20 Years of Change, Growth and Innovation

In 1997, Derek Sommer started Spud Software in his Grand Blanc, MI, basement and has led the Spud team through 20 years of change, growth and innovation. Over the years, Spud has developed a reputation for delivering high-quality solutions quickly, but at a much lower cost than big name software companies. Twenty years later, that reputation for excellence remains intact.

Now Spud holds the distinction of being The Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year, as well as one of Michigan’s 50 Companies to Watch in 2015. Spud credits their success to their dedication to helping other businesses achieve their goals.

To date, the Spud team has worked with hundreds of clients ranging from small, local start-up businesses to Fortune 500 companies. It is now a leader in the industry, specializing in programming, database and software development for Web, Mobile and PC.


Derek Sommer, Founder and President of Spud Software
“Ultimately, Spud Software is only as good as our end products and the service we provide.”

Meet Derek Sommer, The Soul of Spud Software

After earning a B.S. in Computer Science from Western Michigan University, Derek did temp work for a handful of IT companies. Derek made sure he worked for a variety of companies, so he could learn as much as possible about each facet of the software industry. He is one of those fortunate people who found his passion early in life, and put everything he had into becoming a leader in his field.

In 1997, Derek founded Spud Software. Having his own business, where he could work on a wide array of fresh and engaging projects, was Derek’s plan from early on. It did not take long for other up and coming business people and seasoned veterans to notice Derek’s positive outlook, vision and business sense.

Derek is also highly admired for his friendliness, easy going manner and endless generosity towards his community and those close to him. Derek is never opposed to giving back. He continues to lead his Spud Software team in a variety of charitable endeavors, including donating 11 of inches of his own hair to Locks of Love!

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