MTEC SmartZone Board of Directors
Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation (MTEC) is a Michigan non-profit 501(c)3 corporation. MTEC SmartZone is the designated organization that manages the Houghton/Hancock MTEC SmartZone. The organization is chartered to develop business incubators and perform marketing and property improvements to attract high-tech businesses.
Eric Waara is the City Manager of Houghton. Prior to that he was a Civil Engineering Project Manager focusing on large municipal projects throughout the Upper Peninsula for more than 20 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan Tech and is a Registered Professional Engineer. A lifelong resident of the Keweenaw, he and his wife have three children.
Mr. Codere is President and CEO of Peninsula Copper Industries, Inc., a developer and distributor of copper chemicals. He has been employed by PCI for the past 29 years. He currently serves on the Boards of the Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance, Lake Linden Hubbell Public Schools and Schoolcraft Township.
Dr. Reed is VP for Research at Michigan Technological University and a professor in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. He has been a principal investigator and co-investigator on projects involving researchers from Michigan Tech, University of Michigan, and Harvard University, among other institutions. In 2000, he received the Scientific Achievement Award from the International Union of Forest Research Organization.
Mr. Anderson has been Hancock City Manager since 1996. Earlier in his career, he served as city manager of Ontonagon for 13 years and Baraga for two years. He received his masters from Northern Michigan University. A Hancock Rotarian, Mr. Anderson and his wife have three children.
Mr. Merz is a Professor of Economics and Associate Dean in the School of Business and Economics at Michigan Technological University. He previously served as Houghton City Mayor from 1996 – 2006.
Steve Zutter began his career as an Edward Jones financial advisor in 1984, opening the firm's first branch office in Hancock, MI. The company has grown robustly, leading him to invite another financial advisor to join him in the community. Today there are four Edward Jones branches throughout the Copper Country. A 30 year resident of Hancock, Zutter is an active member of the community, serving on multiple boards and holding the presidential position in different organizations.
Lee Rouse has a background in Engineering, Organizational Development, Quality Management, and Business Management with over 25 years of experience working in corporate industry and nonprofit consulting. She has worked as an engineer for both General Motors and Dow Chemical Company before starting her own consulting company and later merging with Omni Tech. Lee has worked in a number of different fields applying business and quality management tools to different technical and people-related processes. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and has taken classes towards her MBA from Central Michigan University. She is currently a principle owner and the President/CEO of Omni Tech International, Ltd.
Diane is the President of MiQuest, Executive Director of Mi-Light and a business consultant for Phimation Strategy Group.
Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA) Board of Directors
The Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA) provides funding for the Houghton/Hancock MTEC SmartZone. It is chartered to fund the creation and promotion of high-technology activities. The LDFA board has seven members, three members from each community – Houghton, Hancock – and an independent member.
Mr. Crane is Regional Account Executive for Upper Peninsula Power Company. He is a member of Houghton Portage Township Schools Board of Education, Hancock Rotary Club, and Chassell Lions Club. A graduate of Michigan Technological University, he and his wife Mary have two daughters.
Mr. Givens is Vice President of Moyle Inc. A licensed professional engineer, he has decades of engineering experience. Mr. Givens was elected to the Hancock City Council in 2004 and served as Mayor for four consecutive years. He also served on the Portage Lake Water and Sewage Authority, and the City of Hancock’s Planning Commission, Recreation Commission and Transit Authority.
Mr. Salo was born and raised in the area and enjoys being involved with the community. Now retired, he was a reservist in the military for about 25 years and worked at Michigan Tech for 25 years. He also has an extensive background in big organization finance and budgeting which he developed through his involvement with unions throughout the state. Salo currently serves as a member of the Houghton City Council.
Ms. McKenzie is a realtor with State Wide Real Estate in Houghton. She served on the Hancock City Council for a number of years, has been the Hancock City Mayor since 2013, and has been a member of the LDFA since its inception.
Mr. Megowen serves as Mayor Pro-Tem for the City of Houghton. He is an owner/partner of Douglass House Saloon-Armandos Restaurant and General Manager of Houghton Housing Associates. He is a graduate of Michigan Tech, where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Mr. Megowen has been a volunteer member of the Houghton Fire Department for over 20 years. He is married and has one child.
Mr. Backon has served as Houghton’s Mayor since 2008. He is a former U.S. history and government high school teacher.
Mr. Belej was born in the Czech Republic and came to the United States when he was about 3 years old. He moved to the Upper Peninsula in 1972 and has been here ever since. Belej currently serves as the Mayor Pro-Tem on the Hancock City Council. He has been part of the Mt. Bohemia ski patrol for 15 years and has been on the Hancock Fire Department for 7 years. He works at the Copper Country Intermediate School District as an IT System Engineer.