06/08/2017 Amy Cell talent-scout
Michigan Startup Talent Scout

This is our monthly communication highlighting key talent that has experiences critical for high growth, innovation based startups. 

If you would like to be introduced to one of these folks, or would like their resume, please let us know.


172 - C-SUITE EXPERIENCE  -- BEEN THERE. HIGH TECH MARKET SUCCESS – DONE THAT. Do you need a leader who has taken a complex product from concept to market? I’ve built defendable business plans that you AND the investors can believe in, raised tens of millions of dollars, then sped through development without cutting the important corners. I understand the importance of testing inside your walls, then with a customer and knowing when it’s right and how to best go to a production launch. Part of that success is understanding every facet of Operations from building the supply chain the right way, implementing a quality system internally and externally and how to assemble a product with zero issues. I’ve built a global distribution network from the ground up with a service team while keeping a great culture and staying on budget every year. And then when it’s all done, how about someone who has successfully and solely brokered a deal that allowed ownership to exit the business for a substantial profit? Do you have any of these needs? I’m your guy.

171 - I am an experienced business operator that has a depth of experience working with small to medium-sized companies that are looking to scale their operations.  I have a passion for helping develop and define company processes (from sales process to employee onboarding to finances) and I have worked with a variety of entities ranging from new venture-backed technology companies to more mature traditional businesses.  I have a law degree and am a member in good standing of the Michigan Bar with broad experience as internal and outside general counsel.

170 - 5 years of working through new product launches & enterprise program management has given me an appreciation for trying new things - ultimately, the same thinking that has taken my team to where we are today, is not going to take us to where we want to go tomorrow. I've worn several hats in my career: analytics manager, scrum master, UI/UX designer, startup co-founder, grant writer, marketer, and engineer. As a result, I've developed a comfortable familiarity to multi-disciplinary projects that require leading technical teams through overcoming unknown project terrain, frequent changes, technology unknowns, less than perfect information, hidden dependencies, and aggressive timelines.

169 - High energy Product and Marketing Manager with strong strategic business development skills looking to make a contribution to IoT and embedded system projects in Ann Arbor area. Over the past six years, I worked with NGO’s and SMB clients on strategic business initiatives, such as the developing and leading successful fundraising programs, business development and sales plans. An international deal-maker that makes strategic partnerships happen. I started my product marketing career as a promoter for military grade embedded systems. (+85 to minus 40-degree C operating temperatures, airborne units, etc. Pretty fun stuff.) Then morphed into small form factor units, and low power chips. Having a diversified customer base trained me well to think strategically (and act quickly) about business models and product selection. Connecting engineers & markets; connecting customers and making $, are two of my favorite things. Let’s talk!

168 - Global Technology Leader with over 25 years of progressive, leadership experience in the strategic selection, development, standardization, and delivery of wide-ranging technology solutions. Proven expertise in managing projects, contract negotiations, leveraging vendor relationships and discounts, and integrating affiliate technology requirements. Demonstrated business acumen with proficiency in launching standardized technology upgrades on-time and within budget. Seasoned, passionate leader with exceptional ability in identifying talent, building motivated, collaborative, results-oriented teams, and retaining strong personnel. Experienced in Public (Marketing Services, Real Estate, Development/Construction), Private (Print Media, Technical Services), and Non-profit/Education based organizations sized from 100 to 1000 employees.

167 - Inspirational marketing leader with 18 years experience in high tech sales, product management, business development and product marketing. Expertise in developing and leading high performing international teams, product launches, creating go-to-market strategies, and messaging/ positioning geared toward any audience/persona. Skilled at creating and executing marketing strategies for multiple products/business lines/verticals, weaving in value based messaging and delivering fully integrated (social media, digital, print and events) revenue generating campaigns. Passionate about cultivating strong relationships, improving company and product visibility, increasing sales and helping customers solve problems. Accomplished content creator and speaker. Highly collaborative and drives to decisions and results. Recently moved to the area from Munich, Germany. Master's degree in Communication from the University of Louisiana.

