Vice President of Business Development, Techstreet, Ann Arbor. In 1994—while still a University of Michigan student—Bank co-founded Techstreet, an engineering information service that specializes in the digital delivery of industry codes and standards. Bank is responsible for licensing and distribution agreements with more than 300 standards publishers worldwide. Techstreet sells to more than 60,000 companies, including nearly every one in the Fortune 500 plus small- and medium-sized businesses in over 100 countries. Techstreet’s website is considered the "industry standard" for finding and buying this engineering information and hosts over 3 million unique visitors per year. In 2003, with his former partners, Gregg Hammerman and Carlos Zorea, Bank managed the sale of Techstreet to Thomson Scientific, a division of the Thomson Corporation.
MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS:
"First my parents. They were such hard workers and truly believed in working for what you want. I get my work ethic from them. Second is a former business partner named Carlos Zorea. In business, he taught me to focus on the one or two most important things and let everything else on your list slip by temporarily. If it’s important enough, it will come back into focus later. He convinced me to stop multi-tasking!”
LAST BOOK READ:
"I’m in the middle of about seven books. But the best is Benjamin Franklin, a biography by Walter Isaacson. I’m only half done, and I’m amazed at this guy. Franklin has inspired me. Through discipline, goal-setting, curiosity, diplomacy, and ingenuity, he did more by the time he was 30 than most of us will do in a lifetime. And that was even before his years as a diplomat. Also, it is a well-written, even humorous book (mostly because Ben was a funny guy)."
WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME:
"24-hour energy, passionate, creative, diplomatic, hedonistic, idealistic, eclectic, persistent, kind"
WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED:
"Someplace far more efficient than where we are now! Right now, we’re working with information publishers who are really flummoxed by changes in digital distribution and their first instinct is to shut down and place restrictions on everything. We’re working with these publishers to show them a better way to do business, to provide greater access to their information in a way that increases its value and generates more revenue for both of us. We’ll be offering engineering information right where engineers need it—in whatever application they’re using, in whatever venue, in whatever format they need. ‘Workflow integration’ is an old buzz phrase, but in our business, it’s truly going to change the industry."
FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET:
"My iPod, my orange peeler (a simple piece of plastic)."
"On any snow-capped peak that I can ride down on my snowboard."
"Snowboarding, soccer, mountain biking, African drumming, hanging out with my two-year old son (really, they’re all my favorites)."
"Ben & Jerry’s mocha fudge ice cream (sadly now in the Flavor Graveyard)."
MY HIDDEN TALENT:
"I remember everything: conversations, phone numbers, directions, credit card numbers, other people’s credit card numbers, for much longer than I’ll ever need them."
HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED:
"As someone who was genuinely kind to others. The only thing you really leave behind are your relationships with other people. I want to have great relationships and have people say, ‘He was a friend of mine."