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Dan Behm of OST named Grant Thornton Leader & Innovator of the Year

Release Date: April 27, 2012


SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Dan Behm, president and co-founder of OST (Open System Technologies), a technology firm based in Grand Rapids, has been named the Grant Thornton Leader & Innovator of the Year.

The award was announced at an April 26 reception at Lawrence Technological University, which co-sponsors the annual award along with Grant Thornton LLP, WWJ NewsRadio 950 and the Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report (GLITR). Behm was chosen from nearly 50 nominees profiled during the past 12 months in GLITR.

The Leaders & Innovators program was developed in 2005 by Lawrence Tech to recognize Michigan business executives who are engaged in cutting-edge professions and industries expected to be key to Michigan’s economic future. The profiles that appear on Tuesdays in GLITR are edited by Matt Roush, who served as master of ceremonies at the reception.

“The collective work of the individuals recognized this year is truly changing opportunities and diversifying the economy in our state. They are an inspiration to us all,” said Lawrence Tech President Lewis Walker.

Founded in 1997, OST was originally a computer hardware sales company. Under Behm’s leadership, OST has become a $68 million technology company driven by software and service in four growing economic sectors: healthcare, manufacturing and distribution, finance and insurance, and enterprise technology.

OST is an employee-owned company with an award-winning culture. Its professional IT services include application development, managed services, and data center solutions. It builds custom apps for businesses, provides outsourcing of server and storage administration, and helps large companies optimize the performance, availability, and capacity of their servers and storage. 

Over the past three decades, Behm has worked with over 500 customers and partners in the technology marketplace and now uses his broad experience to help OST customers make transformational changes to enable them to compete in the marketplace.

In 2011, he won the Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Michigan and Northern Ohio in the technology category. He serves on the advisory board for the HP division of Arrow ECS, an $800 million distributor of HP hardware and software. 

Behm serves on the Metro Health Foundation in Grand Rapids, and OST supports local community nonprofit agencies such as Steepletown, Kids’ Food Basket, Supper House, and many others. 

After graduating with honors from Michigan State University, Behm spent 10 years with IBM as a senior buyer, manufacturing and systems engineer, and advisory sales rep.

The following executives were profiled by GLITR for the Leaders & Innovators program during the past 12 months:

Hortensia Neely Albertini,  Owner, President and Chairman, Global LT, Troy
Gregory Basso ,  Managing Partner, Basso Design Group, Troy
Dan Behm, President, OST (Open System Technologies), Grand Rapids
Karlin Bohnert, CIO, Retail Grocery Inventory Services LLC, Auburn Hills
Bobby Bringi, President and CEO, Michigan Biotechnology Institute, Lansing
George Brostoff, CEO, Sensible Vision Inc., Covert
Paul Chambers, Co-owner and CEO, Core3 Solutions, Birmingham
David Dorner, Founder and President, DornerWorks, Ltd., Grand Rapids
Diane Durance, Executive Director, Great Lakes Entrepreneur's Quest, Ann Arbor
Lena Epstein Koretzky, Co-Owner and General Manager, Vesco Oil Corp., Southfield
Bob Fish, Co-Founder and CEO, Biggby Coffee, East Lansing
Steve Futrell, Founder, CEO and President, Technology Solutions, LLC, Livonia
Paul Glantz, Founder and CEO, Emagine Entertainment, Inc., Troy
John Gongos, President, Gongos Research, Auburn Hills
Jennifer Grieco, Partner, Neuman Anderson, P.C., Birmingham
John Harding, Founder and President , Current Motor Co., Ann Arbor
Jim Hiller, President and CEO, Hiller's Markets, Southfield
Paul W. Hillman, Partner and Diector, Conway, Dierking & Hillman, Inc. (CDH), Grand Rapids
Paul Horst, CEO, Algal Scientific Corp., Plymouth
Sean Hurwitz, CEO, PixoFactor, Southfield
Ken Kousky, President and CEO, IP3, Inc., Saginaw
Bhushan Kulkarni, Chairman , GDI Infotech/President and CEO of InfoReady Corp., Ann Arbor
Rachel  Kuntzsch, Founder and President, Kuntzsch Business Services Inc., Grand Ledge
Jason Lambiris, Founder and CEO, Apex Digital Solutions, Inc., Sterling Heights
Emile Lauzzana, Founder and Executive Director, Energy Works Michigan, Ann Arbor
William Lichwalla, President and CEO, Plante & Moran CRESA LLC, Southfield
David Marino, President and Owner, Vision Computer Solutions, Northville
James McKim, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, CeeTox, Kalamazoo
Jane McNamara, President and CEO, GreenPath Inc., Farmington Hills
David Miller, President, Duo-Gard Industries Inc., Canton
Matt Mosher, Co-Founder and CEO,, Birmingham
Sandy Munro, Founder and CEO, Munro & Associates Inc., Troy
Jason Raznick, Founder and Director, Benzinga, Southfield
Dale Royal, Chairman and CEO, Unitask Software, Bloomfield Hills
Peter Schmitt, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Strategy Officer, Dialogue Marketing Inc., Troy
Kevin Schnieders, CEO and President, EDSI (Educational Data Systems Inc.), Dearborn
Jason Schreiber, President and CEO, Spectrum Broadband, Lansing
Christophe J-P Sevrain, Founder and CEO, CJPS Enterprises LLC, Auburn Hills
Michael Souders, President and COO, Logicalis, Auburn Hills
Lisa Toenniges, Owner and CEO, Innovative Learning Group, Royal Oak
Pam Turkin, Founder, Just Baked Cupcakes, Livonia
Bradley Wardell, Founder, President and CEO, Stardock Corporation, Plymouth
Jim Wineman, Founder and CEO, Wineman Technology, Inc., Saginaw
Brent Yax, President and CEO, Awecomm Technologies LLC, Troy
Lorne Zalesin, Founder and CEO, My Insurance Expert, Troy

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