|Michigan State University||1976|
Inatome is a managing director at Sterling Partners, a $4 billion private equity fund. He is a well-known computer industry pioneer who co-founded two multi-billion dollar companies, including Computer City and Inacomp Computer Centers. He was responsible for taking American Speedy Printing, the 4th largest printing chain, out of bankruptcy to become one of the most profitable chains in the U.S. He currently serves on the Boards of AAA Michigan, ACG, R.L. Polk & Co., Saturn Electronics and Michigan Virtual University, the State of Michigan’s 13th state chartered public university. He also served on the Advisory Boards of University of Michigan Dearborn and MSU Broad School of Business.
Inatome has played a key role in helping to guide the state of Michigan’s business and education technology infrastructure. Governor John Engler appointed him the initial chairman of the Michigan Information Network and Chairman of the Michigan Technology Council. Also, Governor Jim Blanchard appointed him to serve on the Michigan Minority Business Commission and the State Lottery Advisory Board. Inatome was involved in the launch of Microsoft’s advisory council where he served as president. He remains a highly sought-after international speaker on information technology strategy and has keynoted Comdex Events in the US, Japan, India, Brazil, and China and was the keynote speaker at the International Computer Forum in Moscow. In 2000, Inatome was inducted into the Computer Industry Hall of Fame, and he was named as one of the 25 most influential people to shape the computer industry in the 1980s by CRN. He was also honored as a Michigan State University Distinguished Alumni, the financial leadership award from Broad School of Business, a Detroit News Michiganian of the Year and entrepreneur of the year by the Harvard Business Club. Inatome holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Michigan State University.