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Build Smart, Lead Strong | Ellington Ellis - Hydrogen and Electrification Economies & More

Build Smart. Lead Strong.
July 31, 2023 4:00 PM

11691956_10153054627128616_834664100_nIn this third episode of the relaunched 'Build Smart, Lead Strong' by conducting a five-part interview with Ellington Ellis, who among several roles, is President, of Ovshinsky Innovation, Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Hear Ellington join Elizabeth in this conversation about his various roles with Ovshinsky Innovation, Global Battery Solutions, Chicago Connectory, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) and many other ventures in this five-part interview in the SoundCloud PodCast shared below!

In their conversation: For Michigan to emerge as a leader in green energy production, industry, academia, and government need to increase their collaboration. In this episode, Elizabeth and Ellington Ellis, President of Ovshinsky Innovation, discuss the hydrogen and electrification economies and the great industrial transitions we find ourselves in. Domestic opportunities in the semiconductor chip production and packing industries are discussed, as is Industry 4.0 and the need for automation and increased data collection.

More about Ellington... he is the co-founder and managing partner of Global Battery Solutions where his team creates innovative battery and advanced energy mobility & storage technology solutions. The company’s customers include General Motors, Ford, Clarios, Toyota, A123, McClaren, Fisker, BAE, among others. Recently Global Battery Solutions was named Battery Lifecycle Management Center for Volvo Cars-USA.

In 2020, Global Battery Solutions (GBS) was the recipient of the prestigious 2020 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch and the SmartZone Best Small Business awards. In 2021 Global Battery Solutions (GBS) was named a Top 10 Emerging Company in Battery Technology by NAATBatt International, an industry trade group comprised of companies, associations, and research institutions commercializing advanced electrochemical energy storage technology for emerging, high-tech applications.

Most recently, Ellington led the successful Joint Venture of GBS and Dynamic Manufacturing which created the largest Battery Lifecycle management company in America, where the combined companies had over 950 employees and more than $200 million in annual revenues.

Being a serial entrepreneur, Ellington has founded and co-founded several successful companies. He founded Xenergy Petroleum, exploring oilfields, and raising funds in the oil and gas basins of Michigan. Ellington is the founder of Norseman Games (NG), a game design company, and developer of The Realm Online, the first multi-level player, role-playing game. Ellington is the inventor and developer of the i-model innovation™ platform©. The i-model platform is a foundational learning tool that enables innovation in advanced technology solutions. The i-model converges at the intersection of quantum computing, molecular engineering, and artificial intelligence.

Ellington is an established writer and was selected as a Huffington Post blog author and has published several articles on entrepreneurship and social impact issues. He is the author of the much-read booklet The $200 Startup.

Ellington is a business mentor at the Chicago Connectory. Ellington is also a member of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) and serves on its Diversity Advisory Council. E2 is a national, nonpartisan group of business leaders, investors, and professionals from every sector of the economy who advocate for smart policies that are good for the economy and good for the environment.

In 2021, Ellington was selected to serve on Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Climate Council Solutions Workgroup on Mobility and Transportation.

He attended Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee, and earned degrees in Economics and Theology.

Ellington is a jazz pianist but has never claimed to be a Duke Ellington.

About Manufacturing Growth Alliance
The Manufacturing Growth Alliance champions, serves, and advocates for Michigan's small manufacturers, as they drive solutions that make manufacturing in Michigan the most competitive and prosperous in the nation.

They are a single solution to support your small manufacturing facility, which means they will help you simplify how you find and attain the resources you need for your business, provide simple and easy-to-use tools to find and access resources and save you time and money.

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Build Smart. Lead Strong., hosted by Elizabeth Bernhard, highlights the innovative work being done by Michigan manufacturers. She talks with small manufacturers all across Michigan, in rural communities as well as urban that are building smart and leading strong. Industry experts share how they are supporting small manufacturers to innovate, pivot to capture new opportunities, and stay on a growth path.
Elizabeth also wishes to thank Jennifer Deamud, her predecessor in both the Executive Director's role and for her three years as host of this MBN program.

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Additionally a special thanks to Joseph Derrick Marshall-Mosley for providing the music for this program. You can find more of his work at Apple Music: