Before becoming CEO and majority owner of Akervall Technologies Inc. (ATI), Sassa Akervall worked as a copywriter, TV host for her own shows, TV producer and children’s author. She has taken ATI and its industry disruptive mouthguards for sports, dentistry and hospital use, from the kitchen table with $5,000 in revenues in 2009 to 20-plus employees, a 20-50% annual growth rate and $5 million in projected revenues for 2018 from the company’s headquarters in Saline, Mich.
Akervall has won several awards, including the “Accelerate Michigan – Advanced Materials” award in 2014 and 2015 and “50 companies to watch in Michigan 2014.” She also received an honorary mention as “Enterprising Women of the Year (2015), and the STEP Award from the Manufacturing Institute (2016). And ATI has landed a spot on the prestigious Inc. Magazine list of the 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately Owned Company three consecutive years (2016-2018). In addition, Akervall and her husband Jan also won the much-coveted Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Regional winners in 2017).
Akervall is an active member of SBAM’s (Small Business Association of Michigan) Leadership Council and serves on SBAM’s Board of Directors. In addition, she also serves on the Board of Directors of Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.