Michael A. Finney
President & CEO
Beginning June 1, 2017
Miami‐Dade Beacon Council
The Miami‐Dade Beacon Council is the County's official economic development partnership. The not‐for-profit public‐private organization focuses on job creation and economic growth. Since 1985, the organization has assisted more than 980 businesses that have created more than 65,000 direct jobs and added more than $4 billion in new capital investments. It accomplishes this by marketing Miami‐Dade as a world‐class business location, growing local companies and shaping the local economy's future.
Community Ventures Resources, Inc.
2015 to May 2017
Community Ventures Resources, Inc. is a social impact͟ consulting team that assists communities with development and execution of strategic plans designed to create a pathway out of poverty for populations who are disconnected from employment resources.
2011 to 2015
Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
Senior Advisor, Economic Growth to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
President and CEO, MEDC
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is a public‐private partnership serving as the state’s marketing and lead agency for business, talent and jobs, tourism, film and digital incentives, arts and cultural grants and overall economic growth.
▪ MEDC moved to the forefront of U.S. economic development organizations with innovative new initiatives, including Pure Michigan Business Connect, Community Ventures, and the revitalized “Pure Michigan” tourism campaign and the Michigan Export programs.
▪ Michigan added nearly 420,000 new jobs and more than $15 billion of new investment during tenure.
▪ Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC), widely recognized as an innovative economic development best practice, provides comprehensive business development assistance. Since its formation in 2011, PMBC has facilitated over $3.5 billion in new contracts for Michigan companies.
▪ Community Ventures, launched in October 2012, Community Ventures connects structurally unemployed residents with career opportunities at Michigan companies in four targeted communities (Detroit, Flint, Pontiac and Saginaw). The program supports both individuals and the participating companies to secure sustainable employment. To date, Community Ventures has connected over 4,500 structurally unemployed persons to employment.
▪ Pure Michigan Tourism, responsible for marketing, communication and promotion for the state of Michigan, with direct oversight of the award‐winning Pure Michigan campaign. Managed a $35 million annual budget. Drove a 65% increase in visitor spending in the state resulting in more than $1 billion in spending associated with the Pure Michigan ad campaign. Increased regional tourism visitors by 60% and national visitors by 33%. Successfully expanded the Pure Michigan campaign to include for‐profit companies and agency cooperative branding. Partners include Coca‐Cola, Hudsonville Ice Cream, Meijer, DTE Energy, and Kroger, Michigan International Speedway (title sponsorship of the Pure Michigan 400), Roush Fenway Racing, The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, Senior PGA and
▪ Michigan Export Program, the revitalized program provides resources to tap into foreign markets and has helped Michigan businesses to generate more than $450 million in new export sales. Nearly 800 Michigan companies have participated in the program that provides reimbursement for eligible international marketing‐related activities through the State Trade and Export Program.
2005 to 2010
Ann Arbor SPARK
Ann Arbor, Michigan
President & CEO
Responsible for strategy, marketing and developing metro Atlanta's supply chain, advanced manufacturing and clean technology industry clusters to attract companies and create jobs in the region. Scope includes positioning Atlanta as a center for innovation, connecting private sector with university resources and research, assisting startups and growth companies in targeted industry segments, attracting air cargo routes and improving infrastructure as it relates to freight to sustain
Atlanta's competitive advantage.
▪ In partnership with the SPARK Executive Committee and Board, develop and implement the overall vision, mission, and strategic direction for the organization.
▪ Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with public, private, university, and not‐for‐profit organizations.
▪ Identify critical needs of existing businesses and develop cooperative solutions to facilitate business retention and expansion.
▪ Maintain in‐depth international, national, state and local knowledge of the business and political climate.
▪ Awarded $20 million pre‐seed investment fund (21st Century Jobs Fund)
o $14 million invested in 60 startups throughout Michigan
o Named a “Top 100” Venture Capital Fund (Entrepreneur Magazine, August 2008)
▪ $925 million new investment commitments in Ann Arbor region, 7,000 new jobs and 5,700 jobs retained.
▪ Successful merger of Ann Arbor SPARK, Washtenaw Development Council and Ann Arbor IT Zone.
