is President of AMI Strategies, a successful, growing, Farmington Hills-based research-oriented consulting company built around a unique Web-based system that helps companies reduce their phone and data expenses. Sydlowskiís leadership has garnered AMI the distinction of being recognized among Deloitteís Fast 500 Public and Private Technology Companies in 2003, Inc.ís 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies in 2002 and 2003, and Crain's Detroit Businessís Best Places to Work in 2003. Named one of Michigan's top 100 leaders by Detroiter magazine, Sydlowski has more than 18 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. She has a bachelorís degree in engineering from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University. She also serves on the board of directors of Credit Counseling Centers Inc.

WHERE BORN: "Muskegon."

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: "My parents, my employees, and my husband and children. Iím surrounded by really talented people at work. My unofficial mentor is Terry Cross from Windward Associates."

LAST BOOK READ: "Whatís So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey."

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: "Entrepreneurial, driven, helper."

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: "Weíre in the technology-expense management business, and as a hosted application, itís one of the fastest growing industries in the country right now. Travel and lifestyles require personnel to have information, invoices, and contracts at their fingertips wherever they are."


FAVORITE PLACE: "Hanging out with my family at our cottage at Big Blue Lake."

FAVORITE HOBBIES: "Sing in choirs and work with kids in music."

FAVORITE FOOD: "Any food made by the people I know who own the restaurant. I like the food if Iím supporting people I know."

MY HIDDEN TALENT: "Iím a closet pianist."

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: "Being admired by my kids for being an exceptional mom, and as a wife. And as an employer who created culture and fun and is admired by clients for providing great service and exceptional value."