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!

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>

Edwin R. Clarke
Clarke & Associates
Areas of Expertise: Finance
Industry Experience: Automotive, Biomed/Biotech/Pharma, Cleantech / Energy, Manufacturing / Materials, Medicine / Healthcare

<p>Ed Clarke works with early-stage companies to raise capital, develop business plans, negotiate contracts, and recruit management teams, sometimes also serving as Vice President of Administration/Chief Financial Officer for such companies. Client markets have included medical devices, alternative energy, SAAS applications, industrial controls, data acquisition/telemetry, automotive engine design, and RFID. Business plans that he personally wrote have earned prizes totaling $500k and he has served as a judge in business plan competitions. Earlier in his career, Ed served as CFO/VP Admin for three privately-held, high-tech companies. Ed earned his MBA at the University of Chicago after becoming a CPA and after earning engineering degrees from Harvard and Stanford. Ed has served as a mentor for six years in Professor Brophy&rsquo;s course on entrepreneurship at University of Michigan&rsquo;s Ross Business School.</p>

Jane DeLancey
DeLancey Design
Areas of Expertise: Marketing
Industry Experience: Information Technology, Nonprofit

DeLancey Design offers a full range of design and marketing services. Jane has worked with over 150 clients on a variety of projects for clients representing a wide range of industries. Projects include full website development, brochures, corporate identities, trade show graphics, slide deck design, direct mail campaigns and e-newsletters.

Jane is a NEF Board Member and chair of the NEF Marketing Committee.

Her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is from the University of Michigan. She also studied at Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, and California College of Arts in Oakland.

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 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.