WHERE BORN: Dearborn
MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS:
"Without a doubt the credit goes to my Mom and Dad who provided the encouragement and opportunities to allow me to be the best at whatever I pursued. I sit back now and see the incredible sacrifices my parents made for all us kids, and the confidence they instilled in us. I mean, they put me through school three times. Professionally, it's Al Kammerer, now executive director of product development at Jaguar and Land Rover. I've worked with him since 1990 when he took me into product development and provided me with incredible work experiences that landed me where I am today."
LAST BOOK READ: "'The Tailor of Panama' by John le Carre."
WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME:
"Energetic. Passionate. Disciplined. Neurotic – I get up at 3:30 a.m. every day to work out!"
WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED:
"The stuff I'm responsible for is where the industry is headed – reducing and eventually eliminating reliance on fossil fuels to power our vehicles. I think there will be hybrid technology in every vehicle within the next 10 to 20 years. I'm not going to tell you everyone will be driving fuel cells, but this technology is part of our sustainable future. I don't believe there is a single solution. Rather, it will be a journey where we deliver a portfolio of technologies with great fuel economy and zero emissions."
FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET:
"I love my plasma TV."
FAVORITE PLACE: "In the air, flying"
FAVORITE FOOD: "I'm a vegan; my favorite thing is baked tofu. It's not the slimy supermarket stuff most people think of when they think of tofu. It's fantastic."
MY HIDDEN TALENT:
"I don't know about a hidden talent, but I'm proud of my ability to create a team and build excitement with the people I'm working with – regardless of the project."
HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED:
"Not only for my work, but also as an advocate for animals. I think kindness to animals translates into a kinder world. I'm a big advocate for the Dearborn Animal Shelter, and we're leading an effort with Ford and Lawrence Technological University for a new shelter building."
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.