ANN ARBOR — ACE 13, the 13th annual forum for entrepreneurs and emerging company leaders and investors, announced the keynote speaker will be Terry Cross, a widely known investor and corporate officer and director.
Cross is the founder of Windward Associates of Rochester Hills and a longtime leader in the investment communities in Silicon Valley and New York City. He will discuss “Returning to Michigan, The Entrepreneurial Soul of America: The Important Comparisons between Silicon Valley and Michigan.”â€¨â€¨
ACE is Michigan’s leading entrepreneurial educational and networking forum and is run by a team of technology business, civic, educational and community leaders from across the state. ACE annually has a series of experienced panelists who are leading existing businesses and provide their ideas and guidance to new and emerging companies.â€¨â€¨
“I will draw on my experiences over many years of serving as an investor and director of many high tech businesses in Michigan and Silicon Valley, and an active participant for many years inâ€¨similar forums on both coasts,” said Cross. “I know Michigan’s entrepreneurial people today are especially interested in finding and engaging investors as well as learning through stories of other firms how to sell, market, hire and retain top people, defining their product to meet existing and developing market needs,” he explained.â€¨â€¨
ACE will take place at Burton Manor in Livonia Jan 31 from 2 to 9 pm. For more information and registration go to www.ace-event.org.â€¨â€¨