Ann Arbor Spark Podcast Offers Crumm

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The Spark Central incubator and meeting space in downtown Ann Arbor.

The Spark Central incubator and meeting space in downtown Ann Arbor.

ANN ARBOR — Fuel cell entrepreneur Aaron Crumm, president of the Ann Arbor-based AMI business unit of the United Kingdom’s Ultra Electronics, is the star of the latest entrepreneurial podcast from the economic development agency Ann Arbor Spark.

Crumm is co-founder and chief visionary officer of fuel cell manufacturer Ultra Electronics-AMI, formerly Adaptive Materials Inc.  Along with his wife, Michelle, Crumm grew Adaptive Materials from a small start up to the world’s leading fuel cell company, whose partnerships include global powerhouses like Lockheed Martin.

Although Adaptive Materials was acquired by UK-based Ultra Electronics Holdings in 2010, the company remains — and continues to grow — in Ann Arbor.   In his conversation with Ann Arbor Spark CEO Paul Krutko, Crumm discusses starting a business in Ann Arbor, taking a business from start-up to second stage to acquisition, what makes Ann Arbor such a great place to live and work, and what he thinks about the future of Michigan’s economy.

The podcast is part of “Ann Arbor Spark CEO Podcasts: Conversations On Economic Opportunity,” a series in which Krutko interviews regional business leaders. Ann Arbor Spark is a public-private partnership whose mission is to advance innovation-based economic development in the greater Ann Arbor region.

“Since joining Ann Arbor SPARK, I’ve met with more than 80 business owners who are advancing our region’s economy; there’s an incredible depth of expertise in our region,” Krutko said.  “The podcast series is designed to not only highlight that expertise, but also make it available to others who could benefit from the wisdom those business leaders can share.”

The podcasts will feature successful local businesses, business owners and business leaders. The CEOs interviewed during the podcast will share best practices, lessons learned and an “in the trenches” view of business ownership.

Ann Arbor SPARK will release new CEO podcasts every two weeks through 2012.

More at www.annarborusa.org.

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