Tech firm appoints co-CEOs


Shawn Crowley, left, Carl Erickson, Mike Marsiglia. Courtesy Atomic Object

A local technology firm has named a pair of new leaders.

Atomic Object’s Co-founder and CEO Carl Erickson has named Shawn Crowley and Mike Marsiglia the firm’s co-CEOs, according to the firm today.

Erickson will step into an executive board chair position after 18 years of building and managing the firm.

He will work with Crowley and Marsiglia on corporate governance, employee ownership, a strategy for "purpose-driven growth" and nurturing Atomic’s next generation of leaders.

“There couldn’t be two people more ready for this job,” Erickson said. “In this shared role, Mike and Shawn will steward what we’ve built and also continue Atomic’s tradition of improvement by being inherently dissatisfied with the status quo.” 

Marsiglia began his career at Atomic as a software developer. He spent three years in Boston before returning to the firm. Marsiglia was promoted to VP and then managing partner of Grand Rapids, VP.

Similarly, Crowley began his career at Atomic as a software developer, becoming VP and then managing partner of Grand Rapids, VP.

Crowley and Marsiglia have been working alongside each other for over 14 years, spanning client work, sales and company leadership.

“We know each other well and have complementary strengths,” Marsiglia said. “We can debate our points, and we’re open enough to listen to the other’s ideas. And we come back with a better plan together than either’s alone.”

“We have an amazing team,” Crowley said. “We have a very well-run company and a history of innovation and growth. I’m energized and excited to have more of an opportunity now to work on this business.”

Erickson co-founded Atomic Object with Bill Bereza in 2001. Bereza left the company in 2009 to pursue a career in law.

Since 2010, the company launched its Ann Arbor office, became a certified B Corporation, more than doubled in size and nearly tripled its revenue.

Atomic was also named one of the best 25 small companies by Forbes in 2018.

Atomic Object is 100% employee owned, with 38 employee shareholders in a firm of 66 people. 

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