Meet The Team

Innovate Marquette Team

Raymond

Raymond R. Johnson

CEO

Innovate Marquette SmartZone

With over 20 years of high-tech industry experience, Ray Johnson is recognized as a successful public company technology executive, serial entrepreneur, fund raiser and start-up CEO with a proven track-record of successfully building, financing, leading and scaling companies from the early proof-of-concept stage to successful global ramp and profitable exit. Ray’s business experience includes large company executive and board level management positions for venture-backed start-ups, raising equity financing (all rounds from a variety of investor types and entities), crowdfunding, vetting new start-ups, mentoring entrepreneurs, strategic planning, strategic partnering, business development, new technology/product development, engineering management, manufacturing build-outs, IP licensing, product marketing, corporate and product branding, sales channel development, worldwide product rollouts and M & A.
In his career, Ray has raised over $90 million in venture capital, angel and private equity investments from accredited investors and the world’s top Venture Capital (VC) firms and Private Equity (PE) investment funds such as Generation Investment Management, D.E. Shaw, Polaris Ventures, C.E. Unterberg & Towbin and from Fortune 100 corporations that included Intel, Texas Instruments, Xilinx (semi-conductors), Medtronic (medical devices), Applied Materials (thin-film manufacturing tools), Lockheed Martin Corporation (aerospace/military), Dow Corning (chemicals/coatings) and the Tucson Electric & Power Company (energy utility).

Rachel

Rachel Barra

Program Manager

Innovate Marquette SmartZone

Our Board Members

Fred

Fred Taccolini

SVP; Treasurer

Easy Ice, LLC

Lee

Lee Francisco

Founder; CEO

906 Technologies

Dr.

Dr. Richard Vander Veen

President

Mackinaw Power

VP

Flexsys Wind Energy

Dr.

Dr. Fritz J. Erickson

President

Northern Michigan University

Russ

Russ Tripp

Founder; CEO

U.P. Rehab Services

Steve

Steve Hicks

President; CEO

JM Longyear, LLC

Brad

Brad Canale

CEO

NMU Foundation

Dr.

Dr. Matthew Songer

President

Frontier Medical Devices

Scott

Scott MacInnes

President

MacInnes Consulting

Manager (Ret.)

City of Houghton

Robert

Robert Niemi

Mayor (Ret.)

City of Marquette

Executive Director (Ret.)

Michigan Transit Pool

Jeff

Jeff Wallace

CEO

Global Kinetics

Mona

Mona Lang

Executive Director

Marquette Downtown Development Authority

Northern Michigan University
University Center Ste 2301-B
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette, MI 49855

info@innovatemarquette.org