166 - This candidate is ideally suited for roles as marketing director/manager or product marketing manager for a technology company. Has successfully led product launch activities including beta testing, product positioning, creating marketing materials, sales training, press releases, and print and digital advertising. Developed and launched successful marketing campaigns for B2B and B2C segments. Strong analytical skills and data-driven insights have come in handy in developing marketing strategies and plans based on strong market research, identifying target segments and meeting market needs. Has led global software development teams. Experience spans multi-national corporations to start-up environments. Experience in software, manufacturing, and health and wellness industries. Masters degree in Computer Science. MBA from University of Michigan.

165 - After helping to launch 7 startups, I am seeking a leadership role in a growth stage startup or midsized company. For the past year I have run a boutique consulting firm focused on organizational change, collaboration, and innovation. With a background also in marketing, operations, and business development, I am best suited for a people-oriented strategy role. In my work with startup companies, I helped take one from first customer to $3M, and ushered another to acquisition by a major global marketing information services company. The clients I have  worked with have created new business units, products, and revenue streams based on an ability to learn faster, change processes, and work together more effectively. I bring experience in: Series A funding, launching US operations abroad, completing brand and identity redesign, and much more.

164 - I have broad life science commercialization experience from academic technology transfer through marketed pharmaceuticals. As a life science consultant I have primarily supported senior leadership of established brand teams and new product groups.  My experience spans pipeline analysis and valuation, new product development strategy, payer engagement and market access, forecast modeling, and lifecycle management of established brands. I have successfully led projects but also enjoy being an individual contributor. I have a PhD focused in biochemistry and spent several years in technology transfer where I engaged with potential investors and entrepreneurs to evaluate and commercialize novel academic technologies. My experience spans multiple therapeutic areas including oncology, neurodegenerative diseases, infectious diseases / vaccines, regenerative medicine, and metabolic diseases.

163 - Product & service business leader with extensive international experience who loves to be part of a dynamic team. Are you seeking someone to take full ownership of a growth opportunity in a new vertical? I have formulated, led, and launched product growth strategies in new verticals. Do you have a struggling product or service that needs leadership? I have experience in product portfolio evaluation that has led to either reinvigoration or to maximum value capture at end of life. Are you deciding when, where, and how to pursue international growth? I have experience in selecting the best-fit countries, laying the regulatory & legal groundwork, selecting in-country channel partners, and designing the marketing plan, and launching the offering. Are you frustrated with underperforming international results? I have also evaluated channel partners, redesigned products & services, and overhauled marketing mixes. I have lived and worked in Asia, Europe and South Africa. I have a UofM engineering degree and Ross MBA both with honors. I’m glad to be back in Ann Arbor.

162 - Seasoned, data-driven Seattle marketing / tech executive with 20+ yrs experience across a variety of industries, from startups to F500. Solid track record of success driving revenue and profit growth and building teams. Experience spans Big 4 consulting, CPG, digital media, SaaS / software, and digital marketing. Harvard Business School, U of M Engineering (magna cum laude). I’m looking for my next CMO / VP Marketing / COO role in company looking to scale. I’m very good at creating strategy, process, tools and teams to scale marketing and revenue generation. If you’re looking to grow from $5MM to $50MM or double your organic growth, I can help get you there.

161 - Highly skilled accounting professional with extensive experience in general accounting, financial planning, internal and external reporting, financial analysis, grant management and audit management in private and public corporations. I have developed  infrastructure for two developmental- and clinical-staged companies including, accounting systems, staff, compliance and risk management.  Strong management skills and respected leader known for considerate relationships across all organizational levels, and with corporate bankers, auditors, attorneys and investors.  Ability to thrive in a fast-paced small to mid-sized company. Proven success working in a deadline-oriented environment.

160 - Skilled Product Management Director experienced in building and scaling new product verticals for fast growing tech companies. Envisioned and developed go-to-market strategy, web UX, end-to-end customer experience that grew category from $10k to $14M in 10-month. AGILE. 7+ years of people management experience in retail, CPG and eCom industries. Knows how to implement structures and processes to rapidly grow strong teams. Relocating to Ann Arbor / Detroit area. Harvard MBA.

