Ann Arbor SPARK Business Development Team

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One-on-One Business Development Support

SPARK has a dedicated Business Development team to assist businesses expanding and relocating in the Ann Arbor region. To identify optimal locations for business relocation, SPARK examines all critical location factors, such as labor availability and talent, environmental conditions, economic incentives, space availability and occupancy costs. SPARK assists with the development and implementation of a location strategy that meets the unique requirements of companies in targeted industries.

Looking to expand or relocate? 

Contact Our Business Development Team

Phil Santer
Vice President of Business Development

Phil Santer is currently the Vice President of Business Development for Ann Arbor SPARK. Most recently, Phil was the Senior Business Development Manager for the Livingston office. Phil has several years of economic development experience as a practitioner and at the public policy level. Prior to joining Ann Arbor SPARK, Phil held various roles at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, including as an associate for capital access programs and as a manager of state-level incentives.  

​Jennifer Olmstead
Senior Business Development Manager

Jennifer has over 15 years of experience in economic development, land use, nonprofit project management with a successful track record working with high-level public, private and non-profit officials.  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.


Jonathan Younkman
Senior Business Development Manager

Jonathon Younkman joined Ann Arbor SPARK in July of 2015, and serves as Senior Business Development Manager for Livingston County. Jonathon brings several years of economic development experience with him to the SPARK Team, having held positions at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in both incentive administration and talent enhancement.



Donna Shirilla
Director Research and Business Information

Donna Shirilla is Ann Arbor SPARK’s Director, Research and Business Information. In this role, Donna manages all demographic, site availability, incentives, and fact-based information necessary to support Ann Arbor SPARK’s business attraction and retention efforts throughout Washtenaw County.

Donna is an economic development expert on the Ann Arbor region, having served as Director, Existing Business Services, for the Washtenaw Development Council from 1998-2004, when she joined Ann Arbor SPARK.


Anna Zinkel
Business Development Manager

Anna joined Ann Arbor SPARK in January of 2015 and serves as Business Development Manager in Livingston County and Washtenaw County. As a member of the Business Development Team, Anna is responsible for aiding with business development and attraction within our region. Anna’s expertise includes 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.


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