Peter Stevenson

COO and Managing Director, RTT USA Inc. in Royal Oak. Stevenson is responsible for coordinating client teams to provide software and support to RTT’s three-dimensional (3D) visualization product offerings. RTT provides 3D visualization software and services for product design and marketing, helping designers experience concepts interactively and allowing marketing and sales teams to create materials for Web, print, and television before the actual product is available. Stevenson was a one-man shop when the Royal Oak office opened in 2006 and helped grow the company to about 30 employees today. He recently initiated a partnership with Lawrence Technological University, through which RTT provided six licenses of its proprietary DeltaGen design software for students in the transportation design program. Prior to joining RTT, Stevenson’s career was evenly split between the United States and Europe in his work with Urban Science Applications, Inc., a global management consultancy that he joined in 1993. Most recently, Stevenson held the title of director of product development and was responsible for developing and implementing site analysis solutions globally. Stevenson received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Aberdeen.

WHERE BORN: “Glasgow, Scotland.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: "My parents. I get a lot of confidence from my father, who was in finance but used to moonlight as a university professor and public speaker. Also, select peers from school and professional work. Many have become close personal friends, also."

LAST BOOK READ: "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams."

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: "Optimistic, competitive, can-do attitude, and confident."

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: "First, everything we do is about cost reduction in virtual prototyping and some digital marketing. Faster time to market and cost reduction is where the industry is going. More generally, it’s toward leveraging digital assets across an organization and across other organizations."

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: "I have a love-hate relationship with my iPhone. I love it because it’s a great presentation tool but it’s probably the worst phone I’ve ever had. It’s great for video and images so I put up with it being a lousy phone."

FAVORITE PLACE: “Definitely Edinburgh.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “Golf, motorsports, and mountain biking. One of the reasons I really like Michigan is for the great off-road biking here.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “Indian. Indian restaurants in Britain are like McDonald’s in the United States.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: "I build and race remote-control racing cars."

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: "As somebody who could make the best of a situation, be that personal or professional."