner to retire: Bingham Farms-based IT That Works announced Monday that its co-owner, Michael Lakatosh, will retire Feb. 28, concluding a 45-year career in business and manufacturing. His career spanned the manufacturing, supply chain, government, financial services, and consulting industries. Lakatosh is a bilingual (Spanish) leader with broad experience in guiding business improvement and performance through the application of process and technology systems; the identification and implementation of best practices; and through organizational change. The combination of his multinational, multilingual and multi-industry problem-solving experiences along with his communications skills has enabled him to provide tailored solutions that directly alleviate the frustrations his clients experienced in using information management to enhance their businesses or organizations.
His accomplishments include implementing systems to allow the seamless flow of automotive engineering information to the plant floor, helping to build an assembly plant in Mexico, implementing manufacturing resource planning, transitioning computer room operations for the Treasury Department of Mexico into a non-governmental company, implementing retail banking systems in Argentina, leading the interbank Y2K conversion of the Central Bank of Argentina, and implementing the project management office for an automotive tier one manufacturer. He has seen IT That Works grow from a small Web development firm into a Microsoft Gold Certified, multiple-expertise company with a focus on infrastructure and hosting services. Lakatosh is a graduate of General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and holds an MBA from Wayne State University. He has also lived and worked in Latin America for 21 years. In addition to his contributions to ITTW, Lakatosh has been active in various professional organizations, including the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Troy Chamber of Commerce. Those interested in sending Mike their best wishes may send them to firstname.lastname@example.org (no solicitations please).