CEO of Arbortext Inc., Ann Arbor-based publishing software pioneers. Schiavone joined the company in 2001, leading the transition of the company from an XML-based authoring software company to the leading provider of enterprise publishing software that automates the assembly and publishing of information to multiple audiences in multiple output formats. Arbortext had 15 straight record quarters and was recently purchased by Parametric Technologies Corp. (PTC) for $190 million in cash - almost five times its revenue. PTC says Arbortext will stay in Ann Arbor. Prior to Arbortext, Schiavone spent 14 years with General Electric Corp. and subsidiaries. He has an MBA from the University of Maryland and a BS from Syracuse University. Schiavone serves on the boards of the University of Maryland Engineering School and the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce.
WHERE BORN: Syracuse, N.Y.
MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON:
"It has been and continues to be my wife, because pretty much whenever I forget that positive attitude is everything, she reminds me of that. And whenever I have a problem with my work/ life balance, she reminds me of that. And probably most importantly, whenever I get too critical of my own actions, she tends to show me the brighter side."
LAST BOOK READ:
"'The Five People You Meet in Heaven,' by Mitch Albom."
WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME:
"I think the one that I hear most is 'driven.' And in regards to work, I'm very passionate about what I do."
WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED:
"From an IT standpoint, I think it will continue to evolve from doing what we did with fewer people, an efficiency focus, to doing additional things that we never thought we could, and doing those efficiently and effectively. And that's not too dissimilar to what I think is happening in the publishing software industry as well. It's evolving from desktop publishing, to where we've taken our business, to enterprise publishing. Enterprise publishing allows you to do things more efficiently, but also to do things like multi- channel publishing, which is the ability to automatically publish information from a single source to different media. This just wasn't possible in the past without a tremendous amount of effort and cost."
FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET:
"I love them all, but the one I'm currently enamored with is the navigation system in my new car. I'm amazed at the technology, that I can use it when I'm in a traffic jam in a suburb of Detroit to find an alternate route without a map. I was also exploring in a neighborhood I didn't know and the kids wanted ice cream. I typed in 'ice cream' and it guided us to the ice cream store. The whole family was thrilled with that."
"I have a lot of favorites but my absolute favorite is Maui, Hawaii. It's the most beautiful place on Earth."
"I've grown accustomed to the winter sports here in Ann Arbor, so I love skiing and ice hockey. We created a company hockey team."
MY HIDDEN TALENT:
"I don't know how hidden it is, but I love to play the piano, and have since I was a little kid."
HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED:
"Personally I want to be remembered as a great dad, a caring husband, and a friend. And I guess in business I'd like to be remembered as a motivational leader and a mentor."
||At the annual awards reception in April 2014, one Leader & Innovator from the previous 12 months will be selected
as the Grant Thornton Leader & Innovator of the Year.