Jim Prokes

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Co–Founder, President, and CEO of MIPRO Consulting LLC in Milford. MIPRO is a consultancy specializing in the implementation, upgrading, and optimization of Oracle's PeopleSoft applications. Prokes provides strategic direction and drives growth for the firm while overseeing the day–to–day operations. Under his leadership, the company has reported a three–year revenue growth of 118 percent, increasing from $6.8 million in 2009 to $14.9 million in 2012, earning MIPRO a place on the Inc. 5000. Now with about 100 employees, MIPRO has been named a Metropolitan Detroit 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For each of its eight years in existence. The company also has been named a Cool Places to Work in Michigan by Crain's Detroit Business. Prior to founding MIPRO in 2005, Prokes launched and successfully managed several entrepreneurial endeavors. Previously, he was CFO of Ferrous Processing & Trading, a firm that generated more than $340 million in annual revenue. He received his bachelor's degree from Lawrence Technological University and his master's degree in accounting from Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration.

WHERE BORN: “Wayne.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “My parents. They laid a foundation, a mindset, and a work ethic that as you get older you realize is the most valuable gift given to you. I've also had two mentors who were very good to me and very influential.”

LAST BOOK READ:The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ by Roger Stone.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “The glass is half full, empowering, emotional, fearless.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “We're in the software industry, in PeopleSoft–application–related solutions. Our industry is moving to the cloud. The challenge every day is to be conscious of that and help customers find a balance between ERP and the cloud. Every customer has a different risk tolerance to the balance of what's in the cloud. We're streamlining the process and being compliant – we help them do that in the balance of their existing solutions and while they prepare to move to the cloud.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “My smartphone – it affords a freedom like nothing else can provide.”


FAVORITE HOBBIES: “Reading, anything to do with spending time with my family.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “Pizza, specifically a Primo square with everything.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “I'm a good listener, and when I want to be, I can be unusually loud.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “As a good dad, good husband, and good boss, in that order. And that ‘he cared’.”