President and founder of Nuspire Networks in Walled Lake. Frase is in charge of the operations and overall direction of Nuspire, a technology company that provides IT security and network management services. Since founding Nuspire in 1999, Frase has guided it to consistent revenue growth and profitability. Customers include GM, Inkstop, SPX, and Subaru. Starting in the automotive industry, Frase has expanded the company into other industries, including retail and financial. Heís a serial entrepreneur, previously having co-founded USdata1 of Commerce Township and S.X. Public Data Solutions of Waterford, which provided Web site and application development and was eventually acquired by another company. Frase has a bachelorís degree from Central Michigan University and is attending Harvard Business School.

WHERE BORN: "Pontiac, Michigan."

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: "My grandfather was an entrepreneur who owned several grocery stores, so the idea to go into business stemmed from that and was influential to me."

LAST BOOK READ: "Iím in a masterís program right now so Iíve been reading a lot for that. The most recent was about macroeconomics. For pleasure, the last book was The Road to Reality by Roger Penrose."

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: "Stubborn, driven, fair, competitive."

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: "Internet security and management network services are literally brand new. All the rules and nuances are just being written. Nuspire is one of the top five providers in the country. Weíre able to help forge those standards and practices. This industry is predicted to be one of huge growth, and the onus is on our company and the entire industry to take responsibility for taking care of customers instead of walking away like Internet Service Providers have in the past. With outsourcing, you expect the vendor to take responsibility for those services."

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: "Itís a tie between my PDA phone and my TiVo. Also, my UTM (unified threat management) security appliance thatís like a firewall on crack and does antivirus and content filtering."

FAVORITE PLACE: "Iíd have to say up north in Harrisville."

FAVORITE HOBBY: "Boating, fishing, and scuba diving. Golfing, too."

FAVORITE FOOD: "Crab legs."

MY HIDDEN TALENT: "I play guitar. Iíve been in several bands. I also paint."

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: "Personally as someone who did good things for people and helped people out. Professionally as someone who contributed to the IT industry and provided innovations that helped business as a whole to streamline and improve and make things more efficient, and make mankind better in general."