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Daryl Adams, Spartan Motors president and chief executive officer, recently was recognized as MichBusiness' Transformative Leader of the Year.

Spartan Motors president, CEO receives MichBusiness award

Michigan business advocacy group MichBusiness recently named Daryl Adams, president and CEO of Spartan Motors, which specializes in chassis and vehicle design, manufacturing and assembly, its Transformative Leader of the Year.

Adams was recognized at the annual Best of MichBusiness Awards and Gala event hosted at the MGM Grand in Detroit, where more than 300 people gathered to honor Michigan’s most innovative and successful companies.

“I am honored to be recognized by MichBusiness and I’m proud of what my team has been able to accomplish in a relatively short period of time,” Adams said. “Change can be difficult, but we have a clear vision of who we are today and where we’re headed tomorrow. I’m surrounded by an incredibly talented and dedicated group of people who view the notion of change as both an opportunity and an inspiration.

“This recognition is really a nod to the entire Spartan Motors team.”  

Adams, in his fourth year as CEO at Spartan, orchestrated a shift that transformed Spartan from regional chassis manufacturer to global leader and category innovator of last-mile delivery vehicles, emergency response vehicles, Class A Diesel motorhomes, specialty service vehicles, and custom-upfitted vocational fleets, the company said.

He applied more than 30 years of automotive manufacturing experience to introduce LEAN and Six Sigma manufacturing principals while developing a culture of employee empowerment that contributes to an impressive innovation pipeline. The result is a revitalized commitment to manufacturing excellence and milestone business outcomes that include a 40% increase in revenue and a 1,225% increase in net income. 

MichBusiness, formerly the Michigan Business and Professional Association, is the state’s leading business advocate recognizing elite, talented and innovative individuals across the state for their success and influence as leaders in their sectors.

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