Founder and president, InfoGeographics in Traverse City. InfoGeographics provides geographic information systems implementation consulting, project management, system development, support, training, and applications programming to government and private sector clients throughout North America. Clients include McDonaldís Corp. and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. Bennett formed the company with his wife, Joanne. He has a bachelorís degree from Western Michigan University and is finishing his masterís at Eastern Michigan University
MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS:
"My wife as far as supporting me as we went from working for others to working for ourselves and starting the company. Professionally, my father, who worked for Consumers Energy for over 30 years. I really learned a high degree of professionalism from him. He showed me that you could be very honest, upfront, and fair, yet have fun and enjoy your work. I think thatís very contagious and makes you prone to success. Lots of good advice from my dad."
LAST BOOK READ:
"Iím in the middle of a three-part series called the The Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson. And another book called An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World by Pankaj Mishra."
WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME:
"Creative, family man, hard-working, multi-tasking, listener, decision-maker, and fun."
WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED:
"Weíre involved with spatial sciences with geographic information systems (GIS). More and more, it will become integrated or a part of many other technologies. You wonít be seeing GIS all by itself, but it will become part of a business process used during the course of everyday living or in work. Things like Google Earth and Mapquest become a part of your routine. Our technology is going to have more of that same type of embedded nature."
FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET:
"The computer, hands down. It drives our business and we use it at home. Also, we just got a new van. It has things like GPS navigation, voice command, DVD with wireless headphones Ė itís just a stunning piece of technology."
"Our family cottage in Omena. Itís been in the family since 1930."
"Tennis, boating, fishing, snorkeling, and anything with my family."
"Porterhouse steak, baked potato, fresh sweet corn, and cherry pie."
MY HIDDEN TALENT:
"Iím a closet inventor. And I have a degree in art as well as mathematics."
HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED:
"As a good husband, father, grandfather, friend, boss Ė as honest, reliable, trustworthy and professional, and loving."
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.