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BurgerFit Friday with Michael Aikens & Andrea Kruszka
Michael Aikens, Andrea Kruszka, and Alane Boyd
Michael Aikens is the Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Andrea Kruszka is the Rural Outreach Coordinator at TN Tech University. Together they run the Center for Rural Innovation and organize the annual TN Tech Eagle Works Competition.
“I have the cookbook; I make them all the time. I LOVE them .” – Andrea Kruszka
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Meet Alane, Michael, and Andrea
Alane has kept her 40 lb weight loss off since 2013, and created BurgerFit and Cooking with My Friends as a way to get her family eating better. Her health journey started in 2012 after being diagnosed with high blood pressure and obesity. Frustrated and determined, Alane decided to make small, sustainable changes in her diet so that it would be maintainable for a lifetime. Now Alane maintains a healthy weight range and has incorporated quick and easy recipes that keep her picky family members eating better!
Michael directs the implementation of University strategic plan, Tech Tomorrow, co-chairs Tech's grand challenge, Rural Reimagined, Directs the Tennessee Center for Rural Innovation, and helps guide economic development activities for the region, state of Tennessee, and the nation.
Andrea manages daily operations and clients for the Tennessee Center for Rural Innovation and coordinates on-campus Eagle Works Innovation & Entrepreneurship activities.
How We Met
Alane first met Michael Aikens at one of the first TN Tech Eagle Works competitions, which Michael organizes. Andrea Kruszka joined his side shortly after. Alane guest judges for the event every year she has the opportunity and through her involvement as a board member of The Biz Foundry and her support of other entrepreneurs in the community, she has been able to get to know Michael and Andrea even better.