159 - Skilled research and quality assurance professional with strong work experience in the clinical research life cycle, quality systems management, compliance, and technical communication. Extensive background in various types of research including clinical investigations, laboratory studies, healthcare policy research, and consumer product development. Areas of expertise include auditing, project management, medical devices, training, GCP, vendor management, and publications. Have experience with international projects, consulting, and proposal development. MS and BS Biomedical Engineering. 

158 - Transformational IT Services Sales and Go To Market leader, experienced in building sales organizations to be ready for “what’s next.” Converted IT industry hardware team to solution sales post-merger, grew revenue 600% in 36 months.  Transformed maintenance contracts sales team to hybrid cloud focus, built $160M pipeline in 12 months.  What disruptive technologies or M&A activity are you facing, requiring you to reshape your sales force?  My teams have closed over $2B in the IT industry, in cloud, big-data, IoT, IT Outsourcing, Data Center infrastructure, and System Integrator Alliances. Deep OEM and Tier 1 experience, partner in two IT industry start-ups. Available full-time or select consulting engagements.

156 - Experienced EVP/SVP/VP of Operations or Chief Operations Officer for a technology company.  Have built high performing teams in multiple industries including Life Science and Automotive, with multiple successful exits.  Extensive global experience at developing and launching technology products and processes.  Experienced in development, transformation and turnaround of large-scale manufacturing and supply chain operations. Interested in pursuing technology start-up CEO/COO/SVP opportunities.  BS Chemical Engineering, MS Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Ross MBA.

155 - Experienced sales leader seeks an opportunity to manage and coach a sales team to sustained growth using proven techniques, process improvement, and data driven analysis. With over ten years of experience as a successful consultative seller and manager, as well as recognized leadership and motivational methods, I am able to create a culture that breeds success. By focusing on developing and maintaining strong relationships with clients and allocating the proper time to prospecting, I am able to exceed sales budgets.

154  - Local business executive skilled in scaling businesses ranging from Automotive, Alternative Energy and Life Sciences, most recently ran post acquisition operations of a Life Science startup after a very successful exit, this included the shutdown of their local office.  Dedicated to staying in the area, the focus for this unique STAR is to lead the growth of a local startup/growth company while enhancing his sales/marketing skill set.  Former roles have included leadership in Supply Chain, Facilities, Program Management, R&D and Operations.  Armed with experience (10+ years) and education (MBA), this homegrown talent has the pragmatic approach to help take your business to the next level and beyond.

153 - I have 15+ years in the diagnostics industry from the perspective of the end user.  I have worked in a clinical laboratory setting with a variety of new technologies used in the diagnosis of disease, and have a great deal of experience in evaluating analytical and clinical performance of these technologies as well as assessing their impact on patient outcomes.  I also have leadership roles on multidisciplinary teams whose missions are to solve problems across the patient care continuum.  My skills at translating the clinical and technical aspects of my field for others has allowed me to be a resource in collaboration with scientists and non-scientists in a variety of settings including industry, healthcare administration, and healthcare consulting.  My goal is to identify opportunities in an advisory or consultative role with your emerging, young or established organization to assist in discovering ways in which we can further have a positive impact on patient care.

152 - I am an energetic sales leader and have enjoyed a prosperous career in several customer-focused environments including innovative startups.  I offer solid experience in enterprise channel sales and development of loyal partnerships, including hiring, managing and motivating teams, launching new products and programs, and driving mutually profitable relationships within specific vertical markets.  My progressive background has included significant contributions to company success through periods of change management, new technology developments, and expansion into national and global markets.  As an experienced channel sales director, I provide strategy and innovation to partners in business processes including relationship building, value-added sales, promotions, continuous improvement, service fulfillment, and market share growth. If you have developed a new product or solution, you can concentrate on running and developing your business and I’ll sell the hell out of it. I’m hungry for a new challenge and I’ll be your biggest evangelist and identify and sell to your key buyers.

