Meeting of the Minds Speaker

Paul Krutko

President and CEO

Ann Arbor SPARK

Paul Krutko is Ann Arbor SPARK's president and CEO.

In his role as CEO, he leads the organization’s efforts to expand the regional economy through initiatives to support entrepreneurs and early stage companies accelerating their growth to full potential. Paul has nearly four decades of economic and community expertise. He led San Jose, California’s economic development efforts as chief development officer and founded Peloton Development, a consultancy devoted to advising businesses and municipal, regional, state and national governments on economic development and climate prosperity strategies and on creating high performing economic development leaders and teams. Paul was also responsible for downtown in Cleveland and Jacksonville, FL. He earned a Bachelor of Urban Planning and Design degree from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture and Art. Paul served as chair of the preeminent professional economic development organization in the world, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC and was designated an Honorary Life Member in 2013. He is Vice President of the board of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP).