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President and CEO Paul Krutko Ann Arbor SPARK
President and CEO

Paul Krutko is Ann Arbor SPARK’s president and CEO.  Ann Arbor SPARK is a public-private partnership of business, government and academic institutions working to create economic prosperity in the Ann Arbor area of innovation.  In his role as CEO, he leads the organization’s efforts to expand the regional economy through initiatives to support entrepreneurs and early stage companies accelerating their growth to full potential.  SPARK implements a strategic framework designed to maintain and to enhance the region's global competitiveness.

Donna Doleman Ann Arbor SPARK
Senior Vice President, Operations and Communications

Donna Doleman serves as the Senior Vice President, Operations and Communications for Ann Arbor SPARK. In this role, Donna will provide oversight across SPARK, support the management of all operations, and continue to grow the Ann Arbor SPARK brand.

Skip Simms Ann Arbor SPARK
Senior Vice President

Skip Simms joined Ann Arbor SPARK in 2006 as Director of Entrepreneurial Services and was its second employee. In 2011, he was named Senior Vice President.  Skip oversees all the entrepreneurial activities including incubators, business accelerator programs, and all capital programs.  

Phil Santer SPARK
Vice President of Business Development

Phil Santer is the Vice President of Business Development for Ann Arbor SPARK. Most recently, Phil was the Senior Business Development Manager for the Livingston office.

Call: 810-588-6382
Liz Perpich Ann Arbor SPARK
Director, Finance

Liz joined SPARK at the end of April 2012 and is responsible for the accounting operations of the company. This includes the production of monthly financial reports, maintenance of accounting records, and a comprehensive set of controls and budgets designed to mitigate risk and enhance the accuracy of the company's reported financial results.

Lisa Bies Ann Arbor SPARK
Staff Accountant

Lisa currently holds the role of Staff Accountant. In this position, she is responsible for financial accounting, internal financial reporting, overseeing SPARK’s accounts receivable and payables, billing, and payroll. 

Business Development

Phil Santer SPARK
Vice President of Business Development

Phil Santer is the Vice President of Business Development for Ann Arbor SPARK. Most recently, Phil was the Senior Business Development Manager for the Livingston office.

Call: 810-588-6382
Senior Business Development Manager

Jennifer joined the staff of Ann Arbor SPARK in October 2014 and serves as the Senior Business Development Manager.  A Michigan native, Jennifer recently moved back to Michigan after working in economic development in St. Louis, Missouri.

Call: 734.527.9142
Alex West Team Photo
Director, Research and Business Information

As Director of Research, Alex uses the power of data to tell a compelling story about the Ann Arbor region to support SPARK’s business attraction and retention efforts. Prior to joining SPARK, Alex held various roles in international economic development, most recently for UK Trade & Investment (the economic development arm of the UK government), consulting for US/UK businesses in the cyber security and B2B software sectors. She is a California native and has lived and worked in Italy and the UK.
 

Anna Zinkel Business Development Livingston County Ann Arbor SPARK
Lead Business Development Manager, Livingston County

Anna joined Ann Arbor SPARK in January of 2015 and works to help businesses succeed in Livingston County and Washtenaw County. Anna’s expertise centers around building strong relationships between organizations. She has experience as a legislative aide, as a fundraiser, and as a member of the marketing team at a consulting firm. Anna serves on the leadership teams for several community organizations, including the Board of the Women’s Exchange of Washtenaw, the Steering Committee for the Professional Women’s Club of Michigan, and the Board of Friends in Deed of Washtenaw County.

Call: 734-585-0328

Entrepreneurial Services

Skip Simms Ann Arbor SPARK
Senior Vice President

Skip Simms joined Ann Arbor SPARK in 2006 as Director of Entrepreneurial Services and was its second employee. In 2011, he was named Senior Vice President.  Skip oversees all the entrepreneurial activities including incubators, business accelerator programs, and all capital programs.  

Bill Mayer Ann Arbor SPARK
Vice President, Entrepreneurial Services

Bill Mayer has founded and exited multiple startups in the technology and finance sectors. His areas of expertise are in finance, securities, and quantitative analysis. He has founded and worked with numerous businesses covering a broad range of industry sectors, ranging from start-up ventures through Fortune 500.

Director of Operations

As the Director of Operations for Entrepreneurial Services, Travis is part of the team that provides business acceleration services that drive the development of innovative technology start-ups. Travis works to support client education, training, and incubator operations, and he serves as a liaison between Ann Arbor SPARK and various internal and external stakeholders in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Phillip Coleman Profile Photo
Event Manager

Phillip's experience, which is focused on working with entrepreneurs and investors, is uniquely well suited to his role at SPARK. He joins SPARK from Invest Michigan, where he served as the organization's Michigan Pre-Seed Fund Administrator with an emphasis on events design and management. He also previously worked as the Warrior Fund associate, Blackstone Launchpad, at Wayne State University, where Phillip coached student entrepreneurs.

Director of Capital Programs

Mike Flanagan is Director of Capital Programs at Ann Arbor SPARK, which includes the Michigan Angel Fund, Michigan Pre-Seed Fund, and Microloan programs, all designed to help early stage technology companies and entrepreneurs get the capital they need to grow and succeed. 

Call: 734-527-9168
Ben Harrington, Ann Arbor SPARK Entrepreneurial Services Data Analyst
Client Research & Knowledge Manager

Ben serves as the Client Research & Knowledge Manager. As a member of the Entrepreneurial Services Team, Ben is responsible for the analysis and reporting of Business Accelerator and Incubator operations and assisting with the intake of clients.

Charlotte Dillard Ann Arbor SPARK
Coordinator, SPARK Central Incubator

Charlotte Dillard serves as Coordinator for the SPARK Central incubator. In this position, Charlotte coordinates all SPARK Central events, manages the incubator and tenant space, and completes day-to-day operations.

Joe Licavoli
Manager, SPARK East Incubator

Joe Licavoli serves as the Business Accelerator Manager for SPARK East. In this role, Joe will provide on-site support and facilitate community relationships at our incubator located in Ypsilanti, while overseeing SPARK's current loan efforts. Prior to joining Ann Arbor SPARK, Joe was Senior Director of Ramsoft Systems. 

Marketing & Talent

Donna Doleman Ann Arbor SPARK
Senior Vice President, Operations and Communications

Donna Doleman serves as the Senior Vice President, Operations and Communications for Ann Arbor SPARK. In this role, Donna will provide oversight across SPARK, support the management of all operations, and continue to grow the Ann Arbor SPARK brand.

Marketing and Communications Manager

Julie brings over 20 years marketing experience developing and executing marketing strategy at large Fortune 100 companies.  In her role as Marketing and Communications Manager at Ann Arbor SPARK, Julie manages the development of strategy, content and design for digital marketing and the execution of SPARK communications. 

Call: 248-372-4072
Lindsay Mumper - Marketing Coordinator
Marketing Coordinator

Lindsay Mumper serves as the marketing coordinator for SPARK and is responsible for the management of all digital outbound solutions. Lindsay studied marketing and communications at The University of North Texas and has 5 years of experience creating, implementing, and managing strategic marketing campaigns across multiple platforms.

Development

Danielle Jones, Director of Development
Director, Development

Danielle Marie Jones is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and is responsible for all aspects of SPARK's private sector fundraising efforts in support of the CEO.  Danielle is in charge of developing and implementing strategies to secure and grow private sector funding revenue for the organization.  She also manages the CEO Roundtable events.

Call: 734.585.0320