KEN FARMER:
 
KEN FARMER




 
 
 
 
 
CEO of Axis Technology and DataManagement of Bloomfield Township. Farmer founded DataManagement in 1992 and recently launched Axis Technology as a business continuity planning division. DataManagement provides hardware, software, and network integration services, in addition to specializing in corporate cabling infrastructure for global corporations. Axis Technology is a technology design and project engineering firm. As CEO, Farmer has worked on many high profile projects, such as the headquarters for Delphi, Kmart, Quicken Loans, and Oxford Automotive. He also received a patent for a fully terminated, solid-core wire cable in 2002. Farmer holds several industry certifications and is a member of Automation Alley, BICSI-A Telecommunications Association, the Building Owners and Managers Association of Metropolitan Detroit, the Construction Association of Michigan, and several others.


WHERE BORN: "Detroit."

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: "My parents and many business leaders. My parents taught me moral standards and to do a job right, to be productive, and to work hard. They just taught good ethics. I was brought up in a typical ĎLeave it to Beaverí middle-class family. My dad retired from Ford and my mother was a housewife. They taught me that if you work hard and do the right thing, youíll succeed. I look to people in the business community for advice. I look at a lot of businesses and try to understand the strong and weak aspects of each and learn from that. I also listen to customers a lot and learn from them. A lot of times we second-guess instead of understanding."

LAST BOOK READ: "Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul by John Eldredge. Itís an interesting book about society and masculinity, what it means, and how it has changed. It talks about how we raise our children, how we become happier people within society."

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: "Passionate, aggressive, to-the-point, tough to work with, perfectionist. I look at myself realistically. But a lot of it comes back to my beliefs and the ethics Iíd been brought up with. We deserve something out of people but we owe them something, too."

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: "Itís almost hard to say with technology. Itís moving so fast and so rapidly, you wonder if weíre going to be over-communicating. We can go on vacation with our Palms, Treos, BlackBerries, and laptops and be in touch with the world. Weíre going to find that it may not be necessarily good. Itís great to be connected, but are we over-connected? Are we using technology for the right things? The industry will continue to flabbergast us all with new things but we need to figure out how to use them better. With the technology we have today, why havenít we accomplished more? Look at education. We have an incredible resource, but the school system is a debacle. Itís really a crime. We have so many resources out there."

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: "My iPod because I love to learn but Iím a slow reader and I donít have a lot of time. I can listen to books in the car or while Iím exercising."

FAVORITE PLACE: "My favorite place is my home. Itís really refreshing to go home and relax. I love to travel, too."

FAVORITE HOBBY: "I love photography but I have a hard time finding the time to do it."

FAVORITE FOOD: "I love seafood. I love all foods. I spent 15 years in the restaurant industry so Iíll try just about anything."

MY HIDDEN TALENT: "I donít know if I really have any, but I can typically fix something thatís broken. Iím fairly logical so I can correct things that are broken."

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: "For being a good father, a friend, and as someone who cared about people. I hope people look at my career and say, ĎHe did the right thing with honesty and integrity."

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.