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!

Jay Shah
Leelayan, Inc.
Areas of Expertise: Finance, Management, Marketing, Strategy, Technology
Industry Experience: Automotive, Cleantech / Energy, Manufacturing / Materials

<p>Jay Shah is an engineering management consultant. He is the founder President of Leelayan, Inc. whose core mission is to create Technology for Healthy Living. Leelayan&#39;s patented prime product is No Bend (Shoes bend so you don&#39;t have to!) Hands Free shoes. The shoes are engineered to operate with a remote or an App helping people with arthritis, diabetes, back surgery, etc. to wear them without bending. Leelayan is a start-up and soon will be seeking Stage-1 funding.</p>

Stefan Sysko
Sysko Thinking LLC
Areas of Expertise: Management, Marketing, Sales, Strategy
Industry Experience: Medicine / Healthcare, Nonprofit

Stefan Sysko is an entrepreneur with a diverse background and 20+ years of experience, much of which has been spent advising small business owners on developing strategy and on executing at a high level. His career includes broad experience in strategic marketing planning, market development, new product and business development, and training.

Sysko has been a consultant, advisor and mentor to dozens of start-ups and hundreds of small businesses. He advises startups, emerging, and turnaround companies with launch, growth, and rebuilding strategies. He helps founders discover and effectively tell their story, develop their value proposition, identify and avoid – or tear down – roadblocks, and turn their ideas into focused, viable business plans.

Through a strategic partnership with metro Detroit-based Poco Labs, Sysko helps companies with concept development, consumer research and product design.

Sysko is a board member and coach at New Enterprise Forum, and will be coordinating the organization’s pitch pit. He is a mentor at Detroit Creative Corridor Center, and helped develop and currently runs the highly successful Retail Boot Camp for TechTown Detroit. He serves on the Marketing & Development Committee for Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit.

Sysko holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wayne State University and an MBA from Eastern Michigan University.

Bill Taylor
Chief Outsiders LLC
Areas of Expertise: Management, Marketing, Sales, Strategy, Technology
Industry Experience: Information Technology, Medicine / Healthcare

I am an experienced Marketing, Sales, and Strategy executive with over 35 years in innovative marketing, product management, sales, and strategic operations for technology companies in telecom, information technology, life science, and healthcare. With engineering providing a solid technical background, I’ve achieved a consistent track record of developing strategies that drive consistent and managed growth for high technology companies. I’ve been successful in companies ranging from a 30 person start up, through mid-sized public companies, all the way to a two year assignment as an IBM strategist. I’m a seasoned team builder, who has attracted, developed and retained high-performing marketing, sales and BD talent. My passion is helping technology companies achieve profitable, sustainable growth

Scott Trossen
Michigan HR Group
Areas of Expertise: Management
Industry Experience: Automotive, Biomed/Biotech/Pharma, Cleantech / Energy, Financial Services, Information Technology, Manufacturing / Materials, Medicine / Healthcare, Nonprofit

I founded the Michigan HR Group in 2007. We are an “HR department for small business” and HR consultancy for mid-size organizations with solutions to strengthen people, improve processes and manage risk. We tailor our services to teach you how to do effective and compliant HR, or become your ongoing, outsourced HR partner.

Kristin Welch
Ford X
Areas of Expertise: Management, Operations, Strategy, Technology
Industry Experience: Automotive, Information Technology

After an early career at Deloitte in global roles, Kristin went back for an MBA at Michigan. Focusing on strategy and entrepreneurship, she joined an early-stage startup (SPLT) and mentored others (Parkofon, Bedestrian, etc.) After a successful exit, Kristin now enjoys building ventures at Ford X, Ford's internal venture incubator.

Duane Williams
Mythic Consulting Group
Areas of Expertise: Management, Marketing, Operations, Sales, Strategy
Industry Experience: Financial Services

Duane Williams is a creative and dynamic business owner dedicated to developing, managing, and leading his organization into becoming a leading resource for business to business services. With over three decades of professional and service experience, Duane possesses a unique blend of strategic thinking, problem-solving, analytical, communication and presentation skills. Along with collaborative team building proficiency, Duane has extensive experience collaborating with personnel in multiple states, and from all employment backgrounds.