CHARLES NEWMAN:
 
CHARLES NEWMAN




 
 
 
 
 
Founder, CEO, and President of ReCellular Inc. in Ann Arbor. Newman has been instrumental in developing a secondary user market for used wireless handsets. ReCellular is the largest company in this market and currently processes more than 450,000 phones per month. Newman has been an entrepreneur since starting his first company while an undergraduate at the University of Michigan in 1961. Among the numerous companies he founded were Astrotype, developers of the first computerized word processor; CompuMart, the first retail computer store in Michigan; and Rent-A-Byte, the first computer rental store in the United States. Along with his wife, Sharon, he also established the Jewish Community Center of Ann Arbor. In addition, he is a principal of the Newman Computer Group. He was a founder and director of the Bank of Ann Arbor and a director of Gelman Science. Newman is a director and past chairman of the board of Hillel, the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, an organization active on more than 500 campuses worldwide. He is also a director of EMU Hillel, the International Myeloma Foundation, and the Graham Sustainability Institute, and is co-founder and president of the Michigan Israel Business Bridge. He is a past president of the Michigan Jewish Conference and a former member of the executive committee of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.


WHERE BORN: “Miami.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “It may sound strange but I can’t say there has been anyone of any great note because I’ve never worked for anyone but myself.”

LAST BOOK READ:The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Creative, entrepreneurial, high energy, responsible.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “It is one of the biggest growth industries of the next few decades, broadly defined. We’re a re-use company in the broadest sense. It’s going to be a multi-billion dollar industry shortly. As far as cell phones, our company is going to be at $250 million a year within the next four years.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “I am very low-tech – probably my Moscow compass because the needle settles rapidly.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “The University of Michigan alumni camp, Camp Michigania.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “Orienteering, a navigational sport with map and compass, and bicycling.”

FAVORITE FOOD:“Anything my wife makes. I’ve been married for a long time, and that’s what a wise husband says.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “I’m not sure how hidden, but I’m a very good navigator.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “Someone who felt life was a gift and got everything out of it he could.”

At the annual awards reception in May 2015, one Leader & Innovator from the previous 12 months will be selected as the Leader & Innovator of the Year.