30 In Their Thirties — 2010

Business Leaders of Tomorrow … Today

If you’ve ever bought a pre-paid cell phone at a party store, or needed to replace a phone that fell into the lake, chances are you’ve encountered a Nexlink Communications product. In response to rising demand for remanufactured wireless devices from service carriers, insurance providers, and retailers, Steve Cosgrove and Jeff Messano established the Auburn Hills-based Nexlink with $300,000 in startup funding. “We’ll buy 1,000 to 30,000 phones at a time, typically all used,” Cosgrove says. “We test everything electronically, fix them if they’re broken, fully remanufacture them … and re-sell them.” All the work is done at a Nexlink facility in Minnesota. “We’re very proud to be in the United States, and we do 100 percent of our work here,” Cosgrove says. —Tom Beaman

t We asked our readers to nominate regional business leaders in their 30s who were making a mark in Michigan and around the world. From the latest technological advances to financial services to bankruptcy reorganizations to health care initiatives, the executives on the following pages all share a passion for growth, teamwork, and ingenuity.

tWhatever the challenge or endeavor, the honorees placed a premium on building and enhancing a workplace culture where employees could keep pace with the good times while withstanding the growing pains often brought on by unforeseen forces. In addition, we placed no restrictions on revenue. Rather, we sought to spotlight entrepreneurs, managers, and leaders who were operating or contributing to businesses small and large. Please join us in congratulating all of the honorees.

t* Honorees in no particular order.

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