NEF Members

This page is a partial listing of NEF members. Our members are industry leaders with extensive experience across numerous fields. Want to have your listing shown among those already here - become a member!

James Anderson
A.J. Boggs & Company
Areas of Expertise: Technology
Industry Experience: Information Technology, Medicine / Healthcare

Strong business partner with data center for hosting databases, websites and plenty of integration experience. Can manage your IT needs as we build and host web services and provide operations and help desk support for a one stop solution. Strong experience across industries. Can manage risk. Have strong financial, healthcare and industry experience. Exceptional security expertise, as well as high capacity solutions. Built world class services for search engine, forms tools, and have cloud based hosting offerings.

Winston Benedict
WDB Technology Advisors
Areas of Expertise: Management, Strategy, Technology
Industry Experience: Automotive, Information Technology

CIO, CTO and Executive Leader with technology strategy and delivery experience across Advertising, Automotive, Pharma, Utilities, Aerospace, Professional Services and Transportation industries. Deep experience establishing scalable enterprise architectures and leading transformational and turn around initiatives. Results delivered through developing people, leading large-scale lean process changes and intelligently leveraging emerging technologies (when appropriate) to shave costs, boost revenue and maintain competitive advantages.

I provide:
• Employee and Technology staff Mentorship
• Digital Transformation Strategy and Execution
• Strategic Planning and Delivery
• Margin Improvements
• Data and Security Compliance
• Vendor and Partnership Development
• Technology Delivery Execution and Operations

Kunal Bhatia
MidWest Advanced Solutions & Services Inc.
Areas of Expertise: Management, Operations, Strategy, Technology
Industry Experience: Automotive, Financial Services, Information Technology, Nonprofit

Software Developer /coder for more than 15 years. Full stack developer in any IT space or frontier, including distributed systems, mainframe or mobile apps. Entrepreneur since 2014 and co founder of IT consulting firm called MidWest Advanced Solutions & Services (MASS), Inc.
Currently working as Java services developer / consultant for my client, Mercedes Benz Financial Services Inc.

Richard Bruder
Kemp Klein Law Firm
Areas of Expertise: Legal
Industry Experience: Law

<p>I specialize in the needs of growing, entrepreneurial companies. In particular, I help venture capitalists, angel investors, and entrepreneurs structure, negotiate and close funding rounds, I represent buyers and sellers in merger and acquisition transactions, and I create advisory boards for my best and most entrepreneurial clients.</p>

April Christian-Davis
Breakout Marketing Group
Areas of Expertise: Marketing, Sales, Strategy
Industry Experience: Medicine / Healthcare, Nonprofit

April Davis a native of Buffalo New York, currently serves as Board Member of New Enterprise Forum, providing entrepreneurs with coaching in marketing strategy and development.
April is also serving at A2Y Ann Arbor /Ypsilanti Regional Chamber Marketing committee, providing chamber with digital marketing strategies to increases membership.
She also serves on Chamber Ambassador Committee, responsible for building lasting relationships with each connection.

Since 1995 April has enjoyed becoming a Visionary Leader , Change Agent, and Business Developer, solving problems for both profit and non-profit sectors. As CEO of Breakout Marketing Group LLC.
*Daily implements strategies for social media, and marketing
*Create programs to increase awareness, and branding
* Design, plan and implement complex promotional plans

April obtained B.A. Degree from Eastern Michigan University in Marketing Communications. She has certificates in Agile Scrum training, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources and Sales & Marketing. She is the Author of Marketing Strategies to Maximize Growth in Your Business. Currently organizing custom Respiratory Summit Las Vegas, Nevada 2020.
With over 20 years experience April brings a unique style to marketing, media and digital communications, creating smarter connections and messaging for every channel. Demonstrating the unique skill of turning ideas come to life.

April Davis has been featured for accomplishments in the news.
*Women’s Life Style Magazine* Buffalo NY Business First
*Detroit News *Strut Magazine* Ann Arbor News
*Michigan Chronicle
April speaks on Marketing your business at Ypsilanti /SPARK, Ask Expert at TechTown Detroit, and other Entrepreneur events. April believes and gains knowledge from her international travels to Beijing,China Thailand, and Sao Paulo Brazil.

“By exposing yourself to different cultures in marketing, consumer behavior and prospectives in communication helps to develop essential listening and life skills in communicating your brand into any in market. “
- April D. Davis

Don DeSmith
Servant Systems
Areas of Expertise: Operations, Technology
Industry Experience: Information Technology

<p>Don has been President of Servant Systems since 1994. Servant Systems is a Microsoft Gold Partner focused on business operations with a specialization in the franchising industry. Don has a B.S. in Math and Astronomy from UM, an M.S. in Computer Engineering from UM, and an MBA from EMU.</p>

Luke Donahue
J. D. Power
Areas of Expertise: Marketing, Sales
Industry Experience: Automotive

Luke is a Sales professional in the Automotive industry, having worked in sales for over 10 years for companies such as FCA, American Axle, and Eaton. He earned his MBA from the Ross School of Business with a focus on Entrepreneurship and Operations.

Currently, Luke is a Senior Manager at J.D. Power and consults his clients on pricing strategy in the automotive retail space.

Stephen Field
Field Consulting Services
Areas of Expertise: Management
Industry Experience: Manufacturing / Materials, Nonprofit

Over 30 years of hands-on experience in manufacturing operations and consulting services. Proven track record improving productivity, manufacturing process control and bottom-line financial performance. Expertise in selecting and implementing a wide variety of management information systems (ERP, CRM, accounting, etc.). My project management skills are also useful for bringing in complex engineering projects on time and under budget.

Steve is currently the Membership Director for New Enterprise Forum.

Francis Glorie
Glorie Associates
Areas of Expertise: Management
Industry Experience: Biomed/Biotech/Pharma, Information Technology

Francis is currently the Managing Partner of Glorie Associates, a NEF board member and coach, and a mentor at Ann Arbor Sparks. Over 25 years successful executive and consulting experience in tech startups in Ann Arbor and Europe.

Lee Gorman
Barton Consulting Services, LLC
Areas of Expertise: Management, Technology, Finance, Marketing
Industry Experience: Automotive, Manufacturing / Materials

Lee Gorman is an insightful, results-oriented executive with over 25 years of diverse experience in strategic, business, and product planning, implementation, marketing and leadership. She has particular expertise in assisting start-up and early stage companies develop their businesses, and in coaching their founders and leaders in the business aspects of bringing their ideas to market.

Ms. Gorman has done extensive work for local non-profits and early-stage companies, including serving as Director of the Automotive Business for Coherix, Inc., and COO for WriteSteps, LLC. She now works with Ann Arbor SPARK’s Business Accelerator services to connect start-ups with the resources they need, and provides coaching through organizations including New Enterprise Forum (NEF) and Great Lakes Entrepreneurs Quest (GLEQ). In addition to being a frequent judge for business plan competitions, Lee enjoys mentoring entrepreneurs and others interested in small business and has done so through UM’s Center for Entrepreneurship, the Cleantech Open, and Shifting Gears.

Prior to establishing Barton Consulting Services, LLC, Ms. Gorman’s employment included being Chief Engineer, Town Car and Product Planning Director, Sport Utility Vehicles at Ford Motor Company; Manager, Strategic Planning at Allied Signal Automotive; and Consultant with The Carroll Group. She has also held various positions in finance, marketing, engineering, and program management.

Ms. Gorman holds both an MBA and a BBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and a BSME from Lawrence Technological University. Professional education included Ford’s Strategic Marketing Program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

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