151 - Experienced Vice President of Engineering or Chief Operations Officer for a technology company.  Have built engineering teams in multiple cities, multiple industries, and multiple disciplines.  Software engineering, electronics, and mechanical engineering.  Wind turbines, jet engines, drones, medical devices, power generation, automotive, avionics, industrial.   Experienced contract negotiation, facilities set up, IT set up, hiring and training leadership team, multiple Fortune 100 product development processes, product test.  Have led sales efforts and managed sales people.  Have developed marketing and strategic plans.  Global experience.  PhD Electrical Engineering, MS Mechanical Engineering, Harvard MBA.

149 - This “Geek to Exec” has built and led software product development teams at small and medium sized companies in SE Michigan for over 20 years.  Highlights of his proven track record include low staff attrition, great culture feedback, innovative delivered products, M&A due diligence, and implementation of agile development processes that truly match the needs of the business. He fosters innovation in product managers, product owners, and developers by maintaining their line-of-sight to the satisfaction of customers. His executive experience as VP of Product Development for teams of 15 to 170 will help your organization grow.

147 - I have deep experiences in business development for life science startups.  My passion is using my business and communications skills in the life sciences field to translate innovations through partnerships and alliances that advance treatments and cures.  I think critically, iterate quickly, provide exceptional thought leadership, and partner across a wide variety of functions to drive shared vision and execution.  Currently I am working with biotechs, non-profits and academic medical centers to form strategic alliances and create high impact patient initiatives in oncology and orphan diseases.

145 - I’m the indispensable wingman that every management team needs: the tech executive who manages high-tech product development and helps the founders formulate a big-picture strategy; the manager who enjoys coaching multi-disciplinary teams to success while getting down in the trenches to keep things moving forward day-to-day. My background is in product development, strategy, and leadership of teams in both private startups and publicly traded companies in Ann Arbor, Silicon Valley, Germany, and Japan. My extensive project management and tech-team experience in imaging, machine vision and photonics fields is applicable to a wide range of high-tech ventures, with special interests of mine being renewable energy and electrified vehicles. A former world traveler and UofM Engineering masters grad, I’ve settled with my family in my hometown of Ann Arbor and am seeking a hands-on role at a dynamic company that loves this area as much as I do. 

144 - Awesome finance director looking to move here from Boston! Dynamic, results-driven finance executive with more than 15 years of progressive broad-based financial management, operations, and leadership experience across business services, life sciences, and high-tech manufacturing. Exceptional track record leading organizations to growth and profitability by partnering with business leaders to transform insightful and actionable business intelligence into internal and external strategies that drive tangible financial and operational improvements.

143 - Marketing and communications executive with experience in for profit and nonprofit organizations, including auto, health care, energy, tech startup, experiential marketing, and membership-based organizations. Proven track record of planning and executing integrated and inspired marketing campaigns and events; designing and implementing communications strategies that promote and enhance the organization’s brand; ensuring consistency in digital and printed materials; managing both large and small budgets, and leading teams. Committed to quality, process improvement, integrity, consistency and accountability.

141 - Seeking CEO / Senior Position: As an Entrepreneur in Residence in my tenth year at a venture capital and entrepreneurial assistance organization, I have enjoyed providing interim executive leadership, full-spectrum business consulting and advising, and grant and investment fundraising in start-up and early-stage tech companies.  My key accomplishments include fundraising of $37 million in grant and investment funds, and growing the cumulative sales of 25 diverse, early-stage companies to $50 million.  I’m now seeking a new challenge to advance my career: A CEO or other senior position at a southeast Michigan company that has achieved some level of sales revenue but needs someone with a large skill set, passionate willingness, and high ethical character to achieve key results and foster a positive, productive environment.  For companies unable to currently afford market rates for compensation, I will consider equity and deferred compensation arrangements.

140 - Well-rounded professional with extensive experiences that have touched the academic, start-up and large international life science spaces.  Highly developed research skill in the areas of cancer biology proteomics and immunology.  Professionally and academically developed skills in the areas of data analysis, feasibility/ gap analysis, system analysis and reporting, product development, financial statement analysis and business process modeling.  Interested in high impact opportunities that combine MBA skills with a technical background.

