Mike Jennings

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Chief Executive Officer of Secure–24 in Southfield. Secure–24 provides managed IT operations, enterprise resource planning (ERP) application hosting, and cloud computing services with data centers in Michigan, Nevada, and Arizona. With more than 25 years of experience in information systems, business development, finance, and manufacturing, Jennings has led the firm's growth to more than 170 clients in a variety of industries, including government and education. During the past year, Secure–24's work force has grown 71 percent to more than 340 employees, mostly in Michigan. The company plans to implement numerous IT training certifications for its employees after receiving the Challenge Fund Award through Automation Alley's technical talent development program. Secure–24 gives back to the community through monthly fundraisers, blood drives, charity dinners, and other events to groups such as Gleaners, Angels of Hope, and the American Red Cross. The company has been designated by Computerworld as one of the 2013 Best Places to Work in IT. Last year, it was named one of Metropolitan Detroit's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. Secure–24 also is on CRN's 500 Top Solution Provider list. Previously, Jennings was the co–founder, chief technology officer, and senior vice president of business development at Appshop. He also founded the IT services company InfoSolutions and was a principal at Simplify, an Oracle ERP consulting company. Jennings' experience includes positions with El Dorado Ventures, United Technologies, Pratt & Whitney, and SimulTrans. He also has held senior finance positions as a CFO and controller. He studied network management and engineering at the University of California Santa Cruz.

WHERE BORN: “Santa Cruz, California.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “Mark Homnack, the founder of SimulTrans. He inspired me to be an entrepreneur.”

LAST BOOK READ: “The Steve Jobs biography.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Common sense and hard worker.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “Application managed services are headed to the cloud, as many things are these days. Companies are continually looking to shed dependence on IT technology and there's a push to managed service providers such as Secure–24.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “iPhone – it allows me to work from anywhere.”


FAVORITE HOBBIES: “Mountain biking and skiing.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “Thai food – I love the heat.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “I'm a wine maker. Before moving to Michigan, I was making about 1,000 bottles a year in my garage.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “As someone who enjoyed life and influenced others to achieve their goals.”