Executive Director of the MidMichigan Innovation Center in Midland. Case joined the organization in January 2007 to increase visibility and help create new programs to support tenants and other entrepreneurs in the area. Case collaborates with community, state, and federal leaders to enhance the overall entrepreneurial environment in mid-Michigan. Previously, he was the director of business development for Central Michigan University Research Corp., and worked to attract and support young technology companies and construct a state-of-the-art laboratory facility. During his four years there, he assisted nearly 100 entrepreneurs, researchers, and young companies and helped secure millions of dollars from the state and federal government to support several research and development projects and construct a new 18,000 sq. ft. laboratory. Case also worked at the Michigan Economic Development Corp. developing statewide initiatives supporting advanced manufacturing, alternative energy, nanotechnology, and entrepreneurship. Earlier, he worked at Johnson Controls Automotive Interiors and the Delfield Co. Case has a bachelorís degree in industrial management and masterís degree in industrial technology from CMU. He served as a paratrooper in the National Guard while attending classes. Before college, Case served with the U.S. Armyís 18th Airborne Corps at Ft. Bragg, N.C. He was deployed to the Persian Gulf region weeks after Iraq invaded Kuwait and served in operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield.