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Outer Space - An aspiring astronaut, Samantha Snabes (at left, dark hair) never made it to the outer dimensions, but she and her business partner, Matthew Fiedler, launched re:3D in southeast Houston. // Courtesy of Re:3D

Bridging the Divide – Bringing 3-D Printing to Developing Communities

As co-founder and CEO of re:3D, a company that pioneered and developed a 3-D printer it calls the Gigabot, Samantha Snabes boldly describes the machine as “the world’s first affordable, human-scale” 3-D printer, capable...
String Sessions - Siobhán Cronin and Starset perform in Nuremberg, Germany, in 2019 at a sold-out performance from the band’s world tour.

Breaking the Rules

Siobhán Cronin is best known these days as a classically trained violinist who regularly performs around the world with internationally celebrated artists and touring shows. Her very first steps on the path she forged...
The French Connection - The team at French/West/Vaughn, a leading advertising and digital media agency, was formed by Michigan native Rick French. // Courtesy of Rick French

Rally and Serve

As founder, CEO, and chairman of French/West/Vaughan, an advertising and digital media agency based in Raleigh, N.C., Rick French is nationally recognized as a leading influencer in the business of integrated marketing — the...
Lisa Lillelund on her terrace over looking the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco, 2021

Electric Lady

Lisa Lillelund can barely contain her pleasure as she explains her job as director of sales at Proterra Powered, an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of heavy-duty vehicles with zero tailpipe emissions. A...
Bowl of Plenty - An ancient nut-processing tradition from India has become a profitable enterprise for Diane’s Kitchen in Birmingham.

Diane’s Kitchen

It all began as a hobby 20 years ago in Diane Orley’s Birmingham basement. Her sister had recently returned from a trip to India, and was eager to share the details of a process she’d...
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A Step Forward

After a long and successful career at the highest levels of corporate leadership in both business and law, it made complete sense when Teresa Sebastian decided it was past time to work for herself.She...
Life's a Beach - A serial entrepreneur, Randy Kaplan grew up in Southfield and Birmingham before heading west to make his mark in multiple industries. // Courtesy of Randy Kaplan

Pursuit of Passion

It’s a well-worn cliche, but the “serial entrepreneur” moniker is truly fitting for Randy Kaplan, whose most current venture is his role as founder and CEO of Sandee, a startup focused on cataloging and...
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30 in Their Thirties 2021

From owners and CEOs to presidents and directors, the 2021 Class of 30 in Their Thirties share a common trait — learning how to pivot their operations, often multiple times, to account for market...
Fisher family

Savoring Success

Coach builders at the outset of the auto industry, part of the Fisher family pulled up their Detroit roots and headed west on a new adventure crafting premium wines.
Stephen M. Ross

The Ross Effect

How a friendship forged at the University of Michigan between a budding billionaire and a star student set the stage for a $60-billion real estate portfolio built on a foundation of diversity and inclusion.