139 – Sales & Marketing expert with more than twenty years of management experience in OEM  and retail positions.  Gained a reputation as a problem solver at General Motors and LaFontaine Automotive, receiving numerous awards for exceeding sales goals and marketing objectives. Background of consistently generating revenue, using innovative campaigns to influence customers.  Designed digital strategies and SEO tactics, increasing sales and brand awareness.

138 - Research director & molecular geneticist with proven laboratory and product development expertise in both start-up and large corporate environments. Multi-million dollar valuation track record. Focuses on efficiency of operations and new product development, implementing cost and time-saving strategies. High aptitude for genetic assay creation and optimization. Adapted to high-stress environments.

137 - Entrepreneurial leader with Ph.D. in Microbiology seeking biotech startup. While I am relatively new to the commercial side of biotech/pharma, I participated in a local NSF I-Corps and the national NSF I-Corps program for 2 different startups. I have working experience in customer discovery and business strategy; built a network of pharmaceutical business development executives in the cancer therapeutic area. With a long history of successful research in the Oral Microbiology field, I have keen insight into how scientists work and think. However, as evidenced by my startup experience in cancer therapeutics, I am very comfortable branching out into other areas of biotech. I have leadership experience and I have organized large epidemiological studies as well as a student career development colloquium series.

136 - Seasoned entrepreneur with extensive experience building successful tech start-ups. Skilled in developing and executing early stage growth strategies. Expertise in business development & strategic marketing, building industry relationships and uses the market, technology and user experience to drive strategic direction. Energetic self-starter capable of building and running a team or integrating into an existing one. Able to be hands on with an innovative and fast-paced startup or early stage tech company to set the strategic direction and drive new revenue. CEO experience provide in-depth knowledge of finance, cash flow analysis, legal, operations and investor communication. University of Michigan engineering with strong technical & software background. Part-time consultant with full-time possibility at VC or portfolio company.

134 - Senior Design Engineer seeks lead or senior individual contributor role in fast-paced company interested in leveraging experience in mechanical system design and development. Patent holder with mechanical system design experience in aerospace, automotive, power generation, consumer electronics, and CAD software industries. Specializing in mech system design and development. Prototype system design / procure / build. Proficient in CAD tools: ProE, UG, Catia, Solid Works,, and I-deas. UNIX, Linux, iOS, Windows, German, Italian.

132 - A versatile contributor who has extensive experience with industry leaders as a Project Manager, Business Analyst, and Technical Writer in web, mainframe, client-server, and PC environments. Track record of success, connections and relationships. Certifications: Project Management Professional (PMP), 2006-present; Certified Treasury Professional (CTP), 2003-present.

131 - Innovator and leader with sound judgment and track record of developing actionable plans and profitable businesses. Firm understanding of energy and transportation sector opportunities and the importance of technology, policy, economics and public opinion in shaping the future. Experience developing market entry / growth strategies, evaluating opportunities, and leading in acquisition / integration of companies. Past P&L responsibility and engineering / production / sales & marketing leadership for vehicle and engine programs.

128 - I am seasoned vet with over 12 years of entrepreneurial experience in manufacturing, staffing and IT services. Prior to becoming a business owner I worked as a strategy healthcare consultant designing business plans, applying for CON and improving operational efficiencies for over 40 hospitals in the US and Europe. I have worked in the US, Mexico and China. I have had success building business development teams and a national reseller network from the ground up. My executive experience has allowed me to manage both white and blue collar workforce in both the US and Asia. Further, I have had first-hand experience in budgeting and managing corporate P&L’s.

126 - A Senior Sales, Operations, and Business Development Executive experienced in establishing and operating sales and service organizations in the fast paced high technology industry.  Results driven change agent and inspirational leader with a hands-on management style. Possesses the skills in new business development, planning and tactical execution of business to drive for growth.   Establishes and builds long-term relationships with customers through relationship management and program delivery. Built a solid reputation for management ingenuity and adaptability with a bottom-line focus and problem solving expertise. Delivered consistent year over year improvements in financial results, operational efficiencies and employee and customer satisfaction indexes.

