President, CEO, and co-founder of Pioneer Surgical Technology Inc. in Marquette. Pioneer designs and manufactures spinal and orthopedic implants and instruments. With additional locations in Raleigh and Greenville, N.C.; Woburn, Mass.; and the Netherlands, the company has announced plans to establish a manufacturing and distribution center in Ireland in 2011 to further its European presence. Pioneer employs more than 270 people worldwide and has developed more than 120 U.S. and foreign patents, with more pending. Under Millin's leadership, Pioneer was named one of the "50 companies to watch" in 2010 by Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry magazine and won the Frost & Sullivan's 2009 North American orthopaedic tissue engineering technology innovation award. Recently, the firm announced it will acquire exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute the Cequence™ anterior cervical plate, a bone graft substitute from SpineSmith. As part of the agreement, Pioneer will become the manufacturer of record and offer the Cequence™ system through its existing sales network, while adding SpineSmith as a distributor. Prior to being named president in 2008, Millin led Pioneer's manufacturing operations from 1992–2007 and its orthopedic division from 2005–08. During this time he developed the company's emerging orthobiologics division with two orthobiologics acquisitions in 2007. Millin served in the Armed Forces and the Michigan National Guard. He received his bachelor's degree from Northern Michigan University and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

WHERE BORN: “Niles.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “There are so many of them. It would be Dr. Yuan Hanson when you're looking at people who changed my thinking. I'd argue that he's the father of modern spine surgery.”

LAST BOOK READ: “I just finished Benjamin Graham and David Dodd's Securities Analysis. It's an old book but I just heard Warren Buffet speak and he mentioned it.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Innovative but not blinded to reality.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “In the orthopedic industry in general, there's a strong emphasis on biologics – to get the body's own healing mechanisms to work at their optimal level. We create spine hardware and hardware for trauma but if you look at where medicine is going, it's using the body's own mechanisms because there are fewer complications. So we'll see the use of biology to solve orthopedic problems.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “I am in love with the Kindle. I travel a couple hundred thousand miles per year. When you finish a book, you feel bad about throwing it away. With my Kindle, I put a dozen books on it and read them, and I can receive PDF files.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “Guatemala – it has the best sail fishing in the world.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “I love to be outside with my family. I do a lot of fishing but not as much hunting as I used to.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “Everything except tomatoes. It's probably fajitas.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “I'm a commercial-rated instrument pilot.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “As somebody who could increase the quality of healthcare throughout the world and decrease the social cost of medicine. A lot of times we complain how much a drug costs but if you could invent a drug that cured cancer but it cost $100,000, that's cheap.”