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
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

<p>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.</p>

<p>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 &amp; Marketing. She is the Author of Marketing Strategies to Maximize Growth in Your Business. Currently organizing custom Respiratory Summit Las Vegas, Nevada 2020.</p>

<p>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 believes and gains knowledge from her international travels to Beijing,China Thailand, and Sao Paulo Brazil. &ldquo;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. &ldquo; - April D. Davis</p>

Edwin R. Clarke
Clarke & Associates
Areas of Expertise: Accounting, Finance, Legal, Management, Operations, Strategy
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>

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, Strategy
Industry Experience: Automotive

Enthusiastic leader with expertise in data, analytics, and storytelling. 7 years of analytics consulting and business development experience expanding relationships, increasing revenue, and growing value for my OEM clients.

• Consulting & analytics operations
• Product strategy
• Pricing and portfolio planning
• Business development & strategy
• Client services

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: Finance, Management, Operations
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.

Sam Fine
Intermedia LLC
Areas of Expertise: Marketing, Strategy
Industry Experience: Automotive, Biomed/Biotech/Pharma, Cleantech / Energy, Defense, Financial Services, Information Technology, Medicine / Healthcare

Longtime NEF member and marketing coach, Sam Fine offers organizations of all sizes cost-effective PR-driven marketing consulting services, thoughtfully tailored to client mission for effective business growth. Sam is a marketing resource for emerging businesses seeking to realize their potential.

A veteran advertising and PR consultant with extensive experience supporting general business, franchising, technology, and other sectors, Sam is best known for naming, branding, and the initial marketing of Ann Arbor startup now Fortune 500 company, Domino’s Pizza. His expertise later bolstered Domino’s annual sales by $2 billion dollars, driving record national and multi-national expansion. Offering services to meet most budgets, contact Sam on LinkedIn to review your options.

Francis Glorie
Glorie Associates
Areas of Expertise: Finance, Management, Marketing, Sales, Strategy
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.