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Posted on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 : 10:39 a.m.

CEO Podcasts: Conversations on Economic Opportunity, Aaron Crumm

By Paul Krutko, SPARK

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Aaron Crumm, co-founder Ultra Electronics-AMI (formerly Adaptive Materials)

Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcasts: Conversations on Economic Opportunity capture the flavor of my one-on-one conversations with over one hundred key economic leaders in the region, including private sector CEOs, elected and appointed public sector leaders, and the executive leadership of key non-profit and academic institutions. The podcast series is designed to not only highlight that expertise, but also make it available to others who could benefit from the wisdom those business leaders can share.

Despite being home to countless business success stories and companies that do amazing things, there are still rock stars that stand out in Ann Arbor. Aaron Crumm is one of those rock stars.

Crumm is the co-founder and chief visionary officer of fuel cell manufacturer Ultra Electronics-AMI (formerly Adaptive Materials). Along with his wife, Michelle, Crumm grew Adaptive Materials from a small start up to the world's leading fuel cell company, whose partnerships include global powerhouses like Lockheed Martin. Although Adaptive Materials was acquired by UK-based Ultra Electronics Holdings in 2010, the company remains - and continues to grow - in Ann Arbor.

In my conversation with Crumm, we discuss starting a business in Ann Arbor, taking a business from start-up to second stage to acquisition, what makes Ann Arbor such a great place to live and work, and what he thinks about the future of Michigan’s economy.

Check out more CEO Podcasts: Conversations on Economic Opportunity on the Ann Arbor SPARK website!