Matt Roush joined WWJ Newsradio 950 in September 2001 to spearhead the launch of the Great Lakes IT Report, a daily e-mail newsletter covering the technology world from a Michigan perspective. The publication was rebranded as the WWJ Technology Report with Matt Roush in January 2013. The publication covers tech broadly, including hardware, software, advanced manufacturing, the life sciences, tech education, automotive technology such as telematics and advanced powertrains, and renewable energy technologies. The publication concentrates on Michigan-based companies and technologies and covers how Michigan is transforming its economy from brute-force manufacturing to knowledge-based industries.
Prior to joining WWJ, Roush spent more than 10 years at Crain’s Detroit Business as a reporter. Hired in 1990 to cover banking and finance, Roush’s beat was switched to retailing in 1994. At that point, Roush discovered that retailers were concerned about losing sales to a then-novel medium called the Internet — and he started writing stories about the Internet that were thinly disguised as stories about retailing. In 1998, he began covering tech and the Internet full-time for Crain’s. He also helped launch a tech news Web site for Crain’s, CrainTech.com, in 2000.
Prior to Crain’s, Roush covered beats as varied as business, health care, local government and real estate for the Kalamazoo Gazette (1987-90), the Traverse City Record-Eagle (1985-87), the Leelanau Enterprise (1980-85) and the Three Rivers Commercial (1978-80).
Roush, a resident of Dearborn, is active in his community and church. He has won numerous journalism awards from the Associated Press, UPI and the Association of Area Business Publications. His hobbies include cooking, camping, hiking, cross-country skiing, astronomy, gardening, and building and flying model rockets. Roush is a native of Three Rivers and a 1978 graduate of Albion College.
Camille Nicita is president and CEO of Gongos Inc. in Auburn Hills. Gongos, which includes Gongos Research and O2 Integrated, provides research on initiatives spanning the entire product and marketing life cycle, and combines enterprise and research knowledge through consultative relationships. Gongos works with corporations such as Coca–Cola, Visa, Johnson & Johnson, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler. First named to the Inc. 5,000 list of the Fastest Growing Companies in America in 2007, the company was a 2010 finalist in Inc. magazine’s Winning Workplaces and is among the Honomichl Top 50 U.S. marketing research organizations. Gongos is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. Under Nicita’s leadership, the company increased revenue growth 12 percent in 2013, and the number of full–time employees increased by 15 percent. During the past five years Gongos experienced 70 percent revenue growth and 70 percent full–time employee expansion. Nicita is vice chair of the advisory board of Michigan State University’s master’s in market research program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and her MBA from Wayne State University. Read the complete profile at http://www.ltu.edu/leaders.
The broadband advocacy organization Connect Michigan Tuesday released new data showing that broadband adoption in Michigan is now above the national average, with 79 percent of households subscribing to broadband service in 2013, up from 67 percent in 2010.
The West Michigan industrial economy experienced slow but accelerated growth, according to the results of a monthly survey compiled by Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University.
Michigan’s fifth annual Robotics Week kicked off Tuesday with a new event, the Michigan Robotics Industry Executive Forum. Organized by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, the day-long event drew more than 100 business leaders and technology innovators to the Maneuver Collaboration Center on the General Dynamics Land Systems campus in Sterling Heights.
For about a decade that ended in the mid-1990s, the fledgling Internet ran out of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan. Now a UM School of Information professor who played a key role in bringing that early web to life has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.
GreenLancer.com, a web-based engineering company that designs green energy systems, announced that it has signed a master service agreement with the Toronto-based solar energy company Pure Energies.
A wireless app-controlled “smartlamp” called the Lava Ion has met its Kickstarter crowdfunding goal of $20,000 in just three days.
There will soon be a new independent academic center at Michigan State University studying the safe use of chemical ingredients in consumer packaged goods. MSU will operate the Center for Research on Ingredient Safety in association with the University of Michigan, the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the food, beverage and consumer products industries.
It’s spring, a time of year for new beginnings. But for new stuff to begin, old stuff has to end. And so it is for me, and for my time at WWJ Newsradio 950.
Detroit-based Greelancer.com won $50,000 in prizes in last week’s Clean Energy Challenge business plan competition and conference in Chicago.