President, CEO, and co-founder of Pioneer Surgical Technology Inc. in Marquette. Pioneer designs and manufactures spinal and orthopedic implants and instruments. With additional locations in Raleigh and Greenville, N.C.; Woburn, Mass.; and the Netherlands, the company has announced plans to establish a manufacturing and distribution center in Ireland in 2011 to further its European presence. Pioneer employs more than 270 people worldwide and has developed more than 120 U.S. and foreign patents, with more pending. Under Millin's leadership, Pioneer was named one of the "50 companies to watch" in 2010 by Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry
magazine and won the Frost & Sullivan's 2009 North American orthopaedic tissue engineering technology innovation award. Recently, the firm announced it will acquire exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute the Cequence™ anterior cervical plate, a bone graft substitute from SpineSmith. As part of the agreement, Pioneer will become the manufacturer of record and offer the Cequence™ system through its existing sales network, while adding SpineSmith as a distributor. Prior to being named president in 2008, Millin led Pioneer's manufacturing operations from 1992–2007 and its orthopedic division from 2005–08. During this time he developed the company's emerging orthobiologics division with two orthobiologics acquisitions in 2007. Millin served in the Armed Forces and the Michigan National Guard. He received his bachelor's degree from Northern Michigan University and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.