125 - Decisive Leader whose diagnostic business acumen energizes tech based companies. Bridges gap between creation of visionary strategies and execution tactics; Pilot to revenue producing deals to garner marketplace traction and add on funding; Guides businesses into profitable, scalable entities; Successfully integrated 14 M & A’s / JV’s; Directly led five privately held/publicly traded companies to a liquidity event. Recent Managing Director, Operating Partner and Board Advisor of a Tech VC/PE firm in post revenue, early stage through nano-cap arena. Managing Director/Co-Founder of management consulting firm specializing in hands-on, leadership services to early stage ventures through small cap growth challenged firms. Board Advisor to early stage ventures. Holds diverse business degrees/certs from top universities. Seeking CEO or Operating Partner position.

124 - Experienced Executive and Serial Entrepreneur:  Founder of medical device start-up with successful private equity exit.  Experienced at raising money and growing companies.  Vigilant, collaborative leader with strengths in strategy development, marketing, legal, operations, engineering, product/process development, finance and HR.  Able to negotiate integrative agreements and forge strong relationships with stakeholders including customers, JV and JDA partners, investors, bankers, government, shareholders, employees and buyers.  Strong product and process development background with ability to increase enterprise value.  JD and MBA degrees.  I am looking to help grow a technology company with an eye to an eventual IPO or successful exit.

116 - Accomplished executive successful in creating increased stakeholder value for domestic and international companies undergoing start-up, rapid growth, change, or crisis. Managed multiple business models - capital intensive, services, consumer products, retail, technology, and not for profit. Sector experience in:  apparel and accessories, leather goods, ceramic tile, houseware gifts, water technology and management, software. Experience in all business functions including; operations, production, sales and marketing, finance and accounting, legal, human resources, supply chain, banking, IT, government regulation, investor relations. Board and fiduciary trustee experience.

115 - Proven leader with 22 years of experience developing and manufacturing assays and reagents for use in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical research industries.  VP and Director level assay platform development and commercialization experience.  Served as the head of lean manufacturing and operations functions within an ERP software controlled environment.  Background includes management and hands on R&D experience in commercial enterprises ranging from major pharmaceutical companies to biotech startups.

110 - Seasoned marketing executive with extensive experience in the financial and professional services industries. Proven track record of building and managing high-performance marketing teams, overseeing multi-million dollar budgets, and delivering impressive growth and ROI. Expertise in all facets of B2B and B2C marketing strategies, the planning and execution of integrated and results-oriented marketing campaigns, and the evolution of compelling and sustainable brands. Committed to high standards of quality, process excellence, trust, integrity, loyalty, and accountability.

104 - Highly accomplished hands-on General Manager & business growth leader with a passion for strategy execution and achieving sustainable profitable growth. Possesses unique depth of experience across multiple functional areas including product/business strategy, business/corporate development, sales, operations, P&L, program management, product development, finance, and fund raising. Degrees in Engineering + Harvard MBA.  Industry experience in manufacturing, alternate energy, medical devices, automotive, electronics, sensors, and supply chain services. Led start-up of multiple companies, formed JVs, and executed/integrated acquisitions. Past roles include COO, VP Marketing & Business Development, and General Manager.

100 - Innovative Industrial Designer ready to help you take that spark of an idea and expand and develop it into a manufactureable product. Utilize my creativity and experience to step your product through the product development process; concept development, refinement, mock-up and model exploration and feasibility, engineering coordination and management, manufacturing co-ordination. Focus on innovation, human factors, material selection and manufacturing process selection. Capabilities in Autodesk Fusion 360 which can take a concept into 3D printing, CAD, CAM, simulations, and more.

98 - Do you need a VP or COO for your software or services company? I am a seasoned executive with 20+ years of experience in professional services management primarily in the software industry looking for a leadership role in a small to medium sized company (stage 2 or mature).  I have also done technology and business process re-engineering consulting  Can travel extensively.