On List of 100 Influential Innovators, Michigan Ross Leaders and Alums Take 25 Spots
Michigan Ross Dean Alison Davis-Blake, Professor Stewart Thornhill, and Desai Family Accelerator Managing Director Kelly LaPierre, and 22 Michigan Ross alums were named to the Techweek 100, which identifies leaders who have made a significant impact on technology and innovation.
TechWeek, which hosts its Detroit event April 13-19, promotes technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation. It recognizes leaders who:
- Play an instrumental role in the growth of an accelerating market-specific technology company
- Lead specific innovative technology initiatives for public or private corporations in his or her ecosystem
- Support growth in the community as an advisor or mentor
- Create a net benefit for the public
- Are an integral part of companies attaining the necessary capital for success and strategic growth
Davis-Blake, Edward J. Frey Dean, is a leader in developing and implementing positive business practices and developing the next generation of business leaders. Under her leadership Ross students and faculty have engaged with businesses, leaders, and organizations in Detroit.
Thornhill, executive director of the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, connects students with entrepreneurship through a curriculum, events, competitions, and outreach. He also plays an active role in statewide initiatives.
LaPierre runs the Desai Family Accelerator, a partnership between the Zell Lurie Institute and the College of Engineering’s Center for Entrepreneurship that helps startups with funding and early growth.
A number of Michigan Ross alumni also were recognized for their work:
Jim Adox, MBA ‘95 - Managing Director, Venture Investors
Jacob Cohen, MBA ‘13 - Partner, Detroit Venture Partners
Adrian Fortino, MBA ‘10 - Partner, Mercury Fund
Patricia Glaza, MBA ‘00 - VP and Managing Director, Invest Detroit
Michael Godwin, MBA ‘10 - Managing Director, Resonant Venture Partners
Marcy Marshall, MBA ‘94 - CFO, Arboretum Ventures
Paul McCreadie, MBA ‘03 - Managing Director, Arboretum Ventures
Dennis O’Flynn, MBA ‘96 - VP Technology, Compuware
Jason Okrasinski, BBA ‘13 - Co-Founder and CEO, Cribspot
Tyler Paxton, MBA ‘11 - CEO and Founder, Are You A Human
Tim Peterson, MBA ‘98 - Managing Director, Arboretum Ventures
Sherwin Prior, MBA ‘02 - Managing Director, GM Ventures
Jason Raznick, BBA ‘00 - CEO and Founder, Benzinga.com
Rob Rivenburgh, MBA ‘06 - Partner and COO, The Mars Agency
Charles Rothstein, BBA ‘80/MBA ‘82 - Founder and Senior Managing Director, Beringea
Rick Snyder, MBA ‘79 - Governor, State of Michigan
Christopher Stallman, BBA ‘06 - Principal, Fontinalis Partners
Jared Stasik, BBA ‘05 - Vice President, Detroit Venture Partners
Reid Tatoris, MBA ‘11 - Co-Founder and COO, Are You A Human
Jason Townsend, MBA ‘10 - Founder and Managing Director, Resonant Venture Partners
Marc Weiser, MBA ‘00 - Managing Director, RPM Ventures