David Marino

President and owner of Vision Computer Solutions in Northville. Vision Computer provides information technology and computer services support for healthcare, nonprofit, professional services, and manufacturing clients in Michigan and Ohio. Marino has more than 30 years of business experience in southeast Michigan. Under his leadership, the company introduced its "fixed monthly fee" ForeSite managed IT services program, which doubled the number of clients in the first half of 2011. New clients include Taubman Asset Group in Bloomfield Hills, Vendor Managed Solutions in Troy, and Group10 Management in Farmington Hills. Marino also announced the opening of an Ann Arbor office to service Vision's rapidly expanding customer base. Vision was selected as one of Corp! Magazine's Michigan Economic Bright Spots and has been recognized by Automation Alley and received Troy's Helen eWard for Web Excellence. The firm has also partnered with Northville dentist Jim "Doc" Payne to donate 30 notebook computers to troops serving overseas. Vision is a Microsoft gold-certified partner and Microsoft small business specialist. Previously, Marino held positions of increasing responsibility at Exotic Automation in Farmington Hills, eventually becoming president. He serves on the Apostle Build board of Habitat for Humanity of Western Wayne County.

WHERE BORN: “Detroit.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “My father. He instilled strong family values, proved the value of a faithful life, and taught me how to succeed in business, the pinnacle of which is to serve your customers.”

LAST BOOK READ:Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, about his entrepreneurial spirit, which is unrivaled. Also, Decision Points by George W. Bush, Bush's account of decisions he's made in his life. It's informative about behind-the-scenes decisions.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Competitive, positive, determined, creative, and faithful.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “The user community is attracted by and will gravitate to mobile technology. For applications and data storage, as offerings mature, it will move toward the cloud. In the more distant future, offerings will continue to explode.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “My iPad; it's the finest mobile technology gadget on the market.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “Petoskey - the blue sky and green around it is breathtaking.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “Running and landscaping.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “My spaghetti sauce with pasta.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “I'm a good cook.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “As a great husband to my wife, a great father to my children, a great leader to the people I work with, and a person who cares for my community.”