|LEADERS & INNOVATORS
Lawrence Technological University, Grant Thornton LLP, WWJ Newsradio 950, and the Great Lakes
Innovation and Technology Report sponsor the Leaders & Innovators program to recognize Michigan-based
leaders and innovators who demonstrate unique abilities or create extraordinary ideas or products that
enhance their profession and strengthen and diversify Michigan's economy.
Each year's class of weekly profilees also vie for the coveted Grant Thornton Leader & Innovator of the
Year Award, presented annually during a special April reception for all honorees. Past winners are:
(2006) Eleanor Josaitis, co-founder of Focus:HOPE; (2007) Jim Croce, then-CEO of NextEnergy, Michigan's
alternative energy industry accelerator; (2008) Michael Long, President and CEO, Velcura Therapeutics, Inc.;
(2009) Scott Harrison, CEO, Azure Dynamics Corp.;(2010) Don Welch, president and CEO, Merit Network, Inc.;
(2011) Phil Hagerman, President and CEO, Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy; and (2012) Dan Behm, President,
Open Systems Technologies, Inc. (OST).
Nominations are encouraged from all fields, including the arts, business and commerce, finance, education,
non-profits, engineering, architecture, construction, technology, and government service.
Use the form below to submit your nominations: