Lorne Zalesin

Founder and CEO, MyInsuranceExpert.com in Troy. Following a successful 13-year career in residential building and real estate sales, Zalesin launched MyInsuranceExpert.com in 2006. The company has grown to nearly 100 employees and its services are currently available in 45 states. It recently received an investment from Rockbridge Growth Equity LLC, a private equity firm based in Detroit, and plans to move to Detroit and hire another 100 employees in 2012. MyInsuranceExpert.com offers insurance services and support throughout the United States. Under Zalesin's leadership, MyInsuranceExpert.com was named one of Michigan's 50 "Companies to Watch" in 2011, honored with a Top Workplace award from the Detroit Free Press in 2009 and 2010, and listed as one of Metropolitan Detroit's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in 2010. Previously, Zalesin served as CEO of residential builder Bruce Building CoHe is a licensed residential builder, licensed residential real estate broker, and licensed in life insurance and health insurance. He also chairs the University of Michigan Hillel board of trustees. Zalesin earned a bachelor's degree and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He is also a graduate of the William Davidson Business Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's "Birthing of Giants," an educational program focused on successful leadership practices and unique growth strategies for entrepreneurs.

WHERE BORN: “Detroit.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “Michael Brooks and Chuck Newman. Chuck gave me my first opportunity in an entrepreneurial environment, and Michael gave me guidance in how to manage people.”

LAST BOOK READ:Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization by Dave Logan, John King, and Halee Fischer-Wright.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Focused, energetic, and happy.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “Growth. The market will grow as the economy gets better. The market is expanding and we're enhancing technology, increasing staffing, and we're moving to downtown Detroit so a lot of exciting things are happening.”


FAVORITE PLACE: “Any place I can ski or snowboard.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “Skiing, snowboarding, hockey, and running triathlons.”


MY HIDDEN TALENT: “I'm trying to learn how to ride a unicycle.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “To be a good friend, great husband, and father.”