Ronia Kruse is the president and chief executive officer of OpTech, a talent development and solutions firm providing services to Fortune 1000 and government clients in analytics, cyber security, application development, and connected vehicles. Kruse is also the co-founder of Digital Lakes, a collaborative initiative focused on attracting, developing, and retaining diverse tech talent while elevating the digital growth of Michigan.
Kruse currently sits on Detroit Regional Chamber Executive Board, Independent Bank, Founder and Board Member of Digital Lakes, Inforum Board of Directors and Leadership Committee, Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business – Board of Visitors, BELLE Advisory Board, and We Build Character.
Kruse has also received several personal awards for her leadership in business, community involvement, and public policy initiatives, including the Mike Ilitch School of Business Alumni of the Year; Distinguished Citizen Award presented by the Great Lakes Division, Boy Scouts of America; EY Entrepreneur of the Year – Finalist 2016 and 2018; WJR’s Women Who Lead; Crain’s Detroit Business – 40 Under 40; and Rhonda Walker Foundation – Powerful Women of Purpose in the Technology Industry.
A Certified Public Accountant, Kruse earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master of Science in Taxation from Wayne State University in Detroit.