Board Members

Noel H. Nevshehir

International Business Services,
Automation Alley

A multi-lingual global traveler, Mr. Nevshehir is devoted to supporting and generating global business in Michigan.

His responsibilities include helping SMEs become globally competitive by expanding their markets overseas. He develops trade-assistance programs for new-to-export companies, organizes industry- and country-specific conferences highlighting the opportunities and challenges of globalization, customizes business plans, and leads trade missions.

Under his leadership, Automation Alley received the nation’s highest, most prestigious international-trade awards: the President’s E Star Award in 2013 and the President’s E Award in 2008. Companies participating in Automation Alley trade missions worldwide have generated $428 million in export sales and created 2,377 local jobs.

Mr. Nevshehir also promotes Michigan as a diverse, high-tech powerhouse and as a global center of innovation to potential investors worldwide. That effort has generated more than 700 high-value added, well-paying jobs in the region. He also is involved in initiatives designed to transform and diversify Michigan’s economy into the high-tech sectors and emerging technologies with the most promising demand globally (advanced manufacturing, aerospace/defense, IT/ICT, life science and medical, and nanotechnology, for example).

Mr. Nevshehir, a citizen of the United States and United Kingdom, received a bachelor’s (with distinction) in economics and Russian studies from the University of Michigan. He received a master’s (with honors) in international relations from the London School of Economics.


W. Steven Olinek