Mark Lundquist

Founder, President, and CEO of Fulcrum Edge in Bloomfield Hills. Lundquist formed Fulcrum Edge, a business advisory firm, to lead companies through growth, support senior management through transitional change, and develop state-of-the-art business plans. The company has expanded to serve an increasing roster of worldwide clients and has recently hired additional employees to keep up with demand. Fulcrum Edge assists leaders and investors in businesses, boards, agencies, and institutions by identifying problems and opportunities and creating and implementing solutions. This year, the company marked its 10th anniversary and moved into an expanded office to meet growing client demand. Lundquist has developed and led transition training for joint ventures in Asia and America, as well as industry training and penetration for new markets, such as automotive, aerospace, logistics, and supply chain management. Lundquist spent 15 years in the aerospace and defense industries before coming to Detroit to work in the automotive, controls, and robotics industries. He has held executive positions with Bosch, Mannesmann AG, Norgren Automotive, and Grimes Aerospace. Lundquist has founded four companies and taken one public via IPO, and recently also became chairman and CEO of a wireless broadband technology company. He is a mentor to TechTown and Ann Arbor Spark, and speaks frequently at conferences on growing and expanding businesses. He sits on the boards of several companies in various industries. Lundquist received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

WHERE BORN: “Rockford, Ill.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “First, my father. If I have half the character he had, I will be a good man. Second, my first boss and mentor, Guido Biagini. He taught me a lot about the corporate world.”

LAST BOOK READ:Multi-Company Project Management: Maximizing Business Results through Strategic Collaboration by Dean Baker. It was written by one of my firm's principals. I'm reading it now.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Creative, strategic, maniac in front of a whiteboard.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “We get involved in all types of industries. What we see are faster development times for products and services, quicker launches into new markets, leaner launches for start-ups and spin-offs, and more need for our type of support for these trends. We are also continuing our strategy of more international work.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “My Droid Razr to keep me connected, and my digital voice recorder, which I keep with me everywhere, to grab my thoughts before they escape in a few nanoseconds.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “Sweden. It's my roots and when I'm there it just feels right.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “Sporting clays and model railroading.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “Low end/high end are pizza and lobster – just not together.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “It's not very hidden, but except for the last couple of years, I've been a singer in some chamber groups along with some pretty high-end talent.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “As a Renaissance man and good father and husband.”