President and CEO of Pangborn Design Ltd., Pangborn Technovations Inc., Asian Village Detroit, and Pangborn Collections Inc. Pangborn founded his first company in 1979 and has become a nationally recognized figure in art and design. Last year, he moved into intellectual property management with Pangborn Technovations, which is working on innovations in several fields, including biotechnology, automation, and computer hardware.

WHERE BORN: "Seoul, Korea."

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: "Leonardo Da Vinci. I like the fact that he was an artist, scientist, designer, inventor, and creator all the things I enjoy doing in my life. The way I look at creativity is that it is not limited to the field of art. To me, creativity is something you do all the time, even when it comes to knowing your numbers. And people think that engineers are straight-laced and not very creative, and I know that is not true my father was an engineer and once showed me a machine he had created, and it was very complex and creative work."

LAST BOOK READ: "The Power Years: A User's Guide to the Rest of Your Life, by Ken Dychtwald and Daniel J. Kadlec."

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: "Innovative, leading, cutting-edge, caring, integrity, giving."

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: "My field is diverse but we need to understand the global economy and not be isolationist. We need to collaborate worldwide with common goals to succeed."

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: "Email. It's fascinating that you can do just about anything on email. I am constantly connected to people around the world. You can email people anywhere and get a response very fast, as if they were down the street or next door."

FAVORITE PLACE: "Thailand. The whole country. The Thai people seem to have very very little prejudice of any sort."

FAVORITE HOBBY: "Creativity."

FAVORITE FOOD: "Asian Fusion."

MY HIDDEN TALENT: "Talking. I went to art school because I was terribly afraid to speak. I didn't have self confidence with language to speak and write, so I went to art school knowing that English would not be a subject. When I graduated I jumped into graphic design, which is communication. And now here I am smack dab in the middle of a communications business. And now people tell me they love the way I tell a story."