▪ Selected business attraction successes: Google Ad Words (California), Aernnova Engineering (Spain), Advanced Photonix (California), Barracuda Networks (California), Genomatix (Germany), NetEnrich
(California), RTI (North Carolina),
▪ Selected retention successes: ProQuest, Terumo CardioVascular, Edwards Brothers, ForeSee Results.
▪ Opened three (3) business incubator/accelerators: Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Plymouth.
▪ Assisted 155+ Innovation Startups; AAPharmasyn, Compendia Biosciences, ElectroJet, OTO Medicine, Phrixus Pharmaceuticals, Lycera, Esperion Therapeutics.
▪ Launched Michigan Innovation Equipment Depot, $5 million donated equipment and supplies.
2002 to 2005
Greater Rochester Enterprise
Rochester, New York
President & CEO
▪ In partnership with the GRE Board, develop and implement the overall vision, mission, and strategic
direction for the organization.
▪ Raised $12 million of planned $14 million 5‐year budget (95%private sector).
▪ Successfully launched GRE (a start‐up) and quickly gained recognition as the primary voice of the business community.
▪ Developed and launched strategies for business retention, attraction and entrepreneurship (13 successful projects in 2nd year of operation).
▪ Selected project successes include; Sentry Group, Garlock, Bausch & Lomb, MWI, Aliroo, and Connected Energy.
▪ Negotiated partnership agreements with City and County government positioning GRE as the “point of contact” to businesses seeking economic development assistance.
▪ Organized Rochester Angel Network.
▪ Awarded “Best in Class” honors for print advertising campaign and direct mail campaigns by New York State EDC and the International Economic Development Council.
2000 to 2002
Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
Vice President, Emerging Business Sectors
The State of Michigan’s principal agency for economic assistance with expansion, relocation, tax abatements, and job training.
▪ Managed the $1 billion Michigan Life Sciences Corridor initiative that provided seed and grant money to bolster the state’s life science research and commercialization development.
▪ Develop business plans for growing the advanced manufacturing, life science and information technology business sectors.
▪ Coordinate state‐industry‐university commercialization and technology transfer initiatives.
▪ Develop and implement strategies to grow the venture capital base in Michigan.
▪ Develop and implement strategies to stimulate entrepreneurial activity in state.
▪ Awarded 75 grants, loans and equity investments totaling $150 million to Michigan based life sciences research institutions and private companies.
▪ Reduced annual administrative costs for life sciences corridor initiative by $1 million.
▪ Developed initial plan for NextEnergy (fuel cell) initiative and worked to secure $50 million.
▪ Established Microsystems Alliance focused on commercialization of micro and nano technologies with initial funding of $3 million.
▪ Formed Angel Investor Network and developed strategy for the creation of two Venture Capital Funds (Arboretum Ventures and Seneca Capital Partners) totaling ~$40 million.
1987 to 2000
Thomson Saginaw Ball Screw Company
Senior Vice President, General Manager ‐ Aerospace Government and Defense
The world’s leading manufacturer of ball screws, ball spline bearings, actuators, and related power transmission products for the aerospace, defense, automotive, machine tool, nuclear, and general industrial markets.
▪ Launched high volume automotive plant in Bay City, MI adding $25 million of new business.
▪ Increased top line sales annually by average of 12%, with increased profits.
▪ Relocated $8 million business acquisition from Tucson, AZ to Saginaw, MI.
▪ Negotiated $5 million tax incentive package for capital equipment and public improvements with City of Saginaw.
1984 to 1987
City of Saginaw
Assistant City Manager/Interim City Manager
Responsible for overall administration of city government, including implementation of City Council policies and adherence to the City Charter.
▪ Negotiated a $14 million industrial development project with Thomson Industries.
▪ Developed $3 million wave pool project, leveraged $2.1 million of public/private grants and issued $900,000 bonds.
▪ Obtained $985,000 Urban Development Action Grant to rehab office buildings for GM, creating 350 new jobs.
1987, Central Michigan University; Mount Pleasant, Michigan M.A., Personnel Management
1979, Saginaw Valley State University; University Center, Michigan B.B.A.