Founder and CEO of Munro & Associates Inc. and Design Profit Inc. in Troy. Munro is a frequent speaker and adviser to some of the world's top executives on implementing change and innovative development strategies. Called a visionary and master innovator by NASA, Munro has more than 40 years of experience. His company has saved businesses an estimated $9 billion and has helped retain or return to North America some 50,000 jobs. Munro & Associates Inc. was established in 1988 and focuses on profit improvement through design innovation. In its 30,000-sq.-ft. facility, Munro benchmarks and redesigns products utilizing the Munro Design Profit® software and vast internal search engine TechTransfer™ to remove 20 to 60 percent of costs while improving product function and quality. Projects that Munro is developing include an affordable home wind turbine generator, mega capacity energy storage systems, and an electric-powered aircraft. Munro's customers include TACOM, Tata Motors, Chrysler, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Rubbermaid, Boeing, Raytheon, and Nikon. Recently, the company was awarded a GSA Schedule for Professional Engineering Services from the General Services Administration, allowing it to provide products and services to government agencies as an approved, preferred vendor and to expedite the process of obtaining government contracts. Prior to starting the firm, Munro worked at Ford Motor Co. He was promoted to senior automation specialist and developed and supervised the installation of new, more productive engine manufacturing lines. He began his career as a toolmaker, working up to designer and eventually became engineering manager at Valiant Machine Tool Co. Named People Worth Watching by Automotive Industries
, Munro has chaired and spoken at numerous engineering conferences and symposia and has lectured at Stanford, Purdue, University of Michigan, and Oxford, among others. He is chairman of NASA's MI SATS (Michigan Small Aircraft Transportation System), a board member of NASA NCAM (National Consortium for Air Mobility,) and a member of the board of advisors for University of Detroit Mercy.