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Driven Doer: Spike Schonthal

08.06.18 | Announcements

Welcome to our Driven Doer series! Every month, we highlight the passionate, motivated people who help Delta work toward its vision of achieving a Midwest region in which all communities and landscapes thrive.

Meet Spike Schonthal, Delta Institute supporter, and consultant for Lumin.

What do you do?

Recently retired from 35+ years in a variety of roles facilitating the development and growth of new products and technologies from drawing board through product launch. I currently consult for a handful businesses with which I was previously engaged (Delta Institute being one) and devote larger amounts of time to two personal interests: Landscape painting and jazz musicianship.

What drives you and inspires you to get up in the morning?

I have always been driven by the questions each professional engagement generates. From my experience, real learning and growth spring from the continuous process of asking, analyzing and refining those questions.

Painting and playing jazz frequently elicit “right brain” questions and those questions have opened new perspectives. My sense is that these new perspectives (along with past experience) help to better inform both professional and artistic pursuits.

How are you currently involved with Delta; what’s exciting about the project?

I am consulting with Kevin Dick as he and Delta Institute develop, test and optimize its Lumin software product to serve key segments of the utility customer marketplace. Lumin represents Delta’s first opportunity to launch and grow a product that can generate an on-going revenue stream.

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What’s your favorite place in the Midwest region?

Traditionally, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the North Shore of Lake Superior have been my favorites. Landscape painting, however, has opened my eyes to the subtle changing beauty of the northern Illinois prairie- right outside our doors.