4 Leaders & Innovators

Jimmy Hsiao

CEO of Logic Solutions Inc. in Ann Arbor. A native of Taiwan, Hsiao immigrated at age 15 with his family to the Dominican Republic. He came to the United States when he was 17 years old to live with his sister, who was then a student at the University of Toledo. He received bachelorís and masterís degrees from the University of Michigan and developed software for two Michigan companies for eight years before establishing Logic Solutions Inc. (LSI) in 1995. The company began by developing an e-learning product for the Internet, but soon started getting application consulting work, initially from Ford Motor Co. Today LSI provides a broad range of IT products and services. Hsiao was a pioneer in offshore software development, establishing a development center in China in 1999. The company started selling its software and services in the Chinese market in 2003. Today LSI has 50 employees in the United States and 45 in China, and just opened a suburban Chicago office.

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: "I'd probably have to say my dad, because he, like many in his generation, lived through a lot of difficulty but managed to survive. My dad was born in China. He went to Taiwan when he was 20, following the nationalist army. Before that he fought in the Chinese civil war and before that he fought the Japanese. After he got to Taiwan he earned a degree and became a doctor. He took us to the Dominican Republic for many reasons, but one of the major reasons was that he thought Western education would be better for us, and eventually he wanted to come to the United States, which he did."

LAST BOOK READ: "iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business, by Jeffrey S. Young and William L. Simon."

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: "Hard-working, ethical, pays attention to details."

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: "I think our industry is in a very tough time right now. I think the good IT companies, the ones that continue to believe in being innovative and investing in process and technology, will survive and do well. I think, definitely, Michigan-based companies have to look at additional markets to grow. And I think most Michigan companies, because of the lower amount of manufacturing here now, have gained a lot of experience serving clients in good times and bad times."

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: "I like my Palm Pilot. I use it all the time to store my information. Itís very portable, and integration with my desktop, server and phone system is very easy. I also find PCMCA cards for cell phones for broadband connections very useful, because people like me are very mobile, and itís very important for us to stay connected."

FAVORITE PLACE: "Kyoto, Japan. I think itís an interesting blend of a very old culture and amazing history and modern technology."

FAVORITE HOBBIES: "I read all kinds of books Ė English and Chinese. And I occasionally play some tennis and in the summer some golf with friends. And I enjoy being with my family, my wife and three children, whenever I can. My wife is a naturalized Japanese citizen."

FAVORITE FOOD: "Thatís a tough question, because I like food, all kinds of food. I like Japanese food, and I especially like very traditional Japanese food, which you donít commonly have here in the States unless you go to the East or West coasts."

MY HIDDEN TALENT: "I am very well versed in a lot of different cultures and foods, and I cook a lot at home, which amazes my wifeís Japanese friends, because Japanese husbands typically donít cook."

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: "As someone who wasnít afraid of trying, and someone who would try until he succeeded."