Leaders & Innovators: David CorriganDAVID CORRIGAN is president and COO of Corrigan Moving Systems in Farmington Hills. Corrigan Moving Systems is a relocation company. As the third generation at the helm of the company, Corrigan oversees the $75 million operation, including supervising the management team and all 600 employees. He serves as vice chairman for the board of directors of UniGroup and is an active director of the American Moving and Storage Association. He has been recognized as Mover of the Year by Michigan Movers and Warehouseman’s Association. Recently, United Van Lines presented its President’s Quality Award to Corrigan Moving Systems, recognizing the company as the highest quality mover among its 400 agents. The American Moving & Storage Association selected the company as the “Agent of the Year.” Corrigan Moving has 12 offices in four states, including nine in Michigan. The company’s revenue increased 5 percent and the firm hired more than 200 people in the past year, with 10 percent growth in Southeast Michigan. Over his 35-year career with the company, Corrigan has worked in virtually every position, from cleaning the trucks to his current role. He earlier served as operations and general manager at various Corrigan branches, in charge of dispatching crews and managing finances and personnel. He received his bachelor’s degree in transportation administration from Michigan State University. Read the full profile at www.ltu.edu/leaders.
Leaders & Innovators: Matt WiseMATT WISE is CEO of HelloWorld in Pleasant Ridge. HelloWorld Inc. (formerly ePrize), provides brands with a platform to communicate with consumers across the web, social and mobile channels, and at live events. Wise joined the company as CEO in March 2010. In his first year, he focused on the strategic expansion into mobile and social-enabled solutions, launching a multi-channel platform. Today, HelloWorld brings to market an SaaS platform. In the past three years, the company’s revenue has nearly doubled and its client base has tripled. Under Wise’s leadership, the firm acquired five companies, including promotions.com, and was itself acquired by private-equity firm Catterton Partners. HelloWorld has created promotional campaigns, CRM programs, and loyalty solutions in 44 countries for Fortune 500 brands and world-class agencies, including Coca-Cola, Microsoft, The Gap, Live Nation, Yahoo!, and Procter & Gamble. The company has more than 400 employees with offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, and Seattle. Prior to HelloWorld, Wise was president and CEO of Q Interactive, which became one of the largest performance-driven ad networks on the web. He was recognized as a Who’s Who technology leader by Crain’s Chicago Business three years in a row. Wise received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Iowa, where he is now on the College of Political Science advisory board, and his master’s degree in international marketing and finance from DePaul University. Read the full profile at www.ltu.edu/leaders.
Johnson Controls - LTU Partnership Starts With Upgraded Dyno For Hybrid, EV TestsA new partnership between Johnson Controls Inc. and Lawrence Technological University is starting with an advanced dynamometer to test advanced vehicle powertrain and energy storage concepts, and could lead to a whole lot more.
Leaders & Innovators: Leslie MurphyLeslie Murphy is president and CEO of Murphy Consulting Inc., in Ann Arbor. Murphy Consulting provides services to businesses and professional firms in the areas of corporate governance, enterprise risk management, and programs dedicated to the advancement of women in leadership roles. Murphy also serves as a director of Kelly Services Inc., VSP Global, and the Detroit Legal News Corp., as well as such charitable organizations as St. John Providence Health System, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Early Childhood Investment Corp., Children’s Leadership Council, and Covenant House of Michigan. Previously, she was chair of the board at St. John’s, where she oversaw several initiatives, including a system overhaul providing several million dollars in savings, hiring a new CEO, and the opening of a new hospital. Murphy is a retired partner and former member of the senior leadership team of Plante & Moran, the nation’s 12th largest public accounting and management consulting firm. Her positions included group managing partner in charge of all client services. She co-founded the firm’s Personal Tightrope Action Committee, whose groundbreaking policy recommendations helped Plante & Moran win recognition as one of Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. In 2005, Murphy became only the third woman to chair the 350,000-member American Institute of Certified Public Accounting. She continues her service as a member of the AICPA Governing Council, the subcommittee on enterprise risk management of the assurance services executive committee, and the subcommittee on relations with the judiciary. In 2012, she received AICPA’s gold medal for distinguished service, the highest individual award within the profession. Murphy’s other recognitions include the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce Fusion Group’s Horizon Award for Professional Services; the American Society of CPAs’ Woman CPA of the Year; an inclusion in Crain’s Detroit Business Most Influential Women in Southeastern Michigan and Health Care Heroes; CPA magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential Practitioners; and Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People. She received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Michigan and has honorary doctorates from Walsh College and Cleary University. Read the full profile at www.ltu.edu/leaders.
LTU Capital Campaign Tops $100M, Work To Begin On New Engineering BuildingLawrence Technological University says it has topped the $100 million mark in its “Proud Heritage, Bold Future” capital campaign, and construction is scheduled to begin in the fall on the first phase of the A. Alfred Taubman Engineering, Life Sciences and Architecture Complex.
Michigan I-Corps@LTU To Mentor Students, Entrepreneurs, InnovatorsLawrence Technological University says it has launched a real-world, results-oriented mentoring program to help students, faculty, alumni, innovators, entrepreneurs and companies advance new product ideas and establish new business opportunities.
Leaders & Innovators: John ParmentierJOHN PARMENTIER is president of Paragon Laboratories Inc., in Livonia. Paragon provides chemical, physical, and biological testing services. Parmentier is responsible for developing and implementing the vision and strategic direction of the company. Paragon employs nearly 30 people and serves more than 450 customers, including a number of clients on the Forbes Global 2000 list. The company is experiencing record growth: third quarter revenue increased 11 percent compared to 2012 and the firm recorded its busiest month ever in August 2013. Paragon is capable of performing more than 225 unique analytical procedures and leads the field across a range of substances -- including fuels, lubricants, chemicals, and water -- for various industries to meet quality and regulatory standards. In addition to companies worldwide, the news media has used Paragon’s tests to develop investigative reports, such as on the amount of additives in gasoline. Parmentier has worked with Paragon for more than 16 years in roles of increasing responsibility and has served as president since 2011. He has been instrumental in developing many of the company’s programs, processes, and systems, including its core values and mission statement, For Health and Happiness. Since 2009, Parmentier has introduced several engagement and development programs aimed at empowering Paragon’s employees, vendors, and the organization, helping it to continue to grow in a highly competitive market. The company’s employees also support local charities, such as Toys for Tots. Parmentier himself is fundraising for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. He received his bachelor’s degree in individualized studies with concentrations in marketing management, communications, and economics from Eastern Michigan University. Read the full profile at www.ltu.edu/leaders.
Lawrence Tech To Build $11.6 Million DormConstruction will start in the spring on the third residence hall at Lawrence Technological University's Southfield campus. The $11.6 million project is scheduled for completion in time for fall classes in 2015.
Johnson Controls To Establish Energy Storage Lab At LTUJohnson Controls Inc. has announced plans to add an energy storage laboratory and testing center at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield.
Leaders & Innovators: Michael SharberMICHAEL SHARBER is co-founder and CEO of GreenLancer.com in Detroit. GreenLancer is a national network of green energy engineering freelancers (greenlancers) that uses a web-based system to design green energy systems. Sharber is responsible for the company’s day-to-day operations and serves as the main point of communication between the board of directors, investors, and corporate operations. Prior to starting GreenLancer.com, he held a sales and marketing position with a prominent global industrial supply distributor where he successfully managed 400 accounts nationwide. Under his leadership, GreenLancer.com has grown from three to nine full-time team members and moved to a new location in the David Stott building. The company quadrupled the size of its customer base from 2012 to 2013. GreenLancer.com won the Start-up Alley Challenge at the Solar Power International Conference, was named Emerging Company of the Year by the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council, and was a semi-finalist in the 2013 Accelerate Michigan Innovation competition. During 2013, GreenLancer.com engineered and designed solar systems in 32 states and six countries while more than 200 contractors used its site. The company also completed a second round of investment in November from Bizdom (Detroit), Start Garden (Grand Rapids), Blue Water Angels (Midland), and Northern Michigan Angels (Traverse City) and expects to close on another $500,000 of investment early in 2014. Sharber received his bachelor’s in business administration from Western Michigan University. Read the full profile at www.ltu.edu/leaders.
Next LTU Event Tackles Health Care TechnologyHealth care has been in the news just a bit lately. So the next Unwired Coffee Series at Lawrence Technological University on Thursday, Feb. 13 will tackle the issue -- and its tech-related implications.
Leaders & Innovators: Jim ProkesJim Prokes is co-founder, president, and CEO of MIPRO Consulting LLC in Milford. MIPRO is a consultancy specializing in the implementation, upgrading, and optimization of Oracle’s PeopleSoft applications. Prokes provides strategic direction and drives growth for the firm while overseeing the day-to-day operations. Under his leadership, the company has reported a three-year revenue growth of 118 percent, increasing from $6.8 million in 2009 to $14.9 million in 2012, earning MIPRO a place on the Inc. 5000. Now with about 100 employees, MIPRO has been named a Metropolitan Detroit 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For each of its eight years in existence. The company also has been named a Cool Places to Work in Michigan by Crain’s Detroit Business. Prior to founding MIPRO in 2005, Prokes launched and successfully managed several entrepreneurial endeavors. Previously, he was CFO of Ferrous Processing & Trading, a firm that generated more than $340 million in annual revenue. He received his bachelor’s degree from Lawrence Technological University and his master’s degree in accounting from Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration.
Matt's Favorites: Our Next LTU Event, Comcast At The Auto Show, And Much MoreSo how's everybody doing at the end of Auto Show preview week? All ready for the public show? I thought so. Man, if you love cars or tech, of course you're going! And now a few local tidbits and the national tech news...
Leaders & Innovators: Carl EricksonCARL ERICKSON is co-founder and president of Atomic Object in Grand Rapids. Erickson oversees operations and client engagements at Atomic Object, which creates custom web, mobile, and embedded software products. He is also the interim CTO of ReapSo; board member and co-founder of Blue Medora; and board member and investor at Varsity News Network. Under his leadership, Atomic Object has grown from three developers to a 45-person team of designers, developers, and support staff. In September, Atomic Object acquired Ann Arbor software development firm SRT Solutions. It also opened an office in Detroit. With $5.5 million in revenue and an average growth rate of 25 percent, Atomic Object was named to Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 three times. The firm has been recognized as one of the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch by the Edward Lowe Foundation, presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business, and received the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility. The creation of Atomic Object followed the failure of a dot-com- era software startup where Erickson was vice president of development. Prior to that, he was a professor of computer science at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) for 10 years. He also was a part-time industrial lecturer at Uppsala University in Sweden and served on the board of the Swedish American Heritage Society for more than six years, part of that time as president. He is a board member of the West Michigan-based Grand Angels, and serves as a member and advisor for GVSU’s CIS advisory board and Business Ethics Center. Erickson received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and master’s and doctoral degrees in computer engineering from Michigan State University. Read the full profile at www.ltu.edu/leaders.
LTU Event Talks High-Tech AutomotiveJoin WWJ's Matt Roush and an expert panel for a discussion on high tech and the auto industry Thursday, Jan. 9 at Lawrence Technological University.