MARK H. CLEVEY:
Vice President for Entrepreneurial Development, Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM), and Executive Director, Small Business Foundation of Michigan. SBAM is an industry association of 7,000 small businesses, where Clevey promotes the growth of entrepreneurial businesses. The association conducts public policy research on how to build an entrepreneurial economy in Michigan and works to rebuild Michigan’s economy one entrepreneur at a time. Clevey is widely known as a tireless advocate for entrepreneurship in Michigan. SBAM’s activities involve far more than fighting red tape – the organization has a forward-thinking agenda focused on advanced energy technologies and high-tech business formation.
WHERE BORN: Cleveland, Ohio.
MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON:
“Carl Sagan. When I was young and in college, Carl Sagan was explaining science and making science real, and showing how science related to people. At that time people had just started talking about the environmental movement and the space program was going on. It was a very exciting time for looking at science, and he tied together, for me, ethics and democracy and technology, and talked about technology serving mankind. He embodied for me a Renaissance man who looked at how we could use science to benefit all people.”
LAST BOOK READ:
“I just finished Jimmy Carter’s new book, Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis, and John McCain’s book, Character Is Destiny.”
WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME:
“Innovative, entrepreneurial, I hold myself to a very high moral standard, ethical, excited.”
WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED:
“We’re watching the world economy, along with Michigan’s economy, change from an old line industrial economy to an entrepreneurial economy. I don’t see myself ever retiring per se; I see myself continuing to work toward creating an entrepreneurial economy in Michigan. I think entrepreneurs embody the best of what we see in ourselves as Americans. Freedom and respect for one’s fellow man are essential ingredients for entrepreneurial business development.”
FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET:
“Lasers, actually. I am fascinated with optics and light. Photons of light are how the universe moves energy around, and at the quantum physics level, energy and matter are interchangeable. Light is energy in its purest form, and as we learn to use light and become a photon-based society instead of an electron-based society, we can move information at the speed of light. And just from a spiritual point of view: ‘Let there be light.’”
“Luxembourg. I was in the Air Force stationed overseas, and that was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. It’s an absolute jewel.”
“I’m an accomplished jazz guitar player.”
MY HIDDEN TALENT:
“Jazz guitar, as I said. I play guitar semi-professionally, but I never play with the people I work with, so when they find that out about me they’re usually amazed.”
HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED:
“As a good father. That’s more important than anything.”
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.