CEO of NextEnergy, the state of Michigan's alternative energy industry accelerator. He's responsible for advancing Michigan as a leader in the creation of new industries and jobs in alternative energy. After nearly two decades in the energy industry, Croce joined NextEnergy in late 2003 and has been the driving force behind NextEnergy’s recognition as a national leader in enabling the commercialization of energy technologies that strengthen economic competitiveness, energy security, and the environment.

WHERE BORN: "Detroit."

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: "My parents. They taught and modeled the value of education, hard work, and commitment to family"

LAST BOOK READ: "I have several half-read, but the last book read from cover to cover was Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. "

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: "Faithful, driven, passionate, husband, and father."

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: "Due to increased geo-political instability, environmental concerns, supply shortages, and increases in worldwide demand for energy, the alternative energy industry is poised for significant growth. Access to affordable energy is among the greatest challenges facing the world during the 21st century. Those companies (and states) who embrace change will profit greatly from the evolution to clean energy sources to power vehicles, homes, and businesses."


FAVORITE PLACE: "In the woods (anywhere) where I can experience solitude and nature’s beauty."

FAVORITE HOBBIES: "Anything having to do with music (listening, performing, instructing, etc.)."


MY HIDDEN TALENT: "Playing drums. I play regularly in church and would like again to play professionally someday."

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: "That I served God and people well through my work, volunteer activities, and the legacy left through my family."