Ronia Kruse is the founder and President/CEO of OpTech, LLC, an award-winning information technology and engineering staffing and solutions firm based in Michigan. Her professional expertise lies in the areas of corporate strategy and strategic planning, treasury and financial management, marketing, branding and business development, strategic partnership, human capital planning, talent management and leadership development, and developing cutting-edge technology solutions. Under Kruse’s leadership in the past 14 years, OpTech has grown tremendously and received many notable awards recognizing growth, pro-family employment and diversity initiatives including Inc. 5000’s – List of Fastest Growing Private Companies, National Business and Professional Association – National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, Crain’s Detroit Magazine – Crain’s Cool Places to Work in Michigan, Detroit Regional Chamber – Future 50 of Greater Detroit, DiversityBusiness.com – Top 500 Women Owned Businesses in the U.S., and many more. Kruse has established strategic partnerships as a prime/master vendor to win large contracts with Fortune 500 and federal government clients, and planned and developed marketing/branding tactics and public relations policies designed to improve OpTech’s image and relations with clients, employees and the public. Since founding OpTech, Kruse has also received numerous awards for her leadership, community involvement and public policy initiatives including Crain’s Detroit Business – 40 Under 40, Rhonda Walker Foundation – Powerful Women of Purpose in the Technology Industry, The Center for Empowerment and Economic Development – 2011 Entrepreneur of Distinction, National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) – Top 10 Women in Business, Inforum’s Most Influential Women in Southeast Michigan, Arab American Women Leader of the Year, and the National Association of Women Business Owners – Public Policy Advocate of the Year. Kruse is, or has previously been, an active, thoughtful and energetic member of a number of boards of directors, including TechServe Alliance, the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, BELLE Michigan Investment Committee, St. Dominic’s Outreach Center, Detroit Housing Commission, Women Impacting Public Policy, and the Arab-American and Chaldean Council. Kruse has also served as National Public Policy Chair for NAWBO and Membership Director for the Detroit Area Boy Scouts. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Women, Inforum, Women in Defense, Michigan Council for Women in Technology, Automation Alley, Information Technology Association of America, Michigan Minority Business Development Council, Michigan Women Business Council, Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Society of St. Vincent DePaul.