Carlton Crothers Resigns as MTEC SmartZone CEO

Houghton, MI – The Board of Directors of Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation (MTEC), the operating arm of MTEC SmartZone, announced today the resignation of CEO Carlton Crothers.


Crothers, who has led MTEC SmartZone through great successes in the past five years, is leaving to pursue other opportunities.


Board members are proud of MTEC SmartZone accomplishments under Crothers’ leadership. His dedication and energy have positively impacted many entrepreneurs, small businesses and the community. Since he started in 2005, over 300 new jobs have been created and 32 entrepreneurs have started or grown businesses inside MTEC SmartZone, including two Fortune 100 companies.


“In over five years as CEO, Carlton led the expansion of MTEC SmartZone’s business incubator facilities in Houghton and Hancock. He also helped recruit GE Aviation and Ford as anchor tenants in those facilities,” states MTEC SmartZone Board Chairman, Phil Musser. “He has been instrumental in helping capture several grants and public and private investments that resulted in infrastructure upgrades, entrepreneur training programs and resources for start-up companies. We are thankful for Carlton’s service and wish him the best,” Musser added.


Until a new CEO is named, Marilyn Clark, a Michigan Technological University alumna, has been contracted on a part-time basis to assist with transitional tasks. Clark has been a consultant to MTEC SmartZone on special projects, with experience in both operations and business development. She is a faculty member at Finlandia University’s School of International Business and serves on the Michigan Tech President’s Advisory Council.