MTEC SmartZone Hires New Start-Up Business Consultant: Entrepreneurs are faced with many unique challenges when starting a new technology company, from formulating successful business plans to securing start-up funds. The process can be emotional and discouraging, yet exciting and invigorating. To help early stage firms overcome these challenges, MTEC SmartZone has hired experienced start-up business consultant Jeff Banker. Banker has an impressive career history, working as lead executive for multiple start-up and early stage firms. He has substantial ties in entrepreneurial communities around Michigan and the midwest including universities, economic development entities, angel networks and venture capital firms. MTEC SmartZone start-up technology companies will benefit substantially under Banker’s executive leadership. He specializes in strategic leadership, entrepreneurial drive and skill set, relationship management, fund raising, team building, market research and business planning. His goal is to identify early in the start-up process whether a potential idea or prototype has an opportunity for growth. MTEC SmartZone CEO Marilyn Clark says Banker’s knowledge across multiple industries will help the business incubator continue to diversify its offerings. Banker is founder and managing director at Catalyst CEO Group and CEO-in-Residence for Spartan Innovations. Among key career accomplishments, Banker created over 200 high-value jobs in technology start-up companies in recent years; wrote successful business plans and launches resulting in approximately $21 million in seed, venture, and debt capital for start-ups and early stage growth firms; and created or mentored over 20 start-ups in electronic systems, instrumentation, medical devices, sensors and sensor systems, semiconductors and online language learning. For more information about MTEC SmartZone, call (906) 487-7000.

GDI Infotech hires new EVP of Sales & Client Engagement to fuel second stage growth: The Ann Arbor IT consultant GDI Infotech announced the appointment of Scott Sarasin as executive vice president of sales and client eEngagement. GDI’s flexible delivery models include onsite staffing, offsite project services, and offshore development. Sarasin brings more than 25 years’ experience in business development for IT professional services, consulting, and managed services. He has worked in sales and marketing leadership roles with technology based solutions to industries that include high-tech, automotive, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, electronics, transportation, and more.  Sarasin has worked with companies such as Software Services Corp, AppNet, Commerce One, GoIndustry, and CDI Business Solutions.  Previous experience also includes program development, service delivery, client support andcustomer service. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northern Michigan University and is very active in sales and marketing affiliations. More at


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