Bob Kittle

Co-founder and president of Munetrix in Auburn Hills. Munetrix is a social media, web-based financial management and transparency database for municipalities and schools that local units of government and school districts can use to network with each other and build long-range fiscal roadmaps. Munetrix's algorithms take a handful of critical measures and run dozens of calculations to generate a numerical value that provides a high-level look at a community's fiscal health. Launched in 2011, Munetrix now has approximately 750 jurisdictions at basic subscriptions and more than 140 with premium subscriptions. The company was a finalist in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition and recently moved into larger offices. Kittle spent 24 years in the automotive industry in various business development roles at Takata and AlliedSignal before leaving to become an entrepreneur. He founded The Kittle Group, a business consultancy focused on growing and mentoring businesses. His business experience coupled with his role as an Auburn Hills city councilman prompted him to work with government and nonprofit organizations. After being vetted by a group of local unit financial advisors at the request of the Michigan Department of Treasury, Kittle came up with the idea for Munetrix. Based on this success, Kittle was awarded the Platinum Award from the Marketing and Sales Executives of Detroit for excellence in marketing and sales in product and service businesses. He received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Baker College.

WHERE BORN: “Detroit.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “My first real boss, Bob Cox, who was the president of a division at AlliedSignal. He taught me the value of hard work and gave me the inspiration to become an entrepreneur.”

LAST BOOK READ:Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. It's a great read and really impresses the need to think out of the box when it comes to running your business.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Problem solver and clear communicator.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “We're in technology, particularly focused on the public sector. The opportunities for efficiencies in the public sector are becoming more evident. We offer a lot of education in that regard on how to use technology to one's advantage and reduce the cost of virtually everything done operationally.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “Our website. We're continuing to find different ways to create analytics so our users, our customers, can clearly see the impact of decision making on their organizations.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “Under water in the Caribbean islands.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “Scuba diving and golf.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “Japanese. I spent 12 years working for a Japanese company and grew to love their food.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “Breaking down complicated issues into understandable terms. I have an uncanny ability, no matter who I'm talking to, to be able to communicate in a way that's understandable.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “As a visionary problem solver. I'm a simple Polish kid from the east side who thrives on hard work and common sense. I like challenges and trying to find solutions to them.”