“Creating new things, the artist in me; solving social issues; helping to eliminate poverty.”
Jerry Norris is the CEO and Founder of the Fledge located in Lansing MI.
Jerry obtained a B.S. in Statistics from the University of Michigan, with a focus on Computer Science. He began his career with the Unisys Corporation as a Quality Engineer and ISO 9000 Lead Auditor in 1988. Throughout the years, he moved up through the ranks of the quality profession (i.e. Quality Manager, Director of Quality, and VP of Quality).
In 1988 as a Quality Engineer and Lead Auditor, he began developing a software product to help manage compliance activities. This product was my "hobby and baby" for 10 years, always keeping in mind patterns and system theory concepts that would help the software become stronger in all industries, before I decided to start my own company, jadian incorporated. In 2014 jadian was sold. The next logical step for me was to start a new software company developing a member directory of compliance professionals. He served as the CEO of GAIA, LLC. We operate globally with customers in over 50 countries helping members connect based on expertise and vicinity. GAIA has evolved into a software company supporting start-ups with an emphasis on mapping.
Jerry now serves as the CEO of the Fledge, a radically inclusive ideation and maker space, incubator and accelerator located in Lansing, MI. He also serves as the Chairman for the GAIA, Solutions, Power in Passion, and the Fledge Music Group. He spent 5 years as a “Gatekeeper” for the Business Acceleration Fund working with the Lansing Economic Area Partnership and has a deep understanding of the entrepreneurial ecosystem and the community at large.
Jerry’s expertise includes software development, quality management, food safety management, automotive and aerospace related quality management, environmental protection and management, and safety systems. I also enjoy reading standards (e.g. ISO 17021, ISO 9001, GFSI) and following the industries that are moving from prescriptive systems (e.g. customer based, GMPs) to more agile and adaptive management systems.
Specialties: Quality Assurance, Statistics, Software Engineering, Sales, Food Safety, Compliance Management, Auditing, Inspections, International Business, Entrepreneurship, building Brands, start-up assistance, talent acquisition, funding. He has worked in the following fields: telecommunications, automotive, furniture, food safety, environmental management, economic development, human rights, labor law, life sciences, advance manufacturing, plastics, consulting, organizational development, systems theory / thinking, sustainability, regenerative economies, crypto ecosystems and more.