New Leadership for MidMichigan Innovation Center

04-Nov-2010 | News-Press Release

(Great Lakes Bay Region, MI) The board of MidMichigan Innovation Center announces a leadership change for the organization, effective November 1, 2010. Bill Moneypenny, CEO of MidMichigan Innovation Center, is moving out of the position November 1 to take on a new roleat Dow Kokam in Midland. New leadership comes through two veterans to the business and entrepreneurial world, Ken Kousky of Saginaw, and Joe Asiala of Midland.

Kousky, currently the Dow Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Saginaw Valley State University, president of the BlueWater Angels and CEO of IP3, Inc., will become the CEO of MidMichigan Innovation Center with overall responsibility for delivering against the strategy. With him, Kousky brings experience as an entrepreneur and business person and is a renowned teacher and lecturer in the inventor/entrepreneur/start-up communities.

Asiala, with 30 years of global and local leadership experience from his service with The Dow Chemical Company will become the president of MidMichigan Innovation Center, responsible for operations, development and implementation of regional programs. He was a founding member of the MidMichigan Innovation Center board, is a member of the BlueWater Angels and serves as a consultant/mentor to entrepreneurs in the region. He also serves on the Energy Engineering Institute Advisory Council and the Engineering Advisory Council for Texas A&M University. Asiala has also been named as the interim CEO of MITECH+, effective November 1.

Key accomplishments at MidMichigan Innovation Center under Moneypenny’s leadership include:

MidMichigan Innovation Center

Opened in 2005 as the idea of local visionaries, the late Ted Doan, and John Bartos, MidMichigan Innovation Center is designed to accelerate growth in entrepreneurial businesses and start-up companies throughout the region. MidMichigan Innovation Center connects clients with business, financial and technical resources, and provides business services, training and facilities to support their success. Specifically:

  • Creating a business base for nearly 25 on-site and virtually clients directly served
    • Represents more than 149 jobs at client companies
  • The Regional Business Incubation Network offering incubation consultation and services to outlying areas like Cadillac areea, Clare/Gladwin, and the Thumb.
  • Developing and welcoming more than 400 inventors, entrepreneurs and investors annually to the “Heading for the Big Leagues” entrepreneurial networking, awards and tradeshow event.

MidMichigan Innovation Center is in a growth position and welcomes the insights and experience this new leadership team brings.

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Media Background –

MidMichigan Innovation Center is a non-profit organization, started in 2005 by local visionaries, the late Ted Doan, and John Bartos, to motivate entrepreneurs and start-up companies through our services, training and networks that offer financial, intellectual and business support.

o        Board chair: Dave Kepler, The Dow Chemical Company.

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