Altair Receives 2014 Michigan Economic Bright Spots Award


Corp! Magazine awarded Altair as one of the overall winners for 2014 Michigan Economic Bright Spots Award!

Corp! Magazine is a B-to-B publication both in print and online. They feature success stories, best practices and strategies that CEOs, business owners, executives and managers will find useful and relevant. They also held several annual awards and community events, as well as providing thought-provoking webinars for the public.

For the past 6 years, Corp! has honored many Michigan companies and entrepreneurs who are a driving force in Michigan’s economy and state’s innovation. This year, the ceremony was held at Schoolcraft College’s VisTaTech Center in Livonia, MI. The nominees completed an online questionnaire to determine their growth over the past year along with their economic impact on the state of Michigan. Michael Kidder, Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Altair, accepted the award at the ceremony.

Honoree Overall

“CEO and Founder Jim Scapa has created a distinctive, empowering culture that allows employees to take risks and think outside the box… With 734 employees in three Michigan locations, Altair has cultivated local talent and produced many of its successes within the state,” noted J.D. Booth, a contributing editor at Corp! Magazine. In addition, Altair’s most recent award-winning platform, solidThinking Inspire, and LED lighting subsidiary, TOGGLED, have also contributed greatly to Altair’s successes in Michigan.

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From left side of the screen: Don Lee, Chief Marketing Officer at Clark Hill PLLC; Mike Kidder, Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Altair; Rick Blanchard, Editorial Manager at Corp! Magazine.

It is a tremendous honor to accept this award, and we thank Corp! for continuously recognizing and honoring companies and business owners who have made a difference in Michigan!

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Michelle Smith is Vice President of Human Resources at Altair. She joined Altair in 2011 and is responsible for corporate human resources (HR) including talent acquisition, benefits, immigration, and Altair Health Services, a unique on-premise clinic available to employees and their families. She has a strong background in HR, global HR management and recruiting. Previous to Altair, Michelle spent seven years with TTi Global, an instructional systems, training, research, and consulting services company, as Global HR Director. In addition, Michelle has global manufacturing HR experience from ConAgra foods, one of North America's largest packaged food companies. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development from Oakland University.